I have climbed back onto the myClub horse Online. After a week or more of playing all Offline.
It was in Divisions. I played 3 matches, which is about my limit, I think.
I find that playing online is rather stressful. It’s the sense of there being somebody at the other end with all their expectations and impatience. It’s peculiarly draining and anxiety-producing.
You know when you’re walking along a corridor with a door at the end, and you can hear somebody walking just too far behind you for you to politely hold that door open for them (because it’s impolite to stand there and make them run to the door)? And so you push through the door, let the door swing shut and carry on, but wonder if the person thinks you’ve just been rude for not holding the door (even though it would have been rude for you to hold the door and make them run to it)? That kind of burdensome social obligation is what I feel when playing Online. I’m just not mentally set up for interactions with other people in that way. It’s no good pointing out that this sense is all largely, or wholly, in my own mind. The point is that it exists.
If this whole myClub thing really lasts until PES2019 – if there is a PES2019 – then I will be a 50/50 offline/online player.
I was lucky with my opponents in these three matches. My first opponent (post-match stats above) was probably the best single opponent, in terms of him being somebody who played ‘properly’, that I have faced in the past few remarkable weeks. It’s rare that I am outdone on possession.
Note the number of fouls there. This was a full-blooded online match, albeit not quite as aggro-filled as most. Finishing with 0 fouls per side is distressingly common online.
What does a ‘proper’ online myClub match (by my estimation) actually look like? I recorded this entire match and might upload it later for perusal by the curious. It’s a huge file, though, and I have a slow upload connection, so I might not get around to it.
I really notice the difference with my new quality CB pairing – Hummels and Boateng. Having two black-ball defenders in the heart of defence is a startling change from having O’Shea and Aké there.
I limited all 3 of these online opponents to virtually no clearcut chances at all. The first opponent’s goal only came when I tried to walk the ball out of defence, as you can easily do against the AI, but which is often deadly against a human.
I next took my 1-star Irregulars Squad online to see how they’d do. My opponent was another 1-star team who had ‘Ibra’ on loan. I made four clear-cut chances in a first half that I dominated, but missed them all. Ended up losing 2-0, both scored spectacularly by ‘Ibra’. But it was another good match against an opponent who played mostly properly.
Next I switched back to my 4-star ‘A’ Squad. They’re pretty decent now. Hummels and Boateng at the back. Victor Moses and David Silva in midfield. Bale and Bacca up front.
I got a victory. I played a Uruguay player – myClub is still running a weird World Cup bonus system where players can re-skin their teams in national colours for various rewards.
This player was the least wholesome of the trio, but he was still a cut above the usual online opponent. Back and forth the battle went. I was outmatched in various ways, but I hung on and snatched a jammy goal in the second half. Then I switched to a low Defensive posture (2/5), held the line deep, and grimly hung on until the final whistle. He had a couple of half- and quarter-chances but my solid new black ball defenders withstood the pressure.
Here are two brief highlights – I’m the team in white. First up is a glimpse of the only clearcut chance he made, which he fluffed; and then comes my goal:
It was a jammy goal as I wasn’t aiming for Bacca with the return floated pass from Silva – it was meant to go in the middle.
And so I bagged my first win in Division 11, after 3 straight defeats. These new CBs are really showing up for work.