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    Scratch got a reaction from Beckham2 in FMM19 General Discussion   
    Seriously though, I did actually think about reloading... It was sooooo tempting. I'd been playing that for 23 seasons. But in the end, what happened, happened... That's the game. I've had more than my fair share of good stuff, so gotta take the bad stuff too.
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    Scratch got a reaction from Beckham2 in FMM19 General Discussion   
    LoL, it was definitely a mind f@ck. I literally posted on the career thread: "7 goals to go, no way he can miss it now", then started pre-season and out of nowhere: 

    I mean... What can you say to that!?
  3. Favourite
    Scratch got a reaction from Beckham2 in FMM19 General Discussion   
    I'll admit I was sorely sorely tested that time Colidio instantly retired at the beginning of the season when he was only 7 goals short of 1.5K... Had to walk away for a bit before I hit Save (it was over, but I had to save so I couldn't go back)...
    I can understand the temptation and don't want to throw too many stones, which is why a hard save mode would be great. No questions any more...
  4. Favourite
    Scratch got a reaction from Beckham2 in FMM19 General Discussion   
    I think they could do it, but it would be another thing where they'd have get the balance right and it would probably end up with people being unhappy. 
    If they were to do it, then there are plenty of ways they could do it. There's a random element to almost everything that happens in the game and they just need to modify that randomness to be a little less likely to be in your favour.
    They could make it so it's less likely that players will sign for you, that you'll get less budget, that the impact of unhappy players on the team performance is greater, that morale will slip more quickly, that you'll get sacked quicker, etc etc etc. It could come down to changes in the match engine (does the defender make the tackle? Does the player get injured?), but I'd personally leave that well alone.
    The problem with all this is trying to get the balance right. It's hard enough when there is only 1 level of difficulty. If you add a bunch more in, then balance probably flies right out the window. 
    For me, I'd be happy with an instant save mode. It doesn't make the game easier itself, but it does remove all possibility of reloading etc. That would be a pseudo hard mode for some (and would remove any doubt from our challenges and competitions  ). But I'm not expecting that...
     
  5. Favourite
    Scratch reacted to Foxy in Foxy and Fulham Try To “Do a Leicester” - Season 2 Part 3   
    I have found the same thing but I’m an awkward sod and like to do things a bit different at times and this is probably one of those occasions tbh.
  6. Favourite
    Scratch got a reaction from DutchTony in Stamina   
    I had it go up quite a bit (eg 3 to 14) if I set it as the focus attribute for training and the player has room to develop... Otherwise, yeah, it doesn't go up a lot.
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    Scratch got a reaction from Woody in The ‘100 Club’ - Vibe’s most exclusive challenge   
    @Rob @Foxy - Lucky you didn't add my last effort, as this time around Pedro scored 129 goals at 2.43 goals per match:

    No hurry to add me, but next time it's updated would be great to get this one added. Thanks fellas!
  8. Favourite
    Scratch got a reaction from Titjes in Scratch Tries: A China 1KC [Season 4 - Ramping It Up]   
    Update - Season 4
    Pedro came of age in season 3, scoring 115 goals at 2.3 goals per game. Can he repeat that (or better it) this season? Let's see...
     
    Club & League Development
    We want to improve the reputation of both the club and the league in order to attract / keep players and to allow them develop to their full potential (ie most need to play at a higher level to improve).
    The club finished the year on 4 stars, up from 3.5 last year (and 3 originally). We also increased the stadium capacity to 80,000 and we finally maxed out the training facilities.
    The CSL still has a 3.5 star reputation, but it's rank is still slipping backwards (from 23rd, to 25th, to 26th, now 27th). We're clearly the best league in Asia now, but it doesn't seem like there is anyway to improve this.
     
    Player Development
    Pedro only got one update this year and it was very minor:

    Plus 1 to Shooting and Creativity. That's it. He's still improving, but very very slowly (+2 for a 10 star performance). Given that he only improves in the Asian Champions League, the Club World Championship and ITN games, it's going to take some time to level up again.
     
