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    posted a message on General WL Ramblings
    Quote from MJELEB >>

    I was really enjoying the WL till the last game this week!

     

    I started badly with giving away lots of dodgy goals on Friday and was 9-7.  Saturday I was on form and was unlucky not to win every game and went 7-2.  Sunday night I started off okay and was on 24 wins with 3 games left.

     

    All the games Sunday night were close and competitive and actually enjoyable and how the game should be in my opinion.

     

    But then, lo and behold as soon as I hit 24 the game went into bullshit mode and I started conceding stupid goals again.  It was all capped off with the worst game I've ever played in the last game of the WL which made me want to slit my wrists.

     

    I started off the game okay and was putting on some pressure early, I had a great chance and then he won the ball and banged it down the wing for the counter.  He ran in a straight line as fast as he could and then just crossed it in, there wasn't even anybody in the box as he hit the cross.  Despite having defenders about one of his players ran to the penalty spot area to half volley it into the net after about 8 in game minutes.  My opponent then proceeded to time waste!  8 fucking minutes!  He was the sweatiest wanker I've every played, it was 4am too.  The annoying thing is that I altered my team to try to do everything to score and hit the woodwork and whistled perfect low drivens past the post.  He then scored a second very late as I was on UA etc. and he obviously started dabbing.

     

    I went from really enjoying the game to wanting to never play it again.

     

    If this is what people have to play like to get Gold1>Elite3 then I'm done.

     I saw you were on whilst I was finishing my games... I saw you were on 24 wins and hoped it would be 25, but wasn't to be Sad
    Awful to hear that, just don't let it bother you, the 2x100k packs don't usually yield a lot to be fair. I mainly want elite3 monthly rewards now TBH. Main reason for making gold1 each week.
    My weekend league was almost unbelievable...
    I started 9-1 - best even start.
    Then every possible piece of 'bad luck' came into play... and after 20 games I was 11-9. I mean WOW, how can you go from 9-1 to 11-9, that is some 'non-achievement' in itself!!!
    Towards the end I needed 7 wins from 10 games left.
    I won three in a row and needed 4 wins from 7.
    More bad luck. Some real high scoring games too 6-5, 5-4 and all sorts, crazy goings on! Red cards and all sorts, even picked up a red card after a player getting two yellows from non slide tackle challenges, one was a small push when the ball was nowhere near, usually those types of challenges get ignored, something odd was going on for sure.
    I then needed 3 wins from 4 games.
    I made it to 25 on the final game. Yet the final game was almost a formality, I had a better team and retained possession far better than my opponent, went 1-0 up, made tons of chances, was lucky-ish to get second goal the way it went in, but after that I just passed the ball around, I had totally dominated the game, had five times as many shots as opponent (15 odd versus 3) - then something like 10 on target against 2, plus I hit the post at least once, I was not willing to let EA screw me out of gold1, I know it was lame to just pass the ball around in a sort of time waste manner, but to be honest....if you dominate the game to that level and have a commanding lead, I think you almost 'earn' the right to do what you want in possession, I never use shielding and never 'run the ball into the corner flag area' at the opponent's end.
    It is such small/tight margins, it is all dependent on matchmaking for sure. That final game wasn't 'that hard' compared to last week, last week it was icon teams with R7 every game for last 4 games - this week it was NIF gold teams with the odd special card.
    I definitely cannot play to a 'competitive level' in Fifa19, it is either casual based or just 'not bother at all'.
    My advice MJELEB, play a different game mode of Fifa next year, or even try a different game outside of FIFA completely....
    Simply play for pleasure/fun, it is not worth investing real money into, just use cheap OP players, just pickup strong players with good pace and 4 star combo's. E.G. Martial, Jesus etc. They are absolutely fine to enjoy the game with. The more resources (time and money) you put into it, the more stress results as an expectation is in place.
    This game just drives you crazy and you suffer, simple as that. For what.... to just 'reset in a few months time' and you go back to having a club with nothing. Don't get me wrong, you enjoy the cycle and the 'clean slater' for a few years whilst you learn to trade, play the game, enjoy SBCs and see how well you can do in FUT Champs, but after grinding fut champs for two years... it is just too much to sustain year after year.
    I guess you can do it more casually now as you only need 'silver2' to re-qualify. Maybe this is a sensible option.
    I even ended up grinding squad battles this week again too and made elite1 for the second ever time, someone seems to like me in the Fifa gods when I get elite 1, last time I packed an 86+ rated player.
    This time I managed to pack Ozil and a transferred Alexis Sanchez. Incredible luck, with the 40k odd coin reward and 100k of players from that, will manage to net around 150k, not sold the cards yet, Alexis went up 10k overnight, once lunar new year promotion ends, prices should spike a bit I assume.
    Am edging closer to affording to complete the Prime Ronaldinho SBC, that is definitely the only Prime Icon I am doing that is 3 million coins cost. Probably should never have started it, around 600k away from completion at the moment.
     
