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FIFA 18 Chemistry Styles explained – and why they’re more important than you think

FIFA 18 Chemistry Styles

FIFA 18 Ultimate Team is a glorious timesink. There are moments, though, where things don’t quite go to plan with your supposedly meticulously crafted team.

That’s where Chemistry Styles come in. Star striker on a barren run? Midfield destroyer getting the runaround? These cards can be applied to give your players a much-needed boost.

Unfortunately, there are over 20 of these bad boys, so it can be tricky to know where to start. If only there was a handy guide...

Note: It’s worth mentioning that Chemistry Styles have no effect on players below 5 individual chemistry. Players with 9 or 10 chemistry will get the full +10 boost, while players with lower chemistry will have varying boosts depending on team and individual chemistry. Basically: the lower the player’s chemistry, the less effective the Chemistry Style boost.

EA have explained it in more painstaking detail here.

Anchor

What does it do? +2 Defending, +2 Pace, +2 Physical (Acceleration: +10, Sprint Speed: +5, Interceptions: +5, Heading Accuracy: +10, Marking: +10, Standing Tackle: +10, Sliding Tackle: +10, Jumping: +10, Strength: +10, Aggression: +10)

Perfect for… Centre-backs who are a little on the slow side, as well as CDMs who need just to work as – you guessed it – an anchor for the midfield.

Price: 1,500

Architect

What does it do? +3 Physical, +3 Passing (Vision: +10, Crossing: +15, Free Kick Accuracy: +5, Long Passing: +15, Short Passing: +10, Curve: +5, Jumping: +5, Strength: +15, Aggression: +10)

Perfect for… Midfielders who need to be equally adept in the dark arts as well as driving a team forward. Handy for targetmen in a front two, also.

Price: 200

Artist

What does it do? +3 Dribbling, +3 Passing (Vision: +15, Crossing: +5, Long Passing: +15, Short Passing: +10, Curve: +5, Agility: +5, Balance: +5, Reactions: +10, Ball Control: +5, Dribbling: +15)

Perfect for… Those who want to channel their inner Messi. CAMs are the obvious choice, but wingers getting a bump in their passing stat can also work wonders.

Price: 200

Backbone

What does it do? +2 Defending, +2 Passing, +2 Physical (Vision: +5, Crossing: +5, Long Passing: +5, Short Passing: +10, Curve: +5, Interceptions: +5, Heading Accuracy: +5, Marking: +10, Standing Tackle: +10, Sliding Tackle: +10, Jumping: +5, Strength: +10, Aggression: +5)

Perfect for… Some who think Anchor is a little too defensive-minded. A midfield three with a Backbone working as a pivot is also a sure-fire bet to control the centre of the park.

Price: 300

Basic

What does it do? Reverts a player back to his original stats

Perfect for… Players who feel whatever Chemistry Style you’ve applied isn’t working. Rinse, repeat, and start afresh.

Price: 1,300

Catalyst

What does it do? +3 Passing, +3 Pace (Acceleration: +15, Sprint Speed: +10, Vision: +15, Crossing: +10, Free Kick Accuracy: +10, Long Passing: +5, Short Passing: +10, Curve: +15)

Perfect for… Players you want to control the game. The considerable boosts should speak for themselves.

Price: 1,200

Deadeye

What does it do? +3 Passing, +3 Shooting (Positioning: +10, Finishing: +15, Shot Power: +10, Long Shots Accuracy: +5, Penalties: +5, Vision: +5, Free Kick Accuracy: +10, Long Passing: +5, Short Passing: +15, Curve: +10)

Perfect for… Someone who needs a little more oomph in the final third. Wingers playing off a lone striker can find a lot of joy in this Chemistry Style.

Price: 200

Engine

What does it do? +2 Pace, +2 Passing, +2 Dribbling (Acceleration: +10, Sprint Speed: +5, Vision: +5, Crossing: +5, Free Kick Accuracy: +10, Long Passing: +5, Short Passing: +10, Curve: +5, Agility: +5, Balance: +10, Reactions: +5, Ball Control: +5, Dribbling: +10)

Perfect for… Workhorses with ‘High’ attacking or defending work rates. When they’re not buzzing up and down the pitch, they’re striking fear into defences.

Price: 600

Finisher

What does it do? +3 Physical, +3 Shooting (Finishing: +5, Shot Power: +15, Long Shots Accuracy: +15, Volleys: +10, Penalties: +10, Jumping: +15, Strength: +10, Aggression: +10)

Perfect for… Shock, horror: those who want to hit the back of the net: regularly.

Price: 550

Gladiator

What does it do? +3 Defending, +3 Shooting

Perfect for… Players who want to pose a threat to the goalkeeper, as well as an opposition player’s ankles. Think Fellaini, not Russell Crowe.

Price: 200

Guardian

What does it do? +3 Defending, +3 Dribbling (Agility: +5, Balance: +10, Reactions: +5, Ball Control: +5, Dribbling: +15, Interceptions: +10, Heading Accuracy: +5, Marking: +15, Standing Tackle: +10, Sliding Tackle: +10)

Perfect for… Full-backs who may lack a little defensively, but still want to bomb forward with reckless abandon.

