Day 1346 of lockdown: On to the next one… the La Liga TOTSSF dropped this past Friday and much like the EPL, we were treated to a wide array of intriguing and useable options. It did not take me long to pinpoint Luis Alberto Suárez Díaz as my review for this past weekend. This card on the surface looked absolutely insane and I was hoping that he would perform as advertised… Spoiler Alert *** He did… and then some. It was obvious early on that HUNTER would be the best chemistry style to bolster Suárez as I placed him into the Right ST in a 4-4-2. What you will get from this review is an extensive look at the different ways that Suárez breaks down opponents, what you will not get is a bunch of biting jokes, we run a serious business here. With that in mind, Suárez devoured opponent’s backlines this weekend and left me with the taste for victory in the following squad:
I won’t deny, I had my finger on the trigger for a 9.8/10 for this card but stopped just short after a closer comparison to my FUT Birthday Griezmann review. The goal returns from these cards were eerily similar, as are my opinions post review. 33 goals and 12 assists in 20 matches speak for itself, but I want to shine some light on El Pistolero’s fantastic weekend performance. It all starts on the ball as the left-stick dribbling with this card borders on the fanciful. To be honest the dribbling was the main concern I had coming into this review, with the 3 STAR SKILLS at the forefront of my worries. In the end, what I experienced was a complete masterclass on the ball all weekend; the 90 AGILITY & 90 BALANCE feels responsive, shifty, and elusive… 96 BALL CONTROL feels like glue… and 97 dribbling doesn’t begin to explain the feeling Suárez has on the ball.
Linkability Rating: 4/5
This seems to be a growing trend of using players in my squad who have an army of links coming from their club. Obviously Suárez boasts some of the best teammates in the game and the triangle of de Jong, Griezmann, and Suárez himself was incredibly effective… and we still haven’t mentioned the Argentinian man himself, nor Flashback Vidal. The list goes on and on and offers some excellent links, as does La Liga post TOTSSF. The lack of a long list of Uruguayan names does create some hybrid concerns, but overall you should be able to fit Suárez in your squad if you choose.
End Game Strength
End Game Strength Rating: 5/5
Bang on 5/5 with this card and it can be summed up in two words; pace and shooting. 99 ACCELERATION & 97 SPRINT SPEED (my main reason for the HUNTER) come out in full force with this card. The first touch Suárez takes on the ball is borderline unfair and thankfully he has the pace to social distance from defenders for at least 5 or 6 steps. While you are not outstripping defenders from half, you do have a nice window closer to the goal to get those important efforts on target. The effort is maybe not the correct word as Suárez makes finishing look incredibly effortless. 99 rated in all categories save 95 LONG SHOTS, and even those go flying into the back of the net. This card has akimbo shotguns for feet, with the 4 STAR WEAK FOOT bordering on a solid 5. The confidence you can have with this card around the goal is worth its weight in coins and provides a lethal threat at the spearhead for any attack.
Value/Coins & Good vs. Bad
Value/Coins Rating: 5/5
Good vs Bad Rating: 5/5
1.3 million for this card is a direct result of how far the market has dropped no doubt. If we are even three weeks ago this card is closer to 1.5 minimum and thankfully now offers an even more affordable weapon. It is worth noting that when I carry out my reviews I am obviously trying to get the ball to said player to provide a true account of their strengths and weaknesses. However, if you follow me on Twitter: @IVIaeday – you will have noticed that even with this focus, not one card I have reviewed has outscored FUT Birthday Griezmann playing alongside him… until this weekend. Suarez was well and clear above Griezmann’s goal total and it is his list of weapons that pulled him along in their race for goals.
Last but not least, I am sat here thinking of one negative I could point out and warn you about. Yet, all I want to do is go on about the qualities of this card; whether it be the pinpoint passing that led to 12 assists, or the 97 STRENGTH making Suárez an unmovable object on the ball, or even the 92 STAMINA that allows him to operate at high intensity all match. In the end, the only real issue at all would be the lack of 4 or 5 STAR SKILLS that some hold incredibly high in their squad selections. This might be a game-changer for some, but if it is not an issue for you then you might have the perfect ST on your hands.
