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FIFA 21 Title-Update 8 weakens Team-Pressing & Stepovers

FIFA 21 Title-Update 8: All infos about the patch

The first FIFA patch of the new year is here. (Source: EA Sports)
With FIFA 21 Title-Update 8 the first patch of the new year is in the starting blocks. As EA Sports announced on Twitter, the new patch is now available for download on PC. Console players will probably have to wait until next week. We tell you which changes are included in Title Update 8.

FIFA 21 Title-Update 8 weakens Team-Pressing & Stepovers

The most important changes of the new FIFA 21 patch have an impact on the whole gameplay. Among other things, the developers tackle the D-pad tactic “team pressing”.

The active time of pressing has been reduced from 20 to 15 seconds, while the effect will take 2 seconds to kick in after activation and your players will put pressure on the opponents. Also, team pressing will no longer automatically renew when the defending team gets the ball and then loses it again.

Also, perhaps the most powerful skill move in FIFA 21, the overstep, is noticeably weakened with Title Update 8. If you chain several special moves together, they will be executed less effectively. In addition, the animation has been slowed down and the small speed boost for your player has been toned down.

The changes to the FUT mode

Of course, the new patch also makes other changes to FIFA 21 that affect various game modes. In online games of the popular FUT mode, for example, from now on the ball that you have set yourself will always be selected – until now, the opponent’s leather was also displayed.

Furthermore, Squad Battles matches in co-op mode can now be paused by any player and the number of maximum pauses per match has also been removed. All other big and small changes you can read in the forum of EA Sports.
If you want to get more knowledge about FIFA21, check out our CLUB. We show you everything you need to know about the game, to ensure to step up your game. BOOST your SKILLS.

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Xbox Series X – everything you need to know about the successor of the Xbox one

By Coach Alex

Slowly but surely the current generation of consoles is coming to an end, but the successors of Xbox One and PS4 are already in the starting blocks.

At the end of this year we can expect another highlight – Microsoft will launch the new Xbox Series X console!

Although we already know a lot about the Series X, lots of rumors are still going around. We will show you what we already know and what is still being speculated about.

Design

In terms of design, the new Xbox is strongly reminiscent of a tower PC (or a refrigerator, depending on the viewer’s opinion 😉). But don’t worry, it can be used both vertically and horizontally. The tower design was chosen because it allows optimal cooling.

Release Date

A few days ago, Microsoft announced that the new Xbox will be released in November 2020. An exact release date has not yet been revealed, but if the rumors are true, the Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S should be released on November 5th and 6th, respectively.

Price

Until recently there was no official information on the prices of the consoles. But now, a well-known insider named the alleged prices. According to him, the Xbox Series X 499 euros and the Xbox Series S (which has also not yet been officially confirmed) will cost 299 euros.

In the next weeks and months, more details from Sony and Microsoft will follow regarding the new consoles.

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FIFA21 news – new legends are coming into the game!

By Coach Alex

FIFA21 is coming closer every day! The highly anticipated game will be released on the 9th of October. Only about 1,5 months more of waiting until we finally get to try out the new virtual versions of our favorite football stars.

Just a few days ago, EA announced new legends that are coming into the game. The icons are probably everybody’s favorite card. They link with every card in the game and make it possible to play with some of our biggest childhood idols (if you’re one of the older lads, of course 😉). This year, EA has blessed us with these 11 new icons:

Petr Cech

After retiring in 2019, the former Chelsea and Arsenal goalkeeper has now received his deserved icon card. He has played over 500 games over the span of his career and has won pretty much every major title ranging from the Premier League to the Champions League.

Xavi

One of the best midfielders of all time has finally received his more than deserved icon card. Xavi doesn’t need much introduction – his numbers speak for him. He’s won every major national and international title and has played over 500 games.

Eric Cantona

The former Manchester United player is now officially an icon as well. The French man was one of the most feared strikers back in the days – and not only because of his qualities on the pitch. Cantona was known for his bad temper which resulted in him kicking a fan back in 1995.