    Anyway, sorry to 'go on' - my main point is, it simply isn't worth the grief, MJELEB - you have an amazing team, just play it casually with no pressure, enjoy the team you've built (same as I plan to do), but think long and hard before you start again next year. Once you start, you get sucked in.... probably best not to start IMO.
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    posted a message on Great way to use your FUT team to play online for REAL MONEY!!!

    LOL.

    Not sure anyone has the 'balls' to do this, but if I did win money playing Fifa, I'd never put it back into packs/the game, that's for sure! Tongue

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    posted a message on Anybody else experience this?

    Yes, I know the feeling, sometimes it feels like you cannot win no matter what you can do.

    This weekend I had around five games that involved at least 9 goals, crazy gameplay.

     

    Usually when I press the block button, my player just gives away a needless penalty! Confused

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    posted a message on Aguero

    Aguero's 93 card is now 1.2 million on PS4 and 1 million on Xbox, crickey this is cheap compared to how much it was a short while ago, two thirds of it's previous price? Maybe not quite so premium after all Smile

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    posted a message on Aguero

    I think it is a difficult spot for EA to be in.

    The existing latest IF card is 1.5 million on Xbox.

    The POTM card is better but untradeable.

    What price do you put on it? 1.2 million?

    1.5 million?

     

    A 94 card is not far from a TOTS card to be fair...

     

    Naturally if a card is 'that good, it shouldn't be cheap, people expecting it to be a NIF Aguero plus a few extra hundred thousand.... IMO - It would be 'too easy' for a 94 rated card - especially the equivalent of a FIFTH in form....

     

    So EA take the 'easy option' of just making it an upgrade for owners of an existing IF card.

    The first IF on Xbox was 800k before this, now as you'd expect it is 1.2 million, the max BIN is 1.3.

     

    Did we really want a 94 Aguero card 'rocking up' regularly in FUT Champs on the opposing team, the card is amazing I am sure,

     

    Anyway, EA have been a little bit tactical about this, a huge promotion is coming up, with tons of pack offers... Aguero is in TOTW, so that will fuel pack sales for sure.

     

    I'm not saying I really agree with this move from EA, but what were the other options?

    A ridiculously high rated BPL Team instead with 6+ IF cards?

    Basically you have to make the SBC at least 1.2 million in reality. There is no way it would ever have been cheaper than this.

     

    Also, I think EA take the odd opportunity to screw over people with investments, this was an ideal time for it.

     

    Totally agree though, this isn't really worth it for an untradeable card.

     

    However, is there the slight possibility Aguero will get an upgrade?

     

    If he does, ALL his cards will get a boost as they are all +1, so if he does get an upgrade, this card could end up as 95 rated? Have EA done this with that in mind?

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    posted a message on Aguero

    Well, that's the end of that, TOTW Aguero is required for this SBC.

    Wow, still, at least every other team won't have Aguero POTM in their team, it will remain as a very premium card.

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    posted a message on Is It Time For Chemistry To Be Scrapped?
    Quote from changingcrisis >>

    In my opinion FIFA 19 needs a major overhaul of the Ultimate Team series. I feel like less and less people are playing this game. Of course we don’t get to see any numbers but for example this site speaks volumes for the state of FIFA as I’ve never seen it so quiet. On so many posts/YouTube videos etc you see people say they have left this game for other games like Fortnite.

     

    One thing they need to change is chemistry. I have been playing Ultimate Team since FIFA 13 and the chemistry has been the same with a few minor tweaks here and there such as chemistry styles. It’s time they changed this outdated system. I would like a system similar to PES where they have “progressive chemistry” My idea is when you sign a player they have base chemistry (which I believe is 4 chemistry, correct me if I am wrong) and to increase the chemistry on players you need to play games with them. So for example you play 10 games with a guy he gets 1 chemistry until you play enough games to get him to 10. Once he hits 10 you can apply a chemistry style and only then. Also for players out of position you can get them to 10 chemistry but put them on 1 chemistry at the start (if it’s a CDM at RB for example) and to get them on better chemistry you HAVE to play them in that position to get them on 10 chemistry so it’s a long grinding progress. I think this way you will see more varied team. Do you sign that upgrade you were after who will only be on 4 chemistry or keep your 10 chemistry player?

