FIFA 17 Career Mode: 5 Players With Expiring Contracts

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Those who have played FIFA 17 Career Mode know by now that it is not just about getting the best player in the league but it is more on being able to know the strengths and weaknesses of each team member. When you do, you will be able to balance your team and have a bigger chance of making it to the championship round. With this thought in mind, the best time to pick players is in January as some of them will have expiring contracts. Here are some of them you might want to consider in your team.

Santi Cazorla

Santi Cazorla has been one of the strengths of the Arsenals, where he played for four years now. He is one of the creative midfielders out there you might want to get in your team. Fortunately for you, his contract is expiring come January 2017 and you should be quick enough to grab him.

Yaya Toure

This Manchester United midfielder might not be the best player you want to have in the locker room, but you simply can’t pass him up in the field as he is one of the best out there. He is a force to be reckoned with in the field as he rages forward with the ball leading it to a thunderous goal.

Xabi Alonso

One of the reasons why this Spaniard has an expiring contract might be because of his age. However, that should not stop you since Alonso is one of the classiest midfielders in the field. He has decent stats to show for in his defense while his long shots and passing are just brilliant.

Pepe

This Real Madrid player is no doubt one of the best defenders in the world of football today. He has an impressive 88 rating and a knack for aerial acrobats. He is known not only for his strength and prowess but also for being nasty.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

His experience and physical stature make this charming Swedish one of the best players in football. He is one of the best aerial threats not to mention a lethal finisher and a strong defender. With this combination of strength and talent, it’s a bad choice to let this player go when his contract expires in January.

Top 50 Premier League player ratings from FIFA 17 leak

WHICH players are you going to use on the new FIFA 17?

Top 50 Premier League player ratings from FIFA 17 leak

The latest edition of one of the world’s most popular football video games will be released at the end of September, but it appears players ratings from the world’s biggest clubs have been leaked online.

While the ratings may be inaccurate, they still provide a guide to how each player could perform and be rated in the new game.

Though when it comes to the leaked Premier League player ratings, more than a few seem quite off.

Harry Kane was the EPL golden boot winner last season but only has a rating of 82, compared to Wayne Rooney’s rating of 86, despite a lacklustre 2015-16 campaign. How do the rest rate?

Here’s the top 50 EPL player ratings from the leak

50. Jose Fonte (Southampton) 81

50. Sofiane Feghouli (West Ham) 81

50. Ashley Williams (Swansea City) 81

50. N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) 81

50. Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) 81

48. Seamus Coleman (Everton) 81

48. Phil Jagielka (Everton) 81

38. Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham) 82

38. Harry Kane (Tottenham) 82

38. Eric Bailly (Man United) 82

38. Anthony Martial (Man United) 82

38. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) 82

38. Leighton Baines (Everton) 82

38. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) 82

38. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) 82

38. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) 82

38. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) 82

29. Dimtri Payet (West Ham) 83

29. Samir Nasri (Man City) 83

29. Nolito (Man City) 83

29. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) 83

29. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) 83

29. Oscar (Chelsea) 83

29. Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea) 83

29. Gary Cahill (Chelsea) 83

29. Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) 83

25. Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham) 84

25. Phillipe Coutinho (Liverpool) 84

25. Pedro (Chelsea) 84

25. Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) 84

18. Chris Smalling (Man United) 85

18. Ilkay Gundogan (Man City) 85

18. Joe Hart (Man City) 85

18. Nicolas Otamendi (Man City) 85

18.Willian (Chelsea) 85

18. John Terry (Chelsea) 85

18. Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) 85

13. Bastian Schweinsteiger (Man United) 86

13.Wayne Rooney (Man United) 86

13. Yaya Toure (Man City) 86

13. Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) 86

13. Diego Costa (Chelsea) 86

8. Hugo Lloris (Tottenham) 87

8. Paul Pogba (Man United) 87

8. Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Man United) 87

8. David Silva (Man City) 87

8. Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) 87

6. Kevin de Bruyne (Man City) 88

6. Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) 88

3. Sergio Aguero (Man City) 89

3. Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea) 89

3. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) 89

2. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Man United) 90

1. David De Gea (Man United) 91

Final Fantasy XIV – Are You Satisfied With Dark Knight Tanking?

Final Fantasy XIV’s latest tank Job arrived with the Heavensward expansion and if you were new to the game back then, some heavy leveling had to be done.