Samuel Eto’o

Former Barcelona and Inter Milan star Samuel Eto’o is regarded as one of the best strikers of the last decade. It’s only right that he’s now received an icon card on FIFA 21. Eto’o has scored almost 300 goals over the course of his career while winning lots of titles including the La Liga and Serie A title, as well as the Champions League.

Ashley Cole

The Chelsea and Arsenal fullback has won 16 titles while playing on 3 different continents. An achievement that speaks for itself! The Left back was feared for his hard tackles and blistering pace. With Frank Lampard, Michael Essien, Claude Makelele, Marcel Desailly, Ruud Gullit, Didier Drogba and Gianfranco Zola, the list of Chelsea legends is only set to grow on FIFA 21.

Nemanja Vidic

Vidic is one of the best Premier League defenders of all time and highly respected amongst experts and players. Together with Rio Ferdinand, he formed a legendary center back partnership that won Manchester United lots of trophies including the Champions League in 2008.

Philipp Lahm

Bayern Munich legend Philipp Lahm is amongst the best right backs of all time. He’s probably one of the most consistent players we’ve ever seen – delivering world class performances game after the game. The Bayern academy product has played 332 games for the club, winning every major title including the world cup in 2014.

Fernando Torres

Fernando Torres in his days at Liverpool was just insane – he scored 62 goals in just 102 games. Back then, every center back feared coming up against him. Even though his form significantly dipped after the transfer to Chelsea he still scored important goals like the one in the Champions League semifinal that ultimately led to Chelsea winning the UCL.

Ferenc Puskas

If you’ve heard the name Puskas before, it’s probably because of the Puskas award that’s given to the best goal of the year. If you have an award named after you, there isn’t really much else to say. Ferenc Puskas is one of the best strikers in the history of Real Madrid and in the world of football.

Bastian Schweinsteiger

“Schweini” is every Germans favorite player and one of the biggest legends of the game. His performance against Argentina in the 2014 world cup final remains unrivaled to this day. The defensive midfielder has played for Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Chicago Fire.

Davor Suker

Suker might not be as well-known as some other names on this list, but he sure is a player that deserves his icon card. Davor is Croatia’s all-time top scorer with 45 goals to his name. On top of that, the 5-time Croatia footballer of the year has also won the Champions League in 1998. mechanic.

For now, these 11 superstars are the only legends that are coming to FIFA 21 for sure. Let’s see if there are more to come.

Which icons would you like to see in the game? Let us know in the comments below.

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FOUR KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THE FIFA 21 REVEAL

By Coach Alex

With FIFA 21 set to be out on October 9, EA Sports has already begun to release some key features of the next product in the FIFA franchise. This week they’ve put out an official reveal trailer, as well as a few notes about some new features we can expect to see in FIFA 21. They are set to release some more info about the game later this month, but here are four things we’ve learned from the first reveal of FIFA 21’s features:

NUTMEGS ARE STILL PART OF THE GAME

Nutmegs are part and parcel of football, however there are no controls for executing a nutmeg on FIFA – they occur completely randomly. The problematic thing about nutmegs being a random move is the fact that you could end up losing a game because the ball randomly goes through your defender’s legs and gives your opponent a clear shot on goal – so to see a nutmeg included in the FIFA 21 reveal trailer is a bit disappointing. We don’t know the degree to which nutmegs are in the game though, so take this with a grain of salt! But considering EA decided to put a clip of one in the reveal trailer, we might have to deal with another year of RNG – but let’s hope for the best.

CO-OP MODE IN ULTIMATE TEAM

For years, the FIFA community has been clamoring for a CO-OP mode on Ultimate Team and according to the feature reveal, we’re set to get one on FIFA 21.

As far as we can tell right now, you will be able to play Squad Battles against the AI and Division Rivals with your friends. All you need to do is invite your friend while being in the main menu, then your team captain has to decide which mode and team you want to play. Your opponent’s rank will be equal to the one of your higher ranked player and if you are playing alone you can also decide whether you want to play against a team or not.

