The FIFA 22 Ultimate Team market has been unusually dead ever since the game launched, and players have now accused EA themselves of manipulating the market to alter the prices of meta players.
From day one, even some of the game’s top-rated players have been selling for a fraction of what they would have demanded in past years.
Now, after a sudden surge in the market, fans have claimed that EA are manipulating the market to make meta players more expensive.
Reddit user CernMagic started the discussion in a post that claimed the publisher tampered with the FUT market, in a tactic they described as “grimy.”
According to the player, in a matter of minutes meta cards like Mbappe, Kante, and Neymar “magically” rose in price by over 100,000 coins in some cases.
While high-end cards like these did start the year with high values compared to the rest of the lackluster market, their Buy It Now price has been slowly falling in recent weeks.
Others also responded by questioning the dramatic shift in the market. “Messi was down to 430,000 and back up to 550,000 in an hour – no way it isn’t market manipulation,” said one player.
Some accused EA of tampering with the market because they have a big SBC planned, such as the rumored Flashback Mbappe, and want to make it more appealing to players.
From the FUTBIN screenshot below, by looking at the blue line we can see that the price of Mbappe’s normal gold card shot up rapidly on PlayStation between 8 AM and 10 AM on November 8.
One player even accused the publisher of “milking” its players, and urged fellow fans not to be “naive in thinking EA are good company.”
While plenty pointed the finger at FIFA 22’s publisher, some fans argued that this may instead be the work of trader groups who occasionally buy dozens of cards at once to make a quick profit.
The fact that the prices seemed to spike “like clockwork” and only on the PlayStation market has led many players to feel like this may be the case.
- Read more: FIFA 22 Rulebreakers: Team 2 & FUT upgrades
EA haven’t addressed the controversy as of yet, so it remains to be seen if devs will offer fans an explanation for this sudden market switch. As always, stay tuned on Charlie INTEL for future updates.
Image credits: EA / FUTBIN
FIFA 22 Shapeshifters: Team 2 release date, promo explained, player leaks
The Shapeshifters promo followed TOTS as the next Ultimate Team promo in FIFA 22. Here’s a look at the Team 1 squad and Team 2 leaks.
The Shapeshifters promo last seen in FIFA 20 has made its way to FIFA 22’s Ultimate Team mode following the Team of the Season.
Team of the Season is certainly one of the most popular promos of the year, but it surely isn’t the final promo for FIFA 22 players to enjoy. Luckily, there are still a few Ultimate Team promos to look forward to and Shapeshifters is one of them.
The Shapeshifters promo was a fan-favorite promo in FIFA 20, and after not featuring in FIFA 21, it has made a return to Ultimate Team in FIFA 22.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Shapeshifters promo including the release date, Team 1 players, and Team 2 leaks.
- FIFA 22 Shapeshifters release date
- Ultimate Team Shapeshifters explained
- FIFA 22 Shapeshifters Team 1
- FIFA 22 Shapeshifters Team 2 player leaks
FIFA 22 Shapeshifters release date
With exciting new content to enjoy, you’ll want to log into FIFA when the new cards make their way to Ultimate Team at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM UK.
Ultimate Team Shapeshifters explained
The Shapeshifters promo is a fan favorite due to its unique tendency to have top players in unconventional positions. This promo takes players out of their standard position and allows you to build a squad with more options at your disposal.
For example, in FIFA 20, Trent Alexander-Arnold went from playing RB to CM. This drastic change opens the door to new squad-building possibilities.
- Read more: FIFA 22 leaked Summer Swaps Tokens explained
Some of the Shapeshifters cards boast skill moves and weak foot upgrades. These special cards received rating boosts, SM/WF upgrades, and position changes, which makes Shapeshifters a top-tier promo.
FIFA 22 Shapeshifters Team 1
TOTS was always going to be a difficult act to follow, but EA have certainly delivered an incredible promo with some stellar players on offer. Lionel Messi, Heung Min Son, and Youcef Atal will be highly sought-after players.
