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    Scratch got a reaction from broodje kip in The TT Blaster - An All Out Attack Tactical System   
    Haha, most people who ask me for it are expecting a plug and play tactic, not something that needs an entire essay on how to use it! 🤣
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    Scratch got a reaction from broodje kip in The TT Blaster - An All Out Attack Tactical System   
    After many requests, I've decided to post the tactical system I've used in quite a few saves this year, including my 3 x 1KC career. There are some very important things to note, outlined in the next section.
     
    What This Is Not
    This is not a plug and play tactic - it's more of a tactical system and you'll have to tweak things for optimal performance.
    This is not a tactic that will work against all teams - you are going to have to change the instructions, maybe even the formation against some tactics (more on that below).
    This is NOT a tactic that will help you win with an average team - in fact an average team will get thumped 6-0. A good team will win (or lose) 5-4. Only a great team will see good results with this.
     
    Other Notes
    You will need fast defenders with good Positioning to make this work. Your favourite CD only has 13 Pace? Sell him and buy someone with at least 15, preferably higher. In fact, your whole team should be as fast as possible.
    Although this tactic provides multiple pathways forward, you need wingers with high Crossing and strikers with high Aerial to take full advantage.
     
    Formation And Roles
    If I'm trying to get most of the opportunities to go to the front 3, I'll use this:

    However, if I'm trying to get four players scoring, I'll go with this instead:

    In the first scenario, the AM is obviously more defensive than they would be as a T, and they are more likely to stay a bit deeper and act in a supporting role.
    In the second scenario, the T will get forward more looking to both assist and score - and it has to be said that the T is one of the most overpowered roles in FMM21.
    At various points, normally when one of my prime goal scorers has been injured, I'll change one of the TMs to a DLF, in the hope that the replacement will play a bit deeper and set up the other two forwards more often. I've experimented with some other things along the way, such as DLF TM P and that works reasonably well, but I keep coming back to the combinations above.
     
    Instructions
    These are the defaults I use when my team is fully levelled up and ready to crush all before it's path:



    I normally get between 20 and 30 shots per game, depending on the level of opposition and the tactic they use. At the other end, I normally only concede 2 to 10 shots per game. However, that's in ideal circumstances - there are plenty of times where I need to tweak these instructions.
     
    Tweaking
    Here are the most common tweaks I make:
    If I get 20 minutes into a game and we've only had a couple of shots, I'll normally move to either Attacking or Balanced (whichever works best) so the players sit a little deeper, then turn on Run At Defence and Closing Down All Over.
      If we're conceding a lot of shots, I might go to Defensive or even move a player back. If the opponents have two up front, they can sometimes get a lot of chances - or a lot of goals from only a few chances - in which case I might move one of the IWBs back to CD and move a W back to WB (I have most players cross trained so this sort of thing is possible).
      For some reason, this tactic doesn't like the 4 4 2. There's nothing special I do for that, apart from what's written above - I might just move to that from the start of the game instead of waiting to see if we get goals. That said, when we're really strong we can power through this.
      The biggest bogey tactics are those with 1 S, 2 AMs and 2 CMs (where there are more players in the centre of the pitch and less out wide). This seems to stifle our ability to create chances. In these cases, I try to encourage more wide play. I turn off the passing focus of Centre, making it Mixed instead (or Both Flanks although I've had very mixed results with that). Sometimes I will Look For Overlap as well. Sometimes I will move to Direct or Mixed Passing. If whatever I try first isn't working, then I'll change it again.
      Early on in a career, when my team isn't strong, I'll go with Balanced (or even Defensive), Run At Defence and Closing Down All Over from the get go. Then when my team has levelled up, I'll switch to Overload as the default.
      Sometimes if things aren't working during a game, I will tweak random things! Maybe try Slow to see if leads to be better chances. Maybe try Direct to see if we get the ball moving forward quicker. Maybe something else. As you can see, this really isn't a plug and play tactic. That said, when you have a world class team, it works most of the time (especially if you are playing in a weaker league). But it takes a few seasons of tweaking a lot to get there and you'll still need to tweak sometimes.
     
