I finally got promoted to Division 10 in myClub.
Using my Irregulars! It was their first notable performance and victory online. I was as pleased and proud as could be.
Look at the odd kerning between the ‘r’ and the ‘o’ in ‘Chronicles’ and ‘rouge’. And between the ‘r’ and the ‘d’ in ‘Tardini’. Shudder.
My opponent here was just a 1-star team like mine, but he still had Hazard and Lallana in his team. The rest were the starting no-hopers, Vasilj and Hettich & co.
I think it was his very first game in the mode. I used Veldwijk and his strike partner, Zigoni, to torment the life out of him. I bombarded him with long balls and feasted on the knock-downs from my front two. I stood off in defence, let him play his ping-pong triangles, held my players in position, and then pounced when he lost patience and tried to play past me.
At half-time I’d had 6 shots, 3 of them on target. He’d had 1 shot off-target. I knew this match was set up for me to win it, but I often blink in sight of victory and end up losing.
Eventually my goal came from a through-ball that I kept calm enough to tuck inside the post with Veldwijk. A good touch for a big man.
And that was promotion to Division 10 in the bag. Using my Irregulars no less.
If PES2019 ends up being a go for myClub, expect an Irregulars storyline to feature prominently on the blog over the coming months. I would assemble a core squad of 60-something OPR players, close the door to any new players, and see how far they get. My Irregulars are the best thing that has happened to me in PES for a long old time.
I also took a look at my old Master League save. Just to see what it felt like now after a few weeks of myClub. In a way it was a false test, as I’ve spent a lot of time playing single-player in myClub.
There was one immediate and obvious difference. My Master League game speed setting is on -1 speed. In myClub, it’s locked to 0 of course, for both online and single-player matches.
The -1 matches on Master League felt like squeezing plasticine through glue. In a positive way. I noticed that my myClub weeks have made me less prone to hang onto the ball. This, right here, is why the growth of online gaming in football gaming is a net negative. It has had a deadening, pseudo-Darwinian effect on football gaming. Survival of the sprintiest.
I’ve remarked many times that even a poor PES AI plays a better and more wholesome standard of football than the average online player. I stand by that assertion. I’ve played enough online matches now to know that there are great players online, who can really make the PES engine shine. But they’re what, maybe 1 in every 5 opponents? And that’s me being rather generous.
myClub in PES2018 has a few weeks left to live – possibly. I could play on until the servers are deactivated next spring.
It remains to be seen if player development, via the accumulated EXP mechanic, is retained for PES2019.
We know Konami of old, and they are just as likely to remove player development from myClub in PES2019 on a random whim, than for any coherent reason. Although I can think of at least one coherent reason. The new transfer market would likely be unbalanced by the inevitable exploitation of player development.
But player development does encourage single-players to test the water, as I have done. A positive, you would think. Do Konami think so too? We shall soon find out.