     

    With icons on both consoles now and people changing formations to get around chemistry which we saw every game in EA’s pro player tournament there is no need for it anymore. Let us just play with the players we love yet penalise us untill we have grinded our “Ultimate Team”

     It's a nice idea and I'm not against it, but if you 'just have to complete games to get players to maximum chemistry' then it means you can play a player on maximum chemistry out of position, people will just move players about to get a good team. I guess there could be a limitation, e.g. only defenders can be player in defence etc, similar to position change limitations currently in place.
    Also, it just takes 'time' to do this, not actually winning divisions or winning DKT etc, unless you said for chemistry to build the team 'must' win. But then people will try to fiddle this somehow.
    EA do 'position change special cards' to make money, this will never change. If you could work around this by 'playing games' then position change cards would be worthless really in the end?
    I doubt chemistry will change either, until EA's hand is forced.
    I think the 'community aspect' of Fifa/FUT has gone over to YouTube and video type stuff now, Twitch, YouTube are very popular.
    I am sure EA are making record amounts of money out  of packs. They don't really care outside of money making in my opinion.
    As the game starts again every year, it is difficult to play it for more than 5 years in a row IMO - at least to a 'top club level' worth 5-6million every year.
    It is enjoyable, but the cycle becomes a bit repetitive and boring for me grinding at the game since Fifa14 - It's a long slog each time.
    I don't think the chemistry system is bad, league/team/nationality links is fine, problem I have is the fact you can make changes 'in game' to retain chemistry, e.g. change an LW or LF player to ST and still have 10 chemistry.
    Chemistry should be dynamic and should change if a player is played 'out of position' in game.
     
    There have to be some limited aspects about building your UT/dream team, chemistry and the way it works is probably as good a system as any.
     
    I think we would see more varied teams if it didn't exist, but would probably even out. All the while there are sweaty OP premier league sides, premier league will be favourite, chemistry or no chemistry.
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    posted a message on Upgrades
    Quote from Rmcdowall93 >>
    Quote from MJELEB >>

    When they upgrade the stats of the NIF to a new card do the special cards get upgraded stats or do they stay the same and just get a rating upgrade?

     It will depend on the upgrade they got and if EA copy last year
    e.g if say Firmino whos normal is a 83 and first special is an 85, if he only got a +1 then i dont think his special cards will get a boost it would only be if his regular card is the same rating as his first special card so he would need a +2 for his special cards to also get a boost 
    Like me i have Vrsalkjo and his base is a 79 but his special is an 82 so he would need a +3 to get a upgrade to his special cards
     Not knocking what you've said, you are right, but maybe a bad example?
    As 83 base card gets an IF of 85.
    If the base card goes to 84, then the first IF turns into 86 (as that is the first natural IF step), so would see a small upgrade to the first IF.
    However, if an 84 base rated card goes to 85 rated card, the first IF for both versions would be 86, so if one existed already it would have the same 86 rating but just wouldn't go up in line with the +1 upgrade the base card gets.
    I think that is right, however, it may have a small couple of stat boosts? Just no actual 'overall rating upgrade'.
    I guess there is always the argument over 'where they draw the line'.
     
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    posted a message on Rui Costa upgrade
    Quote from Lezdog1986 >>

    Advice needed.... Gold 1 or 2 WL using 41212 narrow

     

    Currently have NIF erikson in CAM and Herrera CM. I now have obtained Rui Costa. Am I best replacing erikson in CAM or Herrera in CM? where will I get the most benefit?

     

     

     

     

     In my opinion, Rui Costa flourishes/is most effective at CAM by far.
    His shooting, especially finishing needs a boost, to give him 'hunter' chemistry style.
    I tried Rui Costa at CAM and CM, he is much more influencial at CAM. He can 'do a job' at CM, but with his defending stats he is wasted, I even tried him with 'Shadow' at CM but he is another level at CAM for me.
    I also play 4-1-2-1-2 narrow.
     
    I have run Costa at CAM for probably 600-800 games.
    Give him a try in each position yourself though, please be my guest, this is just my opinion and experience.
    Herrera is very solid at CM with HH workrates.
    If you want to upgrade Herrera, I'd recommend the Vidal, Boateng, Alaba trio in a hybrid with premier league somehow.
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    posted a message on Pack Luck

    Congrats to everyone and their pack luck.

    I opened 3-4 packs from Bundesliga SBCs, only small gold player packs, but managed to get a MOTM Vazquez, IF Ramsey and Iniesta, pretty good for me personally, around 80k or so worth of players there at the time.

     

    I am sure this is not coincidence... why is it during TOTY I rarely even managed a board from LOADS of packs, yet now TOTY is over... I get boards every other pack and manage some decent pulls....

    Kroos last week (a day after he was out of TOTW, but cannot complain really).

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    posted a message on General WL Ramblings

    MJELEB, as far as the players in game you use and the difference, I totally agree, you can probaby achieve similar results with cheaper players, I think a lot of it comes down to the following:

     

    Skill moves rating (if you use them of course, but they are a way to 'out think' the opponent to do the expected and to vary your play).

    Weak Foot.

    Pace.

    Strength.

    Stamina.

     

    The way players are used is so important, in those youtube guides, I was very impressed with what the guy can get out of Martial, Jesus, Bailly etc.

