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    posted a message on Rio Ferdinand Prime Icon

    Has anybody used Petit from the SBC? Apart from one icon  there are no informs needed, so if you have one Icon already (e.g. sacrifice Rui Costa) it might be doable, and he looks like a great 8.

     

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    posted a message on Overmars SBC

    'Cheap' Icons are quite expensive at the moment. For example, the 86 Overmars had a low at 290k on November 12th and is now at almost 400k (according to FUTBIN).

    I think the reason is that ICON SBCs (Henry, Ferdinand, ...) came out which require to submit other Icons.

     

    So what I want to say is this might not be the best time to buy an Icon.

     

    Edit:

    Some players required for the Overmars SBC (83-85 rated players) could also drop in a few days again because currently they are still required for some upgrade SBCs. So if you want to do the SBC you may want to check that as well.

     

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    posted a message on BF and the Market

    Low rated players might still drop, right?

    Because they will be in all those packs which will be opened on BF. And all those pack openers will want to convert them to coins so they throw them on the market. High rated and highly desirable cards will not drop because their pack weight is so low so even if many packs are opened the demand will be higher than the supply. 

    At least that is the theory I guess.

     

    The problem is, there are so many traders and hardened FIFA veterans who all try to outsmart each other, and also the youtubers who have a massive influence on the market itself, and also EA trying to influence the market with SBCs and stuff.

     

    My plan was to pick up cheap players to prepare for the Bundesliga SBC. Not sure if I will follow it though.

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    posted a message on How to score directly from kick off?
    Quote from blue_eddie >>
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    If EA can get away with a scandal like this and are not subject to 'fair play/investigation type stuff' - they simply 'have their customers by the balls' so to speak.
     
    So the only option is to stop playing the game.
    I am getting sick of it and cannot put this much time into it for years to come, I am going to try and tone down my play, after this month, I will try and tone down weekend league involvement and gradually stop playing it with a view to not play it next year....
    They certainly have their customers by the balls - big time
    Stop playing seems to be a good plan, but might be hard to execute ;-)
    Well fortunately I have not been involved in WL as yet (although I must admit that part of the reason is probably I am simply not good enough to qualify) but I hope they create some game modes which do not take the weekends away from people. Even Squad Battles requires a lot of weekend time. Maybe someone at EA feels great if he can dictate what hundreds of thousands of people do on their weekend. Bastards.
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    posted a message on How to score directly from kick off?

    The thing is, if we consider the kick-off "glitch" as a confirmed thing (and even many pros do talk about it so I guess that is the case), it is basically the final proof that scripting / momentum exists. If they put it in in one place (kick-off) it is not so far fetched anymore that it is activated in other situations, too. And as the problem exists since several FIFAs now it is also clear that it is there on purpose. A glitch would have been fixed by now even by EA.

     

    Not that I personally needed this proof.

     

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    posted a message on How to score directly from kick off?

    Apparently, Ovvy has a video about it-

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    posted a message on U guys noticed SB change this week?

    I am also struggling to create chances.

    Normally I was able against teams with low chem on legendary to score some goals.

    But last week it was often impossible there was absolutely no space, there is always someone who blocks the shot/final pass or pushes off the defender in the last split second. It was so bad that I stopped playing on Thursday. The frustration was simply too much.

     

    Another very annoying thing are the penalty shootouts. I cannot save a shot even if I am guessing right. My GK is too slow and does not jump far enough so he cannot get a ball which is placed into the corner. While the CPU's GK saves every shot when he jumps into the correct direction. Maybe it is because of my Gk (I used Szczesny this week for some reason) but it is sooooo frustrating - you get to the shootout because of some cheesy last minute equalizer in the first place, and then there is nothing you can do.

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    posted a message on Scripting Thread
    Quote from xmb1000 >>

    I don't play the bug infested shite that is online mode this year but just for the lol...

     

     LOL
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    posted a message on Um.....what’s with the difficulty?
    Quote from fifanoob1022 >>

    SBs have been getting me so mad. I lose to the stupid bronze squad with 40 - 60 chem everytime! Nothing about SBs makes sense. Difficulty, Team Rating, Chemistry. It is all bullshit when it comes to AI. Give me a damn 90 rated squad instead that plays as it is supposed to and if I lose atleast it will make sense. 