The DRK is one of the three latest additions to FFXIV’s Job palette, along with the Astrologian and Machinist. The whole DRK idea looked really badass, especially the skill effects and the armor sets with which Square Enix was presenting the class before the actual release. When your journey as a DRK begins at level 30, you soon come to realize that you are definitely not as tough as a Paladin but, at least, your damage output is pleasing.

The DRK seems to be generally weaker in defenses in the early stages of leveling, but the real issue that arrives later on is the massive MP consumption. Another healer-angering issue about the DRK is that if the player neglected to pay attention to mitigation, the DRK can be noticeably more squishy than the other tanking Jobs.

FFXIV Dark Knight Tanking

Awkwardly, when the DK class was released in WoW, there was a quite similar issue, that it was taking too much damage but also having a decent DPS. That issue was sort of solved with the tons of healing abilities introduced that made the DK a very efficient tank and way too overpowered for PvP. Nevertheless, the DRK in FFXIV does not seem like an overpowered tanking class, but the experience of playing with it is perhaps better than with the other tanking classes in the game.

Browsing around for player feedback, it seemed evident that most people are complaining about three major issues: the lack of mitigation, no block but increased parry, and occasional MP issues. However, the DRK also has somewhat better defenses against magical damage due to Dark Mind. This makes the DRK perhaps more suitable for some fights where magical damage is bound to occur. The DRK’s weapon damage is also higher than that of the PLD which is logical since it is using a two-handed greats word.

Overall, it seems that the Dark Knight is loved by those who play it but perhaps disliked to a certain extent by those who are healing it. But as great power comes with some sacrifices it is not a surprise that the increased damage output of the DRK resulted in decreased mitigation. This is usually the case in many MMORPGs when a non-sword ’n’ board tanking class is implemented. I personally loved playing as a DRK, but I did see healers often complaining about suddenly dropping HPs. What do you guys think, should Square Enix provide the DRK with more defensive abilities?

It Is Worth it Buying FIFA 16 Packs

Before you buy FIFA 16 packs, you should ask yourself if you should do it or not. This is probably the most common question about FUT 16. And we are here to clarify you. Everything you need to know to take the right decision: advantages, disadvantages, odds of pulling a good card, studies and much more.

Should I buy FIFA 16 packs or not ?

When you make a purchase, you are giving something to get another thing in exchange. If you bought it, it is because in your opinion the thing you are giving is less important than the one you are purchasing. The problem in Ultimate Team is that you do not know what is inside the pack you are buying. There is no way to know if the exchange will be profitable to you. You have expectations in relation to the purchase but you do not know if they will be met.

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It is possible to pay packs with coins or with FIFA Points. In the first scenario, your expectation is to pull cards whose market value exceeds the price of the packs. In other words, you want to make profit. This rarely happens. That’s why buying packs with coins is an awful idea.

When you buy FIFA 16 packs with FIFA Points, the chances of getting good cards are exactly the same, but instead of investing your coins, you are using real money. It’s like you were buying FIFA coins but you don’t know how much you will have to pay for them. In these cases, only you can say if it is worth to buy packs or not, depending of how much real money you are willing to spend.

Is there any study about this subject ?

It isn’t easy to make a reliable study about this subject because it only works with a huge sample. Imagine, for example, that you open packs worth 3 million coins. If you open an extra pack and pull a Ronaldo IF card, your conclusions will be completely distorted. It is not possible for a single person to open enough packs to conclude if it is worth to buy packs or not. We did it but we combined our results with the community experience to conclude that, in a general way, you get back 60% of what you have paid by the packs. The other 40% are EA’s profit, ie, your loss. The same happens in the famous bookmakers sports scores where part of what you bet reverts automatically to the house, regardless of the result. Usually, they keep with something between 10 and 15%, but EA is not satisfied with less than 40%.

This first conclusion allows us to be sure about how bad a strategy it is to buy FIFA 16 packs with coins, except if you are someone really lucky. This study also helps us to calculate how much you will get back when you open packs bought with FIFA Points.

So how do we make this calculation ? First we use the packs prices. In average, the packs you buy with 1000 FIFA Points can also be bought with 50 thousand coins. Since you only get back 60% of your investment, in fact you will be buying 30k coins with those FIFA Points. We also know the average prices of FIFA Points which means that it is not difficult to conclude that 100 thousand coins can be indirectly purchased with £26 or 31 €. It’s up to you to decide if this is an high price or not to strengthen your team and your FUT account.

