FIFA 21 - Where City and Liverpool fans agree, Rashford is awesome

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Oh I guess I assumed you were new. Yeah I’m sure I didn’t tell you anything you didn’t know lol

Agree that it’s the chopping and changing of lower tier players who don’t represent a meaningful improvement that submarines being able to buy the best
 

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Oh I guess I assumed you were new. Yeah I’m sure I didn’t tell you anything you didn’t know lol

Agree that it’s the chopping and changing of lower tier players who don’t represent a meaningful improvement that submarines being able to buy the best
For example, for this week's rewards I can either take the 32,500 coins and 25 WPL points or the 3 Premium Gold Jumbo packs (or 6 untradeable). I know the 32,500 coins is the better bet, but man is it tempting to open the packs.
 

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If there’s ever a week to yolo untradeable rewards it’s this week. You probably won’t want to sell a TOTY card that you probably won’t pack anyway and all sellable cards are going to get crushed by the amount of packs opened today and tomorrow.

A sneaky good move is to try to win players on open bid around 1pm as there’s at least a decent chance their servers crash
 

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If there’s ever a week to yolo untradeable rewards it’s this week. You probably won’t want to sell a TOTY card that you probably won’t pack anyway and all sellable cards are going to get crushed by the amount of packs opened today and tomorrow.

A sneaky good move is to try to win players on open bid around 1pm as there’s at least a decent chance their servers crash
And now, I think I may be taking a stab at those 6 packs!
 

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And it was actually 8 packs. And all 8 were complete and utter duds haha. Best was an 82 gold.
 

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I think you could do a lot to improve that team with 900k but I wouldn’t spend it on any of those players. What formation do you play in game?

I ended up bringing in Dybala for Son and will buy Bernardo freeze when I sell my gold rares

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I usually stick with a 4-3-3. I never wander out of squad battles, though. I’m no good against other humans.
 

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Given your loyalties I’m surprised you didn’t do Torres. Probably you should just hold out for mid Dalglish who you aren’t far from. But if you’re gonna play that Silva you should just use Joe Gomez. And Kimmich is a cool card but not worth wrecking chem over just grab Allan,sissoko or kante if you’re feeling spicy
 

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+1 to Teddy's recommendations, though if you're staying in squad battles, the meta isn't quite as exaggerated given the Squad Battles teams don't sprint as much as humans (but do they ever skill in legendary/ultimate...)

Had 4m worth of packs by the time I started opening them tonight. I've gotten through ~200k of packs, have packed enough fodder to do the Boateng SBC, and have a 50k tradeable + untradeable Casemiro as the biggest pulls:

Wijnaldum
Mertens
Reus
Thiago Silva
Alderweireld
Icardi
Gnabry
Sommer
Griezmann
Koulibaly
Kane
Casemiro x 2

Grinding through the rest of the packs tonight / tomorrow / this weekend, team's now looking like this now with the same formation persisting in-game (Kante / Rashford and Aouar / Mollet switch, Mollet to CAM with Mbappe up front)

 

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Damn @JayMags71 I haven’t played 21, but if I had even two of those guys in the years I’d played I would have been ecstatic. Of course, I’m terrible (I think the highest I ever reached was division 5, and that was years ago), so that probably impacts things.
 

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So I grinded through league SBCs and packed Kimmich TOTY. Now I’m really struggling to get everyone on chem even if I do Boateng for the perfect link. It’s a nice problem to have as my midfield will be KDB and Kimmich but then felix and dybala chem is a real challenge

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Fuuuck, nice... a brief update;

I have kept recycling players and am 3m through my 4.5m aggregate of saved packs, designated as player packs (premium and above), plus rare / mega / rare megas. So far, no TOTY - I've got the below for 85+ players, and have grinded enough for a free base/mid icon SBC (finished a few minutes before they released a mid icon SBC lol).


As it stands, I'm back at 200k liquid coins in my club (was at 5-10k doing bronze packs and cycling through SBCs). Going to go through the rest of my packs today - 6 rare player packs, 7 jumbo rare players packs, 3 ultimate packs, base/mid icon pack - and see where this nets out... going fully liquid and selling anything I would have otherwise put into SBCs would have almost certainly been a better strategy, but this was a fun (if obsessive) exercise.
 

