Since my last post I have played 9 matches. I’ve played well – really well. Won 7. Drawn 2 (I feel I could have won both of these, but each match felt like a battle against a heavy weight trying to drag me down – a Now Make Him Lose script – so I think I did well to get a point from each).
Which has all left me with this table after 24 matches – 8 points from top:
There are a whopping 14 fixtures left to play. 9 matches ago I was 18 points behind and all the way down in 13th. I should have been out of the title race for keeps, but I wasn’t and I’m not.
Yes, in what should come as a surprise to nobody who has ever played Master League, particularly in recent years, my excellent run coincided with the teams above me experiencing… less-than-excellent runs. Thus enabling me to close the gap to 8 points. (I actually played another match after this pic was taken and won it – the top 2 lost. I am now 5 points from 1st.)
Master League tables are heavily scripted to keep the human player involved and interested. That’s just a plain fact. No matter how far back in the pack you might be, if you can deliver the results, you will draw close to the leaders.
I still need to keep the goals and results flowing, of course. Table scripting is generous, but you have to fulfil your side of the equation.
ML table scripting isn’t a murky secret on a par with, say, what Soylent Green is made of, but it’s murky enough not to be generally appreciated in the Master League-playing community.
Rubberbanding in a racing game is fairly obvious. You’ve really got to mess things up to have no chance of catching up with the leaders in a racing game (other than in the more sim-oriented racing games, which I understand are dying off).
ML table scripting makes a mockery of the whole business, on one level. It’s always been like this from the Golden Age on PS2 through to now, but PES2019’s version is certainly the scriptiest it’s ever been.
January came and I had no wages budget, so I brought in two talented youngsters from other clubs on Loan. I got Jermain Defoe on Loan, and also Mark Noble (at 24, he is a 90 OPR CMF).
My Regen Forlan has started out-scoring his strike partner, Gomez, and was happy to sign a new contract.
If I do play only one more full season left after this one, I will miss seeing just what PES2019’s Forlan might flower into at his peak. Arguably that peak is right now, though.
This was the top scorers’ table in December of this season:Their goals are what has pushed me up the table. Not conceding so many at the other end also helps.Regular readers may have noticed that there hasn’t been a goal replay for some time. I have been scoring quite plentifully of late, but none of the goals have been post-worthy. They’re all bread and butter strikes. There’s the odd one from just outside the box, but nothing that makes me grin and shout out loud, which used to be one of the staple ingredients of PES… and was one of the staple ingredients of PES2019, for a time.