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

FIFA 18 Chemistry Styles

Are some of your stars in need of a boost? Don’t get scared by the plethora of options available – just dig into our handy guide

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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

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