It was a tough opening to season 9—four defeats and a draw in my opening matches—but, soon enough, things took a surprising turn for the better. The only thing I did differently was to play around with the tactical sliders for a good while. I ended up with the settings pictured below.
I’ve spent most of my time on PES2010 doing my best to ignore the tactical sliders. They’re unPES to me. Oh, I’ve fiddled about with them. I’ve tweaked them here and there. But not to the extent that I have done now. In the midst of a match I must have spent a whole five minutes thoughtfully moving the sliders around until I seemed to have my team playing just right.
The results were dramatic. Here are my next four matches’ results:
This is unprecedented for me. Those ‘box scores’ show me controlling possession and dominating events in every match. The result in Europe against Juventus (the slightly blurry 3rd match pictured) was a particular highlight.
I’ve started to score more freely, and I’m scoring a wider variety of goals to boot. Below are a couple of examples. The first is a worked move that leads to a tidy finish from the edge of the area. In the second, I had just conceded an equaliser against Sunderland, my perpetual next-gen bogey team, and I was fuming about it. But straight from my kickoff, I got myself back in front. The floated cross from deep is a common type of goal for most PES2010 players—it hasn’t been for me. Not yet…
I also won and drew my next two league matches. It’s officially an amazing run of form. I’m up to 6th in the League table, and dreaming of the title. The season is only a quarter of the way through, but if this keeps up, I believe I could do it! Could it all really be due to the sliders? If so, I’ll kick myself for not taking them seriously enough so far.
My Europa League group consists of Parma, Juventus, and Dinamo Bucuresti. I still don’t know how I qualified for this tournament after finishing in 9th place last season. Of course I’ll take it. The prospect of matching myself against some elite teams at this stage is intriguing. It’s a tough group on the face of it, but I dealt with Juve easily enough in the opening match. Granted, this came in the midst of my sparkling run. We’ll see how the rest of the group matches play out.