FIFA 15: 5 (Cheap) Hidden Gems In Ultimate Team

If FIFA Ultimate Team had a Football Manager style addiction-rating, it’d likely read something like ‘turning your underwear inside out save on washing’ – for most of us anyway. It’s time consuming, so fun and so frustrating.

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But that’s why we love it.
FUT has become FIFA’s most popular game mode. It gives us all the opportunity to create our dream team. But with dreams – hard work, time and effort is needed. But rest assured that you’re not alone in realising just how much time and real money you’ve wasted on it.

We can all agree too that we’ve felt like screaming the house down when our expensively, carefully assembled FUT squads get been dominated by some lightning quick striker nobody has ever heard of. It’s a tough and all too regular break.
So instead of spending all of that time, money and energy on making your squad perfect, realise that it might be a little more rewarding to mould together a team of cheap players and bring them to the top division. Collated here are five players who should be able to find for under 5000 coins on FUT – at least to get you started anyway.

Getting Started With FIFA 15 Ultimate Team, Beginner Tips and Tricks

For the last couple of iterations, FIFA Ultimate Team has become one of the most important elements of the FIFA franchise. There are a lot of components to cover which will lead you to the ultimate glory that comes with FUT.

In this guide, I’ll be discussing about different basic level things so that you don’t repeat some of the commonly made mistakes in FUT.

Getting Started
First off, if you’re a new player to FUT and didn’t get a chance to try out the FUT 14, I would strongly recommend going through the official website and familiarize yourself with a couple of things about how FUT works.

Going in without any prior knowledge of FUT rules won’t get you anywhere near success. Once you’re done with learning the basic idea of how FUT works, jump into the game right away.

At the beginning days of the FUT, the market is always fluctuating and you need to take advantage of this thing to score yourself a couple of good deals.

Great deals will consequently allow you to form a strong team and start winning games right from the start. Winnings will eventually put you on the path of getting better with each day and will allow you to improve your team.

After starting the game for the first time, you’ll be required to give your club a name – this is the same for both returning and new players. Come up with a good name and abbreviation because changing it later involves a lot of hassle.

Starter Packs
You’ll receive some packs including a Starter Pack containing 34 cards – these cards are, however, cannot be sold. After opening up all your packs, the first thing that you need to do is to financially support your club.

The best thing at your disposal, at this point, is going to be your cards. You need to sell all these cards except the ones from the Starter Pack and then proceed.

Double-check the prices to make sure you’re not selling cards dirt cheap. By doing so, you’ll not be able to buy contracts and increase your progression speed, but also build a decent team.

Gaining Coins
Having an abundance of coins is always a good idea; therefore, you should try to farm them whenever possible. You can begin with checking out EASFC catalogue and exchanging your credits for coin boosts.

In addition to this, you can also tell your friends to send you these items. With these items active during your first couple of matches, you’ll keep on receiving bonuses until the effect of these items last.

Another useful thing to do is to complete Manager Tasks from the My Club which will net you rewards like Gold Packs. And while the cards of these Gold Packs will be non-traceable, you’ll be able to use them to enjoy cheaper items.

Lastly, coming to the option of buying FIFA Points, don’t go for buying these once the game has released for 3-4 weeks. Like I have mentioned above, take advantage of the market’s fluctuations and net yourself some good deals.

Trading will allow you to gather coins in a much faster way. Once you’ve gathered some coins, start making small investments, but always remember not to put in everything you have. There is no hard and fast rule to ensure 100% success rate, but don’t let a few failures get to you.

Note: Do note that at the beginning, you won’t find much traffic in the marketplace.

Start off with cards costing between 150 to 300 and stick to the small profits. This can be easily done by consumables which you’ll be able to buy at sale prices at the beginning of the game.

Once you’ve acquired a decent profit, expand your trading from consumables and move onto players.

Contract Cards
Buying contract cards is one important aspect of the FUT. With contract cards, it’s possible to make a player play after an injury – only if the player has contracts.

It’s recommended that you buy these contracts as soon as possible. Couple these up with the fifty per cent bonus from the managers and all your costs will be covered effectively.

Creating the Team
Before setting out to create your team, do note that different players of your team must have a decent chemistry with each other in order to gain success in the matches. Try and go for players with the same nationality to enhance the sense of team play among them.

Another thing to keep in mind is to create a team that compliments your style of playing the game. It hardly matters if your team has a rating of 99, unless it compliments your playstyle and a player’s individual performance.

By the general rule of thumb, you should look for pace and physical stats more than anything else.

Formation is another thing that you should not neglect when building up your team. Make sure that both your formation and players complement one another and then make adjustments accordingly.

Building up a team takes up a large chunk of your wealth, but if you’re left with some coins after building up your main squad, go with some cheap substitutes.

Start Playing
After setting up everything, try out the single-player mode first. The reason why I’m saying this is because it will allow you to get familiarized with the game and test out how your squad works with your chosen formation.

In addition to this, you’ll also be able to test out the chemistry among your players.

It’s a good idea to kick off the things with some easy tournaments before diving into the TOTW. For these starting games, utilize the players that you received with the Starter Packs and keep on playing with them until the all their contracts are expired.

Once the contracts of these players end, you’ll be forced to buy new players. You can go to the Transfer Market and trade them with a similar player with more contracts.

One more thing that you would be able to do is to get players on loan. By doing so, you’ll be saving a lot of extra coins and we’ll adding variety to your team. This will consequently allow you to win more starting matches and gain more coins.

Lastly, tell yourself never to forfeit a match! By doing so, you’ll lower your %DNF and will drastically reduce the rewards gained at the end of a game.

FIFA 15: Why is FIFA Ultimate Team down?

FIFA 15 online features such as FIFA Ultimate Team will not be available in the UK until at least 6pm tonight – December 17.

Ultimate Team player Eden Hazard kicks the ball

UPDATE 19:40: EA have announced that FIFA Ultimate Team is now ready to come back online after the scheduled maintenance planned for today ran over the original deadline.

“FUT is now ramping back up to full online service. Thanks for your patience,” They confirmed on Twitter.

UPDATE 18:20: EA have confirmed FIFA 15 FUT will be offline past the 6pm UK time earlier promised.

“Our scheduled #FUT maintenance has been extended until further notice,” A Twitter post from the dev team explained.

“New #TOTW available once the online service is restored.”

EA revealed they would be performing scheduled maintenance for FIFA Ultimate Team and EA Sports Football Club beginning at 7:00 AM UK.

The original estimated downtime was given at 3 hours but this has had to be extended, the games publisher have confirmed.

During this time, FIFA Ultimate Team, the Web App, Mobile companion app, and EA SPORTS Football Club will be offline but online service for all other game modes will be unaffected.

“Our #FUT maintenance has had to be extended. Apologies for any inconvenience. Our team is working to get you back on the pitch asap!” an EA statement explained.

“Scheduled maintenance on #FUT has been extended by an additional 6 hours. All platforms will be affected. Estimated up time: 6pm UK/10am PT.”

Chelsea star Eden Hazard recently revealed his FIFA Ultimate Legends Team, containing a range of former Premier League stars from Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United.

You can find out who made the cut in the video below.