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EA finally nerfs FIFA 22’s overpowered finesse shots

After being overpowered at FIFA 22’s launch, EA have finally nerfed the effectivness of finesse shots from outside the area.

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Player using finesse shot in FIFA 22

Finesse shots have been extremely overpowered in the early weeks of FIFA 22, and players have been calling for a fix. Now, EA appears to have addressed the issue with some gameplay tweaks.

Football fans have been diving into FIFA 22 for another season of the Ultimate Team grind, and it’s proved to be a divisive one this time around.

While the inclusion of features like Hero cards have been a welcome addition, the lack of relegation in Division Rivals has left some players upset.

However, it’s the finesse shots flying in from outside the box that has caused the most outrage. Thankfully, EA have now taken steps to nerf them.

Player taking a finesse shot in FIFA 22

For the first few weeks of this year’s game, finesse shots have been the go-to method of trying to break the deadlock.

The sheer number of times a game that players would cut in from the wing and score a finesse from 30-40 yards out was infuriating many fans.

Cards with the finesse shot trait were particularly devasting, able to loop the ball over hopeless keepers into the top corner.

Thankfully, now that EA has pushed Update #1 live in-game, the feature has received a welcome nerf to make it far less effective.

The Pitch Notes for the latest update mention new animations that help goalkeepers keep out finesse shots going into the top corner.

From the notes that appear when you load up the game, we can also see the finesse shots have reduced accuracy when taken between around 50 feet and 150 feet away from the goal (around 16 to 50 yards).

This last change came as part of the first Live Tuning update for FIFA 22, which allows devs to make gameplay tweaks without having to wait for a full update to roll them out.

Despite the supposed changes, some fans are claiming that little seems to have changed in their experiences since the updates went live.

One Reddit user claimed to have tested out the nerfed shots, and still managed to score to three inside 10 minutes of gameplay.

Others posted simply stating that finesse shots weren’t fixed, and they didn’t notice any significant differences in how overpowered they are.

We’ll have to wait and see if finesse shots remain an issue in FUT this year and if devs will act to address them again in a later update.

For more on FIFA 22, check out the latest Team of the Week, and Bundesliga Player of the Month.

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FIFA 22 Ultimate Team: Team of the Week 12 predictions: Son, Vinicius Junior, Shick

Team of Week 12 is set to land in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team very soon, so here are our predictions for the players we expect to be included.

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Heung-min Son in FIFA 22

After another game week packed with huge results and great performances, EA is set to release Team of the Week 12 into FIFA 22 Ultimate Team this Wednesday, so here are our predictions of who will make the cut in the FUT TOTW this time around.

Each and every week, EA drops the Team of the Week into FIFA 22 Ultimate Team to reward the stars who made the headlines in the previous round of fixtures.

The chosen squad of players receive a special card in packs for the next week for FUT fans to hunt down and use to improve their teams.

Next up is Team of the Week 12, so here are our predictions of who will be included in the next FUT TOTW lineup.

FIFA 22 Team of the Week 12 release day

PSG players in FIFA 22

The Team of the Week arrives in packs every Wednesday at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM GMT, with an announcement from EA usually coming shortly before.

TOTW cards replace the normal cards of the player in packs for the duration of the week, meaning that the TOTW is the only version it is possible to pack for seven days.

Each wave of in-forms remains in packs until they are replaced by the next Team of the Week on the following Wednesday.

Team of the Week 12 predictions

Chelsea players celebrating in FIFA 22

There were some massive results around the world in the latest round of domestic fixtures, and some of the game’s biggest names showed up with top performances.

We’re expecting to see Heung-Min Son included this week after notching a goal and an assist in Spurs’ 3-0 win over Norwich. Patrik Shick is another lock for this week, scoring four in Leverkusen’s 7-1 demolition of Furth.

Elsewhere, Hakan Calhanoglu found a goal and an assist against AS Roma, while Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva scored twice in their 3-1 at Watford.