    If you know how to play the game and utilize all the different players, some of the 'cheap meta players' - e.g. Jesus, Martial, Bakayoko, Bailly etc can definitely win games against most opposition.

    I think even one of the hastag boys (Harry?) used to say that the only substiantial upgrade on Martial is Christiano Ronaldo, apart from that, coins invested in that position are not that worthwhile.

    Have to say, I probably don't disagree, Martial is still SO EFFECTIVE whenever I see him play against me.

    I guess Ronaldinho has come out since who is an upgrade on Martial though, pretty expensive one though.

    What annoys me is that Martial has Med/Low workrates, yet always seems to be in the ideal position, it's almost like he doesn't 'need' high attacking workrate because he is such a good card Confused

    Martial takes the biscuit a bit, a lot of the OP players have some form of flaw, but Martial has 4 star combo, strength, pace, good finishing, half decent composure - but at 78, you can see why he is at least a little bit inconsistent. Nothing really wrong with him at all.

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    posted a message on General WL Ramblings
    Quote from Daveyg82 >>
    Quote from blue_eddie >>
    Quote from Daveyg82 >>

    I have come to terms with just playing to get Silver 1, as I have young family and it would be too hard for me to play 40 games every weekend. Its great now that you only need 11 wins to re-quaify automatically. My hope is that I might pull the odd decent monthly reward from Silver 1, so far I have got IF Fernandinho, IF Telles and IF Castillo, the first 2 were decent but Castillo was pointless Neutral

     

    Usually I play some games Fri, Sat and Sun nights but this weekend I had a bit more time so managed to play 36 games, I finished on 24 wins which is my highest ever, then again I dont normally play more than 20 games a weekend Tongue I find the time of day can have a MASSIVE impact on results. I finished Friday on 9 - 2 which was a decent start, but I went on Saturday afternoon for a bit and lost 6 games straight...similar to you MJELEB, with the majority going to ET and me losing. The games also seemed very laggy and like there was a bit of delay for me.  I was pretty annoyed at this point, but had to stop anyways to sort somethings. I got back on that night again for a couple of hours and the results were massively different I went on a 7-1 run, leaving my record at 16- 9...if only I hadnt played those games Saturday afternoon Sad Sunday was pretty much the same with me finishing on a 8 - 3, giving me a record of 24 - 12 overall. For me it certainly seems the servers are really bad at certain times of the day compared to others. Maybe thats something to look at? Although I know we cant always play when we want to so that might not be possible Sad

     

    Another thing I changed is that during the week I play my pressure at 50, so I press higher up in my half with aggression set to 65. However with all the counter attacking that happens in WL, I decided to reduce the pressure to 10. This helped me massively, my back 4 seemed to stay in place alot more and that allowed me to control my CDM and stop attacks. I'll put it back up to 50 outside of WL but definately think I'll be changing it back for WL.

     

    I find the WL rewards the strangest thing, last weekend I only managed 6 games, won 5 lost 1 so finished Bronze 1. When I got my rewards on Friday morning I thought to myself 'Whoop Bronze1 rewards cant wait to pack a non rare' Tongue So I hit open on my players pack, looked away at something else as wasnt expecting much and I ended up packing De Gea Neutral This is easily the best pull I have had from Weekly rewards, from the lowest finish I have had...which is so strange Neutral

     Sometimes rewards and pack luck just seem to make no sense at all.
    It is completely down to 'luck' for sure - you may have a 'slightly better statistical chance' of packing better players in 100k Jumbo Rare Player Packs, but I don't think there is a huge difference. The 'better' packs start with 25k Premium Gold Player packs or anything that includes gold players guaranteed are good IMO. The non rare gold players are fairly rare compared to 'rare golds' as the promotional events usually mean tons of 'rare gold players' get injected into the game.
    I opened about 4 packs from Bundesliga SBC packs yesterday, all 6 players or less and managed to pack 87 rated Iniesta, MOTM Vazquez and IF Ramsey, this is incredible really? 70k worth of players. It is total luck, I guess the special cards from those three aren't 'too difficult' to pack in reality though as they are not high rated.
    I think I opened the 25k premium gold player pack the other day from a reward of some sort (not WL or SB reward, an SBC reward) and packed Kroos.
    I sometimes wonder whether 'time of day' makes a difference, I packed Neuer and a few other players on separate occasions around 2-3am GMT/British Summer Time, but it just seems to be completely 'random'.
    Congrats on packing DDG, very nice pull indeed.
    I packed Pogba from a Mega pack on the first day of FUTMas. Yet from a number of 50k/100k packs, I've packed absolutely nothing special at all (all from WL rewards, SBC rewards etc)
    I think you are right, 'time of day' and how fast the game 'feels' does have quite an impact for sure.
    You seem to know when to put the control pad down lol, if I had 4 games left and was on 24 wins, I'd probably lose an hour's sleep to finish the games, at least until I managed 25 wins.
    What team do you run at the moment Daveyg82? Just curious.
     
