While the arrival of FIFA 22 Ultimate Team brings with it a number of huge overhauls, it’s often the little details that get the hardcore fans most excited. Most importantly, the balancing of features that were overpowered in the previous game.
Since it first launched in 2009, the main draw of FUT has been building a squad made up of the world’s best players – perfectly balanced with league and nation links. Unfortunately, the reality is that every year certain types of players, no matter how highly rated, just don’t fit the meta of the game.
This leads to more dedicated FUT players coming up with creative ways to cram in cards that do suit the gameplay each year to get the upper hand on their opponents. FIFA 21 was no exception, but a particularly frustrating one appears to have been nerfed for this year’s entry.
Perhaps more so than ever before, FIFA 21 placed a great emphasis on pace. Pretty soon after launch, players would run into teams featuring attacking lines with pace stats in the high 90’s. Immediately, slower center-backs like Harry Maguire and Georgio Chillelini became obsolete.
In an effort to combat the blistering pace of the game’s most-used attackers, the community began using full-backs, who are generally quicker than their defensive counterparts, in the middle of the back four. Due to how FUT’s chemistry system works, the out-of-position players wouldn’t see their stats punished, but instead just received a smaller boost than those in the correct position.
In the end, modes such as FUT Champions became plagued with teams playing Ferland Mendy or Kevin Mbabu at CB, making defenses extremely difficult to get in behind. As more and more special cards were released, the problem only persisted.
Luckily, it appears EA has taken steps to prevent this from happening in FIFA 22. In the gameplay deep dive available on the publisher’s website, it says that placing a full-back at center-back will “negatively impact” their defensive positioning. It adds that criteria such as fatigue and work rates will also affect how defenders behave in-game.
The only downside is that the gameplay tweak is only listed as coming to next-gen consoles and PC. Consoles and the Switch version will likely see the problem carry over into the new season.
Players won’t have to wait long to see these changes in action, as the FIFA 22 beta is expected to hit very soon. The full game is due out worldwide on October 1, but early access options are available through the Ultimate Edition and the EA Play service.
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FIFA 22 player reveals Ultimate Team trick to instantly make 300k coins
A simple yet often forgotten FIFA 22 trick can gift Ultimate Team players with up to 300k coins before FIFA 23 comes around.
FIFA 22’s endgame is underway, but players are still discovering clever ways to generate coins, and this Ultimate Team trick has the possibility to grant a few hundred thousand.
Despite the fact that FIFA 23 is right around the corner, FIFA 22 players are still enjoying everything the Ultimate Team mode has to offer well into August. While the stakes and excitement can’t match that of FUT’s early game, the end game is still a great way to flex your FIFA skills.
The end of FIFA 22’s Ultimate Team cycle is when the market tends to crash, allowing you to purchase incredible players for bargain prices. If you’re looking to do so but you’re short on coins, a FUT player has revealed a clever trick to instantly gain almost 300k coins in one sitting.
With FIFA 23 set to release on September 30, FIFA 22’s Ultimate Team market is not the pillar it once was at the start of the game. Instead, some of the best cards in the game including Shapeshifters, TOTY, and FUTTIES items are available for cheap.
However, you’ll need coins to live out FIFA 22’s remaining days with the best possible squad and most players have burned through their savings.
Luckily, a helpful tip from a clever Ultimate Team expert could allow you to build your dream squad this late in the game. The trick involves discarding all your FIFA 22 Ultimate Team stadium items.
The idea is that most players have amassed a ton of stadium items since the start of FIFA 22 that simply remain in their clubs unchecked. They don’t necessarily impact gameplay, so most players will forget about them.
If you’re one of these players, it’s likely that you’re sitting on a goldmine. Of course, if you immediately discard your stadium items as they come in, then this trick will not work for you.
The comments are full of players praising the forgotten trick: “Didn’t realise how much s**** I had. Couldn’t believe it when I seen it was 485 per discard.” Meanwhile, others opted for well-timed Barcelona jokes given their curious financial situation: “Bro went Barcelona’s financial team mode,” and “So this is what pulling a lever feels like.”
Unfortunately, there’s no FUT feature to quick sell all items, therefore you’ll have to manually quick sell them one by one. However, a player in the comments offered yet another helpful tip that should save you some time: “Web app isn’t the worst thing in the world however, took 20 minutes at most.”
Your stadium stockpile will determine how many coins you’ll receive. The OP accrued almost 300k, while some in the comments reached 150k and 200k. Any result that nets you over 100k coins is certainly worth it, as it’ll be considered a fortune in the current market.
For more, check out how EA Sports’ costly mistake let players purchase FIFA 23 for less than $1.