    Disclaimers
    This is provided as a take it or leave it tactic. It works for me. If it works for you, great! If it doesn't, sorry, I probably can't help you make it work.
    Note: challenges have a "you must use your own tactic" rule, so you can't just take this tactic and use it on a TT, etc. You can use it for inspiration for your own tactic however.
    This may not work in FMM22, as this has been raised with SI Games (which may be for the best).
     
    Would This Work In Real Life?
    My first instinct was "of course not", but the more I think about it, the more I want to see a real team try something like this!
    Remember, this only works when your players are much stronger than the opponents. What would happen if PSG decided to play only one defender against Brest? Ie, if they went with a formation something like this (not the TT Blaster exactly as their players don't fit it):

    Would Brest decided to attack them and get a few goals? Or would they take one look down the other end, gulp, and then sit back and try not to get destroyed?
    From a technical point of view, the two obvious weaknesses are a) the lack of cover at the back, but fast IWBs and the DLP dropping back to help the CD would help limit the damage; and b) the lack of bodies in central midfield, but when you have the ball the IWBs would come into midfield, providing a good launch pad to get things moving forward to that devastating attack. That said, I'm no tactician and I'm probably being overly optimistic!
    I guess we'll never know, as it would take a very brave manager to try it in the first place - but in the unlikely event that someone ever does, I can point people to this thread and claim credit! 🤣
     
    Anyway, there you go. Hope it's of interest to some of you.
     
  3. Favourite
    Scratch reacted to Woody in The Vibe Record Store   
    You may be right. There are some big records in there that need breaking.
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    Scratch got a reaction from Woody in The Vibe Record Store   
    Good to see you back! Mind you it's a bit quiet in here - you might need to hold a sale or something? 
  5. Favourite
    Scratch got a reaction from Rich in Staff Disappear?   
    Oh, I always get the best staff I can, I just don't care who it is, so I never look for anyone specifically. That said, if I'm at a club where I can't hire gold coaches, I'll get Denis Bergkamp or Harry Kewell as Bronze coaches and hope they go Silver right away - but I'm never looking for a specific coach later on...
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    Scratch reacted to Ian in The Journey of Ianis Hagi - Season 22   
    Thank you Scratch, it was a bit as you always have that fear that he either wouldn’t even want the move or would have too high a wage demand. Him being unhappy and wanting a move made the decision much easier as I just felt I had to go for it and I did have a lot of confidence that he’d come. It went well for us both so it was then just a matter of trying to get things right at struggling Villarreal.
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    Scratch reacted to Rich in A Devine Career (Strikerless, Season 8)   
    Yeah it always excites me having such a young player as I love seeing how they develop, I have finished first season, may have done a bit better than 20 😉
    I have been experimenting a bit so I think I kind of got a hang of it, first season is done. Thanks Woodster.
    No I haven’t heard much of him until I started looking for a player for this. He’s pretty decent to be fair. Cheers Ian.
    Yeah great club to, they are so strong first season even.
    You shall see how your guessing skills Are soon mate. Thank you.
    I know, he will forever be remembered after this topic 😉😂
    Yeah I did forget only 34 games but the league is so weak tbh. Should be easy enough hopefullly. Season 1 will be up tomorrow 😁
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    Scratch got a reaction from Rich in A Devine Career (Strikerless, Season 8)   
    Alfie who? 😄 
    Actually I think he might turn out alright for you.
    As for how many this year - Ajax is a good team for this sort of challenge. Only 34 games though and he's very young... Maybe 30? 
    Anyway, good luck!
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    Scratch got a reaction from broodje kip in Scratch's Heist Off - The Celtic 5 v The Scorned 6 [Ermm]   
    Season 4
    We're slowly getting through this save. We're definitely on pace for 1.5K goals and almost on pace for 1K assists, so it's looking good.
     