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The key for me was doing the league SBCs with the players from the premium league upgrades. Having said that I needed a jackpot to cone out way ahead as pack weight seems especially bad right now for even non TOTY. I’m at 15+ complete in la Liga, Bundesliga, premier league but all of the remaining squads are so price locked that I probably can’t generate those sweet ultimate packs
 

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Yeah definitely, I've been doing that mixed in with opening some silver packs to eventually get the last West Brom player I needed, plus stuff from some of the lower leagues.

I just opened my base/mid icon pack back on the console (been on Web App for most of the past week) - saw the Portuguese flag, sighed and shook my head expecting CAM for one of Costa/Figo/Deco. CF pops up and I just about shat myself, 3.9m coin value baby Eusebio.
 
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This Kimmich card is absolutely nuts. He’s miles better than KDB. If you’re waffling between the two take Kimmich and do t look back
 

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Packed VVD yesterday and sold Ramos. Insane pack luck this year. I’m going to say after using him for maybe 10 games or so, I might like Ramos better. Ramos has noticeably better agility and it feels like he’s better attacking the ball in the air on corner kicks as well.

Going to use him for a few weeks and hopefully his value goes up out of packs. Then maybe sell and reevaluate my back line.
 

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This Kimmich card is absolutely nuts.
I didn't realize he could shoot till my last game of WL - screamer from outside the box.

I have had unbelievable pack luck for all of my untradable packs - anything that was tradeable or bought with coins has been consistent trash.
 

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Sold VVD and bought Ramos back. I run mostly a 352 with a high defensive line and the lack of agility on VVD is a bit of a dealbreaker for me.

I see the appeal if you run 4 ATB and you want a stone wall in front of the keeper, but that isn’t my play style. Ramos is the better defender for me.

Picked up RTTF Oblak and that guy is absolutely insane. I have no idea how anyone uses Nick Pope. That dude is trash. I packed his TOTW so I used him for a few games. Unbearably bad.
 

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In the end, nearly 6.5m in coin value for saved packs for TOTY, and each league SBC recycled numerous times (including late night West Brom silver snipes...) all for 0 TOTY cards - to say nothing of the regular and premium league upgrade packs. I did pack an untradeable Marquinhos TOTY honorable mention last night, but that's about it.

Having said that, baby Eusebio is next level - and I got baby Drogba in my subsequent icon pack, nice bench option with aerial ability. Running this team now (basically a straight swap of Eusebio for Mollet):


In-game Mbappe/Rashford to ST, Eusebio as CAM, Kante/Aouar as CDMs, Mendy and Tavernier set to get forward. Biggest need is a better LB - that headliners Theo Hernandez in particular is dreamy - and for Sevilla to advance, otherwise I'm probably looking for a Kounde upgrade (or running Klaiber at CB).
 

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I did the Future Stars Bruno Guimaraes SBC (CDM) to replace Aouar in my squad, he's been outstanding the first few games... was doing a few bronze-silver-gold upgrades this morning and got an OK pull out of the second gold upgrade.

 
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Got Tapsoba out of one of the 81+ upgrades and had so much fodder I did a mid icon pack so as not to lose some stuff in quick sell recovery.

88 Shevchenko brought me right back down to earth
 

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Tapsoba seems wildly good, but tough to link - is he taking Varane's spot in your team?

I ended up biting the bullet on the Rooney SBC and did Weekend League this weekend with the following squad:


Swapping to a 4-2-3-1 in-game now:


I went 7-6 on Friday, and had a 7-0 run this morning to get to Gold 3 with 10 games to spare. Swapping Koeman from the central CB in a 5 ATB to a double pivot with Kante has made all the difference, in midfield his lack of pace isn't quite as exposed, and he has hit a couple of great long-range shots in the weekend league.

Given the Gold 3 rewards are really better than Gold 2, probably not playing on and saving myself from the sweat fest that is Sunday afternoon/evening champs games. I'm at 85 on Reinier, but probably not going to grind through Cucurella.

edit: almost forgot - I was doing a couple of league SBCs earlier, had an untradeable Prime Gold Players pack from the UCL SBC - opened it, saw the libertadores flair, swapped tabs, then came back to see this guy hiding in it:

 
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My friends and I have finally been able to all be free on nights so we created a pro clubs team. We play a 5212. We fill out the two striker, cam, and one cdm spot. It’s the most fun I’ve had on fifa in years. We’re in division 8 right now but just started and easily got promoted in both 10 and 9.
 