AGILE DRIBBLING

We’re not quite sure what this means, but we imagine it means more fluid movements on the ball while dribbling with the left stick.

We haven’t had a fluid dribbling system since FIFA 18, so if EA is able to replicate FIFA 18’s dribbling system with this new mechanic, then agile dribbling is something we should be very excited for, as it should allow you to make sharper turns on the ball.

CREATIVE RUNS

From the looks of it, creative runs will influence your team’s movement off the ball in a bid to make build-up play a more dynamic process, rather than the boring possession-fest it was on FIFA 20. The hope is that the creative runs mechanic will allow AI-controlled players to make more intelligent runs off the ball, allowing every match to have a unique feel and make the process of launching attacks more fun.

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FIVE THINGS EA WILL CHANGE IN FIFA 21

By Coach Alex

As we approach the end of the FIFA 20 cycle, here’s a look at five things that EA needs to change going into FIFA 21!

NEAR POST FINISHING

Usual near post shots should have no chance of going in – they hardly do in real life, but for some reason EA deemed it a good idea to make near post finishing an overpowered way of scoring, creating a massive imbalance in FIFA 20. With limited space and a hoard of defenders breathing down your neck, near post shots should be a product of wishful thinking. A hope that somehow, someway, the ball will find its way into the back of the net, even though you know that deep down, the goalkeeper should save it without any hassle. Near Post Finishing should be nerfed hard on FIFA 21! It’s necessary to make the game more balanced, less random and more skill based.

AI DEFENDING

AI defending made FIFA 19 a pain to play, but even after the furor from the FIFA community, EA decided to include AI defending in FIFA 20, making it easy to rely on AI-controlled players to make blocks and intercept the ball. AI defending on FIFA 20 might not be as OP as it was back on FIFA 19, but it’s still far too OP for a competitive game. EA needs to nerf it on FIFA 21 and channel their efforts towards making manual defending more rewarding, which brings us to our next point:

TACKLING

FIFA’s tackling mechanic is broken and it has been the case for years now. It is much more rewarding to jockey and intercepts the ball than it is to dive in for a well-timed tackle. Because when you win the ball back, it almost always finds its way back to your opponent’s player. EA needs to make tackling more possession-based on FIFA 21 in a bid to make it more rewarding. A possession-based tackling system will allow you to retain possession of the ball after a clean tackle instead of giving it back to the player you just stole it from. This will remove a lot of randomness from FIFA 21 while adding more depth to its overall defending mechanic.

ATTACKING AI

This is a problem that stretches into the past few iterations of FIFA. FIFA 18, was pretty much the last FIFA title that had intelligent attacking AI, since then EA has gone down the route of making the game’s attacking AI less dynamic and more static. A decision which has reduced the game’s pace of play and made it difficult to play fluid football. AI-controlled players barely make intelligent runs on FIFA 20 – they stand around waiting for you to make pass after pass before they even bother to exploit free space – this is why we’ve had to deal with a boring ‘pass and turn’ META. EA needs to increase the game’s pace for FIFA 21 and to do that, they need to buff the attacking AI. This will make the game more fun, while also raising its skill gap!

ICON SBCS

Icon Swaps was presented as a way to make icons more accessible to the average player, but in reality they’ve done the complete opposite. By removing Icon SBCs from the game, EA made it incredibly difficult to get top-tier icons for the majority of FIFA players. At this point in the FIFA 19 cycle, tons of FIFA players had icons like R9, Gullit, and Vieira through completing their respective icon SBCs. But because there is no prime icon SBCs on FIFA 20 most players can’t afford these cards anymore. EA should bring icon SBCs back, in order to give the average FIFA player a chance to have top-tier icons.

