Get to know our tips on how to start FIFA 14 Ultimate Team the best possible way.
Tips On How to Start FIFA 14 Ultimate Team the Best Possible Way
For those who play or have played previous versions of FIFA Ultimate Team, there’s always that positive feeling that everything will start again. You’ll finally have the chance to start over from scratch, equally with others, knowing that you won’t make the same mistakes again. Everything now has to be perfect for you to be able to reach higher glory, sooner and long-lasting. Read on if you are prepared to rocket ahead of the pack or if you’re going to have another false start.
For those who are playing FUT for the first time, by reading this guide you are preparing yourself for the problems you may face. After all, Ultimate Team players are not so different to one another. Some are better traders; some control the players better on the field, but everyone has to be good club managers.
Every club who wishes of being successful has to create bases of sustainability. You have to do things at the right time. The beginning of FIFA 14 Ultimate Team is the single most important moment of the game.
Here’s our check-list on the ten things to do at the start of FIFA 14 Ultimate Team – the perfect way:
- Prepare yourself;
- Start as soon as possible;
- Pick a name
- Sell all your cards;
- Gather even more coins;
- Start Trading;
- Hire Managers;
- Buy Contracts;
- Form your Team;
Before starting the season you have to prepare yourself. You have to plan it.
The first thing to do is try to get to know the game. Is there anyone who has ever won a chess match without knowing the rules? Probably not. FUT 14 is a game like any other and it has (many) rules. The truth is you don’t need to know all of them, but the more you know the better the chances are of you being even more successful.
If it’s the first time you’re playing FUT, try learning some of the basics on the FIFA 14 Ultimate Team Home, the biggest information aggregator on the game, It will be easier to follow our tips if you already have some knowledge.
If you’ve played FUT 13 or a previous version, you will be looking forward to seeing what has changed and what is new. Not knowing how the chemistry styles work or that the consumable pile is unlimited can cost you a less than perfect beginning. And you don’t want that, do you?
FUT 14 Home is the Starter Point to any FUT 14 player
In the planning stage it is good to know your own expectations. It may seem unnecessary and even too theoretical but all of us should take a couple of minutes to idealize what we want for our club. Do we want one or more teams? Is our objective to have the best players or do we want to try unknown ones? Are we going to stick with regular players or are we going to enhance them to the IF versions? Are we going to play with bronze, silver, gold or all of them? How much time will we play? Will we buy packs? How many coins will we need?
The more questions you can answer equals the better your approach to the game. The fulfilment of the tasks listed above will give you an edge to your approach that will equal enhanced results.
Start as Soon as Possible
The sooner you start playing FIFA 14 Ultimate Team, your chances are greater of being successful. This is due to the beginning of the game being the most important time. Everything is easier in these first moments and everything will be even easier in the future due to the waterfall effect.
With the passage of time the market will tend to become more and more stable. Keep in mind in the beginning it’ll be very unstable, This is the best time to make great deals, If you know what you’re doing you’ll get a good head start, It’s just a question of knowing how to identify the opportunities and being able to predict how the market is going to develop.
Your profit won’t just reflect in coins. If you do everything earlier, you will have bigger chances of forming a superior team compared to the competition and with that potentially win more games, which means more coins. With more coins you’ll build a better team and so on.
Starting early is the first step towards success, so how to do it? Simple, we’ll show you the various alternatives at your disposal:
- FUT 14 Web App
If you are a returning player it’s impossible to miss an opportunity of starting your season earlier. A FUT 14 Web App is available from 13th of September, exclusively to the FUT 13 players who have created a Security Question and Answer on FUT console before August 1, 2013. It’s this that defines the beginning of the game with the start of the market, for those who don’t want to lose terrain YOU have to be there. You’ll receive a starter pack and some welcome packs due to your antiquity with FUT. During the first days Daily Gifts will also be offered, so the sooner you start the more you could win. In the beginning you’ll need all the cards you can get to start your first investments. If you haven’t bought the game, join the FUT 14 Web App. There are too many benefits at stake not to.