Price: 800

Hawk

What does it do? +2 Pace, +2 Shooting, +2 Physical (Acceleration: +10, Sprint Speed: +5, Positioning: +10, Finishing: +5, Shot Power: +10, Long Shots Accuracy: +10, Volleys: +10, Penalties: +5, Jumping: +10, Strength: +5, Aggression: +10)

Perfect for… Well, this may as well be called the Jamie Vardy. Strikers who want to run in behind the defence, harass defenders and generally just bang in goals will find this right up their street.

Price: 1,000

Hunter

What does it do? +3 Pace, +3 Shooting (Acceleration: +15, Sprint Speed: +10, Positioning: +15, Finishing: +10, Shot Power: +10, Long Shots Accuracy: +5, Volleys: +10, Penalties: +15)

Perfect for… Midfielders and strikers who are already great at finding that extra bit of space, but need a bit of coercing to lash the ball home.

Price: 4,500

Maestro

What does it do? +2 Shooting, +2 Passing, +2 Dribbling (Positioning: +5, Finishing: +5, Shot Power: +10, Long Shots Accuracy: +10, Volleys: +10, Vision: +5, Free Kick Accuracy: +10, Long Passing: +5, Short Passing: +10, Reactions: +5, Ball Control: +5, Dribbling: +10)

Perfect for… Those who, frankly, want to do it all. Ideally, someone in the final third would be best-suited to this Chemistry Style but it’s not impossible to have success with those who play slightly deeper.

Price: 500

Marksman

What does it do? +2 Dribbling, +2 Shooting, +2 Physical (Positioning: +10, Finishing: +5, Shot Power: +10, Long Shots Accuracy: +10, Volleys: +10, Penalties: +5, Agility: +5, Reactions: +5, Ball Control: +5, Dribbling: +5, Jumping: +10, Strength: +5, Aggression: +5)

Perfect for… Wingers who love cutting inside: see exhibits Arjen Robben, Dimitri Payet and, yes, Andros Townsend. Full-backs will be ruing the day you applied this Chemistry Style.

Price: 200

Powerhouse

What does it do? +3 Passing, +3 Defending (Vision: +10, Crossing: +5, Long Passing: +10, Short Passing: +15, Curve: +10, Interceptions: +5, Marking: +10, Standing Tackle: +15, Sliding Tackle: +10)

Perfect for… Those who want to emulate Pep Guardiola’s infuriatingly brilliant/kamikaze (depending on your point of view) defensive play. David Luiz, for instance, is almost unstoppable with this applied.

Price: 200

Sentinel

What does it do? +3 Defending, +3 Physical (Interceptions: +5, Heading Accuracy: +10, Marking: +15, Standing Tackle: +15, Sliding Tackle: +15, Jumping: +5, Strength: +15, Aggression: +10)

Perfect for… Defenders who have graduated from the ‘take no prisoners’ school of defending. An essential Chemistry Style for those who aren’t the best at defending; a nice helping hand.

Price: 200

Shadow

What does it do? +3 Defending, +3 Pace (Acceleration: +15, Sprint Speed: +10, Interceptions: +10, Heading Accuracy: +10, Marking: +15, Standing Tackle: +15, Sliding Tackle: +15)

Perfect for… Those who don’t want to cheap out on the Guardian Chemistry Style, and would rather pour their hard-earned coin into defenders covering runs in behind.

Price: 4,500

Sniper

What does it do? +3 Dribbling, +3 Shooting (Positioning: +10, Finishing: +15, Volleys: +10, Penalties: +15, Agility: +5, Balance: +10, Reactions: +5, Ball Control: +5, Dribbling: +15)

Perfect for… Attacking players who may be a little disappointing when it comes to clinical finishing. That large boost to dribbling means whoever has this Chemistry Style should be your go-to focal point – and a massive thorn for defenders.

Price: 300

Don't feel left out, keepers...

Goalkeepers also have their own specific category. GK Chemistry Styles may seem a little samey at first glance, but each card can be the difference between winning and losing a match, so pick wisely.

Cat

What does it do? +2 Reflexes, +2 Positioning, +2 Speed

Perfect for… Keepers who not only want to pull off a save for the cameras but want to be consistently quicker to the ball than the striker bearing down on them.

Price: 650

GK Basic

What does it do? Reverts a player back to his original stats

Perfect for… Goalkeepers who, in your mind, have let in one soft goal too many with a Chemistry Style.

Price: 200

Glove

What does it do? +2 Diving, +2 Positioning, +2 Handling

Perfect for… More old-school (and, frankly, older) goalkeepers who let their hands – not gravity-defying leaps – do the talking.

Price: 300

Shield

What does it do? +2 Kicking, +2 Reflexes, +2 Speed

Perfect for… Those who are willing to be brave and start lightning-fast counter-attacks with the goalkeeper. The bump in reflexes and speed don’t hurt, either.

Price: 200

Wall

What does it do? +2 Diving, +2 Kicking

Perfect for… Players who can’t afford the pricier GK Chemistry Styles just yet. This is perfectly fine middle ground, but you may be best off waiting for one of the others, unless you desperately need it.

Price: 200

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