    Transfers
    We continue trying to bring big names to the club. We succeeded in some respects, but for every player that came, at least 50 said no.
    A lot went out this year. Some highlights:
    Rajkovic: whose key attributes just weren't developing (keepers are the one position I can't get my head around with the new training).
    Kryvstov: who I like quite a lot, but he fell behind Ajer and Tah and I wanted to bring in some fresh players.
    Kampl: who was top drawer, but we'd overloaded the midfield positions and someone had to go.
    Dudu: who looked good last season (14 assists in 30 games with only 1 goal), but a new arrival meant he wouldn't get game time.
    That new arrival was Leon Bailey, who will be awesome here in China! Apart from Bailey, we only brought in a few promising youngsters. It looks a little unbalanced, but we committed to giving some promising young Chinese players game time and needed to free up some space.
    In other news, it's Sugar Daddy time:

    Though I can't spend the money I already have, so... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
     
    Competitions - Club
    We won everything again pretty easily:

    Screenshots below:
    The only notable results there are:
    The second leg of the CFA Cup Final: I forgot it was over 2 legs and went super attacking when we went 2-1 down instead of tightening up. We gave another 2 goals away, which meant we went to overtime. Luckily we got the winner in there, but I could have so easily thrown it away. 😨
    The 2-0 Semi Final win over Bayern Munich in the Club World Championship. It wasn't even close like previous years. We still lose the odd game here and there, but basically we're better than everyone in the world at this point.
     
    Competitions - ITN
    Still no sign of Tite losing the The Brazil job. He's rock solid. In the meantime, things are going great with China. We easily won the qualifying group and qualified for the World Cup:

     
    Assists
    Let's see who is providing the most assists:

    Pavon again with 48. I almost got 50 assists for the first time! After Pavon, Bailey was great, as was Sessegnon and a bunch of others. Looking good.
     
    Injuries
    He had a ghost injury:
    Then a real one, but only 10 days:

    Once again, he's gotten off lightly.
     
    Goal Highlights
    Pedro only had one 5 goal haul this year (in the Champions League Final, screenshot above), but this is the sort of form he had this year:

     
    Goal Totals
    Pedro scored 129 goals in 53 games this year at 2.43 goals per match:

    Ramping it up now...
     
    Progress
    24 (EOY) Season Total Club Goals 129 378  
    The Future
    Should I set a target of 140 goals next year? I guess I'll just take it as it comes.
    Probably worth mentioning that Pedro wants to help me succeed and people have stopped trying to buy him, so I think we're going the distance here...
     
  9. Favourite
    Scratch got a reaction from Miki Taka in Looking for Chilean regens   
    I've done what @Rob2017 has done, but before that I try to filter the search to players based in South America as most Chilean regens start there. But if not there, then gotta do what Rob said. 
  10. Favourite
    Scratch reacted to kts365 in Really struggling to find 1k tactic   
    Yes!
    I still play a 41221 in tougher games and a 4321 in easier games. 
    And your tactic will always look poorer until you have your team built into it
  11. Favourite
    Scratch reacted to Nucleus in Nucleus Attempts -Fábio Silva 2k Challenge -Season Seventeen   
    Cheers lads,
    Wilson is indeed the Bale regen and he’s godly! I agree with you @Scratch regarding wingers this year. They seemed dead last year to be honest and most of the time I’d use AP’s on the wings. Seemed to have returned this year, although they could still be better imo
    Surprised you even read! 😛
  12. Favourite
    Scratch reacted to Titjes in Titjes and his first 1K --> Completed   
    Thanks mate
    Even if the 1.5k is possible, I'm going to stop when he hits 1K  I'm afraid the save will start to be boring if I continue it to long  
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    Scratch reacted to Woody in DJ Woody’s Record Store   
    !!RECORDS HAVE BEEN BROKEN AND NEW ARRIVALS!!
    Go check em out!
  14. Happy
    Scratch got a reaction from Nucleus in Nucleus Attempts -Fábio Silva 2k Challenge -Season Seventeen   
    Great job mate, definitely on track! 👍
    Hope he hangs on to those attributes a while longer and doesn't start the long slide for a while...
    I think (from earlier updates), that Wilson is the Bale regen. Is that right @Nucleus? That's pretty awesome goal to assist ration for a winger. That said, so far I've found 19 more likely to have wingers assist a fair bit more than score, so either I've been lucky (I struggled with it last year) or the game has been tweaked...
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    Scratch got a reaction from Titjes in Titjes and his first 1K --> Completed   
    Just caught up on this and stunning work mate! Those scores are amazing. I fear you've made a grave mistake in choosing your Manager name. 1.5KC would have been more appropriate. 😄
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    Scratch reacted to Kanegan in Pensioners Club (Season 20 Final - 1KC Complete)   
    Thanks. This save has been pretty enjoyable. The amount of different strikers you get to use is massive. The Vinicius season was definitely a milestone with Vardy and Haller's season coming close.  Looking to wrap this up in a season or two. And since nobody got the answer, here is my next striker:
     
