The state of FIFA 22 Ultimate Team’s market has sparked a lot of debate among FUT fans this year. We break down the pros and cons of such a cheap market, as well as the concerning long-term impacts.
FIFA 22 Ultimate Team’s market has caused a lot of confusion since the game’s launch on October 1.
But is this crashed market a good thing for players, or is it going to hamper the game so early into a long FUT season?
Sucker for a bargain
As mentioned at the top, many of FIFA 22’s biggest names are on the Transfer Market for next to nothing when you consider the ratings EA has assigned them.
At the time of writing, Karim Benzema (89) and Harry Kane (90), two of the highest-rated strikers in the game, are clocking in at a mere 25k and 30k respectively. At this point in previous years, you’d expect these two to be around double that.
Low-rated meta players that normally demand a big fee are also selling for pocket change with Gabriel Jesus (83) and Lukas Klostermann (80) being listed for under 1,000 coins.
There’s still a handful of 80 to 85-rated cards that will break the bank, but these tend to be the cards that are only needed to compete at the top level. As a rule, players with huge pace stats or invaluable chemistry links like Ferland Mendy are the only ones who keep their value.
The big positive of this is that casual players who don’t have thousands of hours to dedicate to the FUT grind can build competitive teams relatively quickly.
This means we’re seeing a more level playing field when it comes to Division Rivals, making the matches more about skill than having a team full of 1 million coin players.
Of course, you still have to put in the time to earn the cream of the crop, but gone are the days where you need 500k to build a squad to stand a chance in online modes – which can only be a good thing for the average player.
The second big win of such a friendly market is the ease with which SBCs can be completed in FIFA 22.
In previous years, cards of a higher rating would keep their price regardless of their viability in-game because they could be used as SBC fodder. Every time a big challenge dropped, slow, but high-rated, players Busquets and Parejo would shoot up in price.
This doesn’t seem to be the case in FUT 22, as even Player of the Month Ronaldo couldn’t lift the 86 rated players above the 10k mark. So, SBC prices are at an all-time low, making it far less likely that you’ll be priced out of a card that would fit your team like a goalkeeper glove.
It’s helping FIFA 22’s status as the most accessible FIFA in years, as many of the top cards are no longer locked behind a ridiculous grind.
But at what cost?
Unfortunately, a broken market isn’t all rosy when you look at the long-term fun of the game. It’s also bringing some serious problems just a few weeks after launch.
High-rated players that are worth so little are making it almost impossible to make coins from opening tradeable packs. When it comes to promo packs that cost upwards of 45,000, there’s only a handful of players that would help you break even.
- Read more: FIFA 22 Bundesliga Player of the Month
Realistically, you need a special card from the latest promotion, or a golden goose like Mbappe or Ronaldo to stand a chance of making your gamble pay off.
This all subtly nudges players to fork over their money on FIFA Points rather than using coins to buy packs. Especially when you consider that most SBC packs are untradeable.
From a gameplay point of view, the ease with which you can build a strong is team is making FUT Champs and Rivals a real slog to make any progress in.
While it’s true that everyone having good teams makes the playing field more even, it also makes the online modes feel less rewarding at the higher levels.
Missing out on a promotion because a lesser player is being carried by their 20k Romelu Lukaku quickly sucks the fun out of competitive play.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly in a mode geared around building an “Ultimate Team,” actually improving your team is becoming next to impossible.
At the moment, what we’re seeing is a huge disparity between players in the same position from the same leagues.
For example, Riyad Mahrez, the second-highest rated right-winger in the Premier League, is under 10,000 coins, while the next upgrade is Mohammed Salah at 371,000.
This is preventing players from making the jump from starter team to competitive team as they rise through the ranks in Division Rivals because there are very few cards they can pack to help raise the funds to buy a superstar.
What needs to change?
What’s most concerning about the current state of the FUT 22 market is how much it resembles an end-of-year market. Players with so little worth usually come in the summer months, when the game is flooded with special cards – not before Christmas.
There are steps that EA can take to help secure the long-term enjoyment of Ultimate Team, such as raising the price ranges of some of the bigger names to stop them from dropping too low.
Regular promotions also offer some more valuable cards for players to hunt, but the pack weight will have to be significantly raised to make them more than a pipe dream to throw FIFA Points at.
Without that spark of excitement when you open a pack, the Ultimate Team experience starts to fall apart. Fans need to feel that every pack could change their fortunes, but that feeling just isn’t there right now.
As it stands, the Ultimate Team market is precariously balanced, and what EA does in the next few months will make or break how successful this year of FUT will be.
There’s no denying that having access to household names is making FIFA 22 more fun in the short term, but it’s hard to imagine how this ever-changing market is going to survive in the long run.
EA has some work to do if wants to keep players on the bandwagon for the rest of the season.
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FIFA 22 FUT Team of the Week 11 predictions: Griezmann, Maddison, more
Team of Week 11 is set to land in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team very soon, so here are our predictions for the players we expect to be included.
Another packed game week has been and gone, but which star performers are going to make it into FIFA 22’s Team of the Week? Here’s who we think will get in-form cards in FIFA Ultimate Team.
