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 Shapeshifters: Release date, promo explained, Team 3 FUT Hero leaks
The Shapeshifters promo followed TOTS as the next Ultimate Team promo in FIFA 22. Here’s a look at what to expect from the Team 3 squad.
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, Team 2 players, and Team 3 leaks.
- FIFA 22 Shapeshifters release date
- Ultimate Team Shapeshifters explained
- FIFA 22 Shapeshifters Team 1
- FIFA 22 Shapeshifters Team 2
- FIFA 22 Shapeshifters Team 3 FUT Hero leaks
FIFA 22 Shapeshifters release date
A loading screen has also confirmed the rumor that Team 3 will make its way to FIFA 22 on July 1.
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.
This drastic change opens the door to new squad-building possibilities. These special cards received rating boosts, SM/WF upgrades, and position changes, which makes Shapeshifters a top-tier promo.
Throughout the Shapeshifters promo, players will be able to earn Summer Swaps Tokens that they can later exchange for valuable rewards. Summer Swaps Tokens rewards include Shapeshifters Kimpembe and several Shapeshifters player picks.
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
One look at the Shapeshifters 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 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
- Raphael Guerreiro – LB → CM or RB (SBC)
- Emerson – RB → CM (OBJ)
- Thomas Delaney – CDM → CB (OBJ)
- Hirving Lozano – RW → ST (SBC)
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 are the two most sought-after cards, but Ramos isn’t too far behind.
FIFA 22 Shapeshifters Team 3 FUT Hero leaks
According to FIFA leaker FutSheriff, Ultimate Team players will receive a Shapeshifters Team 3 and possibly even a Team 4. This is certainly not what FIFA players have come to expect from EA as Ultimate Team promos usually receive a maximum of two teams.
Sheriff also claims that Shapesfhiters Team 3 will be unique in that it will focus on FUT Hero players boasting position changes. The leaker mentioned that a Shapeshifters FUT Hero Solskjær is expected to make its way to the game via SBC.
Here’s a list of leaked FUT Hero players that could make their way to Ultimate Team when Team 3 releases on July 1:
- David Ginola – LM → ST
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – ST → CAM / LW
- Lars Ricken – CAM → RB
- Jurgen Kohler – CB → CDM
We’ll keep this list updated as more players are leaked prior to release.
For more FIFA news, check out our guide to FIFA 23 including everything you need to know about the upcoming game.
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How to complete FIFA 22 Player Moments Vardy SBC
A Moments Vardy SBC is up for grabs during the FIFA 22 Shapeshifters promo and here’s the cheapest solution for Ultimate Team players.
FIFA 22 players will have a chance to secure a 96-rated Premier League winger via SBC during the Shapeshifters promo. Here’s how to complete the Player Moments Vardy SBC, along with the cheapest solutions.
EA’s follow-up to Team of the Season has been an incredible success with players enjoying everything Shapeshifters has to offer. Players currently have their hands full collecting Summer Swaps Tokens, but you won’t want to miss this Vardy SBC.
EA have listed this SBC as a Shapeshifters Player Moments item which combines the promo’s position change with the celebration of an iconic moment. This Vardy SBC is set to celebrate his performance against Manchester United in the 2014/2015 season.
Here’s how to complete the Player Moments Vardy SBC, along with the cheapest solutions.
FIFA 22 Player Moments Vardy stats
For starters, Jamie Vardy has never felt like the most dynamic player in FIFA 22, but the 4* skill moves and 5* weak foot upgrade should add to his unpredictability.
Thanks to his LW position change, Vardy is an excellent option for Premier League squads. For most, Shapeshifters Ronaldo, Fantasy FUT Rashford, and TOTS Mane will be out of reach which makes Vardy a great alternative.
Of course, Vardy is known for his pace and prowess in front of goal which explains the 99 Finishing, 99 Positioning, 99 Shot Power, 98 Acceleration, and 97 Sprint Speed.
How to complete FIFA 22 Moments Vardy SBC
To complete this SBC, players will need to give up three squads: England, Premier League, and 86-Rated Squad. With a value of around 335,000 coins, Vardy is not as overpriced as previous Premier League SBCs in FIFA 22.
You can check out the cheapest solution below.
