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  1. What's everybody's favorite tactic with a specialty position, like a Trequartista/Enganche/Raumdeuter? I usually play with pretty standard formations/player roles but think it could be fun to have a more specialized player, only one I've found in Knap's sheet is the Warrior 41311 with a Trequartista AMC, but wondering what other options may be!
  2. Hey @knap -- is there any actual reason why the LL test tactics are suitable for lower league teams? Are the formations simpler (like a classic 442), or are they simpler in their instructions or have easier player roles/duties for less skilled players? Since FM21 is winding down soon before FM22 (thanks again for all your work each year!) I think I might start a new, final lower league-to-champions league save and want to start off on the right foot.
  3. @knap thanks for the response! figured it was something related to reputation or credibility or something like that (didn't have dreams of winning the PL in my first season). i don't consider transfers unrealistic and will be trying very aggressively to upgrade my squad, but i think reputation is also affecting signings as a bunch of players who would be squad upgrades have no interest at all in joining my team (yet), so i think now that i've actually made it to the PL i'll just have to slowly-and-steadily improve incrementally over the next few seasons until i'm regularly qualifying for the EURO cup, able to more regularly sign better players, improve all of my club facilities, etc. but glad to hear there may not have much i could have done to right the ship during our awful stretch!
  4. Any tips for when your team enters a poor run of form and can't buy a win? I started a new save a few days ago to get Forest Green (English League 2) up to the Premiership and was using HGF 41221 to pretty good success and made it up to the Premiere League last night, but playing through my first Premiere League season now and just getting hammered left and right. I think it started after a rough stretch of the season -- Away at Chelsea, Home against Liverpool, Away at Tottenham -- and 3 (pretty bad) losses in a row got my players discouraged with low morale, but now I can't buy a win even in home games against bottom of the table teams. I'm currently sitting 14th and pretty clear on points so not in danger of being relegated, but the talent jump from the Championship to the Premiere League looks to have been too much for my team to be able to overcome by just spamming Knap tactics and training schedules
  5. Just ran a few very simple season-long tests of a few different tactics with Fulham (predicted finish 20th), since I was trying to find a suitable underdog tactic in my main save, and can confirm this one had the best results -- 5th place finish, 2nd goals scored, 2nd in expected goals scored, and tied for 5th best defense! FM21.5WARRIORKnap4442IWBP104EC.fmf
  6. Wow, this formation looks beautiful...I don't really have the personnel for it, but I'm going to add it as a third tactic just to see how it does and maybe make a priority to sign some WBs and SSs next window...
  7. @knap thanks for testing some 21.4 tactics so fast! love the different HGF looks so far, i'm loading the 41212 Kingstonian and the 4321 to have some consistency in the instructions but some different shapes to choose from based on available personnel, we'll see how this new season goes!
  8. Literally just started a new save like 20 minutes before the ME update......I'll wait for a few new tactics before jumping in for real.
  9. Also curious to hear how these updated defensive instructions work out! I started using Knap Tribute today and saw some good success early on, but have had to manipulate the match mentality more than I normally would based on home/away or strength of opponent due to having no true strikers, so I'm intrigued so far but would love it if these adjustments made it more reliable!
  10. hey @knap, given how the current match engine seems to favor offense instead of defense, do you think any of the high-scoring tactics would be suitable for a sub-top team? usually i'm wary about implementing specialist roles like trequartista in a LL save, but if HOLY GHOST FIRE41212 TREQ P104 EC P really scored 144 goals in a season, i'm wondering if it might still work to just try to blitz and overwhelm the competition in a new journeyman save...
  11. Starting my third season with my Palermo save using the Venom & Faith 41212 No Loss, have finished 10th, 8th, and 6th in Serie A with it so have found some success (especially since I brought Palermo up from Serie C and don't have a ton of talent), but haven't had the runaway success it looks like a lot of other users are having. This season I'm going to try to sign players to fill the specific roles in the formation and try to overhaul/upgrade pretty much my entire roster, since I think the attribute/skills/talent gap was just too high going against most teams, so we'll see how that goes. Last year there were a few too many games where I was a 6/4 home favorite and turned in an ugly 2-0 home loss to a team 5 places below me in the standings for my liking...
  12. hey @knap, how would you recommend going about player trait training to fit your tactics? I usually go for traits that fit a player role, like Tries Killer Through Balls for my DLPs, but I noticed in a lot of your tactics the player instructions go a bit against what you would normally want in the role (like a DLP with takes fewer risks, plays shorter passes, etc).
  13. Excited to try out the new Fire & Water 4132 P112CC, I've still been bleeding goals with my Palermo side (I worked my way up from Serie C but think I just don't have good enough players now...) so hoping the DW add a bit more defensive responsibility compared to the attacking wingers I was using beforehand...
  14. Just went unbeaten and won the 2022 WC with South Korea using the No Loss Venom & Faith 41212! Went on vacation for each match of the tournament (after setting my lineup) and didn't really face any difficulties, even against Spain and Portugal in the group stage and England in the first knockout round. Bit of an odd WC, as Ukraine were my finals opponent and Denmark also made the Semis, but can confirm this tactic wreaks havoc when you have talented players (still not seeing as much success for my Palermo side, but not bad by any means!)
  15. Running Venon & Faith 41212 (No Loss) on both my Club and my International side and won two friendlies on the same day 8-0. Not having quite the unbeatable, dominant season for my club (clearly a tactic for dominating lesser opponents but my lower-talented side is underperforming their xG in the league), but will comfortably finish ~3rd in Serie B and likely to advance to Serie A via the playoff tournament after projecting to finish 16th!
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