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FIVE PLAYERS THAT SHOULD GET SIGNIFICANT RATING UPGRADES IN FIFA 21

By Coach Alex

A great amount of new stars emerge in the world of football with every season. Being an annual game, FIFA reflect their sublime performances from the previous season and because of that these players typically receive rating upgrades. Some players may earn significant upgrades based on how well they performed. For example Kylian Mbappe went from being a 71-rated player on FIFA 17 to becoming an 83-rated player on FIFA 18.
Here is a look at five players we expect to receive significant upgrades in FIFA 21:

ANSU FATI

Ansu Fati has enjoyed a solid breakout season at the Camp Nou, scoring six goals and registering one assist in nine starts for Barcelona. While still a bit-part player at Barcelona, Fati has proven to be one of the best young players in the Spanish top-flight. He’s a 73 rated player on FIFA 20, but we expect him to receive a significant upgrade ahead of FIFA 21, 79 or 80 would be fair ratings for a player of his age and current ability.

VICTOR OSIMHEN

Nigerian youngster Victor Osimhen proved to be one of the best young players in Ligue 1 this season. His intelligent movements in and around the penalty area helped him to make a major impact in his first season at Lille as he bagged 13 goals in 25 league starts. Osimhen is a 74-rated player on FIFA 20, but judging by how well he played in the 2019/2020 season, we expect him to go receive an upgrade in the range of 80-83 for FIFA 21.

MASON MOUNT

Mason Mount has been a key player for Frank Lampard in his first season at Chelsea. He’s scored six goals and registered four assists in 28 games from midfield – proving to be an integral part of Lampard’s system and is expected to play an even more important role for Chelsea next season. Currently rated 75 on FIFA 20, he’s likely to receive a 79 or 80 rated card next season, based on his stellar showings for the Blues this season.

MASON GREENWOOD

Considering his goalscoring exploits this season we expect Mason Greenwood to receive one of the most significant rating upgrades in the Premier League when FIFA 21 gets released. He’s believed to be one of the brightest young stars in the Premier League at the moment and has the stats to prove it. Greenwood is a 67-rated player on FIFA 20, but having scored eight goals in nine starts for Manchester United this season we fully expect EA Sports to make him at least a 78 rated player on FIFA 21.

ERLING HAALAND

Erling Haaland took the world by storm last season, first making a name for himself with RB Salzburg in the Champions League before going on to make his presence felt in the Bundesliga with Dortmund. The 19-year-old marksman scored 44 goals in 40 appearances across all competitions making him one of the most prolific strikers in Europe during the 2019/2020 season. He’s got a base rating of 73, but we expect EA to make him an 83 or 84 rated player when FIFA 21 rolls out. Haaland is also likely to get a weak foot upgrade – he currently has a three-star weak foot but a four-star weak foot would be a more accurate representation of his abilities.
Which ratings are you expecting for these players? Let us know in the comments!

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GA news – the hottest gaming news for you

By Coach Alex

Welcome back to the GA news. Your number 1 news source for everything that’s going on in the world of gaming and the GAMERS ACADEMY. This week for you: GA visits the Catch Glory horse stud to play FIFA against Bundesliga stars, “Mo coaches” episode 3 in the making and the third episode of our Road to Glory series with European Champion Kevin Reiser.

Let’s get started.

GA vs. Rogon player agency

On Friday, the GAMERS ACADEMY team took a trip to the Catch Glory horse stall where the Rogon players are taking part in a training camp. First, we’d like to introduce you to our host. The Rogon player agency is one of the biggest player agencies in Europe. A lot of star players are signed to them – we’re talking the likes of Roberto Firmino from Liverpool, Marcel Sabitzer from RB Leipzig or Thilo Kehrer from Paris Saint Gemain who was the first guest on our “Mo coaches” series (check it out on MoAuba vs Thilo Kehrer ). The agency has a yearly event where most of the players meet up for a week and spend time together. This year, a special surprise was waiting for the players. A FIFA tournament with the star coaches of the GAMERS ACADEMY. Our coaches Kevin, Ivan, Lukas and Dennis played very intense games with some big name Bundesliga players. Stay tuned for a lot of quality content from our trip coming very soon.