- # of players from England: Min 1
- # of TOTW or TOTS players: Min 1
- Squad Rating: Min 84
- Team Chemistry: Min 70
England solution – Cost: 83,500 coins
Premier League requirements
- # of players from the Premier League: Min 1
- # of TOTW or TOTS players: Min 1
- Squad Rating: Min 85
- Team Chemistry: Min 65
Premier League solution – Cost: 121,000 coins
86-Rated Squad requirements
- Squad Rating: Min 86
- Team Chemistry: Min 60
86-Rated Squad solution – Cost: 135,000 coins
The Player Moments Vardy SBC will be available for one week as it expires on July 5. The three squads shouldn’t set you back too much but you’ll need to expend two TOTS or TOTW players in total.
Vardy is not a meta-defining player at this stage of the game, but he can certainly improve Premier League squads that aren’t utilizing one of the top players in the game like Ronaldo or Mane.
For more FIFA news, check out our guide to the leaked FIFA 22 Summer Swaps Tokens.
Image Credits: EA Sports / FUTBIN
FIFA 23 Ultimate Team: New features & expected changes
Here’s a breakdown of all the new features and changes players can expect in FIFA 23’s popular Ultimate Team mode.
FIFA 23 is fast approaching and with the Ultimate Team mode set to attract football fans around the world once more, here’s a look at the new features that could make their way to FUT.
Ultimate Team will likely continue to be the main attraction of the FIFA franchise as players look forward to the release of FIFA 23. Expectations for FIFA 23 are high as the final game before the long-standing partnership between EA and FIFA comes to a close.
The Ultimate Team mode will once again deliver a ton of content for players to discover including Icons and FUT Heroes. However, early indications suggest that there’s plenty of innovation on the way that is set to shake up the Ultimate Team game mode.
Here’s what you need to know about the new Ultimate Team features in FIFA 23.
- FIFA 23 Ultimate Team expected chemistry changes
- FIFA 23 Ultimate Team leaked position overhaul
- World Cup Ultimate Team content in FIFA 23
FIFA 23 Ultimate Team expected chemistry changes
Building the ideal Ultimate Team squad has always revolved around linking players through the mode’s chemistry system. For years, players who share the same Nationality, Club, and or League always produced the best chemistry results.
This added chemistry would give players a performance boost in-game. According to FIFA leakers, the chemistry system will no longer rely on Club, Nationality, or League to determine the strength of links.
EA has yet to confirm the existence of this new system, but it’s safe to say that Ultimate Team players would have more opportunities than ever to build their dream squad.
If every Nation and League can create chemistry links, more player combinations will be accessible in Ultimate Team when squad building. For example, this system would allow Liverpool’s Salah to support Mbappe as a winger without being penalized for lack of chemistry.
FIFA 23 Ultimate Team leaked position overhaul
If the reported changes to chemistry weren’t enough to get you excited, additional leaks claim that EA are also preparing to overhaul how positioning works in Ultimate Team.
In FIFA 22, players could change position by following a linear path. For example, RWs could swap to RMs to better suit your desired formation. However, players have long been asking for a change to positioning that would rely on an authentic system.
According to FutSheriff, position changes in FIFA 23 will be based on real-life player positions. If a player has experience playing in multiple positions, a position modifier card will allow them to show their versatility.
Two great examples of this new feature happen to be Manchester City defenders Joao Cancelo and Kyle Walker. Cancelo’s secondary position would be at RB while Walker’s would be at CB. Previously, switching a LB to RB and a RB to CB were two position changes that were impossible to execute in Ultimate Team.
World Cup Ultimate Team content in FIFA 23
While there could be a World Cup mode in FIFA 23 that is entirely separate from Ultimate Team, EA usually also deliver World Cup content to FUT. In 2018, a special World Cup Ultimate Team add-on made its way to the game where players could build new squads from scratch using World Cup cards.
- Read more: FIFA 22 Summer Swaps Tokens explained
We’ll have to wait and see what EA have planned for the Qatar World Cup in 2022, but given that this tournament will take place in the winter, players won’t have to wait long after release to check out this new content.
For more FIFA 23 news, check out all of the new leagues, teams, & stadiums coming to FIFA 23.
Image Credit: EA Sports
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