     

  17. Happy
    Scratch got a reaction from adrianyujs in FMM19: In Game Editor Guide   
    Intrigued now... Can see it would be a lot fun changing stuff around. But then we can already do a fair bit of that through changes.txt right?
    That checkbox linking the ability with attribute changes looks interesting. I tried to do a test a while back using changes.txt, but it was messed up by them being linked. I was trying to change the CA of a player but leave the attributes the same, so I could test whether CA had any impact on performance or whether it was all attributes. But when I adjusted the CA, it increased the attributes and invalidated the test... Maybe the editor could let me test this properly.
  18. Favourite
    Scratch reacted to Kanegan in Pensioners Club (Season 20 Final - 1KC Complete)   
    Season 15
    Transfers Out

    Transfers In

     
    Season Performance

    Almost a clean sweep as we won everything except Carabao Cup. It was like Keegan's entertainers as we hit 100 but also conceded a humongous 61.
     
    League Performance
    Pedro takes the pole position to continue our long run but look at Gnanduillet, what a player. He hits 22 to come second. Worrall loses his assist king title for the first time.
     
    Cup Runs
    Pedro announced his arrival with 4 goals against Chelsea in the season opening Community Shield while the Carabao Cup was a disaster as Southampton drew 3-3 before beating us on shootout.
     
    Champions League
    We blazed through the Champions League. 7-0 in the home leg against OL, 8-4 over two legs against Ajax, a comprehensive win against Real Madrid before decimating Porto 3-0. 
     
    Awards
    Gnanduillet wins Players Player of the Year as well as African Footballer of the Year.
    Now what did he do to deserve the awards??

    With 28 goals and 20 assists, he stepped up this season.
     
    The Playmaker

    He performed again playing 5 less games than last season but getting 26 assists.
     
    Main Man

    He scored his 50th goal in the final of the Champions League . He could have scored more if he had not missed around 2 months of action.
     

    715/1000 -> 285 to go.
     
     
  19. Favourite
    Scratch reacted to Foxy in FMM19 Bug List   
    That’s what happens to any club that is so bad they have lost to Oxford twice in one season.
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    Scratch reacted to Woody in Scratch Tries: A China 1KC [Season 4 - Ramping It Up]   
    Kablaaaaaaam! Huge total. 😆
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    Scratch reacted to Fractured Life in How To Be Your Own Sugar Daddy (FMM19 Version)   
    I made about 600m with Burton in 3 seasons thanks to minimum fee release clauses and one day turnarounds. Scottish League is a money tree, if you check the relegated teams each year you can pick up 3.5-4 star out of their championship for under 500k, sell them same day with 5-7.5m release clauses fairly easily. The odd player you might overvalue, and occasionally you might need to keep a player for a few weeks and play him a few times to get him on the scouting radar, but 95% of the time they sell immediately. If not, well you need to field a team so I tend to keep a few in the subs rotation when they don't sell and I get the money later.
    Search Combos I like to use.
    25-32, Transfer listed and Expiring contracts. Filter results by Internationals Appearances first, then try setting positional attributes. Teams will often take 20p on the pound for in their prime or 'peaked' internationals they don't play. Got Rudiger from Chelsea for 5.75 and although nobody bit on his 30M release clause on the same day, After about 5 appearances I got the money for him.
    19-25, Max Value 500K, Max Wage 5K. Filter results by Internationals Appearances first, if none available, then try setting positional attributes all to '9' and see whats available in the lower leagues. There are numerous 3.5-5 star players to hoover up scattergun and fire out on Minimum fee's.
     