- Alphonso Davies – LB → ST
- Lionel Messi – RW → CF
- Youcef Atal – RB → CM
- Heung Min Son – LM → ST
- Eden Hazard – LW → CAM
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – ST → LW
- Leonardo Spinazzola – LWB → CDM
- Pierre Kalulu – RB → CB
- Jeremiah St. Juste – CB → RW
- Héctor Bellerín – RB → LB
- Nordi Mukiele – RWB → CB
- Jack Grealish – LW → CAM
- Andrew Robertson – LB → CDM
- Everton – LM → ST
Anderson and Carrasco are both available via SBC, while Thuram is expected to join them as an SBC reward throughout the promo.
Meanwhile, Wolfsburg’s Gerhardt and Arsenal’s Pepe are available via Objective.
- Yannick Carrasco – LM → CAM or LM → RW (SBC)
- Felipe Anderson – LM → RW (SBC)
- Marcus Thuram – LM → ST (SBC)
- Samuel Grandsir – LM → ST (OBJ)
- Yannick Gerhardt – CM → LWB (OBJ)
- Nicolas Pepe – RM → ST (OBJ)
FIFA 22 Shapeshifters Team 2 player leaks
FutSheriff has shared leaks concerning Team 2 players and there is plenty of reason to be excited with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo included. It seems Ferland Mendy eludes Ultimate Team fans once again, but there’s always the next FIFA 22 promo to look forward to.
Take a look at the players they claim will be involved in Shapeshifters Team 2:
- Cristiano Ronaldo – ST → LW
- Marcelo – LB → ST
- Sergio Ramos – CB → ST
- Timo Werner – ST → RF
- Adama Traore – RW → CF
- Stephan El Shaarawy – LW → CAM
- Silas – RM → CF
- Jesus Corona – RM → CM
- Kieran Tierney – LB → CB
- Emre Can – CM → CB
- Roberto Pereyra – CM → LWB
- Thiago Mendes – CDM → RB
- Marko Arnautovic – ST → CB
- Daley Blind – CB → CDM
Shapeshifters Team 2 is looking equally as strong as Team 1. Ultimate Team fans should be excited to receive a promo that includes Ronaldo and Messi so soon after TOTS. Marcelo and Ronaldo should be the two most sought-after cards, but Ramos shouldn’t be too far behind.
For more FIFA news, check out our guide to FIFA 23 including everything you need to know about the upcoming game.
Image Credit: EA Sports
How to complete FIFA 22 Richarlison Flashback SBC
Ultimate Team players can add a fantastic Brazilian midfielder to their squad by completing the FIFA 22 Richarlison Flashback SBC.
Everton forward Richarlison is available via Flashback SBC during the Shapeshifters promo. Here’s how to complete the FIFA 22 Richarlison Flashback SBC with the cheapest solution.
We’ve seen some excellent Flashback SBCs in FIFA 22 including Flashback Isco and Flashback Verratti during the TOTS promo. With the Shapeshifters promo now active, EA have decided to honor Richarlison for his inclusion in the FIFA 20 Shapeshifters promo.
Richarlison’s Flashback SBC is a CAM card, but this doesn’t change much as the Brazilian was always a central force. Although Flashback Richarlison will be out of reach for some, there’s no denying that he’s an incredible untradeable card in FIFA 22.
Here’s what you need to know about the FIFA 22 Richarlison Flashback SBC, including the cheapest solution.
FIFA 22 Flashback Richarlison SBC stats
Elite is the proper word to describe Flashback Richarlison’s stats. His range of passing isn’t the greatest but you should get by fine with his 93 Short Passing. You’ll have a fun time putting Richarlison’s 5* weak foot and 4* skill moves to use.
Thanks to his 99 Acceleration stat, you’ll blow by defenders in quick bursts. 98 Shot Power is another impressive stat, meanwhile all but one of his Dribbling stats are 95 rated or above. There’s nothing Flashback Richarlison can’t do in FIFA 22, which explains his steep price tag.
How to complete FIFA 22 Flashback Richarlison SBC
To complete this SBC, players will need to give up four squads: Brazil, Premier League, Top Form, and 87-Rated Squad. With a value of around 460,000 coins, Richarlison is a luxury option for those chasing the best cards in FIFA 22.
