fifa15guide | Albion Online Dev Talk – Merlyn Roadmap

The next major content update for Albion Online, Merlyn, is coming soon. In this Dev Talk, Robin Henkys, Game Director of Albion Online, describes some of the features coming with this update.

No time to watch the video? Read on for a written description of his talk:

The Key Idea: Strengthening the Royal Cities

The primary goal of the Merlyn update is to increase the importance of the various cities on the Royal Continent. Each of the continent's cities has its own visual identity and biome, but economically they play a secondary role to Caerleon. With the Merlyn update, we're looking to change this.

Bonuses

The first step toward strengthening these cities will be to introduce two types of economic bonuses: refining bonuses and crafting bonuses.

Refining Bonuses

Each Royal city will be particularly good at refining a particular resource – and to encourage cross-continent transport, it will always be a resource that is not common to the region. If you refine this particular resource in this particular city, you will get a lot more refined resources out of your raw materials.

From a narrative perspective this is due to the city having mastered the effective use of a scarce resource. After all, even in the real world, we only ever become efficient at using resources when they become scarce and expensive. 

Crafting Bonuses

In addition, each city will be particularly good at crafting particular sets of items. We're aiming for a good balance between items that make sense in the local biomes (such as bows in Lymhurst) and items that are less typical for the area to make each city valuable.

Note that while Caerleon itself will not receive any of these bonuses, home territories in the Outlands will remain strong. Crafting in these territories will always be at least as effective as crafting your items in the city with the highest bonus, so players who are already doing their crafting in black zones can continue to do so.

Resource Distribution Changes

To make the various Royal cities more attractive for gatherers as well, the Merlyn update will see a rebalancing of resource distribution. Enchanted lower-tier resources will be far more common near each biome city, while the amount of lower-tier resources in the Outlands and around Caerleon will decrease.

With these economic changes, we're confident we will see the economic standing of the outlying Royal cities increase significantly.

Improved Marketplace UI

To support this increased economic activity, we're also finally bringing the updated UI to the Marketplace. This will significantly improve the ability of players to track trade volumes and average prices, and will greatly streamline the trading process throughout the world of Albion. 

Faction Warfare

But what about players who want to participate in PvP, and currently have Caerleon as their only home option? For these players, we'll be introducing a new feature with the Merlyn update: faction warfare!

The outlying cities have discovered powerful new magical resources within their territorial borders, and have used them to buy their freedom from the king. These "free cities" immediately began fighting among themselves, vying for control of these resources, with each city trying to establish itself as Albion's greatest.

To gain the upper hand in this conflict, the cities' leaders have begun hiring mercenaries to fight for them. When players sign up with a faction, they gain the ability to kill and loot members of opposing factions wherever they encounter them.

They will also be handsomely rewarded for any PvE and faction PvP activities they engage in while signed up. Each faction has access to a unique set of rewards, which include new baby animals (which can be grown into powerful faction mounts), as well as new crafting patterns which can be used to create a wide variety of different capes, opening the cape slot as a new tactical option for Albion players.

In addition, faction warfare will introduce two new activities to the world of Albion: outpost capturing and trade caravans.

In outpost capturing, faction-flagged players can attempt to claim outposts belonging to opposing factions by killing the faction champion guarding the outpost.

And with trade caravans, players can transport valuable faction goods to smuggling posts in order to exchange them for larger amounts of different faction goods, all while running the risk of getting attacked by an opposing faction's members.

All in all, these faction warfare features should really breathe life into PvP on the Royal Continent, and we're very excited to bring them to life.

That's all for today – we'll be sharing more details on these and other features of the Merlyn update in upcoming Dev Talks, so stay tuned!

New king to be crowned as Auckland’s long reign ends  on fifa15guide

A new name will be engraved on the OFC Champions League trophy next month after a tense weekend of semi-final action that saw Auckland City’s seven-year reign finally come to and.

Team Wellington secured a 2-2 draw at Auckland City for an away goals victory following a scoreless first leg.