I think this has been about as clear cut a message as I can send. Suárez is the real deal and if I can get him in my red picks I would be ecstatic. Honestly, my biggest issue with this card is that between Suárez and Griezmann I cannot imagine a review next weekend where one, or both, are not leading the line for me. I don’t throw this word out lightly… Suárez made me have FUN playing this Weekend League. Difficult gameplay: he scored. Drop back opponents: he scored. Possession merchants: you guessed it, he scored. In closing, this card is a game-changer and maybe the biggest compliment I can suggest is that he reminded me of his FIFA 17 League SBC … if you know, you know. Honestly, give this card a try, you won’t regret it. Cheers for reading.
as an elite 3 player I have used many strikers so far from prime moments Butra to 94 R9 but this card is different gravy, the ball sticks to his feet and he shoots the ball like no other player.
his movement is class always finding space and making runs. I was sceptical about the skills like many others are but instead using L2 dribbling it almost felt like cheating as hes very very agile but also strong as bull.
He is the best striker i have ever used in FIFA. I have a catalyst because i felt maximum pace upgrade is important, he is very fast. His dribbling is not clunky at ALL. His dibbling feels very smooth. I replaced him for the striker role for my 94 neymar, and he is MUCH better. His finishing is unbelievable. His passing is great, and same with physical. I sold moments socrates for this card, and i am very happy with my decision. This card is worth so much more than it really is, I feel like i paid for a person where if i tap b, it goes in all the time, and he is very fun. For the amount i paid this card is amazing, and i only have him at 8 chem. I feel like for this price this is an unfair card to have.
Skill moves, but everything else makes it not a problem!
This card is genuinely mental. It's going to be very hard for me to write a review on him without just spamming the words incredible and insane.
About me - I'm a player who challenges for Elite 3 and Gold 1, and usually achieves these ranks. I'm currently in division 4, which I've dropped to to complete objectives and also to enjoy the game whilst not being able to just smash opponents 10 - 0 without trying. I have good experience with most of the tier 1 top TOTS and icon strikers, so not god tier like Mbappé Bday and R9 PIM, but I've used your TOTS Aguero's, Richarlison, Son, Aubameyang, Benzema and Werner, etc, as well as Dalglish, Butra, etc.. But this card honestly just blows these away.
And no, I'm not writing this review to raise his price, I just tried him after I sold my Son (who I was btw very impressed with but not like this card). I have now sold him but will buy him back after the Ultimate TOTS crash. I also don't love Suárez in real life, so there real is not any preference.
For the price that he's currently at, I can honestly say I am yet to find a striker for less than 1.5/2 million better than El Pistolero.
Getting into the review:
Instructions and set up:
Chewy Suárez led the line of a 4-2-3-1 as a striker behind Ziyech TOTS as a CAM (whose skills compensated for Suárez's brilliantly along with the IF little magic man as a RAM (Leo Messi) and the TIF Senegalese GOAT (Mané man Sadio Mané. Having players behind hm was very useful and bordering on necessary, but you don't need to have a 5* skiller if you don't have one. We used an engine on Chewy.
And it was under this setup that Suárez banged them in in front of the Kop End like he was playing Norwich, bit VVD TOTY like he was Chiellini and scored back heels like every team was Mallorca.
If this card was 5* 5* he would be the best striker in the game and only R9 PIM could compare. Now I know he's not 5* 5*, but once you realise that his shooting is so insane that his weak foot feels more like a 5* then all we're missing are the skills, which most can get used to. if you can't, then its a shame for you because your going to have to get an Mbappé Birthday or TOTY or R9 to find a same level of striker.
Honestly this cards has everything, absolutely everything, pace over a short distance, broken shooting, an incredible weaker foot, hold up play, supreme passing, balance which amazed me, close control, no clunkiness. When you see his price and how much he's dropping you've got a bargain. F**k that. You've got much more than a bargain. You've got an R9 without skills for 10% of the price.
With the engine, he does have 95 pace, and the acceleration is noticeably better than the sprint speed, but compared to other TOTS cards, he isn't rapid. He's certainly not slow (I'd say he's slightly slower than Richarlison), but he's not as fast as Mbappé and you don't want to be using him as a one sided get-in-behind striker like you do with Jamie Vardy. Once again though, he won't struggle to get in behind, and due to the acceleration he can get in behind over long distances brilliantly, but don't use him to chase down extremely long balls across the whole pitch because a Militia or Konaté may well catch him.
Not much to say here. 99 shooting which really does come through. Be it a long shot, inside the box, penalty, near post or finesse, el pistolero will score each and every chance he gets. With his shooting as good as it is, his weak foot is better than most 4 star weak foots - I'd say it is comparable to Son's and slightly worse than Richarlison's. Don't go out of your way to shoot on his weaker side, but if you do he will score it easily. 8 of the 21 he banged in for me were on his left. However, as good as this cards shooting is, he's not limited to being a (just press shoot) striker like I found Richarlison to be.