We’ll have to wait until Wednesday to find out the official squad for Team of the Week 12, but, until then, here are our best predictions.

  • Heung-min Son – 89 OVR / LM / Tottenham Hotspur
  • Vinicius Junior – 80 OVR / LW / Real Madrid
  • Patrik Schick – 79 OVR / ST / Bayer Leverkusen
  • Ruslan Maliinovski – 81 OVR / CF / Bergamo Calcio (Atalanta)
  • Diogo Costa – 73 / GK / FC Porto
  • Ronael Pierre-Gabriel – 73 OVR / RB / Brest
  • Ezri Konsa – 78 OVR / CB / Aston Villa
  • Lisandro Martinez – 79 OVR / CB / Ajax
  • Alex Moreno – 74 OVR / LB / Real Betis
  • Fred – 81 OVR / CDM / Manchester United
  • Hakan Calhanoglu – 82 OVR / CAM / Inter Milan
  • Alban Lafont – 78 OVR / GK / FC Nantes
  • Benno Schmitz – 69 OVR / RB / FC Koln
  • Franco Russo – 70 OVR / CB / RCD Mallorca
  • Bernardo Silva – 86 OVR / CAM / Manchester City
  • Anton Stach – 69 OVR / CDM / FSV Mainz 05
  • Franck Kessie – 84 OVR / CDM / AC Milan
  • Lucas Ocampos – 83 OVR / LW / Sevilla
  • Gelson Martins – 78 OVR / RM / AS Monaco
  • Martin Terrier – 77 OVR / ST / Rennes
  • Lois Openda – 71 OVR / ST / Vitesse
  • David Turnbull – 74 OVR / CAM / Celtic
  • Giovanni Simeone – 75 OVR / ST / Hellas Verona

Those were our predictions FIFA 22 Team of the Week 12. We update this page every seven days with the next batch of TOTW guesses, so be sure to check back here every week.

For more on FIFA 22 Ultimate Team, here’s everything we know so far about Black Friday in FUT, as well as the latest Premier League Player of the Month.

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FIFA 22 Team of the Group Stage: Release date & featured players

Ultimate Team players can now test out the new Team of the Group Stage promo. Here’s the release date and every player involved.

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TOTGS FIFA 22 Ultimate Team

The group stage of Europe’s three major club competitions is coming to a close. Ultimate Team fans can expect to get their hands on the Team of the Group Stage promo. Here’s when you can expect to test these new items as well as every player in TOTGS.

This year, football fans have had the pleasure of watching three European club competitions as opposed to two. The newly created Conference League joined the likes of the UEFA Champions League, and Europa League. Each year, EA Sports celebrates the most dominant players amongst these European competitions through the Team of the Group Stage promotion

The top performers across these three competitions are set to be honored in FIFA 22. With massive clubs involved, players can expect to get their hands on some excellent cards. Here’s when FIFA 22 Ultimate Team players can expect Team of the Group Stage as well as the players up for grabs. 

Team of the Group Stage Ultimate Team release date

FIFA 22 TOTGS release date

After receiving some incredibly useful cards through the Signature Signings promo, Ultimate Team players are eager to see what’s next. The last matchday of European club competitions is set to take place next week between December 6-8. 

It turns out EA has decided to release the promo before the last matches are complete. They are wasting no time in getting new content to players across Ultimate Team. 

December 3 is the date to mark on your calendar. On Friday, December 3 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM GMT / 8 PM CEST, keep an eye out for the new promo. 

For players with poor pack luck, rest assured you’ll have a chance to snap up one or two of these players through SBCs and objectives

FIFA 22 Team of the Group Stage card design

As with past TOTGS promos we’ve seen, the card design isn’t going to display significant differences from the RTTK promo. So far, we’ve seen the TOTGS through leaks. The one major difference is the direction of the line designs in the background. 

The RTTK cards all looked fantastic therefore EA probably won’t be changing much. The lime green of the Conference League certainly pops on screen. 

