So last season I tried an experiment and I barely avoided being relegated. I tried new tactics. 40 games is about right from low red to full bar. Also, using a ruler on my monitor and measuring progress up and down, I confirm that dropping happens faster than increasing, but not always. There was a period when I switched when my old tactic barely dropped and the new one barely increased. After about 5-8 games, they started trending in the anticipated direction. I want to switch my tactic, but after a couple of seasons of horrible results with playing with it, I'm too scared to try again unless I am already relegated and rebuilding.
As for the Team Focus, I'm not sure what to do with those. I've heard some managers say NEVER mess with them, but I like the theory that you can mix them up based on your opponent. I'm focusing on trying to understand this more this season since I've decided to not try to change my offense or defense tactics again after last season.
But I think all of this is slightly more complicated. There isn't a magic formula, since your opponent changes every night, but having your offense/defense tactics, your team focus, and line settings be consistent and make the most of your players' skills is difficult. For example, having Stay At Home Defensive Line and Checking Lines play Very Offensive just doesn't make sense. So there has to be some sort of alignment. What that is will probably change from team to team and the effectiveness against each team will also vary based on everything we all just said.
So, I guess it depends on your manager strategy. Do you start with a offense/defense plan and build a team around that or vice versa? No right answer, but I think until you decide on one or the other, you'll be doing a lot of soul searching, haha.
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