     Have you tried using classic defending?
    IMO it does make defending easier in Squad Battles. It will obviously not get you into the TOP100 with ease as some Youtubers suggest, but it helps especially for defending on the wings. I also changed my controller settings so that I have similar buttons like in tactical defending which makes the switch easier. Problem is, in online modes only tactical defending is allowed so it might be an issue if you also play a lot of online.
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    posted a message on Players that don't play weekend league
    Quote from blue_eddie >>
    Quote from ManniG >>
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     Rui Costa... mixed opinions, I spent around 500-550k to get him
    Played him at CM, he wasn't as effective as I'd have liked to be honest.
    He was alright at ST and better than Alvaro Morata (who I used for hundreds of games) definitely an upgrade on Morata, but his MM workrates don't do him 'too many favours' at ST IMO.
    However, since playing him at CAM, I am much, much happier, he is an excellent CAM.
    He comes as a 'CAM of course 'out of the box' and I should have used him there straight away.
    Very good card at CAM for me. He simply 'must' be played at CAM for full effectiveness to make the most of his stats.
    MM workrates are also better at CAM of course... than at ST for instance.
    His defending isn't good enough to play him at CM for me.
     
    I guess a comparison... you could compare against De Bruyne, who is 270k now. De Bruyne has slightly better shooting, but other than that Rui Costa is much better, more pace, passing etc etc.
    Rui Costa is a very capable 4 star skill and 4 star weak foot player, ideal for CAM - has all the attributes to be good/effective.
    Considering the 'chemistry bonus' of linking to anyone, you can't really argue with 500k odd at this stage in the game can you?
    He will last the duration of FUT18, but I guess you may regret it after Christmas, or during TOTS, but by then - you will have used him for 500+ games.
    The way I look at it, you cannot moan about losing coins on any player, 90% of players devalue over time, if you use them for 50+ games, you can argue you enjoyed using them.
     
    I often sell players to complete SBCs, I did for Rui Costa (I sold Kante). I don't regret it now.
    The one slight regret I have, is doing a few of the Petit SBCs, I managed to get my coins back on most of them so far, but I did the 87 rated one, as you did with Rui Costa, using some Scream cards.... but now I am in a position where I need to do the 86/85/84 SBCs from it AND the Icon one... I could throw Rui Costa in and I did consider it, but the more I use Rui Costa, the less I would EVER want to trade him in, I will have to wait a while to get the 700k coins I need to complete Petit now, but I'll do it eventually, I guess I am happy-ish with my team and can use it for this month, hopefully I get some pack luck from rewards and can use that to finish the Petit SBCs... you never know Smile
    Really, I should have kept the 200k odd I had an invested it... ah well. We live and learn I guess.
     Thanks for the quick answer! I want to play him on CAM anyway, so I hope I'll be fine then.
    Yes it is always a struggle to make decisions like starting such an SBC, but in the end, it's always just a game and next September everything will vanish anyway...  Its also hard to tell how the prices will behave because the SBCs (especially the Icons) do change things I guess, high rated cards are removed from the market by those SBCs more than ever and  the more desirable Icons like Henry, Maradona, Pele etc are still to come. I don't think I can afford them anyway so I thought I could just as well go for Costa. Owning an Icon is a bit special at least for the first time so I don't think/hope I'l really regret it...
    Also, regarding the TOTY and TOTS i can be quite relaxed this year because I packed OTW Mbappe so I can just hope he will get a boost without me doing anything lol
     
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    posted a message on Players that don't play weekend league

    Eddie, its not really the topic but what do you think about Rui Costa?

    I have started his SBC and I am almost there now, I just need the Portugal and Calcio A ones...

    I bought some Scream Cards after they had expired and used them in the 86+ and 85+ challenges when they were re-activated (sooner than I thought), so it was doable so far.

     

    Rui Costa does not require an icon (loads of TDW cards, though) so he could also be used as an "Entry Icon" maybe.

    But I hope I will not be disappointed once I get him.