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Obviously, when you decide to buy a pack you do it because you are dreaming with pulling a few amazing cards. You don’t do it because of profit. There is always a hope. However, if you make a study like we did you will realize that your chances of getting good cards are low. Since you can buy cards directly in the market, the importance to this study is to know how much the FIFA 16 packs are worth. That’s the only way to compare with your investment.

Are many people getting success with packs ?

No. The most experienced Ultimate Team players agree with us about how bad of a strategy it is to buy FIFA 16 packs. But there are still many less experienced players with another opinions. They are asking right now why are there so many people showing of the fantastic cards they have got in packs ? Maybe because no one likes to show off rubbish and useless packs. If only good packs are shared, it gives the idea that all the packs have good cards. Nothing less true.

Buying packs with coins is not a good strategy to build a good team
Many players also think that the only way to be millionaire is buying FIFA 16 packs. They find other players on the market that are selling several very expensive cards and they think they got the money buying packs. They don’t. They probably are really good traders or have used scam techniques.

Is EA Sports forcing me to buy FIFA 16 packs ?

Yes. Don’t forget that this is the FIFA core business for EA Sports. Think about it. To sell more packs, they try everything. They use a very aggressive marketing strategy, trying to give the impression that it is easy to pull good cards in packs, using their social networks to show players that got a good card or supporting the most lucky YouTubers that publish videos opening packs with the greatest players. On the other hand, they don’t add good cards to packs, forcing players to try their luck again and again hoping to get the same good cards that other players and youtubers got. The Happy Hours are strategically chosen and they even created an extra chemistry point – loyalty bonus – to force you to buy more packs.

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Are you seeing how it works ? Youtubers want to be famous and to be supported by EA Sports, so they produce videos showing how easy is to get good cards in packs. Those who have the luck of getting good cards in FIFA 16 packs also want to share it with the world, to show their happiness or simply to make others jealous. They share it with EA Sports and the company share it with the world. All we see is good cards in packs, so why don’t we do the same. We buy one, two, three, four packs. ‘Maybe in the next one’, we think. Most of the times, players spend part of their coins or a good amount of money and they don’t get a single good card.

Are you saying that I should not buy packs ?

We are not saying to not buy packs any more. It is important that people keep buying packs. First because they are paying the Ultimate Team mode (in the first year it was paid). Then, because the game only works if cards keep being inserted into the game and the only good way to do it is through the store.

If players want to use real money to buy FIFA 16 packs, they should know that they will need to spend a good amount of money to get a good squad. We are not saying that it is not a good strategy, we are just saying that it is not a cheap option. For who don’t cares with money, it is a decent decision.

How difficult is to pull a good card from a FIFA 16 pack ?

FIFA 16 Ultimate Team has more than 15,000 players. Which player do you want ? Probably the most expensive one, Ronaldo. Let’s see what the odds are of getting him in a pack. First we must know how many players cards have the pack you are opening. Let’s say that you are opening a pack with 4 players. It means that your chances of getting Ronaldo are something like 1 to 3,750, right ? Wrong! There are players with more cards in FIFA 16 packs than others.

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Cardweight is a metric used to estimate how often a particular card is traded on the FIFA 16 Ultimate Team transfer market. The higher the cardweight number, the higher likely this card is traded on the marketplace. It gives an indication of how rare cards are. The cardweight of Ronaldo is 2, the lowest in the game. It means, for example, that he is 100 times less common than David Luiz which cardweight is 200. We know that cardweight does not measure the chance of finding a specific card in a pack since cards that are likely to be kept or quick sold by the original owner will not have an accurate weight. However, through complex calculations we have found a way to find the odds of getting a specific player in a pack using his cardweight, the number of quick sells of that card and the number of cards stored in clubs.

In this case, as Ronaldo is one of the players that when someone buys they do not try to sell again, the chances of getting him in a pack are 10 times lower than the average of gold players which cardweight is 150. In other words, the chance of getting him are something like 1 to 150,000 for each card player you open in a pack.

What do you think about this ? Do these odds create a good opportunity ? Let’s see. Pick a number between 1 and 150,000 and keep it to yourself. Now, ask someone to try to guess which number you are thinking of. How many times did that person try to guess it ? Thousands, for sure. If you want to know how much money you will have to spend, just multiply the price of each player card in a pack by the number of tries. Now is that a lot of Money ?!

