MLB The Show 22 just dropped its newest main program. This three-week program is the Legends of the Franchise program and functions similarly – in terms of boss cards – to the first program of the season, Faces of the Franchise. Like the latter program and the Future of the Franchise program, you’ll be able to select a multitude of boss cards as opposed to the more recent ones.
Below, you will find everything you need to know about the Legends of the Franchise program in MLB The Show 22. This will include an overview of bosses, quick ways to gain program experience, and other rewards.
Legends of the Franchise program
First, the Legends of the Franchise program, by virtue of being a week longer, has double the amount of experience for its cap than the previous few main programs with a cap of 1,000,000 experience (level 93). There are also many more pack rewards, and a diverse array of packs at that.
First, hit the Daily Moments. These easy tasks that expire after three days shouldn’t take you much time at all. Further, the 3,000 experience for each is the largest experience reward for Daily Moments thus far. If you do one for each of the 21 days of the program, you’re looking at an easy 63,000 experience.
Next, do each of the Featured Program Moments. There is one for each of the 30 boss cards. Each moment is another 3,000 experience. This means that by completing all of them (there are eight pitching and 22 hitting moments), you will gain an easy 90,000 experience, putting you only 10,000 less from your first boss pack (more below).
Most of the packs you’ll receive before the boss packs are uniform packs, both throwbacks and alternates. These are great ways to finish off your uniforms collections if you have not yet completed them. You’ll also nab a league-specific Legends & Flashbacks pack, but they’re repeats from previous programs.
Also, unlike the some of the previous programs, there is no pseudo-boss card that you’ll receive in the program like Prime Eric Davis or Prime Fernando Valenzuela.
Lastly, you have parallel experience missions that have become standard parts of every main program. Generally, the programs would have you gain experience with the Legends, Flashbacks, and pseudo-boss cards. However, Legends of the Franchise is different in one key way: you have to gain experience with bosses from the previous three programs.
Those three programs in order of most recent are the Back to Old School program, the Dog Days of Summer program, and the Field of Dreams program.
For Back to Old School, the bosses were Takashi Okazaki Billy Wagner, Awards Chipper Jones, and Prime Lou Gehrig. For Dog Days of Summer, the bosses were Finest Cal Ripken, Jr., Milestone Johnny Bench, and Awards Pedro Martinez. For Field of Dreams, the bosses were Signature Joey Votto, Milestone Yadier Molina, Finest Zach Greinke, Future Stars Gunnar Henderson, Oneil Cruz, Riley Greene, Awards Al Kaline, Finest Brian Roberts, and Signature Ron Santo.
You’ll need to gain 1,500 parallel experience for each of the tasks. However, you’ll be rewarded with 5,000 program experience for completing the missions, added onto whatever you gain from playing games to earn the parallel experience.
Don’t forget that the second week of September Monthly Reward missions have been added and while they don’t add program stars to Legends of the Franchise, you’ll still gain experience for completing each mission.
Conquest, Showdown, and Collections
A new Conquest map was released for the program, this one a map focused on the ten teams from the East divisions. The map is laid out like a manta ray like Tampa Bay’s mascot. There are no turn-sensitive missions, so take your time. You’ll find hidden packs and be rewarded with more items for completing the six goals. Once you clear all territories and takeover that final stronghold, you’ll be rewarded with a whopping 40,000 program experience. It’s generally been 30,000 program experience, so the extra 10,000 is a nice bonus. Expect two more Conquest maps to be released, one each for Central and West.
For the MLB collections missions, you can still add any Finest cards from the Extreme program, but take note: if you already added them to the previous main program, then you cannot add them to this program as pictured with Finest Aroldis Chapman already having a check mark to indicate its been collected. Each Finest player you add to this program will add 30,000 program experience.
You can also add two other cards to the collection, each worth 15,000 program experience. First is Finest Roberto Clemente introduced a day before the Legends of the Franchise program for Roberto Clemente Day. Second is Lightning Mookie Betts for completing the August Monthly Awards program.
Unfortunately, there is no Showdown thus far for Legends of the Franchise. One or more will likely be added based on the length of the program.
Legends of the Franchise boss cards
Again, there are 30 boss cards, of which you’ll obtain 18 if you make it far enough in the program. Each boss is, as the name of the program implies, a Legends card, meaning they’re all retired players (Flashbacks are previous versions of current players). You’ll obtain your first one at 100,000 experience (level 26). You’ll then receive another boss pack every 20,000 experience.
Then, once you hit 360,000 experience (level 57), you’ll gain your last five boss packs every 10,000 experience until 400,000 experience (level 61). Along the way, you’ll also unlock some Headliners, All-Star, and Home Run Derby packs to add to those collections as well.
In order, you’ll begin with the American League East boss pack. Of the five cards, you can choose between three of Baltimore Orioles third basemen Brooks Robinson, Boston Red Sox starter Cy Young, New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada, Tampa Bay Rays (then Devil Rays) third baseman Wade Boggs, and Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Shawn Green. Robinson is widely considered the best defensive third basemen every while Young has the annual award for the best pitcher named after him.
For the Central, your choices are between Cleveland Guardians starter Cliff Lee, Chicago White Sox second baseman Ray Durham, Detroit Tigers shortstop Alan Trammell, Kansas City Royals starter Bret Saberhagen, and Minnesota Twins outfielder Torii Hunter. Trammell and Saberhagen were integral parts of World Series winning teams during the 80s, while Hunter is one of the best defensive center fielders of his generation.
The West follows with three Hall of Famers (like the East) of the possible five. The bosses are Houston Astros starter Roy Oswalt, Los Angeles Angels starter Jered Weaver, Oakland Athletics outfielder Rickey Henderson, Seattle Mariners designated hitter (third base) Edgar Martínez, and Texas Rangers catcher Iván Rodriguez. Henderson, Martinez, and Rodriguez are all in the Hall of Fame, while Weaver is arguably the best pitcher in franchise history. Oswalt was the ace of Houston during the Aughts.
Moving to the National League, the East bosses are another bunch of fabulous players with four Hall of Famers. They include Atlanta outfielder Hank Aaron, Miami Marlins (then Florida) starter A.J. Burnett, New York Mets starter Tom Glavine, Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Mike Schmidt, and Washington Nationals (then Montreal Expos) outfielder Andre Dawson. Burnett is the only non-Hall of Famer while many view Aaron as the greatest player of all time and Schmidt as the best overall third baseman in history.
The Central brings three Hall of Famers of their five. The bosses include Chicago Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg, Cincinnati Reds second baseman Joe Morgan, Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder, Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Jason Bay, and St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Ozzie Smith. Sandberg, Morgan, and Smith are all Hall of Famers.
Finally, there’s the National League West, also with three Hall of Famers. The bosses include Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Steve Finley, Colorado Rockies first baseman and franchise icon Todd Helton, Los Angeles Dodgers starter Don Sutton, San Diego Padres outfielder Tony Gwynn, and San Francisco first baseman Willie McCovey. The latter three are in the Hall of Fame, while Finley and Helton were spectacular players during their time. Helton is widely considered the best ever Colorado Rockies player.
Now you have everything you need to know about the Legends of the Franchise program. Of the 30, which 18 will you choose?
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