I’ve just rolled out a brand new Auction Draft server and client for the 2019 season. The Auction Draft is now powered by WebSockets, which removes the need to connect to the server every time it tries to update. Long story short, the draft update response times should be under 50ms now, down from 150ms. This is a considerable performance improvement that will make the drafts feel smoother and more responsive.
I’ve added some other features to the Draft client as well:
There is now a 3 second gap between an auction ending and the next nomination period beginning. This will allow the client to separate out the “your turn to nominate” sound from the “end of the previous auction” sound. This also gives owners a chance to reset context after an auction ends, while only adding a little bit more time to the length of the auction draft.
There is now a 0.2 second bid protection. Bids put in within 0.2 seconds of the previous bid will be rejected. This is an attempt to protect against two bids coming in quick succession, driving prices up accidentally. As you all start drafting, please let me know if 0.2s is too short a time for bid protection.
Per some conversation in Slack and this wishlist item, there is now an “Import” link next to the Watchlist header. This will import your regular season watchlist into your auction draft watchlist. These lists are still managed separately, but this gives owners a bit more flexibility in how they want the watchlist to work for them.
Team names are more clearly highlighted for owners so they can see if they are winning an auction or if it is their turn to nominate.
There have been a number of memory usage improvements to the client.
The draft room becomes readily available after the keeper deadline, so you can try out some of these improvements tomorrow. If you have feedback, please use this thread and I’ll respond as quickly as I can.
Thanks as always for your support.
EDIT Oh and @YankeeShep snagged a Genie badge for the Import Wishlist request.