Next up is Team of the Week 11, so here are our predictions of who will be included in the next FUT TOTW lineup.
FIFA 22 Team of the Week 11 release day
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 11 predictions
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.
PSG defender Marquinhos tops our list for this week after scoring a brace in their 3-1 win over AS Saint-Étienne, while Leicester’s James Maddison scored a goal and assisted two against Watford.
Elsewhere, Ihlas Bebou scored a hattrick for Hoffenheim in their entertaining 6-3 win over Furth, while Dries Merten‘s wonder strike for Napoli helped his side to a 4-0 victory over Lazio.
We’ll have to wait until Wednesday to find out the official squad for Team of the Week 11, but, until then, here are our best predictions.
- James Maddison – 84 OVR / CAM / Leicester City
- Illkay Gundogan – 86 OVR / CM / Manchester City
- Marquinhos – 89 OVR / CB / PSG
- Dries Mertens – 86 OVR / ST / Napoli
- Antoine Griezmann – 86 / ST / Atletico Madrid
- Antonio Candreva – 84 OVR / RM / Sampdoria
- Max Gradel – 81 OVR / LM / Sivasspor
- Ilhaus Bebou – 81 OVR / RW / Hoffenheim
- Lisandro Lopez – 94 OVR / GK / Lyon
- Lukasz Skorupski – 81 OVR / GK / Bologna
- Berat Djimsiti – 82 OVR / CB / Bergamo Calcio (Atalanta)
- Fabien Centonze – 81 OVR / RWB / Metz
- Ghislain Konan – 81 OVR / LB / Stade Reims
- Ian Escobar – 75 OVR / LWB / Godoy Cruz
- Moussa Diaby – 84 OVR / RW / Bayer Leverkusen
- Juanmi – 81 OVR / LM / Real Betis
- Daniel-Kofi Kyereh – 71 OVR / CAM / FC St. Pauli
- Danny Drinkwater – 78 OVR / CM / Reading
- Matt O’Reilly – 75 OVR / RW / MK Dons
- Marcus Berg – 81 OVR / ST / IFK Goteburh
- Pablo Valcarce – 78 OVR / ST / Burgos
- Thomas Lehne Olsen – 76 OVR / ST / Lillestrom SK
- Duncan Watmore – 76 OVR / ST / Middlesbrough
Those were our predictions FIFA 22 Team of the Week 11. We update this page every seven days with the next batch of TOTW guesses, so be sure to check back here every week.
Image credits: EA
FIFA 22 Black Friday promo: FUT Signature Signings & Best of TOTW 1
Black Friday in FIFA 22 is set to start soon – here’s everything we know about the next FUT event including new Signature Signing cards.
FIFA 22’s Black Friday promo is finally here, bringing new Ultimate Team Signature Signing cards, Best of TOTW packs, SBCs, coin discounts, and much more.
It’s also a chance for EA to bring back some of the best TOTW cards of the year so far that fans might have missed out on.
FIFA 22 is no different, so here’s everything coming as part of this year’s FUT Black Friday bonanza.
- FIFA 22 Black Friday start date
- Club Signature Signings
- SBCs, objectives, and packs
- Best of Team of the Week
FIFA 22 Black Friday start date
This year, Black Friday falls on Friday, November 26, 2021. FIFA fans can expect the event to kick off in-game at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM GMT on the day.
EA surprised players in FIFA 21 by starting the festivities with pre-Black Friday content a day early. If they take the same approach this year, drop into FUT on Thursday, November 25, 2021.
As soon as the time comes, the bombardment of lightning rounds, SBCs, and objectives will begin. It will conclude four days later on Tuesday, November 30, after another day of Cyber Monday celebrations.
FIFA 22 Black Friday Best of TOTW Team 1
A staple of Black Friday in FIFA has always been Best of TOTW packs. The 11 best in-forms from the year so far return to packs alongside the current TOTW.
They tend to be accompanied by a ‘Best Of TOTW Upgrade’ SBC, guaranteeing one of these unreal cards walks out of the pack.
This year’s Best of TOTW has not only re-released the best cards from the season so far, but have also included hand-selected cards to receive a boots, leaving out players like Neymar and Mane who were expected to get upgrades.
You can view the 11 Best of TOTW Team 1 cards below.
- Kylian Mbappé (92 – ST) – PSG
- Mohamed Salah (91 – RW) – Liverpool
- Son Heung-min (90 – LM) – Spurs
- Luis Suárez (90 – ST) – Atletico Madrid
- Leon Goretzka (88 – CM) – Bayern Munich
- Phil Foden (90 – LW) – Manchester City
- Jesus Navas (86 – RB) – Sevilla
- Roberto Firmino (86 – CF) – Liverpool
- Theo Hernandez (86 – LWB) – AC Milan
- Vinicius Jr. (85 – LW) – Real Madrid
- Dayot Upamecano (84 – CB) – Bayern Munich
FIFA 22 Black Friday Signature Signings
While last year’s Black Friday event introduced Record Breakers, EA Sports have taken a slightly different route for 2022’s Ultimate Team event.
