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Rise to the Challenge in NBA Playgrounds

Rise to the Challenge398 (100)

Unlock all tournament challenges

  • Unlocked by 831 tracked gamers (6% - TA Ratio = 3.97) 13,077  

Achievement Guide for Rise to the Challenge

133,699 (74,758)
Achievement won on 14 May 17
TA Score for this game: 1,954
Posted on 17 May 17 at 22:23
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I am going to focus on the 15 steals challenge because that seems to be the major issue with this achievement.

They key to this is knowing how stamina works in this game. While you cannot see the stamina bars of the CPU, you can see them do actions that cause them to lose stamina, and thus make it easier to steal the ball.

First, you want to get the ball and follow the guidelines below. As shown by the video clip, actions that make the CPU lose stamina while you have the ball include: Stealing, Pushing, and Elbowing.

Stealing: This is the most common form of stamina use. One swipe from the CPU is not enough to drain their stamina, so you need to bait them into attempting to steal 2-3 times before letting them steal it. Then do a quick steal when they pick up the ball to get the best chance of getting it back.

Pushing: Whenever the CPU has nothing in their Lottery Bar (Power-up bar at the top), they tend to try and push you when you have the ball. This is because pushing causes you to lose power on the lottery bar, so since they have no lottery bar power, they can push without penalty. Although it doesn't happen often, the CPU will occasionally try to steal with no lottery bar. Pushing tends to be a big stamina waste, so immediately after the CPU picks up the ball, you will have a good chance to steal.

Elbowing: Similar to pushing, the CPU loses a ton of stamina while elbowing with the ball. So if you can get close immediately after an elbow, you have a good chance at a steal.

If the CPU ever gets the ball and makes a few passes, do your best to let them score quickly so you can get the ball back. Winning is not the goal here, stealing is.

As a disclaimer, even with this strategy, there is no guarantee at a steal, and 15 steals in 3 minutes is still challenging. This took me at least 3 hours to perfect the endless stealing.

I hope this can provide some help to this tough challenge!
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Achievement won on 09 May 18
TA Score for this game: 1,954
Posted on 09 May 18 at 06:47
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So the above solution and comments are great. Just a couple tips that I found that worked for me.

-Steals are easiest when the opponent is lower on stamina. I found that if I went to the opponents corner and let them steal the ball from me I was able to swipe right away a couple of times and they seemed to get steals fairly often. This worked for me the first time I did it. Not saying it’s a guaranteed method, but give it a shot.

-Blocks were the hardest for me. I used Mutombo and Gobert. While Bill had the special block ability, I found that the taller players worked best for me regardless. I have read that ‘mashing’ Y works for some people, but I was able to unlock it by “holding” Y through the blocks. Obviously, you’re trying to play defense the whole time. Full court shots and speeding down the court to dunk are your only real options in the interest of time. Do not concern yourself with winning. Just float near the top of the key and hope they start shooting. Never get up in their face. Give them some room and for dunks, coming from behind seemed to work best for me. Play the whole game through too! I got 3 blocks in the last 25 seconds.
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