    Transfers
    Not a lot of movement this time around - a couple of fringe players sold, a couple of promising youngsters coming in and ... Joe Willock. I really didn't need Willock and he didn't do that well to be honest, but at £2.2M I couldn't resist. I'll probably have to sell him next season though.
     
    Results

    We won everything domestically, scoring 155 goals in the league (and winning every game), but Liverpool knocked us out of the UCL at the semi final stage. We've normally won the UCL by now, so that's a real target for next year now.
     
    The Lads
    Here's what they look like at the end of the season:





    A couple of the lads showing signs of being slightly worse off from the injuries. Speaking of which...
     
    Injuries
    A few injuries this year (not counting in game injuries to a couple of the lads):
    Colidio: 2 weeks.
    Hornby: 2 weeks, then 3 weeks, then another 3 weeks which turned into 2 months for physio.
    Armstrong: 1 month.
    A particularly bad season for Hornby, missing over 3 months in the end.
     
    Progress
    Here's how they did:

    Full History screens:
    That gives us:
      Armstrong Colido Hornsby Unuvar Vignato Season G A G A G A G A G A 01 61 8 23 17 44 15 18 8 6 40 02 60 11 37 20 39 23 26 16 10 38 03 57 7 32 21 35 23 26 15 14 32 04 62 9 46 21 36 11 31 26 7 38 Totals 240 35 138 79 154 72 101 65 37 148 Not bad when you take into account the injuries - I think if we could get a injury free season our score would be massive!
     
    The Chase
      The Celtic 5 The Scorned 6 Season Goals Assists Goals Assists 01 152 88 147 95 02 172 108 173 95 03 164 98 176 134 04 182 105     Totals 670 399 496 324 Edit by Mr Bite: I added the comparison table, but Scratch definitely suspects something now.
     
    Final Thoughts
    Another good season and we'll only get better from here on in, as our supporting players reach true world class level.
    There is something fishy going on here though, it seems there have been some strange posts in this thread that I can't work out. Not sure what to make of them, but will be looking into it.
    Thanks for reading.
     
  10. Favourite
    Scratch got a reaction from broodje kip in Scratch's Heist Off - The Celtic 5 v The Scorned 6 [Ermm]   
    Season 4
    We're slowly getting through this save. We're definitely on pace for 1.5K goals and almost on pace for 1K assists, so it's looking good.
     
    Transfers
    Not a lot of movement this time around - a couple of fringe players sold, a couple of promising youngsters coming in and ... Joe Willock. I really didn't need Willock and he didn't do that well to be honest, but at £2.2M I couldn't resist. I'll probably have to sell him next season though.
     
    Results

    We won everything domestically, scoring 155 goals in the league (and winning every game), but Liverpool knocked us out of the UCL at the semi final stage. We've normally won the UCL by now, so that's a real target for next year now.
     
    The Lads
    Here's what they look like at the end of the season:





    A couple of the lads showing signs of being slightly worse off from the injuries. Speaking of which...
     
    Injuries
    A few injuries this year (not counting in game injuries to a couple of the lads):
    Colidio: 2 weeks.
    Hornby: 2 weeks, then 3 weeks, then another 3 weeks which turned into 2 months for physio.
    Armstrong: 1 month.
    A particularly bad season for Hornby, missing over 3 months in the end.
     
    Progress
    Here's how they did:

    Full History screens:
    That gives us:
      Armstrong Colido Hornsby Unuvar Vignato Season G A G A G A G A G A 01 61 8 23 17 44 15 18 8 6 40 02 60 11 37 20 39 23 26 16 10 38 03 57 7 32 21 35 23 26 15 14 32 04 62 9 46 21 36 11 31 26 7 38 Totals 240 35 138 79 154 72 101 65 37 148 Not bad when you take into account the injuries - I think if we could get a injury free season our score would be massive!
     
    The Chase
      The Celtic 5 The Scorned 6 Season Goals Assists Goals Assists 01 152 88 147 95 02 172 108 173 95 03 164 98 176 134 04 182 105     Totals 670 399 496 324 Edit by Mr Bite: I added the comparison table, but Scratch definitely suspects something now.
     
