Custom Tactics set for a major overhaul in FIFA 21

Custom Tactics set for major overhaul in FIFA 21

Published: 6/Aug/2020 11:30

by David Purcell


EA SPORTS have promised players that FIFA 21 will completely overhaul the Custom Tactics feature, after being probed on the matter in a Q&A session. 

This is a change a portion of the community had been calling for in FIFA 20, with many left disappointed by last year’s gameplay. In general, defences would sit much deeper than years gone by, making it more difficult for players to break down their opposition.

That may not be the case in the next title, though. FIFA 21 developers have confirmed all Custom Tactics, including Drop Back, have been tuned following feedback from fans.

Players will be hoping to see a big change on the back of this, with EA seemingly going back to the basics where gameplay is concerned.

Liverpool vs Manchester City FIFA 21.
Players will be hoping Custom Tactics in FIFA 21 won’t allow the majority of teams to be so defensive.

FIFA 21 gameplay gets shakeup with Custom Tactic tweaks

During a question and answer session on Twitter, hosted on the FIFA Direct Communication account, the team reiterated points they had made in previous pitch notes.

The Deep Dive article is a long read, spanning over a few thousand words. Published on August 4, it contained changes not just for Custom Tactics, but also heading, defending, skill moves, and dribbling. Not everybody will have had the chance to read that.

Their tweet, though, was to the point. It states: “We’ve spent a lot of time tuning all of the tactics, including Drop Back, to provide a fresh experience in FIFA 21. Additionally, you’ll see a lot of new behaviors — as mentioned in the Pitch Notes Deep Dive article.”

In those pitch notes, however, a change to Quick Tactics was also confirmed.

One section reads: “Quick Tactics: Team Press Timer – We saw feedback around players being able to waste time in sometimes unrealistic ways and that it was difficult for the defending team to try to get the ball back in these situations.

“To address this, we revamped the Team Press Quick Tactic to no longer result in a Constant Pressure defensive tactic. It now triggers a temporary Auto Press behaviour on demand and with a cooldown timer that prevents it from being overused.”

What else is changing in FIFA 21?

EA has promised a hefty overhaul of attacking and defending systems in FIFA 21.
Many elements of gameplay will be shaken up in FIFA 21.

We have only been given a snapshot of gameplay so far, but the approach from the dev team is encouraging. Players have come to expect a low level of interaction with developers on FIFA. That said, many have already expressed their delight to see developers actively engaging with the audience on social media.

In terms of confirmed changes, we now know some celebrations like the ‘Shush’ have been scrapped to reduce toxicity. Career Mode will be getting a major overhaul — the biggest in years — so that reveal should be exciting in August. On top of that, they have also confirmed VAR won’t be added to the game.

These comments should pave the way for a much more open feel to gameplay. Only time will tell if that’s delivered.

Until then, all eyes turn to EA and their upcoming feature reveals, beta, demo, and early access content.


How to complete Wes Morgan Moments SBC in FIFA 21: solutions & cost

Published: 30/Nov/2020 1:07 Updated: 30/Nov/2020 2:09

by Isaac McIntyre


EA SPORTS have added another Player Moments SBC as part of FIFA 21’s ongoing Black Friday promo in Ultimate Team, and this time it’s an upgrade for silver defender Wes Morgan, celebrating his role as Leicester City captain in the club’s title-winning season.

Morgan, now 36, will forever go down in football folklore as the captain who — along with talismanic hitman Jamie Vardy and enigmatic manager Claudio Ranieri ⁠— guided ⁠the Foxes to a fairytale Premier League title in the 2015/16 season.

The title run, which bookies tipped at 5000 to one before a ball was kicked, is one of the greatest stories in modern football, and Morgan was all for the whole ride.

In the end, only he and Foxes ‘keeper Kasper Schmeichel played every minute of the club’s miraculous 38 games. He was also only the third outfield player to play every minute of a title-winning Premier League season, after Gary Pallister (92/93) and John Terry (14/15). 

EA has now released a “Player Moments” card to celebrate the defender’s achievements. Though the overall may not be too high, Morgan’s upgrade looks like a hidden gem ⁠— here’s how to get your hands on the SBC card.

Wes Morgan played every minute of Leicester City's title-winning season in 2015/16.
Wes Morgan played every minute of Leicester City’s title-winning season in 2015/16.

Wes Morgan SBC stats

At first glance, the new Wes Morgan card isn’t worth too much of a look-in. Don’t let the 74 rating fool you, however, because the Foxes captain is packing some serious firepower with his new SBC upgrade; he could even fit in a meta team!

There are a few low points. Morgan’s shooting is just a low 40, dropped down by 32 finishing and 27 volleys, and many of his stats are a middling 70ish in the front stats.

Morgan has serious gas lying beneath the surface. 71 passing disguises a hefty 95 short passing ⁠— one of the best you can get on a Premier League defender ⁠— and 81 long passing to boot. Crossing is low (29), but he won’t do that much.

Slap a “Shadow” chemistry style on him too, and he rivals top-class defenders like De Ligt and Davison Sanchez. He falls 10 pace short of Gomez, but his Defending (81) and Physical (82) are actually better than the meta Liverpool centerback.

In-game stats for Wes Morgan’s 74-rated Player Moments card.
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In-game stats for Wes Morgan’s 74-rated Player Moments card.

Wes Morgan SBC requirements & solutions

The best news about the Wes Morgan SBC is its cost too. The Leicester City captain can be yours for just a handful of FIFA 21 Ultimate Team coins. In fact, he only requires one 82-rated squad to complete, with a single Foxes player included in the puzzle.

‘Wes Morgan’

  • Players from Leicester City: Min 1
  • Squad Rating: Min 82
  • Team Chemistry: Min 70
  • Players in the Squad: 11

As of publishing, the two-squad challenge costs around 19k coins on Xbox and Origin PC, while PlayStation players can get it for even cheaper at 15k, according to FIFA stats website FUTBIN.

The best Leicester City player to whack into the squad is likely defender Çaglar Söyüncü. He comes in at 80-rated, but costs just 2.4k, so won’t break the bank. Surround him with cheap French stars, and you should hit 70 chemistry with ease.

A cheap solution to Wes Morgan's Player Moments SBC.
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A cheap solution to Wes Morgan’s Player Moments SBC.

Want to get your hands on the new Wes Morgan upgrade? Be quick! It’s a Black Friday “flash SBC,” meaning you’ll only have the day itself to unlock the Premier League captain.

There’s sure to be plenty more of these over Cyber Monday too, so make sure you follow us on Twitter @UltimateTeamUK; we’ll make sure you’re updated on all the latest FIFA 21 news, leaks, new SBCs, and plenty more!