You can see it with the stats, Suárez's passing stats are absolutely elite for a striker, and compared to other Strikers, his passing is a 10/10. You could easily play him as a central CAM (don't play him on the wing) and his passing would be supreme. Short, long, cross or through ball, you'll struggle to find a pass which Suárez can't make. When you add this to his hold-up abilities and strength, you begin to unlock one of the main roles that Suárez can play- the hold-up man that can then lay it off and so there's no need to have a midfield.
This is where this card goes from 'good for certain people' to lights out insane. I was somewhat worried about Suárez, dribbling and if he would feel clunky. Having used Richarlison, who I found to be a little clunky, I saw that Suárez was an inch taller, weighed more and had the same body type, and this scared me. I feared that Suárez would feel heaving and slow. My biggest fear of the card turned out to be perhaps the key pro.
For a player who is 6 foot tall, Suarez holds an EXTREMELY LOW CENTRE OF GRAVITY in this game, and seems to be much more balanced than Richarlison or Son. It might be the 7 more balance (6 more if you put an engine on both) but Suárez feels like Aguero in terms of balanced. It might also be the 97 STRENGTH and 98 AGRESSION which virtually made it impossible for a defender to knock him of balance. This is the biggest problem I had with Son, the relatively low balance on a 6 foot Striker with extremely low physical meant that I had to constantly dodge defenders or he would just fly of the ball. But when I compared the balance to Richarlison and compared their physique and physicalities I thought Suárez might feel slightly more balanced but not much. I was completely wrong, there is something about this Suárez, beyond his stats which makes him as balanced as Ben Yedder, Messi and co. He seems to constantly be hunched over, in a good, balanced way if this makes sense.
With regards to agility, he feels much more agile than richarlison or a benzema, comparable to son. He obviously doesn't have the lean body type but his 99 AGILITY certainly helps him to feel comparably agile to Ben Yedder and his gang of Mr. Meta's.
He obviously feels silky smooth on the ball as you could imagine, and his turns are very smooth as well
If you're worried about this card's dribbling, I can tell you I was astonished, and not only do you have nothing to be worried about, but it's a key pro.
Defending - N/A / 10:
Scored a header? Nothing else to really say here although he did win the wall back many times with his 97 STRENGTH and 98 AGRESSION.
This might be the category which is secretly powering how insane this card is all along. Maybe. We have already talked about how his strength and aggression make him as balanced as a table. But that's just one part to his physicality. The number of attacks which would fail with Son because a defender could just barge him of the ball. Not with Suárez. His physicalities make him a ball magnet and make sure no one can knock him off the ball. But he can also steal the ball of defenders to create seriously dangerous opportunities. So the physicality on this card is more than just 'irrelevant' and 'not meta' on this card; it offers him:
The ability to make him extremely well balanced and not knocked off the ball
The ability to use his hold- up play asset, coupled with his brilliant passing
The ability to steal the ball of defenders and create dangerous opportunities.
In terms of stamina, 99 would have obviously been nice, but he will last the whole game, especially if you use him in the right way.
Weak foot: 4.5/5:
As I said, because of how good his shooting is, Suárez's weak foot feels closer to Son's or Richarlison's (5 star wf strikers) than Aguero's or Aubameyang's (4 star wf strikers). There really is not much of a difference between his two feet.
The biggest, and perhaps only con. There's no way of go glossing this one. How EA classifies a left foot back heel goal as 3 star skills is genuinely confusing but beside the point. Your going to have to suffice with the 3 star skill moves, which do become easier as you get used to it. Because of how good the Berba, Mgeady and scoop spins/ turns are this year, we have forgotten about a lot of other. He can still do heel to heel. We have forgotten about the roulettes which can be very useful, and few players make the most out of even the simple ball roll. You will have no issues with Suárez being able to execute these 3 star skill moves though, as his dribbling stats allow him to keep brilliantly close control and stay balanced.
Weak foot- feels closer to 5 star than 4 star
Dribbling (balance astonished me and not clunky at all)
Hold up play
Physicality (never gets bodied and it stops him from getting knocked off the ball)
Running style (he has an awesome animation for taking free kicks)
3 star skills
Pace (but he is fast its just he's not adama or Mbappè
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