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FIFA 23 new Icons leaked: Xabi Alonso, Gerd Muller, & Icon downgrades
Here’s a look at the returning Icons that should appear in FIFA 23’s Ultimate Team mode alongside the new Icon cards to expect.
Icon cards are a staple of the Ultimate Team mode and they’ll be making a return in FIFA 23. Here’s a list of returning Icons and a sneak peek at new Icons that leaks suggest will make their way to the game.
There’s nothing quite as exhilarating as packing an Icon card in Ultimate Team. FIFA 23 players will get the chance to do so once more as the legendary figures should continue to feature in Ultimate Team.
With every FIFA release the list of Icons available continues to grow and FIFA 23 will be no different. EA Sports tend to add around four new Icons per game, and leaks have revealed who these players could be.
Here’s everything you need to know about Icon cards in FIFA 23.
What are Icon cards in FIFA 23?
Icon cards honor the best players to grace the pitch throughout football history. For starters, there are three versions of each Icon card: base, mid, and prime. Each version is an ode to the player’s career from when they entered the scene to when they achieved global superstardom.
Not only do Icon cards usually boast a high overall rating, but they offer your squad special chemistry attributes.
FIFA 22 Icons were difficult to find in packs, but it won’t be impossible in FIFA 23. If luck isn’t on your side, you’ll have an opportunity to secure Icons as EA tend to add Icon SBCs later in the year.
FIFA 23 expected Icon cards
Two Icons were removed from FIFA 22 for various reasons and while Marc Overmars is not expected to return, leaks claim that Diego Maradona will return to FIFA 23. For the most part, players can expect the same selection of Icon cards from FIFA 22 to carry over to FIFA 23.
EA usually add a few new faces each year. In FIFA 22, players received Wayne Rooney, Iker Casillas, Cafu, and Robin Van Persie.
Ultimate Team leaker DonkTrading has suggested that David Villa, Alfredo Di Stefano, and Gerd Muller could be three of the new Icons arriving in FIFA 23. Meanwhile, FutSheriff has reported that Xabi Alonso, Gerd Muller, and Jerzinho will be the three new faces to appear as FIFA 23 Icons.
David Villa and Xabi Alonso are by far the youngest of the bunch having only recently retired in 2020 and 2017 respectively. Only time will tell if these leaks are accurate, but Di Stefano and Muller both made a lasting impact on the beautiful game, which solidifies their chances of being deemed Icons in FIFA 23.
Keep in mind these are just leaks at the moment and their inclusions are subject to change. With that in mind, here’s a list of the expected Icon cards in FIFA 23:
- Hernan Crespo (Argentina)
- Alfredo Di Stefano (Argentina)
- Juan Roman Riquelme (Argentina)
- Juan Sebastian Veron (Argentina)
- Javier Zanetti (Argentina)
- Carlos Alberto (Brazil)
- Cafu (Brazil)
- Roberto Carlos (Brazil)
- Garrincha (Brazil)
- Jerzinho (Brazil)
- Kaka (Brazil)
- Pele (Brazil)
- Rivaldo (Brazil)
- Ronaldinho (Brazil)
- Ronaldo (Brazil)
- Socrates (Brazil)
- Hristo Stoichkov (Bulgaria)
- Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon)
- Davor Suker (Croatia)
- Petr Cech (Czech Republic)
- Pavel Nedved (Czech Republic)
- Michael Laudrup (Denmark)
- Peter Schmeichel (Denmark)
- John Barnes (England)
- David Beckham (England)
- Sol Campbell (England)
- Ashley Cole (England)
- Rio Ferdinand (England)
- Steven Gerrard (England)
- Frank Lampard (England)
- Gary Lineker (England)
- Bobby Moore (England)
- Michael Owen (England)
- Wayne Rooney (England)
- Paul Scholes (England)
- Alan Shearer (England)
- Ian Wright (England)
- Jari Litmanen (Finland)
- Lauren Blanc (France)
- Eric Cantona (France)
- Marcel Desailly (France)
- Theirry Henry (France)
- Claude Makelele (France)
- Emmanuel Petit (France)
- Robert Pires (France)
- David Trezeguet (France)
- Patrick Vieira (France)
- Zinedine Zidane (France)
- Michael Ballack (Germany)
- Miroslav Klose (Germany)
- Phillip Lahm (Germany)
- Lothar Matthaus (Germany)
- Gerd Muller (Germany)
- Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany)
- Michael Essien (Ghana)
- Ferenc Puskas (Hungary)
- Roy Keane (Ireland)
- Roberto Baggio (Italy)
- Franco Baresi (Italy)
- Fabio Cannavaro (Italy)
- Alessandro Del Piero (Italy)
- Gennaro Gattuso (Italy)
- Filippo Inzaghi (Italy)
- Paolo Maldini (Italy)
- Alessandro Nesta (Italy)
- Andrea Pirlo (Italy)
- Christian Vieri (Italy)
- Gianluca Zambrotta (Italy)