     

    So far I play only Squad Battles and a few online seasons games. There is BS in squad battles, of course, but my online gaming experience in the past years has been so horrible that I can accept that. Also, playing 40 games on a weekend is totally out of the question for me, the 24 required in SBs is already a bit too much. I reach Elite 3 if I play most of the games and now I am trying to work myself to Elite 2.

    All in all I am happier with 18 than I was with 17, because now there is an alternative to this online bullshit.

    Also, the BS in offline seems to be more predictable. You get used to it, and overall you are able to improve. This was my biggest problem in online, sometimes I lost, sometimes (less) i won, but I never was able to learn and improve. Every time I when thought now I got it the next losing streak was not far. Somehow like your experience with your position changes.

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    posted a message on Squad Battles and the AI cheating
    Quote from MJELEB >>

     

    I have things like my player sprinting to get to a ball down the line on their turnover and is going to get there first till he runs on the spot whilst their player gains the ground back.  My player was running diagonally with no player within 4-5 yards of him at the time so there's no possible physical contact.  It couldn't have been stamina as he carried on once their player was in front.

     

     Yes that is very annoying. Often your players are held back by a magical force or even completely frozen only to allow the AI to collect the ball first.
    It is quite pathetic that EA uses such mechanisms to increase the difficulty.
    Ideally, the 20 players who are not controlled (one by you, one by the CPU) should always behave the same also like in online matches. The difficulty should only be implemented by the behavior of the controlled player. So basically, its like the person on the game-pad is replaced by a simulation.
    I admit that this might be a challenge, but consider the following points:
    - There are very good artificial intelligence algorithms out there, there are even self driving cars and chess simulators that can even beat the best humans, so I think from a technical point of view it could be done
    - EA must have made so much money that they should be able to afford developing a proper algorithm
    Instead they take the cheap road and implement the difficulty by slowing down your own players and make them behave like morons. At the same time all 11 CPU players are turned into super heroes, they are fast, strong, intercept everything and can smash the ball into the top corner from anywhere.
    Very annoying.
     
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    posted a message on Squad battles help i suck!

    I agree about the chemistry, teams with low chemistry are much easier to beat, regardless of the players.

     

    Also the randomness is certainly there, I even played a match on semi pro once and Jerome Boateng scored a volley from outside the box after a corner, I cannot imagine how anyone could have defended this.

     

    One thing I noticed is that the CPU likes to play one-two passes and it is essential to always stay with the first player and not to follow the ball with your

    selected defender. If you move a defender out of position the CPU is more likely to start their deadly quick passing game.

     

    Creating chances seems much harder after the patch, the CPU is much better at intercepting passes and following runs etc They are also so quick moving backwards if you just slow down your attack the slightest bit they will have their box crowded, The most frustrating part is when you think you have a clear shot on target and then some defender comes flying in from about 20 meters to either get his foot at the ball in the last moment  or simply cuts you down (of course no foul given), this gives you that feeling that you will never score no matter what you do.

     

    However, I must say i still like SBs, but I don't like online gameplay so I do not have the problem that I need to play like 60+ matches on a weeekend...

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    posted a message on Squad Battles and FUT Champs Rewards - Pack Luck - Did anyone do well this week?
    Quote from blue_eddie >>
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    Who did you pack in MMs and Hybrid SBCs?
     
     I got OTW Mbappe in a pack. I think the pack was from the Hybrid SBCs. I opened it on my mobile so no walkout animation and stuff... It even took me a while to realize that this card was 650k at the time (and might even increase further). It happened so often before that I thought I got a great card only to find out that it is worth 5k lol
    Apart from this (probably once in a lifetime) packluck, I got ManCity Jesus from the MM SBC, also not bad... (about 65k). I certainly cannot complain this year so far...
     
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    posted a message on Squad Battles and FUT Champs Rewards - Pack Luck - Did anyone do well this week?

    Weekend league AND Squad Battles, that is a lot of FIFA...

    So you played 64 matches on the weekend, right? About 20 hours?

     

    I think the value of a player is not so easy to tell these days. Melbourne players have been worthless one day and extinct the next day.

    I guess high rated players can always be stored in the club and might come in handy for SBCs...

     

    I had my best pack luck so far with packs that i got from SBCs (I did most of the hybrid SBCs and also some of the marquee matchups). But I guess that is simply a coincidence.

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