    I must admit, I've never changed anything with 'pressure' or custom tactics in FUT18 or earlier versions.
    I simply leave it at default, maybe this is where I am going wrong? Would it make that big a difference?
    I dont have the best team currently altho admittedly I had 2.5million coins sitting there because I'm a miser Smile  and also wasnt sure what to do upgrade wise Smile This is the team I ran last weekend: http://www.futhead.com/18/squads/2930757/ , I have since upgraded Bakayoko to 88 Petit and Jesus to OTW Lacazette (Purely because am an Arsenal fan), strangely am not a fan of Auba in game at all.....I bought his OTW card twice but sold him again after a number of games both times. I am purely holding onto Aguero also in anticipation for his POTM, which I would like to do unless it is to expensive, in which case I will sell for hopeful profit Smile I have so many cards in my club that I could easily do a couple of Icon SBC's but just no one stands out, I was going to do the Petit one but when I compared the 88 seemed better value for money and is tradeable again! I loved Deco in the previous Fifa versions so he may be someone I do, especially as he is cheap and relatively easy to complete Smile
    I definitely find that the 'time of day' I come on to play WL has a big affect on my performance, like I mentioned above I found Saturday afternoon very bad in regards to speed up lag and input delay, but when I played in the evenings 7- 9ish or 11pm + games just felt smoother for me and my win ratio was drastically increased.
    As for Custom tactics its worth a go at testing some of the settings, I dont find alot have a massive affect so arent that important but I definitely found due to the amount of counter attacking in WL that setting pressure to '10' helped me massively. Also as people dont tend to cross too much these days I changed team width for defense to 40 which kept my defenders closer together meaning if I dived in with one (as we all do, rush of blood to the head) then there was another defender close by allowing me to cover Smile These helped me in WL,  I dont play them outside of WL tho as the gameplay is so different. I'm also not much of a counter attacker, prefer to pass about and create a good oppportunity, so because of my slower build up my players often commited to attack meaning I was easily countered, these two settings along with aggression at '65' seemed to help me Smile
     Appreciate the info, all pretty interesting stuff Smile
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    posted a message on General WL Ramblings
    Quote from MJELEB >>

    This is my latest team: www.futhead.com/18/squads/2930796/  I bought De Gea today to use next WL.

     

    On Friday I started FUTMAS Alessandrini as RW, I bought Mbappe Saturday morning with my league SBC profit from selling duplicates.  With Mbappe I lost my first 2 games but then won 6 in a row.

     

    I usually bring on my 3 subs in one go at around 60-65 mins.

     

    Talking about skill gap, if anything I'd say it's decreased.  I used to dominate at least 2 out of 3 games and score more goals.  The last two weekends I've played almost every game vs somebody on my level and had all tight games won or lost by 1 goal.  Maybe it's in the matchmaking?  Perhaps I'm playing more difficult opponents that usually wouldn't have played Away for example?  Maybe EA have fixed the matchmaking and you play people with the same number of wins more often?  I certainly didn't feel like I was playing any newbs all weekend.  Every player was using drag backs which usually gives them away as knowing what they are doing.

     

    I found when it comes to custom tactics that you have to fiddle in game sometimes.  If I have it less than 55 there are certain players that just seem to have lots of time and space with their midfield and then can play that killer ball in to feet on the edge of the box.  Raising pressure stops that.  I wonder if my opponents are either going very low pressure and then attacking mentality or very high pressure and defensive mentality.  They seem to all pressure my players all over the pitch but also have everybody behind the ball when I'm in their third.

     

    I think one of my problems maybe rushing my attacks when I've lost my concentration.  I very rarely score a counter attack and I almost never play a ST through on goal more than 20 yards out.

     

    I feel like I need to figure out what formation, custom tactics or mentality enables my opponents to always have players back when I turn over possession.  And vice versa, I usually have the Lion's share of possession and have to defend my arse off at times trying to stop their counter attacks.

     

    Perhaps to get Gold2+ it's all in my head?  I think sometimes I may rush attacks and get frustrated thinking I'm better than my opponent so I'm trying to force it when I should be more patient both in attack and defence?

     

    I'd love to be able to watch my games back.  Is it possible to know if you've played a Top100 player so you'll be in a replay in the champions channel?  Does any website make a fixture list or anything like that?

     

    Another big problem I have is that I work Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  I'm forced to play my 40 games between 10pm and 2am all three nights going on till sometimes 3-4am on Sunday night to fit them in.  A lot of the time I'm tired or just don't feel like it but I work so hard trading and reading up on the game to not actually play WL.  I do wish I bought Call of Duty or Battlefield instead of FIFA 17 Smile

     

    IF I come back for FIFA 19 I 100% won't spend any money on points like I did at the beginning of 18.  I find that players make very little difference.  I reckon I could get pretty much the same results with my B Team as with my multi-million A Team.

