EA Sports have addressed the issue where timed finesse shots would too often result in goals whether players nail the timing or not. The patch also reduces the maximum size of timed finishing window and nerfs yellow timing effectiveness.
The latest FIFA 19 patch is now available on PCs and it brings some key changes to finesse shots, which have been one of the biggest concerns for the developers ever since FIFA 19 launched in September 2018.
Before the update, finesse shots often resulted in spectacular goals whether players nailed the timing or not but now, the accuracy of a yellow or red timed finesse shot has been reduced. This change should impact the likelihood of conversion of these shots into goals.
Same goes for powered finesse shots. EA Sports have reduced the effectiveness of higher powered finesse shots, both timed and non-timed. The developer decided to adjust things after many complaints over how often these shots result in goals.
Powered finesse shots are now more likely to be impacted by error potentially resulting in less accuracy, ball speed and ball spin.
EA Sports also made changes to the timed finishing window. The maximum size for green timing has been reduced, which should address situations where players found it too easy to achieve green timed shots coming from long passes or crosses.
Yellow timed shot effectiveness was also nerfed in the latest patch. Just like with powered finesse shots, community feedback suggested that these shots were overpowered and resulted in goals more than they should.
For those who are unfamiliar with these terms, FIFA 19 has five shot timings that influence the accuracy and shot power. The best time to take your shot would be within the green timing of course, while the worst are red ones.
While these changes brought major tweaks to shooting, EA Sports also reduced goalkeeper movement speed when controlled by manual movement and added fixes to both Career Mode and Pro Clubs.