Fiji’s Lautoka are the other finalists thanks to a lone second-half strike from Praneel Naidu as Marist FC were edged on front of 12,000 fans in the Solomon Islands’ capital.

The headline drama was in Auckland as the FIFA Club World Cup regulars hosted Team Wellington, with the pair having met in each of the past three continental deciders.

Auckland’s City’s goalkeeper Enaut Zubikarai saw a remarkable 1079-minute run without conceding finally come to an end as Eric Molloy powered home a first-half header.

Incredibly it was two in four minutes for the capital club as Angus Kilkolly netted from the penalty spot.

A deflected free-kick saw Emiliano Tade pull a goal back with 14 minutes remaining, and Scott Hilliar drew the pair level on the day deep into injury time. 

But there was to be no winner for the nine-time champions, whose seven-year reign as continental club champions set a world record.

Auckland City finished third at the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup with a play-off win over Mexico’s Cruz Azul.

Lautoka will now meet Team Wellington in the home-and-away final visiting New Zealand’s capital on the weekend of 12 and 13 May, before welcoming their opponents to Churchill Park for the return leg a week later.

The winner will represent Oceania in the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

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fifa15guide – FIFA 18 Gheorghe Hagi Prime Icon SBC Cheapest Solution

This is the cheapest solution to use your FUT coins in FIFA 18 Ultimate Team to gain the prime icon Gheorghe Hagi in the squad building challenge. Easily the most decorated Romanian footballer of all time, Hagi is a very lucrative player to acquire into any team. Check out the full HD video guide below that showcases the cheapest way to get the card.

Now there are a few SBC’s to get through and they are the following:

  • Real Madrid
  • Brescia & FC Barcelona
  • Galatasaray
  • 84 rated team
  • 85 rated team
  • 86 rated team
  • 87 rated team

It goes without saying that the 87 rated is by far the most expensive and will cost close to 235K to complete. The rest are relatively easy and it is best to do these over time especially when there are market crashes in FUT. This is when you should snipe the most expensive players at the best times.

In total it should cost you around 650,000 coins which is by far the cheapest you’re going to find. Look out for more icon SBCs and general FIFA 18 gameplay tips by subscribing to the official YouTube channel to stay right up to date on all video publications.

fifa15guide | Under-pressure Arsene Wenger: I can still turn things around at Arsenal

Brighton heaped more misery on Arsenal with a 2-1 win at the Amex, as the Gunners slipped to their fourth straight defeat in all competitions.
Despite Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat at Brighton, Arsene Wenger is adamant that he is still capable of turning things around for the club.

Arsene Wenger insisted he can still “turn things around” at Arsenal despite admitting that the team’s top-four hopes are over after Sunday’s 2-1 loss at Brighton.

Arsenal fell to their fourth-straight loss in all competitions to heap more pressure on their under-fire manager, whose future is in serious doubt after 22 years at the club.

The defeat leaves the Gunners 13 points off fourth place with just nine games to go, and needing a good result in Thursday’s Europa League game at AC Milan to keep any hopes alive of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.

It was Arsenal’s eighth loss in total in 2018, with large sections of the away fans chanting “We want Wenger out” during the game. But the Frenchman himself still maintained he’s the right man for the job despite the poor form.

“Yes it’s the first time it happens in my whole career [losing so many games], I must say, and it’s not easy. But I have enough experience and enough desire to turn things around,” Wenger told Sky Sports. “And I believe as well at the moment, when we need to stay in the game we make individual mistakes at the wrong moments.

“And when a team struggles a bit for confidence it’s even more difficult. We have to stick together; we have no other solution.”

Wenger has now lost four games in a row.

Wenger also added “there is no uncertainty” surrounding his own position — indicating he fully expects to be allowed to see out the season.

Last season, Arsenal finished outside the top four for the first time in Wenger’s career and he admitted that any chance of avoiding a repeat of that failure is now gone.