    Final Thoughts
    Another good season and we'll only get better from here on in, as our supporting players reach true world class level.
    There is something fishy going on here though, it seems there have been some strange posts in this thread that I can't work out. Not sure what to make of them, but will be looking into it.
    Thanks for reading.
     
  11. Favourite
    Scratch got a reaction from broodje kip in Scratch's Heist Off - The Celtic 5 v The Scorned 6 [Ermm]   
    Season 4
    We're slowly getting through this save. We're definitely on pace for 1.5K goals and almost on pace for 1K assists, so it's looking good.
     
    Transfers
    Not a lot of movement this time around - a couple of fringe players sold, a couple of promising youngsters coming in and ... Joe Willock. I really didn't need Willock and he didn't do that well to be honest, but at £2.2M I couldn't resist. I'll probably have to sell him next season though.
     
    Results

    We won everything domestically, scoring 155 goals in the league (and winning every game), but Liverpool knocked us out of the UCL at the semi final stage. We've normally won the UCL by now, so that's a real target for next year now.
     
    The Lads
    Here's what they look like at the end of the season:





    A couple of the lads showing signs of being slightly worse off from the injuries. Speaking of which...
     
    Injuries
    A few injuries this year (not counting in game injuries to a couple of the lads):
    Colidio: 2 weeks.
    Hornby: 2 weeks, then 3 weeks, then another 3 weeks which turned into 2 months for physio.
    Armstrong: 1 month.
    A particularly bad season for Hornby, missing over 3 months in the end.
     
    Progress
    Here's how they did:

    Full History screens:
    That gives us:
      Armstrong Colido Hornsby Unuvar Vignato Season G A G A G A G A G A 01 61 8 23 17 44 15 18 8 6 40 02 60 11 37 20 39 23 26 16 10 38 03 57 7 32 21 35 23 26 15 14 32 04 62 9 46 21 36 11 31 26 7 38 Totals 240 35 138 79 154 72 101 65 37 148 Not bad when you take into account the injuries - I think if we could get a injury free season our score would be massive!
     
    The Chase
      The Celtic 5 The Scorned 6 Season Goals Assists Goals Assists 01 152 88 147 95 02 172 108 173 95 03 164 98 176 134 04 182 105     Totals 670 399 496 324 Edit by Mr Bite: I added the comparison table, but Scratch definitely suspects something now.
     
    Final Thoughts
    Another good season and we'll only get better from here on in, as our supporting players reach true world class level.
    There is something fishy going on here though, it seems there have been some strange posts in this thread that I can't work out. Not sure what to make of them, but will be looking into it.
    Thanks for reading.
     
  12. Funny
    Scratch reacted to broodje kip in Scratch's Heist Off - The Celtic 5 v The Scorned 6 [Ermm]   
    Umm… no one… 👀
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    Scratch got a reaction from broodje kip in Scratch's Heist Off - The Celtic 5 v The Scorned 6 [Ermm]   
    Season 4
    We're slowly getting through this save. We're definitely on pace for 1.5K goals and almost on pace for 1K assists, so it's looking good.
     
    Transfers
    Not a lot of movement this time around - a couple of fringe players sold, a couple of promising youngsters coming in and ... Joe Willock. I really didn't need Willock and he didn't do that well to be honest, but at £2.2M I couldn't resist. I'll probably have to sell him next season though.
     
    Results

    We won everything domestically, scoring 155 goals in the league (and winning every game), but Liverpool knocked us out of the UCL at the semi final stage. We've normally won the UCL by now, so that's a real target for next year now.
     
    The Lads
    Here's what they look like at the end of the season:





    A couple of the lads showing signs of being slightly worse off from the injuries. Speaking of which...
     
    Injuries
    A few injuries this year (not counting in game injuries to a couple of the lads):
    Colidio: 2 weeks.
    Hornby: 2 weeks, then 3 weeks, then another 3 weeks which turned into 2 months for physio.
    Armstrong: 1 month.
    A particularly bad season for Hornby, missing over 3 months in the end.
     
