Master League 2013 has begun. I’ve started in a custom Division 2, but not with the made-up Konami teams. I edited the league structure and drafted in 17 sides from the Brazilian League. This will make things interesting in all sorts of ways.
I was kidding myself that I could wait for a full Championship patch. I reserve the right to start a new career when one eventually pops up. But I just could not wait any longer.
I needed to crack on, so I’m cracking on. I took time off work specifically to play PES2013 and get started in Master League. That’s what had to happen.
My new team are an edited WE United, renamed—and reskinned—as COVENTRY CITY.
My new home kit is pretty standard. In the future I plan to use a different kit every season, as ever.
No, I’m not sure about the striped socks with that plain kind of shirt either. I mean, they’re very bold, but are they really me?
I took the default stadium on offer. I’ll get into a custom stadium over the next few days. I’ve never been the kind of PES player who really enjoys messing about in menus and editing for its own sake.
I’m really not fiussed about the new secretary either. Take her or leave her.
I have little love for this whole cutscene malarkey to begin with, and no cartoon foxy lady with however impressive a rack is going to change my mind.
These cutscenes just need to GO.
As for the rest of the Master League world—in particular the boots and items—I’ll have to talk about them next time.
My contact with them has been very minimal. I’ve unlocked a few boots, and bought some items.
I want to see how boots and items actually work before offering an informed opinion.
Here are my general settings:
I’ve started on Top Player, but it’s a bit too tough. The Brazilian sides have been killing my poor Defaults. I will almost certainly drop down to Professional for a bit. I’ll see how the next few matches unfold first.
Sparta Prague tore me apart in this pre-season Training Match, winning 2-0. I think I had one shot on target in the whole match.
I’ve only played one league match at the time of writing (Sunday evening). That was against Vasco Da Gama (their in-game acronym: VAG). They also dominated me, winning 2-0. [MONDAY MORNING EDIT: I cannot cope with life on Top Player, have dropped down to Professional, and am 70% sure I’ll drop further down to Regular.]
One good thing this year: you cannot be sacked in Master League. No more chairman confidence meter.
Here’s the table after, er, 1 match:
I know, that looks strange seeing Coventry City propping up all those top South American sides. There are all sorts of drawbacks to this league setup. Not the least of which is that I would end up facing Wondengine Town et al in the World Club match, further down the line.
As for the new Defaults, I’ll start talking about them in forthcoming posts. We’ll all get to know them in our own way.
Playing online? Me?
I can say that I’ve got a fondness for a few Defaults already. I actually met them for the first time ONLINE.
Yes, over the weekend I played a few matches ONLINE. It was the first time in about 3 years.
I was really at a loose end on Saturday. I usually work weekends, but I’d taken this one off specifically to play PES2013. And without a Championship patch, I was dithering and unsure what to do.
I worked myself into a bit of a state where I was almost getting angry with myself. I.e., the perfect conditions to play online, where everybody is angry all the time.
I look down on Online, and I know it’s unfair of me to do so. It’s a bit of a running joke on the blog, but I mean it too. I’ve never enjoyed multiplayer football gaming. That’s primarily because it is a different game. Everybody tends to sprint-clamp, holding down sprint and the tackle buttons. It’s all too fast and hectic for my taste.
I headed towards Master League Online, for the first time ever. Since its introduction in PES2011, I just haven’t been interested. Oh I love the idea of it—you start with the same Defaults as offline, and you build your team up gradually with the money gained from winning matches.
Really, though, it’s Master League in name only. There’s no league structure as such. None of the attractions of offline environment are there. There’s not much meat.
I played 5 matches, winning 1 and losing 4. I thought I did pretty well considering I had the basic Defaults and they mostly had complete teams already, with just a few Deafults left.
In each one, my random opponent pressure-abused, sprint-clamped, whatever you want to call it, all the time.
There was barely a single moment where I didn’t have at least one, usually two, and sometimes three opponents bearing down on me like homing missiles. Just an awful, ugly game of football. At times it was barely recognisable as being the same game as offline.
In fact, it struck me that the much-maligned AI in single-player plays much more attractive football, in a wider variety of styles, than the average online human player ever seems to.
The online game isn’t all bad. I DID enjoy myself, to a degree. I might even pop back to play another few matches of MLO from time to time.
I certainly enjoyed probably annoying the bejesus out of my opponents with my total possession game. I never had lower than 60%. In the game I won, I had 68%. I bet they all hated me. Tee hee!
The online experience has a certain intensity. Knowing there’s a person controlling the other team does add a certain spice. But I didn’t enjoy it nearly enough for online play to become a regular thing.
The undoubted highlight was scoring a screamer with one of the Default stiffs. I was 3-1 down with minutes left. I put four up front, and just went for it. A cleared corner found its way to Coynborough, a new DMF:
It was a consolation goal. My opponent wouldn’t let me watch the replay, despite me having let him watch all his goals (nothing changes online, I see). I recorded the above from saved highlights.
It’s the best goal I’ve scored in PES2013 so far. And Coynborough certainly got himself noticed. He’ll avoid the cull in my offline Master League career—for now…