     You do have to be in a good 'place' I find to play Fifa, ridiculous as this sounds, if there are any distractions at all, my game suffers most of the time. Being tired never helps, as soon as frustration sets in... it is a recipe for disaster in fut champs.
    I must admit, I watched one of those Youtube vids and the examples he gives are very good, the one where he trys to 'force the play' was maybe something I was doing a few weeks ago, but now I generally pass off to a wide player.
    So much of what he said made sense, as a number of times I end up caught out by all my players moving 'down the pitch' when using 4-1-2-1-2 and then I get caught at the top end of the pitch from an opponent 'tap in' as they have someone on the overlap unmarked at the back post. I will have to try to remember this and stop dragging my bottom player down so much. I do try and keep the RB and LB in position, I used to love running them into the opponents final third, but stopped doing this a few weeks ago too, I have much more 'controlled build up/play'.
    Really, to step up my game I need to learn to: Jockey, use the odd drag back, learn to use ball roll and fake shot.
    I believe I do all the basics very well, I can do driven shots, the odd finesse shot, through ball, 1-2 passes etc. I know exactly when to lob the opponents goalkeeper, I usually score at least 3 lobbed shots every weekend in WL to be fair. I just don't expand my repitoire of my skills/capabilities very well.
     
    I often am sure I frustrate the opponent, e.g. go 1 or 2 goals up, win possession and pass the ball around very well/effectively, they gradually pull players out of position and you can take advantage/utilize the space.
    I must admit, these days I tend to take no risks with possession in the last 5 in game minutes from 85 minute onwards if I've dominated the game and by far had more shots etc. E.G. I've done more than enough to win the game, EA have made the opponent's GK and defenders make countless saves/clearances. I feel EA are trying to screw me out of the win...so I will hold possession, simple as that. I've not worked hard all game to throw it away at the end on some silly chance my players probably won't score.
    I prefer no one to be in the household, either silence/quiet or some form of relaxing music on in the background so that it doesn't get 'too tense'.
    Definitely need to cut down how much time Fifa takes from life, I don't think I can bear to spend even one quarter of the time on Fifa19.
    I will probably download the webapp, if I pack an 86+ rated player from loyalty packs/returning player packs, I might be tempted to purchase the game and build a small team with a little bit of trading, but will generally avoid 40 games every weekend and 20 games in the week to get a decent SB reward.
    To be fair, I'm tempted to pack it in now, but I've built this decent team and have Ronaldinho SBC 4/12 completed (including the most expensive 89 rated team including an icon already submitted), so will aim to finish Ronaldinho, aim for gold1 each week and see how long it takes to pickup Ronaldinho. Hope for the odd good pull from rewards from SBs, WL and monthlies and just try to enjoy the game.
    Just for how much stress getting 25 wins causes me... I do enjoy it, but it takes a lot out of you. I always said you go through cycles, I'd been playing since Fifa14 and gradually built better teams each year, but now have hit the 'realistic limit' - hit elite3 once last year. Gold1 this year, I'm happy with that to be honest, I feel I've achieved all I can in the game to a 'reasonable level'.
     
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    I have come to terms with just playing to get Silver 1, as I have young family and it would be too hard for me to play 40 games every weekend. Its great now that you only need 11 wins to re-quaify automatically. My hope is that I might pull the odd decent monthly reward from Silver 1, so far I have got IF Fernandinho, IF Telles and IF Castillo, the first 2 were decent but Castillo was pointless Neutral

     

    Usually I play some games Fri, Sat and Sun nights but this weekend I had a bit more time so managed to play 36 games, I finished on 24 wins which is my highest ever, then again I dont normally play more than 20 games a weekend Tongue I find the time of day can have a MASSIVE impact on results. I finished Friday on 9 - 2 which was a decent start, but I went on Saturday afternoon for a bit and lost 6 games straight...similar to you MJELEB, with the majority going to ET and me losing. The games also seemed very laggy and like there was a bit of delay for me.  I was pretty annoyed at this point, but had to stop anyways to sort somethings. I got back on that night again for a couple of hours and the results were massively different I went on a 7-1 run, leaving my record at 16- 9...if only I hadnt played those games Saturday afternoon Sad Sunday was pretty much the same with me finishing on a 8 - 3, giving me a record of 24 - 12 overall. For me it certainly seems the servers are really bad at certain times of the day compared to others. Maybe thats something to look at? Although I know we cant always play when we want to so that might not be possible Sad

     

    Another thing I changed is that during the week I play my pressure at 50, so I press higher up in my half with aggression set to 65. However with all the counter attacking that happens in WL, I decided to reduce the pressure to 10. This helped me massively, my back 4 seemed to stay in place alot more and that allowed me to control my CDM and stop attacks. I'll put it back up to 50 outside of WL but definately think I'll be changing it back for WL.