- Season Ticket
If you’re willing to gain a head start on the competition at all costs you could invest in a Season Ticket. You won’t take advantage of the market seeing as how FUT 14 Web App will already be up and running (unless you’re a first time player), but you’ll anticipate three days worth of game won coins. If you’re a good player, you could achieve the most precious victories of the season. If you want to know more regarding the Season Ticket, click HERE.
- Buying Packs or Coins
If money isn’t a problem for you, there’s a much simpler way of obtaining coins for your first investment: buying them. If you chose this path, ask us for a trustworthy seller. Seeing as how most sellers are scam artists. There is even another way more pleasant to EA Sports and responsible for the unbalanced situation of the market on its first days of life: the buying of packs. After all you won’t be buying coins directly but paying for cards that will convert to coins in the transfer market. If there is any right moment to do this it’s in the beginning of the game.
- Game Release
If you didn’t follow any of the first three alternatives for a good start, at least try to be active when the game is released. Worse than not being able to anticipate the competition is to allow yourself to get overcome by the majority. At this time a lot of players start playing FUT. They are not just random players. Most of them are newcomers, eager to play but immature enough to drown the market with valuable cards at low-cost prices. You have to be there to seize this opportunities. And have to be active as long as possible while it’s easy to buy and sell at great profit margins. That’s why it’s also important to start before this date to have time to study the market and be ready to attack it.
If you didn’t start early enough or if you just discovered the wonders of Ultimate Team mid-season, don’t worry because you’ll have the chance to build a good club. Not as great, but still good.
Season Ticket is one of the ways to go a few steps ahead of the competition
Pick a Name
When starting the game for the first time, you’ll be asked to maintain the name of your club (exclusive to returning players) or if you choose to pick another one. If you choose to abdicate your antiquity will be reset.
Insert the name you chose but have in mind you can’t change it without recurring to the items in the EASFC catalogue and that these are limited in number and may require level 22 of experience XP which you may not have. Pay special attention to this step. You want a perfect club and just remember, more haste less speed,
Sell all your cards
After inserting your club name you’ll be gifted with some packs. The first, a Starter Pack, consisted of 34 cards, mostly bronze (29 more 2 silver and 3 gold). This pack, besides enough players to start playing, where silver and gold are included with 45 contracts each one, possesses also everything your club needs to start. In other words, the club item cards which will be part of the pack will be: at least one stadium, one ball, one badge and two kits (home and away). All the cards of this first pack are untradeable, which means that you can not sell it.
Your antiquity in this game mode is also worth cards. In average you’ll receive one gold pack for every FUT played (starting in September). Most of the 12 cards in the pack will be gold, for which these offers assume particular importance in the start of your club. You’ll be rewarded too with two all players pack, each one with 4 bronze players cards, 4 silver players cards and 4 gold players cards (at least one rare).
As soon as you’ve opened all your packs, this is when the game really starts. Seeing as how this is when you’ll have to make your first decisions. You were given the minimal conditions to create your club and you’ll have to know how to manage it with what you have. This is where most players make their first mistakes, sometimes deadly. They start playing and after seven games they can’t progress because the game prizes are insufficient to buy contracts. They stay stuck since they started with zero coins they don’t have a way to pay for them. This is an obstacle almost every player can’t overcome.
To avoid this happening we advise the players to remain calm and to leave those first games for later. You can start playing after you’ve finished all the stages in the check-list. First you have to make your club self-sufficient, and that is done with coins. This is the first great step: transforming all you have at your disposal in coins. As little as it is we need something to later transform it into more. You can choose to take another path but we suggest this one: sell all the cards you received. But it doesn’t mean you have to do it at sale prices. Although time is money you don’t want to stay with your actives for stuck long, verify if there isn’t any valuable card you could sell for superior price than expected.
Gather even more coins
The cards you’ve sold are already good enough for a good start but if you can gather some more your growth in the game will be even faster. That’s why it’s important for you to waste no possibilities.
Start by going to the EASFC catalogue and exchange your credits for coin boosts. As soon as you play your first matches you’ll receive a fundamental bonus to your clubs financial health.
If you have FUT 13 coins or another platform, try finding someone who’s interested in trading for FUT 14 coins. It won’t be easy and you’ll certainly be doing it for a disadvantageous ratio. But at least it’ll be worth some more coins for your first investment.
