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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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    posted a message on Companion app issues?

    Yep, since yesterday.  

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    posted a message on Motm Pulisic ?

    Price range has been updated, at least past $150k.  Suddenly there are plenty of these MOTM cards on the market.

     

    EDIT - Suddenly there are SOME of these MOTM cards on the market.

     

    But the regular 74 is darn good, especially recently.  If ever there were a silver only WL...

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    posted a message on Motm Pulisic ?

    Not that special but yet you asked about it!  LOL - I'm in the same boat, been looking for one since it was released.  But 100% agree - not worth whatever it will cost relative to the regular 74 card he has.  Just wait for the gold IF - if he maintains his recent form, seems only a matter of time before he gets one.

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    posted a message on Scripting Thread

    Wish I'd saved the clip from this last WL where my Butland saved what would've been the winning PK only to watch him knock it in with his heel after he stood up...

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    posted a message on Handicap

    FWIW, this past WL the unquestionable best game my squad played was against a full TOTY and legend 90 rated squad.  Every pass was where I intended, shots were on target, and most importantly, my players constantly moved and made runs creating loads of chances.  As a result, I was up 5-1 by the 70th minute and forced a rage quit.  The other player clearly wasn't very good, seemed to have no idea how to attack, but what was shocking to me was how much and how well my team moved off the ball.  It's the same thing I notice playing the CPU on higher levels - my players tend to stand around like statues which makes it much more difficult to create scoring chances.  

     

    Was my team just having a great game?  Maybe, but it was interesting that I didn't get this experience in any other game this WL, none of which were against a squad rated higher than 85.

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    posted a message on Investment potential for tonight
    Quote from futhead_jhad >>

    Plenty of BIN for $4k now on Xbox.

     
    and they're gone...instant flood quickly absorbed, though I managed to get 2.
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    posted a message on Investment potential for tonight

    Plenty of BIN for $4k now on Xbox.

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    posted a message on OTW Bundesliga
    Quote from jacobta >>

     

    Dembele's OTW - the guess is he'll be upgraded to an 80, so his special cards won't get upgraded. As for an IF this week, it's REALLY REALLY rare for EA to give 2 IF's in the same game. Piszeck was MoTM and is likely to get one. He might get one due to no BPL IFs this week though, so there might be more available slots, I'd say its 30% probability right now

     Could care less about overall rating.  As long as they upgrade the individual stats to match H2H (believe he has 92 pace there vs 88 on highest IF), I'll be satisfied.
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    posted a message on Looking at the stats...

    Sub for Isco and move Suarez to cam?  Subbed him in as ST and results in 2 games online level 3 - 2 goals and 3 assists.  Just so strong and quick

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