     

    I find the WL rewards the strangest thing, last weekend I only managed 6 games, won 5 lost 1 so finished Bronze 1. When I got my rewards on Friday morning I thought to myself 'Whoop Bronze1 rewards cant wait to pack a non rare' Tongue So I hit open on my players pack, looked away at something else as wasnt expecting much and I ended up packing De Gea Neutral This is easily the best pull I have had from Weekly rewards, from the lowest finish I have had...which is so strange Neutral

     Sometimes rewards and pack luck just seem to make no sense at all.
    It is completely down to 'luck' for sure - you may have a 'slightly better statistical chance' of packing better players in 100k Jumbo Rare Player Packs, but I don't think there is a huge difference. The 'better' packs start with 25k Premium Gold Player packs or anything that includes gold players guaranteed are good IMO. The non rare gold players are fairly rare compared to 'rare golds' as the promotional events usually mean tons of 'rare gold players' get injected into the game.
    I opened about 4 packs from Bundesliga SBC packs yesterday, all 6 players or less and managed to pack 87 rated Iniesta, MOTM Vazquez and IF Ramsey, this is incredible really? 70k worth of players. It is total luck, I guess the special cards from those three aren't 'too difficult' to pack in reality though as they are not high rated.
    I think I opened the 25k premium gold player pack the other day from a reward of some sort (not WL or SB reward, an SBC reward) and packed Kroos.
    I sometimes wonder whether 'time of day' makes a difference, I packed Neuer and a few other players on separate occasions around 2-3am GMT/British Summer Time, but it just seems to be completely 'random'.
    Congrats on packing DDG, very nice pull indeed.
    I packed Pogba from a Mega pack on the first day of FUTMas. Yet from a number of 50k/100k packs, I've packed absolutely nothing special at all (all from WL rewards, SBC rewards etc)
    I think you are right, 'time of day' and how fast the game 'feels' does have quite an impact for sure.
    You seem to know when to put the control pad down lol, if I had 4 games left and was on 24 wins, I'd probably lose an hour's sleep to finish the games, at least until I managed 25 wins.
    What team do you run at the moment Daveyg82? Just curious.
     
    I must admit, I've never changed anything with 'pressure' or custom tactics in FUT18 or earlier versions.
    I simply leave it at default, maybe this is where I am going wrong? Would it make that big a difference?
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    I improved my results moving from 4-3-3 to 4-1-2-1-2 narrow.

    I start with 4-3-3 and change to 4-1-2-1-2 in game, I run these player instructions:

     

    on two ST's - 'get in behind' and 'press back line'.

    On both CMs and the CDM - 'stay back while attacking'.

    On both RB and LB - 'stay back while attacking'.

     

    I must admit, I love extra time now, I seem to win 8/10 games that go to extra time these days, so no complaints there.

    I use SBC Promes, FUTMas Menuier and 86 ST Salah as impact subs and replace SIF Mooy, FUTMas Herrera and POTM Mane with these three but keep the same formation throughout.

     

    I am tempted to change FUTMas Danny Rose and try Alaba or Alex Sandro again, but when I last tested Sando, I seemed to concede more goals with him, didn't give him more than 10 games though from what I can remember. I believe defending with Danny Rose is easier as he has M/H work-rates, I know many people say that isn't great if playing a narrow formation, as you rely on the LB and RB to join the attack to add width, but he does push forward if I go down that flank and make a pass to him, but he stays back a lot more than other fullbacks, which I believe helps a lot if you are 'not great at defending'.

     

    Current team hasn't changed for ages, but is here - http://www.futhead.com/18/squads/2928816/

    I'm still pretty annoyed at myself for wasting 300k on the recent OTW SBCs and pulling nothing, I even re-did some of the untradeable one's and best pull was Yarmolenko.

    I have no idea how you managed to get Tolisso and Lacazette OTW cards! Very good results there, congrats on the pulls.

    My set back in coins means I won't afford Ronaldinho for another month.

     

    MJELEB, what is your current team again?

     

     

    My latest weekend was a bit of a pain in the arse to be honest, there seemed to be a lot of 'random events' that stitched me up, namely a couple of Courtois errors, I am thinking I need to upgrade to De Gea, but that would mean another 200k setback on picking up Ronaldinho Sad

    I think Ronaldinho replacing Mane is the next 'huge step' in improving the team that could affect/impact my results in futchamps.

     

    My question, to anyone out there who gets gold1 most weeks, do you find the difficulty hugely goes up when you hit 24 wins on the verge of gold1?