You can also search for give aways but the most common solution would be to buy coins with money or buying packs and then selling all the contents.
Now that you’ve already got some coins it’s time to start multiplying them. You should start with safe investments but always leaving some coins aside in case anything goes wrong. Don’t worry in starting slow. You have a whole season ahead of you. The first sales are always the harder to make but as you become richer you’ll have to reinvest most of what you earned but always leave some coins aside to buy your first cards. If you started playing in the beginning and its working great and after two days you’ve gathered enough to build your team. But never stop trading: it’s part of the game so you should do it from the first to the last day.
We know you want us to tell you which cards to bet on but that’s impossible. First, this article is going to be read about 200 thousand times which means any suggestion we make has the chance to become obsolete. Second, there isn’t a magic formula. Almost every card is capable of generating profit as long as you know trading, And for that nothing works better than following our super complete GUIDE TO TRADING.
On the other hand there are variations in the market in the early days of the game. If this is the moment you join the game it’s convenient that you know them.
First, it’s important to understand that the first days of the market which coincides with the first days of the Web App, the market is really scarce. It’s normal to see big players like Messi and Ronaldo being sold for 100k coins. Their price isn’t superior because there is no one with enough money to buy them. If you’re one of the lucky few to receive one of these players in a pack, which is highly unlikely do not sell them. In a few weeks they’ll be worth several times as much and you can capitalize on your asset.
This effect includes all other cards although the variation will be a lot inferior. All of them start at a much lower price and in just a few days the prices spike, In a general way after one month they hit what will be its maximum price. Until the end of the game the price gradually lows, with some fluctuation due to special TOTW, TOTY, TOTS, transfer market, game updates, popular tournaments, etc…
It’s because of this initial effect of money shortage that it’s important to attack the market as soon as possible. If you get rich fast enough to still catch the season of low prices you’ll have your future in the game guaranteed.
For your first investments we recommend your first cards to cost between 150 and 300 coins that you can sell with a profit of about 50%. The consumables are normally excellent targets for this end and in FUT 14 they’ve become more appealing since the consumables pile has been removed. You can know buy all you can in the beginning of the game at sale prices and if you don’t sell all of them you can keep storing them in your consumables pile that way you don’t disturb the trading you do with the other cards. Remember that it’s very important never to have coins or cards on hold. This can hamper your success. Start to study the market of the chemistry styles that most favour pace (catalyst, hunter and shadow). You’ll understand that there’s a considerable margin to the value of these cards. If you apply the trading tactics we explained in our guide we’re sure you’ll be even more successful. Tread carefully, especially in the first days of the market, you shouldn’t restrict to selling and buying the cards in a certain schedule. The trading should be continuous.
As soon as your staff and consumable cards have given you a profit bigger than 30k coins, you can then try widening your trading to players and spend some of those coins on the remaining things on our check-list.
The Shadow card is a really good card to who want to improve the defenders stats
Now that you have some coins it’s time to make the first investment for the exclusive satisfaction of your club. The managers and contracts should be the first, because they normally represent small investments.
MANAGERS are the most important staff in FIFA 14 Ultimate Team and it’s simple to understand why. They can be the solution to a problem you should manage with extreme caution: contracts. These are the only consumables you are forced to buy to be able to play. Due to its strategic position in the game they tend to be extremely expensive. These are so expensive that a lot of people can’t gather enough coins to support them. More importantly than getting cheap contracts is guaranteeing it affects capacity to the max. This is thanks to managers in your club.
Every manager contributes with a raised percentage on all contracts: the gold with 3%, the silver with 2% and the bronze with 1%. You can hire managers so that the sum of your percentages equals 50%. This means that when applying a contract card to a player the number of games in the card will be added 50%. In a long-term step this will be extremely beneficial and in the short-term it will guarantee your match prizes to be superior than your spent contracts. The sustainability of your team will be guaranteed.