    Progress
    Here's how they did:

    Full History screens:
    That gives us:
      Armstrong Colido Hornsby Unuvar Vignato Season G A G A G A G A G A 01 61 8 23 17 44 15 18 8 6 40 02 60 11 37 20 39 23 26 16 10 38 03 57 7 32 21 35 23 26 15 14 32 04 62 9 46 21 36 11 31 26 7 38 Totals 240 35 138 79 154 72 101 65 37 148 Not bad when you take into account the injuries - I think if we could get a injury free season our score would be massive!
     
    The Chase
      The Celtic 5 The Scorned 6 Season Goals Assists Goals Assists 01 152 88 147 95 02 172 108 173 95 03 164 98 176 134 04 182 105     Totals 670 399 496 324 Edit by Mr Bite: I added the comparison table, but Scratch definitely suspects something now.
     
    Final Thoughts
    Another good season and we'll only get better from here on in, as our supporting players reach true world class level.
    There is something fishy going on here though, it seems there have been some strange posts in this thread that I can't work out. Not sure what to make of them, but will be looking into it.
    Thanks for reading.
     
  14. Favourite
    Scratch reacted to Ian in The Journey of Ianis Hagi - Season 22   
    Thank you Danish Salmon, hopefully we can get some European success soon, either at Rangers or a team abroad if a job comes up.
    Thanks Scratch, it was great at the time and we certainly felt good after the game. You then think he’s going to do that every game but as is life, things don’t always pan out how you want or expect. Still, can’t complain and onwards and upwards.
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    Scratch reacted to Ian in The Journey of Ianis Hagi - Season 22   
    Thank you Scratch, I certainly do need to try and remember the fines for red cards otherwise the players will walk all over me.
    I do like the three up top like this. I’ve tested a few different roles for the front two but always seem to go back to the DLF’s. Seems to offer a good balance for goals and assists for the T guy. I found with the other roles that there’s slightly more crosses coming in and successfully too which is fine and works well but at the same time seems to take a bit away from the T as he’s not quite involved as much. With the DLF’s I find I can get practically everything going through the middle and you’re then just hoping the three are up to the task. 
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    Scratch got a reaction from geordiekrispy in FMM21 General Discussion - Winter Update Out Now   
    So maybe I'm a little slow, but I just realised how important squad status is to a player's impact on the squad.
    For example, Ajer with a status of Rotation:
     
    Then Ajer with a new contract that gives him a status of First Team:

    And as a result our Professionalism and Determination both moved from B to A.
    I normally keep the squad status as low as possible to avoid players getting upset over playing time, but this is a good reason to make it higher for certain players. The thing is, he only asked for Rotation, I had to bump it up...
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    Scratch got a reaction from geordiekrispy in FMM21 General Discussion - Winter Update Out Now   
    So maybe I'm a little slow, but I just realised how important squad status is to a player's impact on the squad.
    For example, Ajer with a status of Rotation:
     
    Then Ajer with a new contract that gives him a status of First Team:

    And as a result our Professionalism and Determination both moved from B to A.
    I normally keep the squad status as low as possible to avoid players getting upset over playing time, but this is a good reason to make it higher for certain players. The thing is, he only asked for Rotation, I had to bump it up...
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    Scratch got a reaction from broodje kip in Scratch's Heist Off - The Celtic 5 v The Scorned 6 [Ermm]   
    The Scorned 6 - Season 3
    Another season. And we are stronger than ever.
     
    Transfers
    Some left, but need not be spoken of. They were not the core of the pack.
    Some arrived, three young pups and a seasoned hunter who had been cast out by his pack.
     
    Results

    The League was easy again, as was the PT Cup, but Benfica knocked us out of the League Cup for the second year in a row. We were knocked out of the UCL at the group stage, but went on to win the Euro Cup, beating AC Milan 2-1 in the final.
     
    The Hunters
    The hunters are growing strong:






    As last year, Arzani and Koita are fully grown, but the others keep growing! They will be truly powerful warriors by the time they are fully grown.
     
