Do players actually win

This is how you get really good in FIFA Ultimate Team

Building the team

Let's start with the roster: There are two ways to add players to the team: opening packs and trading or buying cards on the open market. The packs are pretty straightforward. They contain different numbers of player cards of different value - which cards of which value depend on the type of pack purchased. The cards themselves can then either be kept or traded with them.

So either you get packs or go the "real way of the gamer". Sounds nice at first, but it also means an enormous, if not necessarily financial, commitment. Because whoever masters the game collects points and coins, which can then be used for better player cards. This of course takes a lot more time, but is sometimes more satisfying than opening one pack at a time.

So: either buy or earn. Now and then, a combination of both may help. But beware! The packs consist of random player cards, so you can easily spend money without getting what you actually wanted in the end.

Card trading

If you want to put your negotiating skills to the test, you can enter the player card exchange. However, that sounds awesome than it actually is. Because not only you, but also the millions of other FUT players can offer your cards for sale - and they all share one hope: to outsmart the other and to have made a better deal in the end. Of course, the deals do not consist of real money, but of the currency in the game.

But be careful, so as not to be deceived, you should know one thing: The value of a card is directly related to the real performance of the player, whether he is currently on a flight, whether he has been voted Team of the Week, etc. increases his card value and thus his chances of success in the game. In addition: the cards of these particularly good players in turn increase the value of the star players.

The best approach here is to choose your purchases wisely and jump in quickly. Because the longer you wait, the more expensive the high-quality cards become. On the other side of (trade) power, however, the following applies: be patient. Sellers benefit from the fact that the value of high-quality cards in particular increases rather than decreases over time. Since most leagues play on the weekend, just before that is the perfect time to put the respective cards up for sale.

Ultimately, then, the fundamental question arises: packs or bargains? If so, you can safely rely on the luck of the pack. If not, it is probably better to focus on smart trading and continued team building. At least you know what you're getting for your money. If you show more business acumen than luck, you will have a decent bunch of players so quickly.

Team chemistry and positioning

Now that we know how to get a good squad, it's time to learn how to use it. The most important property is chemistry. Again, it's like in real life: the players will do better in the game if they play with players in the same league, with real teammates or with compatriots.

The chemistry is right? Then there is one more thing to consider: the positioning. Messi in the back left may sound like a funny idea and sure, it is. But how good would that be in a real game in the stadium? At best experimental. And it is the same with FUT. The further you push a player out of his natural position, the weaker he will play. So it's better to save funny constellations for games with your best friends.

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