Despite that, all of your first actions in the game must be thought out and with caution. Buying managers must be done the cleverest possible way. Always choose the cheapest and for example check to see if there aren’t three bronze managers cheaper than a golden one. The only thing that is important is hitting that 50% bonus at the cheapest possible price. So later, when building your team to beneficiate the chemistry that you’ll have to concern over buying a manager that has a nationality or a league best fitted amongst the players you want.
Buy Contract Cards
As we’ve told you, the contract cards have an important strategic role in the game. If a player is injured or physically tired, you can put him in the bench or in the reserves until he recovers instead on applying an injury card or a fitness card. That however is not valid when a player is without contracts. The only way of making him play again is by applying a CONTRACT CARD. This has to be done.
Normally, this strategic importance is taken advantage by groups of players to create profit. In the beginning the money in circulation is insufficient for price fixing, the prices of the contracts only tend to rise. Unlike most cards, the more it reaches the end of the season, the more expensive they stay.
That’s why it makes perfect sense to buy contracts as soon as possible. Preferably before most players make 7 games, because since the player cards are put with 7 contracts (except starter pack), they’ll be coveted as soon as they expire, That’s why it’s a good idea to buy contracts in the exclusive period of the FUT 14 Web App before the launch of the game.
With the 50% bonus the managers offer you and with cheap contracts, you won’t ever need to think if the game prize is enough to cover your costs.
The only cost that you have by playing matches are the contracts.
Fix this problem before start playing.
Form Your Team
Now that the house is clean you can finally begin building your dream team. That is why it is good to plan what you’re doing. After all, this is the task that is going to cut a bigger slice out of your budget.
You probably already have an idea of the players you want to play with it’s convenient at least, unless you’re a squad building expert, between this there’s a common element. In FUT 14 it’s not enough to gather a good group of players. You need to have a good mesh between them. In other words, good chemistry. Preferably players with the same nationality or at least that play in the same league. If they play in the same club you may not even need to put them next to their other team mates.
But chemistry is not the only thing you have to have in mind when selecting players. You should also have in mind their characteristics. For every position verifies the attributes that you value more in your style of play and certify that the players have those attributes. Having a team with a good rating will be useless if you won’t be able to take advantage of your players and if they don’t fit you style of play.
In case you already chose the formation you’ll be playing with, be careful when picking players whose positions won’t be adaptable. For example: if it’s in a 4-1-2-1-2 (2) you’ll be playing, avoid buying players that are RM/LM/RW/LW/RF/LF.
If you want to have a good team in the shortest time possible you’ll have to buy with intelligence. Most importantly in the beginning, if you make the wrong decision, you may be mortgaging your future. Now that you’ve saved up some coins, try starting to fill places in your squad with medium players that will serve as substitutes or reserves in the future. Every time your balance allows, buy a first team player. One by one you’ll form your team. This way, you’ll have time to analyse the behaviour in the market of your next purchase and you’ll be able o buy good players at lower prices.
If you started playing with the start of the FUT 14 Web App, than you’ll have 15 days to form your first team.
The moment for searching for glory in the field is finally here. If you’ve followed all the tips we left here, you can relax because your club has everything it needs to succeed. Just to be sure, it’s convenient to rehearse before challenging powerful adversaries. This is because winning games is an excellent way of winning coins but losing doesn’t work as well.
Even if you’ve played other modes in FIFA 14, you should test out Ultimate Team on single player mode. The game is slightly different and you’ll want to be prepared to not waste game prize coins. You’ll have the chance to test the players and your mesh with the formation and the team, but most importantly you’ll have the opportunity to adapt to a new FIFA, but don’t play that many matches. It’s just that the match prizes are superior on online mode and in the beginning every coin counts.
To raise your chances of success we leave you two tips.
First, occupy your substitutes who you are not thinking about using with the players with the lowest ranking in your club. This way it’ll allow you to artificially lower your teams rating and this will benefit you with a nicer matchmaking through matching you with adversaries with weaker teams.
Whatever you do never forfeit. Even if you’re being humiliated. Keep playing because if you quit your %DNF will lower from your 1.00 initial to values that will penalize the amount of coins you receive as a prize in the end of each game. And in that case you will be ruining the sustainability that you have conquered.
Follow our tips closely to start FIFA 14 Ultimate Team the best way possible.