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Pants McSkill

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  1. Rodri, Cancelo and Premier-League-Top-Scorer Son upon seeing CR7 in there:
  2. The Mbappe transfer-in-that-it-isn't-actually-a-transfer saga stepped up several levels today after the Ligue 1 president released a frankly brilliant letter full of utter fury and vitriol. (Context for those not following it: Mbappe ran down his contract, went into protracted negotiations with Real, agreed a monumental wage+bonus package, then chose to stay at PSG. Real reacted... well you can probably guess how that went.)
  3. I don't think we do to be honest. Of course the quote above is a more extreme take, and of course there's idiots across all fanbases. But there is this idea we see everywhere (not just on Twitter) that Liverpool are somehow 'the good guys'. Sort of like this: Yes, City are sportswashing evil. But Liverpool are evil too. Granted, they aren't *as* evil. Their owners don't murder people. But this is an organisation that attempted to form the SuperLeague, that furloughed their own minimum wage staff during the pandemic, that that were handed an 18-month transfer ban for their poaching of youth players... and this is all very recent stuff. Liverpool's ownership is absolutely a cancer perverting and abusing the game with aims beyond it. None of us non-top-6-club supporters want City to win. But we don't want Liverpool to win either, because both clubs are run by utter cunts. So if we *have* to have a horse in the race (and fuck me, does all coverage and discussion insist on that), then we'll pick one for the silliest reasons. And sometimes, that reason is the incredulity offered by (some) Liverpool fans when we pick City. I have to add, OF COURSE not all Liverpool fans are bad/blinkered/silly/insufferable. They're actually a pretty decent bunch. I always admire and respect their sense of community, and the atmosphere they generate for the big games.
  4. Yep. It's easy to write off Newcastle as just buying success. But with 10 points from the first 18 games, they were dead and buried before Christmas with most people (including many in this thread) pondering how hilarious it was the Saudi's had spent so much on a 100%-in-the-Championship-next-season team. Had they just barely scraped survival we could point to the cash injection. But they have 33 points from the last 16 games. That's 'vying for a Champions League place' form.
  5. Liverpool truly are the billion pound underdogs, it’s a miracle they’ve won anything really. Edit better example: Chelsea truly are the 4.25 billion pound underdogs, it’s a miracle they’ve won anything really.
  6. Just a reminder that: Manchester United have the world's most expensive defender, second most expensive Bundesliga transfer (mainly sat on the bench), and two of the most expensive teenagers ever playing for them (one of which also sits on the bench). Liverpool have the world's second most expensive defender (most expensive at the time of purchase) and the second most expensive goalkeeper. Chelsea have the world's most expensive goalkeeper (and don't play him), and second most expensive Premier League signing of all time. It ain't Bayern situation at all.
  7. I can appreciate that. I'd love to see all the rule-bending eradicated, harsher punishments for diving, retrospective bans, etc. If it helps, Man City played some excellent football in the first leg, without which they wouldn't be through.
  8. I hate to ask the obvious, but with the (dubious) exception of Villareal owner Fernando Roig, which of the last 8 teams would that be?
  9. "Atletico pushed to 'madness' because of Man City time-wasting, says Koke" https://www.goal.com/en-au/news/atletico-pushed-to-madness-because-of-man-city-time-wasting-says-/bltfc34ee0ac8404640 OM NOM NOM NOM. Love it.
  10. That Allison save from Sterling in the opening minutes is one of the best saves I've ever seen. Like peak Peter Schmeicel, but more athletic.
  11. Nah mate, group of death innit.
  12. Booooooorrrring.... (not you Ork). Fuck seeding. Throw them all in together, gimme Groups of Death and Ghana fluking their way into the knockout stages.
  13. Me three for the server problems, or the lag problems, or the delay problems, or whatever the actual problem is. I really enjoyed those three/four months of this Fifa, when it works it's an absolute cracker of a game. And I can honestly say I got my money's worth for that period. But when it doesn't work - which is more often than not - I've never played any other game where I feel such a lack of control of the outcome. I die in Battlefield because my positioning was off or I ran in front of that tank, not because I pressed a button and had to wait a full second for my gun to fire. I crash in Gran Tourismo because I took that corner WAY too fast, not because I steered left and the game kept driving me forward. I die in Warzone because of... well bullshit. But that's camping cunt fucking riot shield cuntface kali sticks fuckcunts who sit on buy stations like cunt cowards. Not some button delay bullshit. And in Fifa, if the headline game mode is so unresponsive that it stops being any fun, why bother grinding for a team? Fingers very tightly crossed for that UFL game... but I won't hold my breath.
  14. We're absolutely*not* playing like 2008 Barcelona, but we did score this lovely goal the other night.
  15. What a stunning waste of time it was. In the future I'll just spend those hours playing online poker and use the winnings from that to buy Fifa points to buy a different game.