     

    I have made gold1 two or three times this year.....but on two occasions I haven't - I've basically needed to win one game out of two left to play...

    Yet in these two games, I come up against teams worth 5-6 million coins or more, probably more.

    I meant it, like Vieira, Gullit, Ronaldo, Ferdinand - more recently TOTY players etc.

    Now I have a decent team and 'should' be capable of beating these teams shouldn't I? But coupled with this, the players are very good and I just seem to struggle.

    There is nothing more irrirating than getting 'so close to gold1' and then failing to achieve it by one game.

     

    I'm not moaning, don't get me wrong - If I am good enough, obviously I will achieve 'gold1' with at least 25 wins, but if I'm not good enough, I won't.

     

    Oddly enough, the weeks I've finished gold1, I have usually had either a game left to play with 25 wins, one week I managed 26 wins and the 26th win didn't seem 'that hard' to get in the end, which is very odd.

     

    Anyway, this weekend just gone, somehow I was on 24 wins with 4 games left to play, so I needed ONE WIN from four games to get to my target of 25.

    I then lost three games in a row, all against approximately 6 million coin value sides who are very good players to boot. Absolutely guaranteed, each player either had Ronaldinho or 94 Christiano Ronaldo. One of these games I lost on penalties and was severely gutted.

    So it ends up back to the need 1 win from 1 game to get gold1.

    Again, I'm matched against against a team with a number of stars/icons and 94 Christiano Ronaldo, I go 1-0 up as I did in a few of the other games towards the end of the 40. Opponent equalises.

    I then get lucky and score to go 2-1 up - opponent pauses, I am hoping opponent will rage quit for sure! No rage quit....... Then I get a total bounce of the ball in my favour and somehow score on the break to go 3-1 up, I then score again to go 4-1 up, still in the first half.... opponent pauses and rage quits. PHEW! RELIEF! Wow.

     

    I know it is a bit sad hoping someone will rage quit, but after spending so long to try and get 25 wins, to fail needing one win in four at the end would be ridiculous.

     

    Do many of you manage gold1, or close to Elite3 with a 'cheap-ish'/low budget squad? Is it possible unless you are amazing at the game?

    Does 95% of players have a team worth 5+ million coins to get to gold1 or better now?

     

    Is it me or does the game feel harder than last year? I assume there is more competition, it is far bigger than it was in FUT17 Champs/weekend league?

     

    Sludge, if you are reading this, I'd be very interested what team you currently run and how you feel about this? As I know you get 25 wins most weeks.... do you struggle at all at 24 wins?

     

     

    Maybe I have just hit the 'peak' of where I can finish with my current ability/skill level with my current team?

     

    I am sure with Ronaldinho instead of Mane, I could get an extra one or two wins, but above that, I think I need to actually get players worth 3 million or more EACH, or massively improve the way I play the game (e.g. learn skill moves etc).

     

    Can anyone finish in Elite3 rank without using skill moves?

     

    Sorry for all the questions, but the amount of stress I seem to feel just trying to get 'Gold1' each week is starting to get the better of me.

    It seems so 50/50 on whether I can make it, even if I need one win in four games to achieve it.

     

    If I'd have achieved gold1 with 3 games left, I'd have still played on, as I hope to get 'Elite3' monthly rewards, you can get away with these win results over 4 weeks to do it I think 25/24/24/24 - I think you need 97+ for elite3?

    So you only need to get gold1 once, which seems odd, but I guess you have to get at least 24 wins every week, which is not easy IMO.

     

    The main issue between gold1/2/3 for me is that rewards. Gold1 does have decent rewards, gold2 and gold3 rewards feel similar, or maybe even slightly better for gold3 because of the rare player pack.

    I just cannot understand why EA won't give gold2 finish a rare player pack reward INSTEAD of one of the rare mega packs, this would resolve it easily IMO.

    The extra 15k coins does make it probably worthwhile, as you don't 'just' rely on pack luck I guess. 15k is fairly substantial, especially if you add it up over a month, e.g. 4x15k is 60k.

     

    Appreciate any feedback people can provide.

     

    MJELEB, sorry I couldn't offer too much help, I just follow what I know works. I always try to follow this:

     

    Never play un-necessary risky passes.

    Be patient.

    Sweat when absolutely necessary Wink

     

    Major issues I have had recently are issues with player switching since the patch, it has cost me a few goals.

    Also, my players have 'fluffed' a number of simple passes.

    Try and concentrate on using a players 'strong foot' if you can, even for passing.

    I notice Valencia's passing with his one star weak foot seems far worse than it was 'pre-patch'.

     

    Whilst on the subject, the patch doesn't seem to have affected my results at all.

    I heard a couple of youtubers saying it has made the 'skill gap' more apparent, but if I can still finish 'gold1' and don't use skill moves etc, surely it can't have made that much of a difference?

     

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