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    posted a message on TOTW Zuber- cheap TOTW Goretzka/ baby Guillit?!
    Quote from markdavo4 >>

    I decided to go ahead and try this. Not much to lose when I could pick him up for 12k. He's only 6 chem for me until he hits 10 appearances & gets loyalty, so I've been bringing him off the bench (if he replaces a guy that had 10 chem then he inherits 10 chem right? is that how it works?). Have only used him twice but so far, so good. Not regretting my decision to give him a go and looking forward to playing him more.

     

    Cheers

    MD4

     No, as a sub he will play on 5 chem.  Still OK - means he maintains his base stats.  You'd be better off starting him on 7 chem though.
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    posted a message on Market
    Quote from Justice4Barb >>
    Robben is my main interest as I'm not sure if I should sell him or not I'd have to get a couple players to build around him, but I feel like theres other options I could go instead of him. I haven't really gone with a designated league yet. Robben has gone up slightly since yesterday when I checked the market now he's at 120k, would I be smart to sell him now or could he go up more, is he still a really desirable player?
    I've never owned or invested in an OTW. But I'm considering doing it just not sure what to do exactly besides buying the player obviously. Do you buy and sell when a predicted TOTW player of the specific OTW is gonna drop or does drop?
     
     If you have a Bundesliga side, I think Robben is a great addition.  Took me some time for sure, was used to sprinting around with Bellarabi, but Robben is just so clinical around goal.  If your game is through balls, then Robben might not be the best option.  He has sufficient pace but not "game changing".  If instead you play a more possession style, I think Robben works nicely.  
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    posted a message on Friendly seasons still broken :(

    Yes, noticing the same on '18.  Thought it was just a glitch with the trial period via EA Access, but it has continued with the early release of the Icon edition too.

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    posted a message on Squad Battle Rewards

    Spent my entire trial on squad battles, so much so that I got kicked in the middle of my final game (apparently the trial period was a hard stop).  Anyway, very much enjoyed it - definitely a less stressful alternative to WL.  Should be interesting to see what this does to WL and the game's economy in general.

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    posted a message on Final Team Fut 17

     Best squad I've ever had, first time I've ever had Ronaldo (been playing FUT since 2013).  http://www.futhead.com/17/squads/7833424/

     

    This is after everyone's favorite minute 1 sub - start in a 433 for chemistry and sub on Izquierdo for some silver CM from Real Madrid.  Balde Diao and Lahm are 2nd half subs for Pulisic and Walker respectively.  Great pack luck during TOTS - Dembele, Alonso, and Alli are all untradeable.  Going to miss this squad in a couple weeks...

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    posted a message on Packing In-Form Players.

    Seems like just your turn with "good" pack luck.  I've had no such luck since Futties ended (pack luck during then and TOTS was pretty stellar though).  Nothing of consequence for last several WL and SBC rewards.

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    posted a message on Are you deliberately playing smaller cards on your team?

    Regarding the OP, yes, still playing Walker, and upgraded to pink Butland and Smalling, because of cost/benefit.  It simply hasn't been worth the extra coins to replace these players with others, IMO.  

     

    I still don't buy the "handicapping due to squad rating" theory.  I've played plenty of games against much higher rated squads where I've gotten crushed, and conversely, have played much lower rated squads where I've done the crushing.  I still think much of what we all experience in terms of "handicapping" is based on lag/network latency.  Because of lag, animations and collisions are "off" and suddenly your TOTY Ramos is dusted by NIF Musa.

     

     

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    posted a message on Fmotm son or Giuliano

    I'd resisted using Son up until this past WL when I finally gave in.  Quite simply, any of the 86+ cards of his are game changers.  Had my best WL win % by a huge margin.  

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    posted a message on Monthly rewards - were you lucky?!

    Silver 1 and got Alli.  Now just have to find a way to squeeze him into the Bundes/Ronaldo hybrid I've been running.

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    posted a message on My Team has become shit after adding higher rated cards

    As stated above, I generally don't buy the higher rated cards caused my team to be handicapped excuse.  I think the game play is simply consistently inconsistent. Some games, my players make runs all over the place and I can score 4-5 goals in a WL match.  The next game, the very same squad, matched up against a similarly rated squad, suddenly act like statues and it's a chore to even get off a shot.    

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    posted a message on My Team has become shit after adding higher rated cards

    Regarding TOTS cards, they are clearly head and shoulders better than other cards (comparing cards of the same player).  My squads have performed better than ever thanks to these additions, so I don't buy the handicapping excuse.  That said, I've grown skeptical of IF cards, to the point where I've limited to 3 the number of IFs active in the top 18 of a squad.  Probably just placebo though - seems unlikely that EA would specifically program some sort of handicap against IF cards vs. all other types.  If handicapping exists, seems like it would be based on squad rating only since that'd be far simpler.

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    posted a message on I Need A Super Sub
    Quote from tacticsdude >>

    BTW, players on your list that I've tried:

    Ibarbo - I only had his 75 card which is far inferior. Save for the brute speed, he was a complete discard of a player. I'd expect his 81 card to be better, but nowhere near the quality of the other guys on this list.  

     

     For me, the bday Ibarbo has been infinitely  better than Emenike, and I used both as subs.  Emenike seemed to disappear in every game - didn't total a single stat.  Ibarbo, on the other hand, kept popping up everywhere and scored some terrific goals, including everyone's favorite - a late 90 min. winner.  Not a large sample size of games, I think both have about 7, but as a sub, Ibarbo seems much more productive.  FWIW, there's no comparison between the bday card and the regular 75 - the regular 75 was absolute trash.
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    posted a message on Another Bronze Bench Thread

    I can tell you having played with a mostly bronze bench and 78 rated squad the previous WL (to cap the rating at 4*), that lag/delay still occurs.  I see similar results in online seasons.  If lag/delay seemed to disappear for you, I'd say you just a good run of luck on the servers.  At best, I think bronze benching has a placebo effect; at worst, you handicap yourself for those inevitable games that go to extra time.

     

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    posted a message on Informs

    I've been skeptical in years past, but not this year - IFs are better.  The issue, from my experience, is are the stat increases large enough to notice?  There are numerous examples now in game, but one I've been using a lot lately is 3IF Keita, 86 rated.  Comparing that card to his "upgraded" standard 78 rated card in-game is like night and day - the IF is vastly superior in every way.  I think the issue most run into is when you look at IFs of high-rated players - is there really a significant and noticeable difference between someones 88 rated card and 89 or 90?  Doubt you'll notice it in-game.  

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    posted a message on New Update

    Granted I only played 6 WL qualifier games last night, but I noticed absolutely no difference in the way the game played.  Some games, everything works as you expect; others, your players couldn't hit water if they fell out of a boat.  Just like before this last "patch"...

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