    And stay away from GK's. Seems its much harder to turn them around without game time. 
  22. Favourite
    Scratch reacted to Woody in DJ Woody’s Record Store   
    Shilong is who i used....total beast!
    Found Argies easier to sign but it ended up being freebies.
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    Scratch got a reaction from Kanegan in Scratch Tries: A China 1KC [Season 4 - Ramping It Up]   
    Update - Season 3
    Pedro finished season 2 with 84 goals. Not bad for a 22 year old. We want to at least equal that this season. Hang on... Let's not beat around the bush. With this team in this league, a player with Pedro's attributes should able to score 100. That's our target!
    At a club level, we should be able to win everything easily at this point. The only question mark is the Club World Championship which throws up one European giant each year. That game will be the true test of this team.
     
    Club Development
    As mentioned in previous updates, we need to improve the reputation of both the club and the league in order to attract / keep players and to allow them develop to their full potential (most need to play at a higher level to improve any further).
    We started the year stuck on a 3 star reputation, despite winning the Asian Champions League and the Club World Championship last year. In March however, I noticed that we'd moved to 3.5 stars:

    Yay! That said, we won a lot more this season, but are still on 3.5 stars. Going to be tough to increase it from here given that the reputation of the CSL is only 3.5 stars.
    By the end of the season we'd increased stadium capacity to 70,000, which may help, but we can't improve the training facilities - the board just will not improve them past Superb. I guess we'll have to wait until they owe me one.
     
    League Development
    The CSL still has a 3.5 star reputation, but their rank is slipping backwards (from 23rd to 25th, now to 26th).
    Doesn't matter that we're winning everything. Doesn't matter that the Asian Champions League Final featured two Chinese clubs. Oh well, nothing we can do but keep at it...
    In other news, I've been keeping an eye on the other clubs to see whether they keep close to the foreign player quotas that exist in real life, but not in the game. Some teams are still mostly Chinese players, but there are a few that are starting to look like this:

    That's actually one of my sources for new players: If another CSL team bids for a player, then if they are any good, I'll go ahead and beat them to the signature (I have buckets of money at this point). The ones are this club are not good enough for us (sorry Aaron, still love you).
     
    Player Development
    With most players stuck on "Needs to play at a higher level to improve", it's down to the Asian Champions League, the Club World Championship and ITN games for them to edge towards levelling up.
    Pedro got one only update this year, but it was a good one:

    He got the mega Arial update (5 points) as well as adding 1 point to Shooting, Movement, Decisions and Dribbling. I'd like him to be better still, but let's face it, he's a monster in this league.
    While I'm not focusing on awards this save, probably worth mentioning he made the World Best XI:

     
    Transfers
    The increase in club reputation opened a few doors for us. We still get rejected by the vast majority of players, but we did manage to entice a few class players to the club. That meant there were quite a few transfers this year, as we overhauled the team.
    Leaving us were a bunch of players who were starting to decline or were a step behind the incoming players. This included both Viera and Luan who were second and third assist providers last season.
    Coming in were a bunch of class players, including Ryan Sessegnon, Jonathan Tah and Charly Musonda.
    We're starting to be a pretty great team, way better than anyone we face - apart from maybe that one European giant in the Club World Championship and even then, we're at least equal with them.
    It takes a lot more effort to do in China, but it's still possible to put together a team that wins everything. And this will help somewhat:

    Although really, the main problem is finding good players who want to come in the first place, not getting them work permits (most good players willing to come are ITN players already).
     