You probably would be happy getting other good players besides Ronaldo. However, all the good cards are very rare. In the top 10 players with best overalls, none have a cardweight higher than 40. For your information, every time someone get a player card in a pack, the odds of getting one of these players are only 1 to 1,400. As you can see, it is very difficult to get good cards in FIFA 16 packs.

Which other options do I have besides buying packs?

There are other ways to get good players, but none of them are perfect. You can save the coins you earned in games, and use them to buy the cards you want in the market, but it will take a long time until you collect all the coins you need. Another good option is to make trading, which may be very profitable but it is also very time-consuming, specially now with Price Ranges. Finally, you can also buy coins directly to a coins store but there is a risk of ban since this is not allowed by EA Sports.

Why experienced players are still buying packs ?

Obviously, there are many players that already know that buying packs is not a good strategy. But that doesn’t mean that they give up from buying FIFA 16 packs. Why ? First because our brain is always trying to find the path of least resistance and finding ways to give as less effort as possible. Then, because the need of being better, more popular and integrated in a group. This may seems a weird answer but the specialist Gonçalo Cunha explains this very well in this fantastic article. You mus read it.

Final note: if you want fun, choose opening packs. If you want success, avoid them, unless you don’t care about spending real money. In that case, EA Sports will thank you.

FIFA 16 Career Mode Guide: Liverpool

Liverpool, the fallen giants of English football are still supported by fans from all around the world. Every match is an opportunity to reclaim a little of their lost glory. Just like in real life, Liverpool’s team in Fifa is rather unbalanced and just not meant to challenge for the title. I mean, one of their main defenders is Kolo Toure. Now, if this was 2007, that would be good news but Toure isn’t of much use in 2016 and this is why I have written this guide to help you build a trophy winning squad as fast as possible.

Get a decent Centre-back

Let’s be honest, the centre-back pairing of Sakho and Skrtel is not very consistent. Both in real life and in Fifa. My recommendations for the spot are

Jonathan Tah( Bayer Leverkusen)
He’s just 19. 6’4 and has around 90 strength. With a mammoth budget of 55 million, buying stars is always tempting, but investing in the future is going to help you in Career Mode. Get him now.

David Luiz(PSG)
Wait, I know this sounds like a bad idea but hear me out. Liverpool are trying to create their own identity and like every Career Mode player, you probably want your team to be technically superb. This guy possess good passing, shooting and dribbling stats for a CB. The 83 rated Brazilian is a much maligned presence in Ultimate Team but that’s for a reason – because he’s that good in-game. And as always, he’s got a brilliant hairstyle.

Other options – Joel Matip(Schalke 04), Jan Vertonghen(Tottenham), Samuel Umtiti(Lyon)

Clear off the rough edges in your squad

As soon as you open your Liverpool team management screen, you’ll be hit by a current of mediocrity sitting on the bench. So sell Joe Allen, Adam Bogdan, Lucas Leiva and Dejan Lovren.

What you need to invest in now is a decent midfielder, someone like Miralijm Pjanic with a high passing range and good shooting stats. Signing one more decent Defensive Midfielder is not going to hurt as your main option Emre Can is still just 21 and 75 rated.

Training is important

With Liverpool, there is one big advantage – you have many potential superstars in your team and you should capitalize on it from the get go. So fire up the training screen and select Emre can, Jonathan Ibe, Divock Origi, Coutinho and Roberto Firmino for the five spots. The process is a bit tedious but all it will pay off some 3 seasons later when all these guys will be highly coveted Superstars of world football.

Try to play any style of 4-3-3

Liverpool possess the talents of Daniel Sturridge, Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino when it comes to strikers. Both Firmino and Sturridge can play equally well on the wing and behind the striker.

Put Coutinho in the midfield to make space and pick out clinical passes like Iniesta or plop it up to Benteke in the middle. The 4-3-3 gives you a lot of options as you can attack from the wings or the middle. Just remember, you don’t have real depth in the striking department for a 4-3-3. One needs at least 5 decent players for this formation so I advise you to invest in players like Shaqiri(Stoke City), Reus(Borussia Dortmund) or Bakkali(Valencia) more options.

Follow these tips to ensure you have a head-start in your adventure with Liverpool. Aim for Champions League qualification in the first season. Then go for the Premier League or FA Cup in the second.

FIFA 16 Winter Transfers

EA has made the winter transfers available in FIFA 16 Ultimate Team mode. The latest player transfers are now available in FUT 16 packs. Here is the list of transferred players available in FUT 16.

