So we’ve got a new show for Football Manager 2016 players – Tactics Bootroom. It’s FM Tactics related. What’s the purpose of the show you might ask. Whenever we do a new show or post, we always ask ourselves one question – does this fill a need? If it doesnt’ then we stop doing it – simple.
Over the years we’ve all seen a lot questions on FM Tactics. These have ranged from simple to complex, and these questions are almost the same every season. Ask any veteran player and chances are you will hear a “sigh”. This show is meant for any person who wants feedback on their tactic and we hope the approach helps everyone who needs it.
Our approach is a time-tested approach that has worked. When I made Scramjet, I tested it for 3 seasons, on holiday mode, with 5 teams. I won’t be doing that anymore, but I will taking the principles and apply them to user-submitted requests. This show isn’t meant to be a replication show, its focus isn’t on trying to make duplicates of real world tactics, its simply to show how I use your tactics with minor modifications. The first show is long by my standards, the next few shows, if there are any will not show the Barca test process.
Our first tactic came from DJSmiley, and he was lucky. The first show features his tactic and will be the only one to feature the whole testing process. We took his system and tried it on Barcelona starting in pre-season before team gelling sets in, and then used it for another 3 games. This is what I like to consider as FM Benchmarking. If Barcelona has no issue with it, then its time to take it to his side – Leicester. And this is where the real test kicks in. Your players are always never going to be as good as those from Catalonia, but it will be enough of a gap analysis to determine if slight changes are possible. In Leicester’s case we had to make slight modifications and we were even able to use a structured or fluid system depending on circumstances. The changes we made were minimal, but the effect on the gameplay felt a heckuva lot more, and it felt really good by the time we faced United.
So the purpose of this new show is to take your tactic, and show you how I would make changes to it. Sometimes some systems may even be more dependant on attributes, and when this is the case I will mention it. We hope that the show proves useful, if it doesn’t then at least we tried to share with you our methodology, and maybe some of you benefited.