I’ve only kept four of the starting Default players in this Master League, but the ones I’ve kept have all been well worth it.
They are Giorza, Rice, Jarvis and Castledine.
Of the four, Rice has been the most traditionally PES-like player, in terms of having an emergent character, and becoming a great sentimental club favourite.
Giorza and Jarvis have both been fine. Giorza is a first-team regular. Jarvis is a squad player who always seems to grab a goal whenever he plays. (There’s a lovely Jarvis goal in today’s mini-compilation below.)
But there is one of them who is a bona fide superstar of the game, and that is Castledine.
A few years ago, the Castolo-character started to change his name and appearance from year to year. And then of course he turned white.
It’s a shame PES isn’t a lot bigger than it is, as it would have been amusing to see the Castolo-Castledine racial switch covered by mainstream news as a scandal. Imagine it given Harvey Weinstein/Kevin Spacey/#metoo levels of coverage. Given that the mainstream news doesn’t know the difference between a web browser and the Internet, it would have been hilarious trying to see them explain Master League.
Castledine is one of my main men in PES2019 and he will stay with me to the end now, whenever that is.
The way things are shaping up it’s just possible he will reach retirement age in this incarnation, for the first time since his original Castello/Castolo character was any good.
I’ve had an uptick of results. Here are September’s:
That 0-2 reversal versus Liverpool was in the FA Cup. I was pleased to go out of it.
Here is the table after 10 matches:This does reflect how the game is for me at the moment. I’m focusing and getting results where I never would have before. I’ll be disappointed not to at least bag a European place after this start.
Finally today a mini-compilation of 3 interesting moments. None of these are great goals, as such – just moments that provide potential talking points.
- A stylish chest-down, toe-trap, and finish from the dependable Jarvis.
- A rare sweeping counter-attack by myself, of the sort that the CPU does to me all the time. So nice to get one back at them.
- One of my few free kick goals this season, a true ‘Beckham vs Greece’ effort from Captain Castledine.
You have to be very quick to see what I did when defending the free kick (vs Leeds) in the counter-attack clip. Whilst defending a free kick I switched my formation (press and hold the d-pad) from 4-2-2-2 to a swashbuckling 2-2-1-5. I recovered the ball and as I swept upfield my players were running forward to get into their attacking positions. This little ruse almost never actually works in PES, and can be costly if you don’t win the ball back at once, but when it does work, it is deeply satisfying.
And that final free kick… At approximately 32 yards, I think it’s the farthest-out I’ve ever netted one from. And what a Beckhamesque outswinger it is! I love how it flies in with plenty of room to spare.
There’s lots of chatter about how free-kick-friendly PES2019 is, but it rarely has been such for me. I’ve only been able to get a couple per season, so they have great value.