    Competitions
    We won everything again pretty easily:

    I'm not going to list them out, but the screenshots are below:
    The two notable results in there are:
    The fact that we beat Shanggang in the Final of the Asian Champions League. Surely a good sign for the strength of the CSL that two Chinese teams contested the final.
    The 3-1 Semi Final win over Inter in the Club World Championship. The one game this year where we faced worthy opponents and we came up trumps, though the result maybe flattered us slightly.
    I think it's going to be lot of winning from here on in.
     
    Assists
    Let's see who is providing the most assists:

    Pavon again, supported by Dudu and Kampl. If I can hold onto Pavon, he's going to be setting a pretty high assist total - something I had a lot of trouble with in FMM18...
     
    ITN Results
    There has been no sniff of Tite losing the The Brazil job. Brazil are flying along in all competitions and are 2nd in the World. I guess I won't have a chance until the 2022 World Cup and only then if they mess it up.
    In the meantime, things are going along nicely with China. We easily won the first qualifying group:

    Which then put us into another qualifying group against bigger teams like Japan and Australia. Should be tougher, but so far so good, eg:

     
    Injuries
    Only one injury this season, with Pedro missing 10 days:

    Can't complain!
     
    Goal Highlights
    I've stopped counting 4 goal hauls. He got 7 once and 5 once this season:
    But really his season can be summarised by: almost always scores at least 2 goals. This was his form early on:

    As mentioned in the comments above, he had a rating of 10 in his first 22 games of the season! He slowed down near the end, but he scored in almost every single match and there would have only been a handful when he didn't get two.
     
    Goal Totals
    Pedro scored 115 goals in 50 games this year:

    More than 2 goals every game! Just amazing and way better than any 1KC I've ever done before.
    I'm assuming it's because he's a strong striker in a strong team in a weak league, but maybe FMM19 is easier than last year as well? My tactics aren't anything special (4 3 2 1 with Pedro as an AF and with changing instructions). 
    Also worth noting that he got 62 in the league which is pretty special:

     
    Progress
    23 (EOY) Season Total Club Goals 115 249  
    The Future
    We're only getting better, so I'm tempted to set a target of 120 for next season, but there's part of me that thinks that would be presumptuous and tempting fate. So, we'll just wait and see how it turns out...
     
  24. Favourite
    Scratch got a reaction from Kanegan in Scratch Tries: A China 1KC [Season 4 - Ramping It Up]   
    Update - Season 3
    Pedro finished season 2 with 84 goals. Not bad for a 22 year old. We want to at least equal that this season. Hang on... Let's not beat around the bush. With this team in this league, a player with Pedro's attributes should able to score 100. That's our target!
    At a club level, we should be able to win everything easily at this point. The only question mark is the Club World Championship which throws up one European giant each year. That game will be the true test of this team.
     
    Club Development
    As mentioned in previous updates, we need to improve the reputation of both the club and the league in order to attract / keep players and to allow them develop to their full potential (most need to play at a higher level to improve any further).
    We started the year stuck on a 3 star reputation, despite winning the Asian Champions League and the Club World Championship last year. In March however, I noticed that we'd moved to 3.5 stars:

    Yay! That said, we won a lot more this season, but are still on 3.5 stars. Going to be tough to increase it from here given that the reputation of the CSL is only 3.5 stars.
    By the end of the season we'd increased stadium capacity to 70,000, which may help, but we can't improve the training facilities - the board just will not improve them past Superb. I guess we'll have to wait until they owe me one.
     
    League Development
    The CSL still has a 3.5 star reputation, but their rank is slipping backwards (from 23rd to 25th, now to 26th).
    Doesn't matter that we're winning everything. Doesn't matter that the Asian Champions League Final featured two Chinese clubs. Oh well, nothing we can do but keep at it...
    In other news, I've been keeping an eye on the other clubs to see whether they keep close to the foreign player quotas that exist in real life, but not in the game. Some teams are still mostly Chinese players, but there are a few that are starting to look like this:

    That's actually one of my sources for new players: If another CSL team bids for a player, then if they are any good, I'll go ahead and beat them to the signature (I have buckets of money at this point). The ones are this club are not good enough for us (sorry Aaron, still love you).
     