“Mo coaches” episode 3

While everyone was busy playing the GA FIFA tournament, our world champion coach MoAuba recorded the third episode of the fan favorite “Mo coaches” series. Due to his busy schedule we set up an online conference for Mo, his star guest (who we have to keep a secret for now) and Mats – our commentator. Just like in the previous episodes, Mo played two games against his guest – a big time Bundesliga player. Stay tuned – more infos on episode 3 are coming soon.

Road to Glory episode 3

After announcing our new European Champion coach Kevin Reiser together with his GA exclusive Road to Glory series last week. We’ve already recorded two new episodes (check it out on https://gamers-academy.com/title/fut/). This week, it’s all about his rewards and the upcoming Weekend League. After the WL Rewards and some completed SBCs Kevin has a new team on the grid. The upcoming WL will be exciting again! You can follow Kevin on the GA Twitch stream and watch him live and find out if he will reach the elite ranks. Maybe Elite 1 is already due this week. a

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The New Players: PS5 & XBOX Series X

The new PS5 and Xbox Series X are finally coming – what you need to know and the best memes!

What a year! After 7 years there is a new player on the horizon!

By Coach Alex

A few weeks ago, Sony and Microsoft finally ended the long wait and announced what we’ve all been waiting for. New consoles are finally here! The PlayStation5 and Xbox Series X are set to release in November. It’s about time, especially for PS users as most of our PS4 sound like they could take off like a plane at any given moment😉.

But let’s continue with the important things, release date, new features, etc. We’re starting with the newest PlayStation hardware family member.

Play Station 5

According to several reports, the PS5 will be released on the 20th of November in America and Europe with a steep price tag of 500$. In contrast to the current and older PlayStations, the PS5 will be available in a white colorway. The console comes with a wireless headset, a remote, a charger and a HD camera. But there is more. Sony finally listened to the fans and made the PS5 downward compatible, this means you can play PS4 games on the PS5 without any issues – pretty sick if you ask us.

Xbox series x

While several platforms seem to know release date and price for the PS5, there isn’t a lot of info on the new Xbox. There are speculations around a high- and low-end version, between 500$ and 700$. But other than that, all we know is that it’ll definitely be an upgrade from the current Xbox One. There may not be much information on the new consoles yet, but we’ll keep you updated as soon as there is something going on, so stay active and look out for our emails. Other than that, the meme community has a lot of fun roasting the designs of the new gaming platforms – check out our top 5 PS5/Xbox memes!

EA blessed us with the summer heat!

By Coach Alex

After 2 months, the TOTS promotion has ended. Normally, FIFA would slowly be dying after this crazy period of the game, but not this year. Yesterday, EA released a never seen before card – the Summer Heat design and let us tell you – this design is fire. These are fan favorite cards of players that were wildly popular this year. We´re showing you the players and let you know if they are worth getting and what chem style fits them the best.
1) The first player is Tanguy Ndombele from Tottenham. He´s probably the best CM you can get in the game for the 100k you´re paying. His stats remind us of a FUT Birthday Pogba or TOTS Henderson, but better. His standout stats are definitely 93 pace and 91 physical. His 4* skills are worth mentioning as well. The perfect chem style for Ndombele would be a gladiator, as it improves his shooting by 3 and his defending by 9.
2) Summer Heat Mendy has a never seen before, but very interesting concept, first of all, you have to win 5 rivals games to get his 85 FUTMAS card. If you want to get his 87 Summer Heat version, you have to win 12 rivals games with his FUTMAS edition. If you want to get his 89 version, you have to win 15 rivals games with the 87 rated one and so on. You get it. In our opinion, any Mendy card is definitely worth doing as your getting the best left back in the game by investing a little bit of your time. His standout stats are 94 pace and 88 physical. The chem style that suits Mendy the best is probably the anchor – his pace and physical increase by 4, his defending by 8.

On top of these cards, EA also put a few SBCs and cards back into the game. We´re talking about the likes of CF Messi, RW Ronaldo, flashback Boateng and Vidal and many more.

FIFA is as interesting as never before right now – what comes next?

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