OK, "players" are programmed to favor playing at a higher level, so it takes some heavy effort to pull down a D2 player that is considering a D2 sim. Sims go first; they have no geographical disadvantage even if the player is 3000 miles away. You hear varying opinions on whether the sim spends all the money they are going to spend on a player early or if it has a little left over for a late effort. If the guy is a priority for them, good luck. Sims will, often as not, have a couple of walk ons, anyway, so they probably toss a lot of effort into their priority players. Plus, there is some multiplier effect for early money. The WOTS might tell you if the sim is solid or not. If the sim is solid, look elsewhere, for sure; if not, proceed at your own risk. And it is easy to break your budget fruitlessly chasing. Been there, done that.