“You can say that yes, I think it had already gone before [the Brighton game],” he said. “Mathematically, with five teams in front of us, you need two to collapse. With such a number of games to go it’s very difficult to think it will happen.”

Wenger also blamed “heavy legs” for Arsenal’s poor first-half performance, as they went 2-0 down within 30 minutes after goals from Lewis Dunk and Glenn Murray. This latest loss came after successive 3-0 defeats to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final last weekend and in the league on Thursday.

“They started strong, we were caught cold. And after in the second half, I felt we responded very well with big desire, but we couldn’t get the goal that got us at least a point,” Wenger said.

“Yes, [confidence] was missing, you could see that. We played Sunday at Wembley, Thursday night a big game again, and today early morning, so it was I think a combination of yes, a lack of confidence, but as well a bit heavy legs.”

Mattias is ESPN FC’s Arsenal correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @MattiasKaren.

fifa15guide | Pep Guardiola focused on titles, not records after win against Chelsea

Manchester City needed to stay patient against a defensive-minded Chelsea side, but David and Bernardo Silva were pleased to break through and secure three points.
Bernardo Silva’s goal lifts Man City over Chelsea, keeping City unbeaten this season at the Etihad.

MANCHESTER — Pep Guardiola says he’s not interested in records and is more concerned with securing his first Premier League title with Manchester City.

His side moved 18 points clear at the top with a thoroughly dominant 1-0 victory over champions Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium thanks to Bernardo Silva’s second-half goal.

City need four victories from their final nine matches to be absolutely certain of winning the title but, with 78 points already, they could potentially break Chelsea’s points record of 95 for a season set in 2004-05.

“What really matters is to be champions,” Guardiola told a news conference. “I never spoke with the players about the records. I never [said] we have to win the two games to achieve something.

“Against Basel we are going to try to play the way we played today and Stoke City we are going to try and play like we play all season. That’s is what I want to see. After, at the end, we will see.

“We are not going to play for the records. We are going to play to win the game. And after, the records will be a consequence. Records are always a consequence of what you have done but they are not the main thing.”

Pep Guardiola was pleased with Manchester City’s performance in Sunday’s defeat of Chelsea.

Despite the narrow scoreline, the victory over Chelsea was a completely one-sided game with City having 71 percent possession and restricting Antonio Conte’s side to just three shots off target.

And City did break one record in the match with 902 passes against Chelsea — more than any team has managed in a single Premier League game since the stat began being recorded.

“We try to play with the ball, we try with our power like a team, it’s what we want to do,” Guardiola said. “Sometimes it is more complicated when teams are aggressive.

“Today they were so organised today, it is like they played against Barcelona in the Champions League. We spoke about it, to be patient, move the ball quick, don’t make too many touches, and control the counter-attack from Hazard, Willian and Pedro because in that situation they are so good at it.

“Now we need three or four victories to be champions.”

It’s an incredible turnaround from last season, when Chelsea were the only side to win at the Etihad Stadium as they finished 15 points clear of City.

Sunday’s defeat left them 25 points behind City. And Guardiola admitted he couldn’t have expected such a change in form.

“No way, no. Who could believe it?” he said. “I think if you ask the players, the players neither. In terms of not just the results but the way we played, today was another demonstration.

“We had the same desire as at Stamford Bridge and that is what pleases me the most.

“I didn’t expect it after what happened in the previous season — to have the distance, 25 to Chelsea, 33 to Arsenal, 19 to United, who play tomorrow, 18 to [Liverpool]. It’s a lot.

“Tottenham, Liverpool and United they made a good result, a good pace but we were so far so good in terms of we drop points but after four or five wins.”

Jonathan is ESPN FC’s Manchester City correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @jonnysmiffy.

fifa15guide – FIFA 18 Marc Overmars Icon SBC Cheapest Solution

So here is another FIFA 18 prime icon squad building challenge and the player that we’re helping you to get at the cheapest price is Marc Overmars. This is the cheapest solution where you will save thousands of coins by doing it the cheap way. You’ll need around 380K coins on Xbox and around 400K for PlayStation in your club and you can watch the full HD video guide below.