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The streak of Libertadores flairs from league SBC packs being a red herring strikes again


Just after I finished the Kroos SBC too... but at the end of the day, it probably ends up that neither of Pirlo / Kroos displaces regular gold Kante at CDM in the 4-2-3-1 (especially considering that for Kroos, I'd need to put him at striker and incur 7-8 chem on Rashford and Mbappe). Will be easy enough to have Pirlo slot in and give him a shot, maybe with 5ATB in-game since Pirlo can't really play CDM.


At the very least, a couple of high rated pieces of SBC fodder to join Giggs, Drogba, TOTY nominee Marquinhos, Suarez, What If Marcelo, etc
 

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I will sell my tradeables....I will sell my tradeables.....

@PSK I can’t believe you’re still using Kounde over Varane. But you’re a bastard for having Eusebio and Mbappe and still using Rashford and Rooney. You deserve to feel worthless and dirty
 

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I don't know what it is, I feel like using Varane along with regular Mendy and Kante completes the sweat trio... so I've shied away. And I haven't packed him untradeable yet, so he doesn't make the cut for my team.

Sitting on ~600k now with the 81+ upgrades re-released, gonna give them a shot to see if I can get that 91 Kante (possible upgrade to 93)

edit: I should add, I do absolutely feel worthless and dirty with Rooney and Rashford in my squad - but worthless and dirty >>> the rage of not finishing sitters in weekend league
 
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I did their stupid icon pick and I’m the proud owner of a crap prime Bergkamp.

My days of playing are numbered. Div1 is so exhausting. There are no strikers to buy under 1.5 who aren’t the meta gold trio. I can’t play more than 3 or 4 rivals matches without wanting to claw my eyes out. Bought Neymar in the mini crash I’ll try to have a little fun with him then probably put aside until TOTS. Was looking at the UCL live Jesus so I could rooton City but saving another 300k right now feels impossible
 

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Since club football has me feeling like mikeford, shifting my focus to FIFA for now...

I decided not to do the icon pick pack, given some of the bad ones I'd been seeing - I was up to 700k coins and a stocked club of fodder from the 81+ player picks, so I went for the 85 Fer SBC (going to be upgraded to 87), the Tello 87 -> 89 SBC, and POTM 96 Messi. I used the icon swaps for the 25x 82+ and 83+ packs, which had some pieces in return - ~8 86+ gold cards as well as What If Ricardo Pereira untradeable, and WI Reguilon tradeable from one of the Messi SBC packs. I sold the latter given I don't have much faith in a Spurs clean sheet, so looking at a net ~+100k on where I started. Given I had the Messi 93 untradeable already, that went into the 89 rated pack - now looking at the following squad with 800k coins:


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Unfortunately, still got Rooney since that card is cracked, with Rashford, IF Zaha, and 86 Bruno Peres as my primary options off the bench.

That 89 squad hurt my soul to submit... hoping this Messi is worth it:

 

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That’s a true meta whore back line but I am very jealous of your attack.

I’ve switched to 3-5-2 to give the game some more life. Times a purchase well today and got WIF Morales. Briefly had Freeze ASM who is one of my favorites in game and probably plays better than Morales who I’m still getting used to. Hopefully Levante scores a few goals so he can get an upgrade that will have him near the top striking options on the game

I have no idea what changed but the amount of PIM icons I’ve faced this week is unreal. Multiple Crespo, Butra, Gullit prime, Drogba, etc. People with 3 or 4 of them in their team it’s nuts

you’ll have to give a Messi review. I could certainly complete him if I gutted my club of objective players and remaining fodder but scared to put that much into an untradeable albeit fantastic looking card
 

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I played some pro clubs as a drop in and someone named buttcheeks scored 8 goals but mostly because a player on the other team was purposefully demanding the ball from the AI and giving it away

it was ... an experience
 

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Had my best weekend league of the campaign so far, even with forfeiting my first two matches due to my Xbox's dying power supply.

This 96 Messi is just unbelievable... low on stamina, so swapping him for Rashford late game and moving Eusebio central, but the long shots and passing are next level on him