If you thought FIFA couldn't get any better, think again. FIFA 16 adds FIFA Ultimate Team Draft, offering fantastic prizes in the Ultimate Team mode. Lucky for you, we have all the strategies you need to be ready for draft day!
When you first begin FIFA Ultimate Team, you'll have a draft token to use in solo or online drafts. However, if you've already used your token there's an entry fee of 15,000 coins or 300 FIFA Points. The basic concepts of the FIFA Ultimate Team Draft are similar to those of fantasy sports leagues. If you participated in fantasy leagues in the past you should feel right at home. If not, we still have you covered.
The first thing you should do is select a difficulty level that matches your skill. You'll need to win a four-game series, with each game increasing more difficult than the last. If you want to earn the big prizes, you'll need to win all four games in the series, so make sure you select a difficulty befitting of your skill level.
Once you've selected the appropriate difficulty level, it's time to choose a formation. If you're new to FIFA Ultimate Team, it may not be a good idea to select an obscure formation. Keep it simple and pick a formation that's more straightforward, such as a 4-3-3. This kind of formation will allow you to use star players to the best of their abilities during the draft.
With your formation set, you must select a captain out of your first five players. This is where chemistry plays an important role in FIFA Ultimate Team. Select a captain, then you need to build a team around this person, comprised of players who are from the same league, club or country. Do your homework and plan ahead. Sometimes it's best to pick a captain who doesn't have the highest stats so you can pick better players with great chemistry. In fact, you can preview players in your formation to get a good idea what your team chemistry would look like if you drafted them.
Chemistry should be key throughout your draft. However, if you picked your starting squad and your chemistry isn't where you'd like it to be, make sure your five reserve and seven sub players offer better chemistry. Having a great bench can make up for the shortcomings of your starting lineup and can go a long way toward FIFA Ultimate Team Draft success. With that said, if your starting lineup is solid, you can even go as far as to auto-pick the rest of your team.
According to EA, once you've completed your FIFA Ultimate Team Draft, you'll be compensated for the 15,000 coins you spent. However, you won't simply receive those coins back. Instead, you'll earn packs, coins and cards that are the equivalent of the 15,000 coins you spent. This was done primarily to make it difficult for players to farm resources by playing the draft over and over again.
Once the draft is complete you need to go over your team so you can understand your players better. Examine the style and tendencies of your players before you simply rush into a game. Knowing details about your players can make or break a game for you. For example, if you enter a shootout and the ball goes flying to the left, it may have been because you used that player's weak foot. Had you examined the finer details of your player you could have avoided such a mishap.
As with any game, the FIFA Ultimate Team Draft has a bit of a learning curve. Don't expect to have a fantastic team after your first draft. These are randomly selected players, and it may take some time to get a handle on this mode. Once you have enough assets to draft again, head back in and try your hand one more time. The more you play the better you'll get!