The following SBC’s are the ones that you will need to complete in-order to get the untradeable Overmars special Icon.

  • Eredivisie
  • Arsenal
  • FC Barcelona
  • 83 rated team
  • 84 rated team
  • 85 rated team
  • 86 rated team

The cheapest SBC will be the Eredivisie whilst the 86 rated team will be by far the most expensive but copying the exact players that i submit you’ll end up saving loads and getting the player for a bargain price.

As for Overmars, i actually have it in my team and it’s a fantastic card! Some icon cards are not that great but this one if very good and even if you do not get along with it and don’t quite fancy it then you can still submit it into other icon SBC’s to acquire another icon down the line.

The stand out attribute is by far the 95 pace which is frightening and i can tell you that he is lightning fast and is great on the left wing. Make sure to subscribe to the official YouTube channel to stay up to date and see when all the new videos are uploaded to the channel. More FIFA 18 tips to come on the website soon so check back periodically as the site is updated.

FIFA 18 Peter Schmeichel Icon SBC Cheapest Solution on fifa15guide

This is the very first ever Prime Icon SBC we’re covering for FIFA 18 and it’s the Peter Schmeichel card up first. In this tutorial guide you’ll find out the simplest and cheapest solution to get the legendary Danish goalkeeper. Check out the full HD video below to learn more.

Starting from his early days and all the way through his career we showcase all the SBCS all the way to the 86 rated team. Detailed below are all the squad building challenges you need to complete to be awarded this very special card.

  • Brøndby IF
  • Sporting CP
  • Premier League
  • Denmark
  • 84 Rated Team
  • 85 Rated Team
  • 86 Rated Team

Remember that you will also be awarded packs for every SBC that you complete so that will hopefully help in getting some of the cost down. The entire cost put together to complete this icon SBC is around 380K coins.

As for how good the actual card is in-game, well there are mixed reviews on it but i will say that he is incredibly good at one on one shot stopping but he lacks a real desire to get Arial balls when crosses are whipped in to the middle. He’s also not very good at saving long shots from far out which is disappointing.

It’s worth getting it if not for the sheer reason to at least put it towards another icon SBC that requires you to submit an icon in any position. Make sure you’re subbed to the official YouTube channel and check back here for more icon squad building challenges that will be coming soon.

All FIFA 18 TOTY Players Revealed – fifa15guide.net

The full FIFA 18 Ultimate Team TOTY (Team Of The Year) players have been revealed after the 55 player selection was shortened down to the very best eleven star players. Check out who made the full team below and leave your comments on who you were lucky to have packed.

TOTY Attackers/Forwards

FIFA 18 TOTY Attackers

FIFA 18 TOTY Attackers

  • Harry Kane (ST) – Tottenham Hotspur / England
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (LW) – Real Madrid CF / Portugal
  • Lionel Messi (RW) – FC Barcelona / Argentina

TOTY Midfielders

FIFA 18 TOTY Midfielders

FIFA 18 TOTY Midfielders

  • Kevin De Bruyne (CM) – Manchester City / Belgium
  • Luka Modrić (CM) – Real Madrid CF / Croatia
  • N’Golo Kanté (CM) – Chelsea / France

TOTY Goalkeeper & Defenders

FIFA 18 TOTY Defenders And Goalkeeper

FIFA 18 TOTY Defenders And Goalkeeper

  • Sergio Ramos (CB) – Real Madrid CF / Spain
  • Leonardo Bonucci (CB) – AC Milan / Italy
  • Marcelo (LB) – Real Madrid CF / Brazil
  • David De Gea (GK) – Manchester United / Spain
  • Dani Alves (RB) – Paris Saint-Germain / Brazil

 

Players from Other Sports That We Want to See in FIFA – fifa15guide.net

Usain Bolt FIFA

Usain Bolt FIFA

It’s no secret that Usain Bolt fancies himself as a bit of a footballer. And the fact that he has secured himself a trial at Borussia Dortmund this coming March proves just how right the developers of FIFA 18 were to put him in the game. But it got us thinking; are there players from other sports that we want to see on FIFA? Of course, there are.

