And we’re up. I’ve achieved promotion with Anderlecht to Division 1 in my still-fresh-feeling new Master League career. I’ll be playing in a version of the English Premier League next season.
This is one of the very few times that I’ve achieved promotion in the first season of an ML career. Doubtless my 9 seasons’ worth of playing experience in a previous career helped. As did the fact that I broke with my usual routine of starting with the Defaults, and started instead with Anderlecht’s original squad. Which included a certain Mr Lukaku, of whom more later.
As I thought would happen, I went into the last match of the season with it all resting on that final match. Master League often goes to the final game of the season. It’s the way the beast works. Seabass is on record somewhere as saying that he likes his PES games to generate stories. The coding that underpins Master League’s virtual league tables is one huge story generator.
My opponents in the final match were Benfica, the 4th-placed team, who were then 2 points behind me. Clearly I had the upper hand, only needing a draw. I was also playing at home. My players all had orange and red form arrows.
The match was an open affair. I’ve shown patchy form in the latter part of this season, and lost more than once at home. I knew that a defeat to Benfica would mean a crushing last-gasp disappointment, and another season in Division 2.
I launched my attacks with slightly more caution than usual. I rarely popped the ATT/DEF level above its middle setting. I had a few good chances but the goal wouldn’t come. But I was holding off the few structured Benfica attacks with ease. It had 0-0 written all over it, which would have suited me—but we all like to win games in Master League, don’t we? Particularly home games.
It finished 0-0, and my players celebrated, and I was promoted.
And I was very happy. This year so far of PES2011 has been a tricky time for me in lots of ways. I still don’t really think very highly of PES2011, I have to say.
And so I need to keep this thing moving forward. If I look back—or even if I just stand still—I fear PES2011 will be turned into a pillar of salt.
Lukaku finished the season as top scorer with 20 goals. It was an incredible debut season for a 17-year-old striker. He’s the greatest prodigy I can ever remember playing with in any PES. Here’s that final goalscorers’ table:
And here’s the overall league Best XI, which not surprisingly features Lukaku (but none of my other players, which is a little disappointing):
And that wraps up the season. Over the weekend just gone, I played no PES2011 at all. The action related above all happened on Friday morning.
The reason for my lack of PES is due to two new games that have occupied my time.
Tiger Woods 12 is one. My last serious console golf game before this was Tiger Woods 2003. (Which boasted one of the most memorable soundtracks I’ve come across in a sports game. Altogether now: #I’m watchin’ you watch over me/And I’ve got… the greatest view from here…#). In the time since 2003, something has been introduced to the Tiger Woods franchise called ‘precision putting’. It has seriously sent me back to school in golfing terms. I like.
The other new arrival is Portal 2. No, I didn’t climb aboard the hype train: I was already firmly onboard, having played and loved the original Portal to bits back in 2008.
So I should only get started on the new season in Division 1 over the next day or two. Wednesday’s post will cover the transfer window and the first few matches of season 2.