    Player Development
    With most players stuck on "Needs to play at a higher level to improve", it's down to the Asian Champions League, the Club World Championship and ITN games for them to edge towards levelling up.
    Pedro got one only update this year, but it was a good one:

    He got the mega Arial update (5 points) as well as adding 1 point to Shooting, Movement, Decisions and Dribbling. I'd like him to be better still, but let's face it, he's a monster in this league.
    While I'm not focusing on awards this save, probably worth mentioning he made the World Best XI:

     
    Transfers
    The increase in club reputation opened a few doors for us. We still get rejected by the vast majority of players, but we did manage to entice a few class players to the club. That meant there were quite a few transfers this year, as we overhauled the team.
    Leaving us were a bunch of players who were starting to decline or were a step behind the incoming players. This included both Viera and Luan who were second and third assist providers last season.
    Coming in were a bunch of class players, including Ryan Sessegnon, Jonathan Tah and Charly Musonda.
    We're starting to be a pretty great team, way better than anyone we face - apart from maybe that one European giant in the Club World Championship and even then, we're at least equal with them.
    It takes a lot more effort to do in China, but it's still possible to put together a team that wins everything. And this will help somewhat:

    Although really, the main problem is finding good players who want to come in the first place, not getting them work permits (most good players willing to come are ITN players already).
     
    Competitions
    We won everything again pretty easily:

    I'm not going to list them out, but the screenshots are below:
    The two notable results in there are:
    The fact that we beat Shanggang in the Final of the Asian Champions League. Surely a good sign for the strength of the CSL that two Chinese teams contested the final.
    The 3-1 Semi Final win over Inter in the Club World Championship. The one game this year where we faced worthy opponents and we came up trumps, though the result maybe flattered us slightly.
    I think it's going to be lot of winning from here on in.
     
    Assists
    Let's see who is providing the most assists:

    Pavon again, supported by Dudu and Kampl. If I can hold onto Pavon, he's going to be setting a pretty high assist total - something I had a lot of trouble with in FMM18...
     
    ITN Results
    There has been no sniff of Tite losing the The Brazil job. Brazil are flying along in all competitions and are 2nd in the World. I guess I won't have a chance until the 2022 World Cup and only then if they mess it up.
    In the meantime, things are going along nicely with China. We easily won the first qualifying group:

    Which then put us into another qualifying group against bigger teams like Japan and Australia. Should be tougher, but so far so good, eg:

     
    Injuries
    Only one injury this season, with Pedro missing 10 days:

    Can't complain!
     
    Goal Highlights
    I've stopped counting 4 goal hauls. He got 7 once and 5 once this season:
    But really his season can be summarised by: almost always scores at least 2 goals. This was his form early on:

    As mentioned in the comments above, he had a rating of 10 in his first 22 games of the season! He slowed down near the end, but he scored in almost every single match and there would have only been a handful when he didn't get two.
     
    Goal Totals
    Pedro scored 115 goals in 50 games this year:

    More than 2 goals every game! Just amazing and way better than any 1KC I've ever done before.
    I'm assuming it's because he's a strong striker in a strong team in a weak league, but maybe FMM19 is easier than last year as well? My tactics aren't anything special (4 3 2 1 with Pedro as an AF and with changing instructions). 
    Also worth noting that he got 62 in the league which is pretty special:

     
    Progress
    23 (EOY) Season Total Club Goals 115 249  
    The Future
    We're only getting better, so I'm tempted to set a target of 120 for next season, but there's part of me that thinks that would be presumptuous and tempting fate. So, we'll just wait and see how it turns out...
     
  25. Happy
    Scratch got a reaction from Nucleus in Nucleus Attempts -Fábio Silva 2k Challenge -Season Seventeen   
    Whew... I just read the last three seasons in one sitting and it was tense... Was sweating over whether he'd re-sign or not. So glad he did! That would have been a cruel way for it to end...
    Full steam ahead on the goals front though. I think you're going to make it now. Will still be close, but I think you'll do it! (as if there was ever any doubt  )
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