  16. TotY is over, and thanks to me doggedly putting all untradeable dupes into League Upgrades, I've opened over 250 packs (worth over 5 million coins) and still have 93 packs left. Here's some stats: TotY players packed: Donaruma Untradeable x 2 Toty HM: None Hero Player Pick: Mario Gomez (from him, Mostovoia and Dudek) Icon Swaps Base, Mid or Prime Pick (17 Tokens): Prime Nesta or RM Makelele SBCs Completed: Dest SBCs part completed: Maldini (5/9 sbcs), Kaka (4/9 sbcs), Mid Icon Upgrade (1/4), Mid or Prime Icon Upgrade (1/4). Most expensive Tradeable card packed: Jadon Sancho (19k) Funniest pack: 85 x 10 Player pack - TotY Donaruma, Allisson, Lloris, Navas, Gulasci, Sommer... Aka The Goalkeeper Pack. Starting Balance 1,610,000 Ending Balance 1,623,965 (Had to purchase high rated cards to complete Icon SBCs). That's... that's shit right? Like, you shouldn't moan about shit pack luck cos no-one cares, but that's miserable isn't it?
  17. No need to apologise for the quality, it means we don't have to see that wallpaper any clearer.
  18. I'm genuinely over the moon to pack him. Just... EA know how to piss all over my parade. "Here's a quarter of a million coin card that has zero worth because we just gave it to you untradeable". If I was due two TotYs (having never packed any in any fifa before), why not *any* other TotY? Why not save one till next year, or team of the season, or... ahh you get me. Gotta admit, it's pretty fucking funny though.
  19. LADS! I packed one! It's taken over 150 packs, but I got me a TotY Donnaruma Untradeable! First time ever I've packed a TotY. Oh the joy. Ok, let me rip the 85+10 untradeable pack I've been saving in celebration...
  20. It is over 48 hours later. I recycle another untradeable dupe into an upgrade pack. I look at the little red number of packs remaining. 112. There were snippets of life around the never ending menus. Pints with friends. Loud music. A roast dinner in a pub. Screen fades to black. Yet again, no blue flares. There are never blue flares. There are never flares. There is only the cold dead stare of Jonny Evans, his eyes black like a shark, his bit-too-long neck-line extending to top line info: '52 pac'. 52 packs. I yearn for 52 packs. I look out of the window. It is night. A dog barks.
  21. If it was just packs then I would, but no-one wants to watch me craft SBCs from dupes.
  22. Alright lads. I got 162 good packs, a bottle of hipster East London Gin, and a shit load of Fever tree Elderflower tonics. All untradeable dupes will get recycled into upgrade packs, all untradeable fodder will go into SBCs (hello Kaka), all cards worth anything get sold. My pack luck this Fifa (top 6 cards packed): Icon RM Makele (250k) Gold Varane (40k when packed, Untradeable) OTW Varane (300k when packed, Untradeable) Alaba (30k when packed, untradeable) Aubamayang (25K) Benzema Totw (55K when packed, untradeable, already had SBC Benzema) This will be TOTALLY worth saving packs since Black Friday.
  23. I've got rulebreakers Verratti as my main CDM, and Ice Valverde as his partner - 89 pace, H/H workrates - obviously perfect as a box-to-box in the 442, but also perfect as the 'Stay Back' LM in the 41212. If I sub him off and bring on a more traditional winger, ie RTTK Politano (H/M but dreadful def awareness), I really notice how isolated Verratti becomes. That's obviously preferable when I'm chasing a game, but I have to be careful when I have the lead.
  24. I have two main, a 41212 narrow that I start with and a 442. That majority of plyers I face build through the middle or counter down the middle, hence the 41212. If they're countering down the wings I go 442. 41212: Balanced, 45, 65 Balanced, Direct, 47, 6 in box. Lst Come back; Rst Get in behind & Stay forward CAM stick to position LM Stay back, cover centre, RM cover centre CDM Stay Back, cover centre, cut passing lanes FBs stay back, over lap. You can really fuck around with the CAM on this. Come back on defence makes it defend like a 442, Stay forward has a billion outlets for a counter. Roam from position behaves entirely dependent on player workrates. I will also trigger FBs join attack ingame when I feel I need it. 442 Pressure on heavy touch, 45, 45 Fats Build Up, Direct passing 47, 6 in box. Both ST stay central & get in behind LM & RM cut inside, get into box for crosses Both CMs Cut passing lanes, stay back, cover centre. FBs Stay back You gotta have mixed workrates on the CMs (but you knew that already), otherwise they're too static. You can have one of them on balanced too though. To be honest, I can't tell much of a difference between direct passing and forward runs. And using Balanced Defence on the tactic with 4 central midfielders (so plenty of bodies to cover space vacated by the press), but Pressure on Heavy Touch on the tactic with only 2 cms makes absolutely zero logical sense on paper, but just seems to work better in game. Play around though, little tweaks can make a big difference.
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