You can check out the cheapest solution below.
- # of players from Brazil: Min 1
- # of TOTW or TOTS players: Min 1
- Squad Rating: Min 84
- Team Chemistry: Min 70
Brazil solution – Cost: 68,000 coins
Premier League requirements
- # of players from the Premier League: Min 1
- Squad Rating: Min 85
- Team Chemistry: Min 65
Premier League solution – Cost: 89,500 coins
Top Form requirements
- # of TOTW or TOTS players: Min 1
- Squad Rating: Min 86
- Team Chemistry: Min 60
Top Form solution – Cost: 138,000 coins
87-Rated Squad requirements
- Squad Rating: Min 87
- Team Chemistry: Min 45
87-Rated Squad solution – Cost: 163,500 coins
The Flashback Richarlison SBC will be available for two weeks as it expires on July 7. The two weeks should allow you to gather the necessary funds to secure the midfielder.
Richarlison is without a doubt a top meta option, but some might struggle to meet the asking price. If you’re the type of player to complete SBCs like the Icon Moments and 93+ TOTS player picks then this Richarlison is a great alternative.
Richarlison is a known entity, while the aforementioned SBCs are risky as you could end up with an awful player for around the same price.
For more FIFA news, check out our guide to the leaked FIFA 22 Summer Swaps Tokens.
Image Credits: EA Sports / FUTBIN
FIFA 22 leaked Summer Swaps Tokens explained
According to a FIFA 22 leaker, Summer Swaps Tokens will be making their way to Ultimate Team during the Shapeshifters promo.
Another Swaps program is set to hit FIFA 22 Ultimate Team with valuable rewards available, so here’s everything you need to know about the leaked Summer Swaps Tokens.
It seems like the fun is set to continue as leaks suggest Summer Swaps Tokens will make their way to FIFA 22. Hopefully, this will give Ultimate Team players one last chance at achieving their dream squads before FIFA 23.
Here’s what to expect from FIFA 22’s Summer Swaps Tokens including a potential release date and leaked rewards.
- FIFA 22 Summer Swaps Tokens expected release date
- What are FIFA 22 Summer Swaps Tokens?
- FIFA 22 Sumer Swaps Tokens leaked rewards
FIFA 22 Summer Swaps Tokens expected release date
According to renowned FIFA leaker FutSheriff, Summer Swaps Tokens will begin on Friday, June 24. Sheriff detailed the news of a new Swaps program and on Thursday, June 23, the leaker suggested players could expect the content on the following day.
While this information has not been confirmed by EA as of yet, you’ll want to check into Ultimate Team on the 24 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM BST for new content. According to the leaker, the program will last for an entire month before coming to a close on July 25.
What are FIFA 22 Summer Swaps Tokens?
The Swaps system will task players with earning Tokens through the completion of in-game objectives and SBCs. Later, you’ll be able to submit your Summer Swaps Tokens to earn valuable rewards.
Players usually spread their Tokens to redeem multiple small rewards or save them all up for the biggest reward available. Keep in mind that this will take some considerable grinding to achieve.
Summer Swaps Tokens are expected to span multiple promos so it’ll be interesting to discover what the rewards will consist of. The Shapeshifters promo is currently active, but who knows what promo will be next.
FutSheriff has called this the biggest Swaps program ever in FIFA. According to the leaker, there will be a total of 50 Tokens to collect.
FIFA 22 Sumer Swaps Tokens leaked rewards
While we don’t have a grasp of the entire reward list, Sheriff did state that both a 1 of 5 TOTS EFIGS 96+ player pick and 1 of 4 Icon Moments 94+ player pick will be available.
Given how late into the FIFA 22 cycle we’re in, the rewards will likely entail the best of the best.
It’s interesting to note that TOTS rewards will be available considering the promo has already come to a close. Players will no doubt also have their sights set on the Icon Moments rewards as player picks can prove to be a massive success in Ultimate Team.
For more FIFA news, check out all of the new leagues, teams, and stadiums coming to FIFA 23.
Image Credit: EA Sports
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