Below is the list of FUT 16 winter transfers which will be updated as transfer window is updated.

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EA Sports will make these changes as quickly as possible, so expect multiple updates throughout January and early February. Please note that this only applies to new items found in packs. Any items obtained before a player changed clubs will not result in a change while in your collection.

Take note that above list only applies to new items found in packs. If you obtained a player item prior to their transfer, their item will not change while in your collection. You may also look for them in the Transfer Market.

FIFA 16 Winter upgrades for Serie A player ratings

We have already given you some early insight into FIFA 16 Winter upgrades for BPL and Bundesliga players. Now it is time to focus on Serie A as we know a lot of you are rocking those Italian league teams and are eager to find out about the FIFA 16 Winter upgrades for Serie A players.

There are a lot of standout candidates for Serie A too, most of you will probably guess who they are as they are pretty much no brainers.

These include the likes of Napoli hitman Higuain who has already managed to get a whopping three in-form cards bringing him up to an overall rating of 87.

That means he is a 100% certainty to get an upgrade from EA and it is just a matter of whether it will be a +1 to 85 or a potential +2 to an 86 which would be very nice.

FIFA 16 Winter upgrades

Other players that are likely to be given the upgrade treatment is Roma player Pjanic, Juventus striker Dybala, defender Bonaventura and Inter Milan keeper Handanovic who has already received two in-form cards making him another certainty.

Remember that if you already have in-form cards for these players, the in-form cards will get an upgrade too which is why you should definitely consider investing on the transfer market before the Winter Upgrades are officially unveiled.

Higuain is the big one though and he is currently going for under 5,000 coins, so you may want to buy now and sell for a profit later – especially if he goes up to 86.

FIFA 16 Fan Goal of the Month Contenders

The latest five contenders for the FIFA 16 Liverpool FC fan Goal of the Month award have now been selected and it is up to you to decide the best strike in our online poll.

A number of great prizes are on offer every month in this fun competition and the overall champion at the end of the season – to be chosen by Reds captain Jordan Henderson – will win an Xbox One console, a squad-signed home shirt and two tickets to the final home league game of 2015-16.

FIFA 16 TOTY Messi 99 in a pack with amazing luck

FIFA 16 fans are going crazy at the moment, trying to get the likes of TOTY Neymar, Ronaldo and Messi in a pack. Now we have the first evidence of one player getting a FIFA 16 TOTY Messi in a pack, on a live TOTY pack opening on YouTube.

If you haven’t heard, this 99 Messi card for FIFA 16 is the new holy grail of Ultimate Team. TOTY Messi has a 99-rated overall card, with 99 for dribbling, 99 for pace, 98 for shooting and 97 for passing.

This card is selling for well over 3,000,000 coins so if you do get one you are basically hitting the jackpot and can build any squad you want for the entirety of the season until FIFA 17 is out.

FIFA 16 TOTY Messi

YouTuber CapgunTom appears to have had the best luck out of anyone in terms of pulling out the blue cards and now you can see his live reaction when getting TOTY Messi in a pack – incredible stuff.

As far as we’re aware, this is the first video with evidence of getting the best card in the entire game. What do you think about this kind of luck though – does it make you sick or hopeful that you can get the same luck with your packs?

You still have to be incredibly lucky to get any TOTY card, let alone Messi so check out the video below and let us know what you think.

TOTY Pogba FIFA 16 review, amazing long shots stats

Everyone is talking about the amazing TOTY Pogba card for FIFA 16. It is now live in packs with the other TOTY midfielders and now we are happy to bring you one of the first TOTY Pogba FIFA 16 reviews online.

This card is simply amazing and in the video which we have to show you, we can see that the player bought this card for over 2 million coins just to give you an idea.

TOTY Pogba stats are incredible, a sea of green stats including what could be his biggest secret weapon – 98 for long shots which is going to be extremely useful in those tough matches when you can’t break through a defense online.

Other stand out stats courtesy of FUTHead include 97 for strength, 98 for shot power, 91 for volleys, 96 for ball control and 95 for dribbling – not bad at all.

TOTY Pogba FIFA 16 review

You can see some TOTY Pogba gameplay below as we all know that’s what you came to see. Is he really worth a staggering 2 million coins – probably not unless you are rich.

Some players are spending crazy amounts of real money trying to get these cards, so check out the review below and let us know what you think of the TOTY hype this year.

Also some gamers believe this TOTY Pogba card was ‘undeserved’ – what do you say to that?