Head over to the NBA, and you can take your pick of any major player there. Hand him the goalkeeper jersey, and you’re safe as houses, right? Well, in theory, yes, but remember, there’s a lot more to goalkeeping that height. You also need to be good with your feet, and Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers has the skills. He’s played football all his life and was at the Champions League Final last season. And at seven feet, no one is chipping him.

The Rugby Union has some fast players, but there are few that can claim to be faster than Usain Bolt himself. And one of those few is England player Jonny May, who recorded an incredible 10.49 meters per second in a recent speed test over 40 meters. That speed would see him break the world 100-meter record. Six Nations’ odds have England as the favorites for the championship, and with May in the team, you can understand why. This guy is not only as fast as Bolt, but he’s powerfully built and tall. Defenders would bounce off him. If Didier Drogba were as fast as Usain Bolt, his name would be Jonny May.

Back to the States, we go to the NFL. We’re thinking a strong center-half in the mold of Razor Ruddock, but perhaps in slightly better condition. A tight end in the NFL would do the job nicely, and Rob Gronkowski is the best there is. He’s big, he’s strong and he’s mobile. No light-on-his-feet Messi is getting past the Gronk, and he’d eat Neymar for breakfast.

Now you may not know this, but there are quite a few tennis players who are quick on their feet. Nadal and Djokovic are notorious for indulging in soccer tennis at exhibition matches while Federer allegedly had to choose either soccer or tennis as his chosen sport. Apparently, he was that good at both. We’d like to see Nadal on the pitch though; he’s got that fiery temper that would make him a good character who might earn himself the odd red card.

For the pure comedic value of it, we’d love to see just about any WWE wrestler on the pitch. Now wrestling and soccer have crossed paths before. Stuart Tomlinson played between the sticks for Port Vale and Burton Albion before signing up as a pro wrestler. He’s back playing for Altrincham now, so he might not get into FIFA anytime soon. So, who would we want to see? The Rock, John Cena, The Undertaker? Doesn’t really matter who, this would be totally worth it just for a laugh.

So, what about the other sports? Darts, snooker, golf? Who are the stars from other sports that you’d most like to see in FIFA 19? Of all those we mentioned above, we reckon Jonny May would be the most successful, although Nadal just might push him for a place in the matchday squad.

3D Print Your Star Trek Online Ship! on fifa15guide

3D Print Your Star Trek Online Ship! on fifa15guide

The team at Star Trek Online is so happy to announce that, beginning in March, Captains on PC will be able to 3D print their personal starships from the game! We’re partnering with Mixed Dimensions to allow you to create custom 3D handcrafted starship collectibles for your desk, home and more. Almost all of the over 500 playable starships will be available for print, including your personal customizations like ship names, colors and shield skins. You’ll even be able to print the customizations you’ve made using the parts available to your ship in the ship tailor.

Once you have your ship where you want it, you’ll be directed to Mixed Dimension’s GamePrint web site, where you’ll will be offered several different purchase options. Captains can commission one of the company’s master artists to hand paint an incredibly detailed, 12” resin high-end collectible version of their starship. You can also order a single-color version or a pre-primed model, which allows you to paint the entire starship yourself. And for those who prefer to stick with the classics, GamePrint will also offer completed models replicating 20 of Star Trek Online’s exclusive and most popular starships.

We’ll have more information very soon on this program, with pricing details and how you can print your very own ship. In the meantime, check out some images of a 3D Printed Pathfinder below:

 3D Print Your Star Trek Online Ship! on fifa15guide

3D Print Your Star Trek Online Ship! on fifa15guide3D Print Your Star Trek Online Ship! on fifa15guide

3D Print Your Star Trek Online Ship! on fifa15guide