FIFA Ultimate Team usually introduces a brand new feature every year. FIFA 16 saw the Draft Mode become the go-to for hardcore fanatics of the series. In FIFA 17, EA have introduced a new competitive game mode called FUT Champions that has everyone from pro players to newbies playing hours on end each week.
What is FUT Champions?
FUT Champions is a competitive game mode involving several different aspects. The ultimate goal of is to earn in-game Ultimate Team rewards. To earn rewards, you must play in a 40-game competition each weekend called the FUT Champions Weekend League. To earn entry, you must first qualify in one of several daily tournaments that EA Sports releases from Monday through Thursday. Keep in mind there are a limited number of attempts (around 14 or 15 usually) to win the four-game daily tournament.
What is the Weekend League exactly?
Once you’re in the actual Weekend League, the true grind begins. You have 40 games to play in three day’s time (at your own leisure) against all your fellow qualifiers. Meaning, you’re playing the best of the best after the daily tournaments have weeded out the undeserving or unskilled. You control when you play your games, and how many you play at a time, so the onus is on you to win as many of the 40 as you possibly can. The number of wins you attain in a weekend puts you in a certain tier in the FUT Champions ranking system.
The Ranking System
There are five different tiers on the ranking system, and these contain three separate levels. Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Elite are the main tiers that you can earn. There’s also a Top 100 tier available for the best of the best. Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Elite all contain three levels (ex. Gold 1, Gold 2, and Gold 3) that offer different rewards.
The catch with the ranking system is that you have one ranking system for the week and then a bigger system for the entire month. Where you finish determines what type of rewards you are given on a weekly and a monthly basis.
No matter which level of the rankings you finish at after your Weekend League is over, you’re guaranteed some kind of reward. The minimum amount of games required to play is five. Once you reach that number you’ll be given a reward depending on where you finish.
The rewards are subject to change, but this is a breakdown of what every level usually pays out:
Bronze 3 (0-1 wins) - 1,000 coins & 2 Gold Packs (5k packs)
Bronze 2 (2-4 wins) - 3,000 coins & 2 Premium Gold Packs (7.5k packs)
Bronze 1 (5-7 wins) - 7,500 coins & 1 Premium Gold Players Pack (25k pack)
Silver 3 (8-10 wins) - 10,000 coins, 1 Mega Pack (35k pack), & 2 Jumbo Premium Gold Packs (15k packs)
Silver 2 (11-13 wins) - 15,000 coins, 1 Mega Pack (35k pack), & 1 Rare Gold Pack (25k pack)
Silver 1 (14-17 wins) - 20,000 coins, 1 Jumbo Premium Gold Players Pack (Special), & 1 Mega Pack (35k pack)
Gold 3 (18-20 wins) - 30,000 coins, 2 Mega Packs (35k packs), 1 Rare Players Pack (50k pack), & Automatic qualification into next Weekend League
Gold 2 (21-24 wins) - 45,000 coins, 1 Rare Gold Pack (25k pack), 2 Rare Mega Packs (55k pack), & Automatic qualification into next Weekend League
Gold 1 (25-28 wins) - 50,000 coins, 2 Jumbo Rare Player Packs (100k packs), & Automatic qualification into next Weekend League
Elite 3 (29-31 wins) - 70,000 coins, 1 Premium TOTW Pack (Guarantees 3 Gold TOTW Players), 1 Jumbo Rare Players Pack (100k pack), & Automatic qualification into next Weekend League
Elite 2 (32-33 wins) - 100,000 coins, 1 Premium TOTW Pack (Guarantees 3 Gold TOTW Players), 1 Jumbo Rare Players Pack (100k pack), & Automatic qualification into next Weekend League
Elite 1 (34-40 wins) - 125,000 coins, 2 Premium TOTW Packs (Guarantees 3 Gold TOTW Players), 2 Jumbo Rare Players Packs (100k packs), & Automatic qualification into next Weekend League
Top 76 – 100 - 125,000 coins, 1 x Ultimate TOTW pack (Guarantees 12 Gold TOTW Players), 2 x Jumbo Rare Players packs (100k Packs)
Top 51 – 75 - 125,000 coins, 1 x Ultimate TOTW pack, 3 x Jumbo Rare Players packs
Top 26 – 50 - 150,000 coins , 1 x Ultimate TOTW pack, 3 x Jumbo Rare Players packs
Top 11 – 25 - 150,000 coins, 1 x Ultimate TOTW pack, 4 x Jumbo Rare Players packs
Top 2 – 10 - 200,000 coins, 1 x Ultimate TOTW pack, 4 x Jumbo Rare Players packs
Top 1 - 250,000 coins, 1 x Ultimate TOTW pack, 4 x Jumbo Rare Players packs
At the end of each month, your total amount of wins categorizes your into the same exact levels. The only difference? The rewards and bigger and better. Special FUT Champions edition cards of that month’s Team of the Week players are included among the prizes.
If you finish in any of the Bronze levels, you’re guaranteed one Bronze special card. Silver is guaranteed one Silver special card. All three Gold levels are guaranteed three Gold special cards and a special FUT Champions edition Gold kit.
Elite finishers are guaranteed 12 Gold special cards, the special Gold kit and a special Elite kit.
Top 100 finishers are guaranteed 44 Gold special cards and 1 legend card, the Gold and Elite kits, plus a special Top 100 kit.
Here’s the breakdowhow many wins it takes to reach each level:
Bronze 3 - 0-5 Wins
Bronze 2 - 6 wins
Bronze 1 - 15 wins
Silver 3 - 24 wins
Silver 2 - 33 wins
Silver 1 - 42 wins
Gold 3 - 67 wins
Gold 2 - 73 wins
Gold 1 - 85 wins
Elite 3 - 97 wins
Elite 2 - 106 wins
Elite 1 - 112 wins
(Note: All cards received from monthly rewards are untradeable)
When are rewards issued?
Weekly rewards are given out on Wednesday nights around 7 p.m. Eastern Time. The exact time varies.
Monthly rewards are given out in the middle of the month with the second week’s rewards.
So there you have it. That’s about as much as you need to know to get started with FUT Champions and the Weekend League. Play well enough and this game mode may be your ticket to real world competitions and prizes. But either way, give it a shot.