Trading and maneuvering in the FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market in FIFA 17 has been changed dramatically by one game mode this year. The FUT Champions Weekend League has reinvigorated an otherwise repetitive Ultimate Team experience and has completely changed the way the transfer market operates on a weekly basis.
For any newcomers to FIFA 17, the Weekend League is a competitive 40-game event that takes place every weekend (Friday-Sunday) that requires an entry token to participate in. Tokens can be earned through daily tournaments. At the end of each weekend, awards, in the form of coins and packs, are handed out based on how well a player does. The same goes for monthly rewards, but the prizes get bigger and better.
This new addition to the game has kept the attention of the hardcore fanatics and has tempted the average gamer to try and break into the elite. Thus, instead of the usual tapering off of participation you’d normally see with any sports game as its existence drags on, the interest in FIFA 17 and especially the Weekend League is only gaining steam and doesn’t appear to be slowing down.
So, how does the Weekend League affect the transfer market exactly? In every other installment of the game, the transfer market has always been affected by one main factor: Packs. When EA Sports released a barrage of special packs for consumers to open, like clockwork, the prices of players would drop. The more packs opened, the lower the prices went.
Now there’s a new ruler on the block. When it comes to affecting player prices, the Weekend League reigns. No longer do packs have a huge influence on price fluctuations. The market now revolves around that Friday through Sunday window when all the top players in the world go head-to-head with their expensive teams.
After monitoring the market for several weeks, you can see the trend. After the Weekend League ends late Sunday night, the market is flooded with gamers trying to sell their players after a hard-fought 40 games. This phenomena causes player prices to drop significantly.
On a normal week, the market bottoms out around Monday or Tuesday. But as the week drags on, it begins to recover. Prices rise as players buy their new teams for the upcoming Weekend League. Sometimes, the squads are required to have special requirements, and this can cause the market and player prices to reach their peak on Thursday or Friday, i.e. when everyone is rushing to complete their lineups.
Jerome Boateng is one of the best center-backs in the game and is used by many players across different types of squads. A look at his price on futbin.com throughout any given week is all you need to see just how the Weekend League affects the market.
On Monday, his price is at its lowest of 176,000 (XBOX) coins. As the week continues on it slowly begins to rise until you get to Thursday and Friday where his price surges to its peak value of 196,000 coins. That’s a 20k swing in a matter of just a few days.
There are factors that can interrupt this weekly trend, though. For example, if EA release a hoard of special packs on Thursday it could cause a little turbulence on the market. However, thanks to the Weekend League, prices continue to bounce back at a surprising rate.
In previous years, huge events like Black Friday, Team of the Year, and FUTmas have caused major crashes in the market. With the new weekly competition as it is, EA may have just gone and created a crash-proof system.
There are plenty of ways to make coins on the Ultimate Team market. One of the easiest and most effective ways is to simply buy your team(s) at the smartest times and sell it when the market is hot.
Thanks to this new Weekend League trend, you can now easily figure out the ideal times to buy and sell players.