Back in Milan after 3 very good weeks. Island of Giglio was slightly better than my office...
It has been nice to read your diary!
I liked the part about the "melee".
Btw, I didn't know the meaning of "melee" but I already read it as "Melee Island" is the beginning of the whole story of Guybrush Threepwood and The Secret of Monkey Island... Now that I know the meaning , Melee Island has a fun sound!
Well, as you said, melee has got a very important part of the game and it is one of the thing that it is really hard to master, and probably you are right, it is impossible to practice it against CPU.
I think that a good example could be in our game 2 final. the key moment is around here: 5.30 of the video, 0.27 to half time.
I scored the 5-1 goal. the situation was really narrow, after my goal kick I had a vertical header, just after the header you were in a better position to control the ball so I make a very quick switch from Scott to Barber, touching the ball with Barber, then I tried to trap the ball at the first pace as you were enough far to avoid an undesired slide. you tacked me from behind and the ball went ahead. so I followed the ball but, you switched the defender and we had a challenge to get the ball. both of us knew that it was a risk to trap the ball as we were more or less at the same distance from the ball. at the moment that I understood you would got the ball, I avoided the direct challenge on the ball building a wall on the only one side that you could take (the left side, as you were coming from the right side) at that moment, Barber was so close to Cox that you couldn't trap the ball without to fall into an undesired slide. Barber was faster than Cox. you abandoned the line of the ball to attempt to clear your defence (I guess) as you were under the fire of Barber but it was to late, I got the ball winning also the challenge against Cox, then I scored one of my short parallel cross.
In 5 seconds we had at least 4 melee situations: 1) just after the header, 2)just after your tackle from behind that moved the ball towards your goal, 3)first challenge cox-barber, 4)second challenge barber-cox...
How many things happen in so little time?