    Injuries
    Cangiano missed 10 days, Koita missed 10 days and Scamacca missed 1 month:
     
    Progress
    The hunters did well:


      Hernandez Pedro Arzani Koita Scamacca Cangiano Season G A G A G A G A G A G A 01 40 9 30 18 9 14 28 15 34 18 6 21 02 46 14 40 13 16 6 35 10 32 22 4 30 03 53 19 30 18 13 14 32 17 42 18 6 48 Totals 139 42 100 49 38 34 95 42 108 58 16 99  
    The Chase

      The Celtic 5 The Scorned 6 Season Goals Assists Goals Assists 01 152 88 147 95 02 172 108 173 95 03 164 98 176 134 Totals 488 294 496 324 We had a strong season and are now in front of Scratch's golden boys. I am most proud of the teamwork the pack showed to get so many assists.
     
    Final Thoughts
    We will only get stronger from here. Scratch's crew has our respect, but we do not fear them and we should be able to build a bigger lead next season. But for now we rest.
    Thanks for reading...
     
  19. Happy
    Scratch got a reaction from broodje kip in Scratch's Heist Off - The Celtic 5 v The Scorned 6 [Ermm]   
    Arzani is smaller than the other hunters. Normally he has to wait until they tire before he can feed. But he has heart and all the lads love him like a brother.
  20. Funny
    Scratch got a reaction from Titjes in The Vibe Record Store   
    I think I've got the record for "Player who gets sent off every f'n time I play him":

  21. Favourite
    Scratch got a reaction from broodje kip in Scratch's Heist Off - The Celtic 5 v The Scorned 6 [Ermm]   
    The Scorned 6 - Season 3
    Another season. And we are stronger than ever.
     
    Transfers
    Some left, but need not be spoken of. They were not the core of the pack.
    Some arrived, three young pups and a seasoned hunter who had been cast out by his pack.
     
    Results

    The League was easy again, as was the PT Cup, but Benfica knocked us out of the League Cup for the second year in a row. We were knocked out of the UCL at the group stage, but went on to win the Euro Cup, beating AC Milan 2-1 in the final.
     
    The Hunters
    The hunters are growing strong:






    As last year, Arzani and Koita are fully grown, but the others keep growing! They will be truly powerful warriors by the time they are fully grown.
     
    Injuries
    Cangiano missed 10 days, Koita missed 10 days and Scamacca missed 1 month:
     
    Progress
    The hunters did well:


      Hernandez Pedro Arzani Koita Scamacca Cangiano Season G A G A G A G A G A G A 01 40 9 30 18 9 14 28 15 34 18 6 21 02 46 14 40 13 16 6 35 10 32 22 4 30 03 53 19 30 18 13 14 32 17 42 18 6 48 Totals 139 42 100 49 38 34 95 42 108 58 16 99  
    The Chase

      The Celtic 5 The Scorned 6 Season Goals Assists Goals Assists 01 152 88 147 95 02 172 108 173 95 03 164 98 176 134 Totals 488 294 496 324 We had a strong season and are now in front of Scratch's golden boys. I am most proud of the teamwork the pack showed to get so many assists.
     
    Final Thoughts
    We will only get stronger from here. Scratch's crew has our respect, but we do not fear them and we should be able to build a bigger lead next season. But for now we rest.
    Thanks for reading...
     
  22. Funny
    Scratch got a reaction from Titjes in The Vibe Record Store   
    I think I've got the record for "Player who gets sent off every f'n time I play him":

  23. Funny
    Scratch got a reaction from Titjes in The Vibe Record Store   
    I think I've got the record for "Player who gets sent off every f'n time I play him":

  24. Favourite
    Scratch reacted to Rich in The Journey of Ianis Hagi - Season 22   
    Sorry to jump in, but that’s good to know, always learning new things with you Scratch 😝
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    Scratch reacted to Ian in The Vibe Record Store   
    I think I’ve got one.
    Most goals in a game(player): 8 - Ianis Hagi

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