Team of the Group Stage player items

FIFA 22 TOTGS FUT

The fact that there are three competitions to choose from this year and the same number of spots available means that some top performers have missed out. Competition is fierce this year and only the best of the best are showcased below. 

Here are all of the players involved in Team of the Group Stage:

  • Sébastien Haller (Ajax) *SBC*
  • Victor Osimhen (Napoli) *Objective*
  • Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)
  • Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
  • Leroy Sané (Bayern Munich)
  • Gianluigi Donnarumma (PSG)
  • João Cancelo (Manchester City)
  • Marquinhos (PSG)
  • Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig)
  • Federico Chiesa (Piemonte Calcio / Juventus)
  • Andreas Christensen (Chelsea)
  • Vinícius Júnior (Real Madrid
  • Tiago Djaló (LOSC Lille)
  • Saïd Benrahma (West Ham)
  • Erik Botheim (FK Bodø/Glimt)

That just about covers everything we know about TOTGS in Ultimate Team. Make sure to get a look at the team on December 3 and see how it compares to RTTK. Don’t forget, Ultimate Team players who log into the game between December 15 and January 14 will receive a free Next Generation card.

For more FIFA 22 news, stay tuned to Charlie INTEL.

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FIFA 22 Team of the Week: TOTW 11 & featured players

EA have announced another FIFA 22 Team of the Week. We’ve got everything you need to know, as well as the full FIFA 22 TOTW 11 lineup.

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Chelsea players celebrating in FIFA 22

It’s time for another FIFA 22 Team of the Week. In FIFA 22 TOTW 11, there are some huge names for people to add to their teams and we’ve got all the details listed for you.

Ultimate Team remains the most popular mode in the FIFA series. One of the many reasons for this is incorporating real-world football into its addictive gameplay loop through special cards, such as Icons or the new FUT Heroes.

One of the mode’s oldest promotions is ‘Team of the Week’, which offers players a weekly batch of upgraded cards, based on real-life player performances the previous week, to help build out their squads.

We’ll be updating this hub with the latest FIFA 22 TOTW news, so be sure to check back here every week.

Here are the full updates for FIFA 22’s Team of the Week 11.

FIFA 22 FUT TOTW 11

FIFA 22 striker Erling Haaland

The FIFA 22 TOTW 11 is here, and it’s full of big names from across the world. For those who like to try out new cards and have the funds to do so, FIFA’s TOTW is great.

Check out the full squad for the FIFA 22 TOTW 11 here.

What are TOTW cards in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team?

Team of the Week items are special cards that boost stats based on that player’s performance in the previous week of real-world games. Any player awarded an in-form will see both their ratings and in-game stats get a permanent increase.

Every week, EA unveils a 23-man squad of the stars who had the best games in the previous domestic or international fixtures round. They could be awarded for a last-minute winner in a big game or a heroic performance from a goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet.

Each TOTW is available in packs for an entire week until it is replaced by the next squad on the following Wednesday. Player’s can not receive an in-form two weeks in a row.

While an in-form card is in packs, it replaces the base version of that player. The normal card will return to packs when that TOTW is over.

AC Milan player dribbling the ball in FIFA 22

In FIFA 22, EA has addressed fans’ complaints that TOTW items are often quickly rendered useless by the other promotional cards added to the game throughout the year.

Every week, one player will receive a special Featured TOTW card. These players will receive a larger boost than the rest of the squad in an attempt to make them more desirable to those building their teams.

To qualify for this additional stat-boost, the player must have a base card that is under 80-rated and not have any other performance-based card in packs – such as a Ones to Watch.

Screenshot of Jude Bellingham card

When is the TOTW released?

Historically, EA announces the latest TOTW every Wednesday so that any Monday night games can be considered.

Each new team is normally Tweeted out around 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM GMT with a full look at every upgrade.


For more on FIFA 22 Ultimate Team, check out the top player ratings and our guide on which strikers you should buy.

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