- Gianfranco Zola (Italy)
- Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast)
- Luis Hernandez (Mexico)
- Hugo Sanchez (Mexico)
- Dennis Bergkamp (Netherlands)
- Johan Cruyff (Netherlands)
- Ruud Gullit (Netherlands)
- Patrick Kluivert (Netherlands)
- Ronald Koeman (Netherlands)
- Frank Rijkaard (Netherlands)
- Clarence Seedorf (Netherlands)
- Marco van Basten (Netherlands)
- Edwin van der Sar (Netherlands)
- Ruud van Nistelrooy (Netherlands)
- Robin van Persie (Netherlands)
- George Best (Northern Ireland)
- Deco (Portugal)
- Eusebio (Portugal)
- Luis Figo (Portugal)
- Rui Costa (Portugal)
- Gheorghe Hagi (Romania)
- Lev Yashin (Russia)
- Kenny Dalglish (Scotland)
- Nemanja Vidic (Serbia)
- Xabi Alonso (Spain)
- Emilio Butragueno (Spain)
- Iker Casillas (Spain)
- Josep Guardiola (Spain)
- Fernando Hierro (Spain)
- Raul (Spain)
- Carles Puyol (Spain)
- Fernando Torres (Spain)
- David Villa (Spain)
- Xavi (Spain)
- Henrik Larsson (Sweden)
- Andriy Shevchenko (Ukraine)
- Ryan Giggs (Wales)
- Ian Rush (Wales)
We’ll have to wait for EA’s confirmation to see if the four rumored players make the cut, but judging by their playing careers, they’re all deserving of being a FIFA 23 Icon.
FIFA 23 Icon downgrades
Multiple FIFA leakers including Donk and Sheriff are also reporting that certain Icons will be downgraded to FUT Heroes in FIFA 23. If rumors are true, this marks the first time that an Icon player can lose their status from one game to the next.
So far only Nigeria’s Jay-Jay Okocha and Japan’s Hidetoshi Nakata are reportedly going from Icon to FUT Heroes. However, don’t be surprised to see more names join the list as FIFA 23’s release date approaches.
For more FIFA 23 news, check out the new FUT Hero cards that have also been leaked for FIFA 23.
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EA Sports’ costly mistake lets players purchase FIFA 23 for less than $1
A costly error from EA Sports has allowed FIFA 23 players to purchase the game’s Ultimate Edition for less than $1.
Some football fans were lucky enough to purchase the Ultimate Edition of FIFA 23 for less than $1 following a major mistake made by EA Sports.
FIFA 23 is right around the corner and players are eager to test out all of the new features that EA Sports revealed. After presentations for Pro Clubs, Career Mode, and Ultimate Team, it’s no surprise that hype for the next stage of the football franchise is starting to build.
FIFA 23 is currently available for pre-order, with several different avenues available to players depending on the platform of their choice. FIFA’s popularity has grown over the years thanks to the success of the fan-favorite Ultimate Team mode.
While FIFA has always been a success on console, the franchise has experienced growth across the PC platform as well. According to the EA Sports FIFA 23 webpage, PC players can pre-order the game through Steam, Stadia, or the Epic Games store.
For a short period of time, players who looked to pre-order FIFA 23 through the Epic Games store were met with a shocking surprise as they found the game available for less than $1. Unfortunately for EA Sports, it seems like they have no choice but to honor the absurdly low price.
As a Reddit post puts it, at the beginning of August, FIFA 23 was available for pre-order on the Epic Games store for ₹5, which is roughly the equivalent of 0.063 USD or £0.052. The OP then adds that, “for context: that was the ultimate edition for 0.063USD.”
To put things into perspective FIFA 23’s Ultimate Edition on PC will set players back $89.99 (USD.) Following the purchases at the incorrect price, the EA Sports FIFA Team issued a statement concerning their costly mistake.
As you can see in the post above, EA took ownership of the mistake and incorrect price by stating that they will be “honoring all pre-purchases made at that price.”
If you’re disappointed that you didn’t seize the opportunity of an absolute steal for FIFA 23, it turns out that there were very specific requirements to meet. One comment states that, “it was only possible in India(or i guess with a VPN) and only for an hour or so.”
Even if you did use a VPN the incorrect price was only around for about an hour, so there’s no telling if you would have made the cut. Players who were lucky enough to capitalize on this error will practically get to enjoy FIFA 23 for free this year.
For more, check out all of the new FUT Hero cards making their way to FIFA 23 as well as how to earn a Marvel FUT Hero World Cup card for free.
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