Since the release of FUT 13, we've seen a number of people genuinely asking us, "Is Chemistry a myth?" "Does it really make a difference?" In this article we will explain exactly how Chemistry works, why it is so important and how it drastically improves your player's performances on the pitch!
By DAVE COTTON
We've all come across teams with a low rating but high chemistry and been taken back by how well they seem to play, a number of FUT users believe chemistry is only there to make your teams look good with pretty green lines… What a load of rubbish! Chemistry is VITAL to success in Ultimate Team, without planning your squad around it, you're making it a lot harder for yourselves.
So here's how to do it…
Pick a League or Nationality.
Chemistry works by linking players together in the same league or players that share the same nationality. If you can get both of these together you're doing great! You must remember though that the maximum chemistry a single player can have is 9, when a player is playing with 9 chemistry you are getting the absolute best out of him (providing his morale is also very high). So by this logic you can actually still achieve a squad in which every player has 9 chemistry if they all play in the same league but have different nationalities.
Now some of you may be asking yourselves the question, if I have all of my starting 11 players on 9 chemistry, that only adds up to 99, so how do I get it to 100? This is where your manager comes into the equation. For every player your manager shares his nationality with you will gain +1 chemistry, which could potentially build to a +11 nationality bonus. Naturally, Gold managers will give you a bigger chemistry boost than Silver and Bronze, and Silver will also give you more than Bronze managers. Ideally you want to get your hands on a manager that matches your desired formation, or at least a similar formation to gain some of the formation chemistry. You will still gain a nationality bonus if your manager's formation doesn't match your own.
Decide on a formation for you team.
This is important because different formations actually contain positions that others don't. For example, you want to build your team around a player in the CAM position, but your default formation is set to 4-4-2… Changing your formation to a 4-1-2-1-2 would better suite this player as he would be the focal point of attacking midfield which would allow him to be better utilised.
Another example is the LM/LW RM/RW conundrum, many FUTers will stick these players on the left or right hand side regardless of chemistry, i.e. placing a winger in a wide midfield position visa-versa. Let's say the League or Nation you've decided on building your team around has more wingers (LW/RW) than wide midfielders (LM/RM), perhaps the 4-3-3 formation is the best way to go for you, allowing these attacking wide players to support your striker as they are better suited to doing.
You can obviously play around with your formation and try different combinations to get the best out of your squad, but follow these guidelines and you will certainly notice a difference in how well your team plays!
Squad rotation is key.
Each time a player plays in a match they will loose fitness depending on how hard they've worked, this mounts up! Sure, you can get away with playing a few games or so before you rotate a player (providing his fitness started on 99), but go too many games without rotating and your player will be become far less effective as his sprint duration will significantly drop. You can obviously do this by using the players in your subs and you can also swap in players from your reserve slots (just incase one of your players becomes injured or receives a suspension for a filthy tackle)…
I have my own method for squad rotation which I feel works great! When I enter a tournament, I always start the first match (or maybe the first 2 matches if I'm feeling particularly confident) with a reserve squad. This squad still has 100 chemistry, it just doesn't have as high overall rating as my firsts. This is good because if I loose in the final or even semi-final, my first team players will have a chance to recuperate while I field my second squad.
How does chemistry affect individual players?
Let's say a player in your team has low individual chemistry, he will get lost in the game and become second best to the ball a lot of the time. If his individual chemistry is increased to 9 (the maximum a player can have) he will work noticeably better with his team mates. If a player has high chemistry he will have great off the ball movement, making himself available for passes a lot more often. On the ball he will be the same player, so it basically just has a lot to do with movement and how a player works with certain team mates (hence chemistry links between certain players)!
Below are a few images showing the chemistry difference between green, orange and red formations.
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Learn how to start your FUT 13 journey by building a 100 chemistry team without playing a game or opening a pack (click for details)
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