Amazon Starting Roster Overview:
Amazon teams are blessed with cheap players who are hard to knock over. This makes them one of the more effective teams at low team values. Their team rerolls are also cheap which also helps along with all the team skill rerolls. Your choices really are if you want to start with more rerolls or more players and there isn’t much really in the way of starting the team that you have to decide to start without.
Reroll Heavy TV1000 Amazon Starting Roster:
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This is my favoured starting roster for an Amazon team as I like starting with a lot of rerolls. The team has eleven players and also an Apothecary which is a pseudo twelfth player. You could elect to have another Linewoman instead, though the Apothecary can save you the cost of one of you more expensive positional players.
Starting with all four Blitzers is really a must in my opinion, they are the core of the Amazon team and starting with both Block and Dodge is great. Their strength skill access is also the most important on the team, so having them from the outset gives the maximum time to generate SPP.
As you start with four rerolls, you could just max the team out with Linewomen up to the needed eleven. You do have 40k left over from doing that though which will let you upgrade two of them to Throwers or Catchers as you see fit. There are arguments for starting with both Throwers, both Catchers or one of each. Early on though you will want to score with your Blitzers to get Guard as soon as possible. Which is more effective to start with between Throwers or Catchers really doesn’t make much difference because of that.
You could also drop the Apothecary which would let you afford all the positional players, though I being able to save the cost of a Blitzer from game one is more valuable in my opinion and you can also use it to save a player from a KO if you wanted to risk that.
Player Heavy TV1000 Amazon Starting Roster:
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This is really a slight variation from the previous roster in that you exchange a reroll for an extra reserve, giving you twelve players and an Apothecary. Unfortunately you are 10k short of getting one more players so I would use that leftover 40k to upgrade two Linewomen into a Thrower and a Catcher. I think one of each is handy to have in case you need to do a quick score. The Pass and Catch skill rerolls could be critical to have, especially as you have given up one of your team rerolls for that extra player.
While I personally prefer the four reroll roster, this one does have more merit if joining into a league where you are playing more developed teams. You can use your inducements to get an extra team reroll and that extra player is more likely to be needed as well. You could get even more players by dropping a Blitzer though I think this would be a mistake, the team performs so much better when you have them all at your disposal.
TV1000 Amazon Starting Roster Summary:
I’ve given the two main starting options for the Amazon team, there are minor considerations for each, mainly to do with the Thrower or Catchers and it is really down to personal preference. There aren’t really many other teams that can start with a lot of rerolls and in effect twelve or more players. Due to this Amazon teams are probably one of the most straight forward and easy teams when it comes to deciding what you want to start with.