- Read more: Every FIFA 22 Ultimate Team promotion ranked
Signature Signings takes a look at the “best and most impactful transfers” in recent football history, picking out players who have made incredible contributions to their new teams. There are 11 players in total, who are:
- Kevin De Bruyne (93 – CAM) – Manchester City
- Milan Skriniar (88 – CB) – Inter Milan
- Wissam Ben Yedder (87 – ST) – AS Monaco
- Axel Witsel (87 – CDM) – Borrusia Dortmund
- Raul Jimenez (86 – ST) – Wolverhampton Wanderers
- Andrej Kramaric (86 – ST) – Hoffenheim
- Diego Carlos (85 – CB) – Sevilla
- Youcef Atal (85 – RB) – OGC Nice
- Renato Sanches (84 – CM) – Lille
- Marcus Edwards (84 – RW) – Vitoria De Guimaraes
FIFA 22 Black Friday SBCs, objectives, and packs
Over the course of the Black Friday promo, FUT fans are showered with players to grind for and packs to open.
Lightning rounds of high-value packs will hit the store regularly. These can be bought with coins and FIFA Points as normal, but there are only so many for the entire player base to fight over. Once they’re gone, they’re gone.
You can also expect to see promo packs on the store at a discount. For example, Prime Gold Players Packs (45k) could be on sale for 22,500 coins.
Daily SBCs are a common feature of Black Friday, giving out both pack and special player rewards, such as Flashbacks. These only last 24-hours, so be sure to check the back every day not to miss out.
Finally, there will be objectives to complete, again offering pack and player rewards. These can range from scoring a certain number of goals with players from a certain league, to having to build a special squad and play FUT Friendlies.
With the promos we’ve seen so far in FIFA 22, there’s also a chance we might also see some of the best Rulebreakers, Ones to Watch, or Road to the Knockouts cards come back. However, this is not confirmed.
That was everything we know so far about Black Friday in FIFA 22. We’ll be updating this page as EA drop more details about this wallet-shredding event, so check back here for future updates.
Image credits: EA
FIFA 22: How to Complete Emmanuel Dennis Ultimate Team Silver Stars Objective
One of Ultimate Team’s most underrated objectives has gifted players another gem, here’s how to secure Silver Stars Dennis in FIFA 22.
Fifa 22 players won’t want to miss their chance to snap up Watford’s Emmanuel Dennis Silver Stars. The Nigerian is available after completing certain objectives.
After joining Watford from Belgian side Club Brugge, Dennis has settled into the English Premier League nicely. While Dennis is traditionally a striker, coaching mastermind Claudio Ranieri has utilized him as a left-midfielder as of late. The results of playing out wide have been fantastic.
Dennis picked up a goal and two assists in a shock victory over giants Manchester United. This display is what inspired the Silver Stars upgrade. It’s safe to say Dennis has no shortage of Pace and Dribbling potential.
Emmanuel Dennis Silver Stars Objective requirements
The objectives for Silvers Stars players have largely remained unchanged for most of FIFA 22. With that being said, there are three requirements to complete.
- Win 3: Win three matches in the Live FUT Friendly: Silver Lounge.
- Score 8: Score eight goals in the Live FUT Friendly: Silver Lounge.
- Assist 6: Assist six goals in the Live FUT Friendly: Silver Lounge.
These objectives certainly aren’t the most difficult to complete. Considering the reward is a Silver card, EA has measured this objective adequately. Most players can even complete the objectives in three matches. That is, if you’re able to win three in a row.
Is Emmanuel Dennis worth it?
Silvers Stars Emmanuel Dennis is quite simply a beast. If you’re looking to run a silver squad for whatever reason, you may want to consider Dennis. In fact, even those running Premier League teams can give him a try for Rivals matches.
- Read more: Every FIFA 22 Ultimate Team promotion ranked
Right off the bat, the biggest change comes at his position. Dennis’ base silver card is positioned at striker. Giving him the LM designation increases Dennis’ versatility. Secondly, Dennis benefits from a major stat boost in all six of his base categories.
Dennis feels great out wide thanks to his 96 Acceleration. This Acceleration will help you get to lobbed through balls first. You would think his frame might feel clunky out wide but his 95 Agility and 86 Balance combine to make Dennis feel intuitive on the wing.
His 99 Jumping certainly goes to waste as he’ll likely be putting crosses into the box rather than getting on the end of them. Of course, his shooting leaves a lot to be desired. Although 86 Shot Power is nice to have, you’re probably better off using Dennis as a setup man.
Speaking of setting players up, Dennis’ underrated Dribbling stats make him an excellent wide player. Only one out of six in-game Dribbling stats dips below 80. With excellent Pace, Dribbling, and 4* skills, you’ll want to drive at your opponent’s right-back.
Get your best silver team together and head into the Silver Lounge to earn your Emmanuel Dennis. Owning one decent silver squad to use for various objectives can be very rewarding and Dennis can surely fit right in.
Here’s a closer look at the highly anticipated FIFA 22 Black Friday promotion set to hit Ultimate Team November 26.
Image Credits: EA
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