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FIFA 20 Bundesliga TOTSSF Predictions | Team of the Season So Far

Published: 17/Apr/2020 15:06 Updated: 5/May/2020 16:51

by Isaac McIntyre

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The 2019/20 season may be suspended around the world, but with more than a third of the campaign in the books, EA SPORTS have more than enough to pick from for the upcoming Bundesliga Team of the Season ⁠— but who will they choose?

In years past, the FIFA developers have had it relatively easy. Most of their end-of-year TOTS releases are based around real-life lineups chosen by journalists and fans around the world. This year, however, the season may not be over. 

With uncertainty swirling around the top leagues, and when they return, it’s likely EA will still stick to the usual annual schedule. Last year, the squad came out in late May. This time, all signs point to the same drop date as well – with details on TOTS packs having seemingly been leaked. 

Lewandowski has made seven Bundesliga TOTS in a row -- can he make it eight?
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Lewandowski has made seven Bundesliga TOTS in a row can he make it eight?

The current Bundesliga season may not have been entirely played out yet, but there have still been standout players across the board. After languishing in the top eight for much of their campaign, Bayern Munich has surged into first.

Dortmund, Leipzig, and Mönchengladbach are close behind, and with them has come a host of heroes. From breakout stars Erling Braut Håland and Timo Werner, to strike stalwart Robert Lewandowski, there’s plenty of picks here’s ours.

FIFA 20 Bundesliga Team of the Season (TOTS) predictions

  • Yann Sommer (94)
  • Achraf Hakimi (92)
  • Dayot Upamecano (94)
  • Joshua Kimmich (96)
  • Kai Havertz (94)
  • Marco Reus (98)
  • Serge Gnabry (96)
  • Erling Braut Håland (97)
  • Jadon Sancho (96)
  • Timo Werner (97)
  • Robert Lewandowski (98)
  • Péter Gulácsi (92)
  • Christian Günter (91)
  • Christopher Nkunku (89)
  • Alphonso Davies (91)
  • Marcel Sabitzer (91)
  • Filip Kostić (92)
  • Thomas Muller (93)
  • Robin Quaison (93)
  • Thorgan Hazard (94)
Marco Reus has overcome extended injuries to return to his dominant best in 2019/20 with Dortmund.
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Reus has overcome extended injuries to return to his dominant best in 2019/20.

There’s plenty of stars in the 20-player TOTS we have went with, that’s for sure. As well as expected top-class picks like Dortmund hero Reus, and joint assist leaders Sancho and Muller, there’s plenty of representation across the board.

Leipzig defensive duo Upamecano and Gulácsi both slot into the back-side of the team, while on-loan Hakimi has earned his place with 10 assists for Dortmund in 46 appearances this season.

Quaison has also shone for Mainz. The Rhineland-Palatinate squad has struggled to stay out of the relegation zone for much of 2019/20. Their Swedish striker has played a big role in keeping them out with 12 goals, though.

Schalke 04 also notably finds no luck in our predicted Team of the Season. The blue-washed Rhine-Westphalia club sits in sixth ⁠— 14 points behind arch-rivals Dortmund ⁠— but have again had no stand-outs. Last year they also had zero.

Håland is a strong shoe-in for a Bundesliga TOTS card after scoring nine in eight for Dortmund after swapping from Salzburg mid-season.
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Dortmund’s Håland is a strong shoo-in for a TOTS card after scoring nine in eight following his mid-season Salzburg swap.

So there you have it ⁠— our predictions for FIFA 20’s upcoming 2019/20 Bundesliga Team of the Season. Keep in mind, considering everything going on with global sport at the moment, these may come a little later than usual.

This is just who we believe gets the tip for a spot in the illustrious end-of-year stat-hiking lineup. Think we missed someone big, or have slotted a player too high in the rankings? Let us know at @UltimateTeamUK on Twitter.

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EA SPORTS hit with FIFA 21 scripting lawsuit for “dictating outcomes”

Published: 1/Dec/2020 2:36 Updated: 1/Dec/2020 2:39

by Isaac McIntyre

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EA SPORTS has been hit with a new United States federal lawsuit, which alleges Electronic Arts “unlawfully increases game difficulty” ⁠— dubbed ‘scripting’ by a number of FIFA 21 fans ⁠— in a deliberate effort to sell more Ultimate Team packs.

The lawsuit, Zajonc v. Electronic Arts, was brought to Californian court by three FIFA 21 gamers, Jason Zajnoc, Danyael Williams, and Pranko Lozano. In the suit, they claimed EA SPORTS uses “deceptive practices” and “false advertising” to drive sales in their FUT mode.

The lawsuit suggests EA willingly and “unlawfully” tricks FIFA players into buying Ultimate Team loot boxes by “utilizing artificial intelligence technologies that adjust game difficulty dynamically.” As mentioned, this is known as ‘scripting’ by fans.

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Zajonc v. Electronic Arts alleges FIFA 21 alters matches to sell loot boxes.

The main charge laid by the plaintiffs is based around EA’s failure to alert FIFA 21 customers about ‘scripting’ features, which are having a direct impact on matches.

“Unbeknownst to most… EA utilizes technologies like ‘Dynamic Difficulty Adjustment’ and ‘Adaptive Difficulty.’ These technologies use heuristic prediction and intervention to dictate or even influence outcomes, thereby keeping gamers more engaged,” the suit, filed in November, reads.

These features, DDA and AD, are designed to adjust player stat points ⁠— both on the front of the card, and in-game ⁠— in an effort to influence the result. This can lead to bad passes, poor shots, and wildly varying pace for FIFA players.

EA are "unlawfully" tricking FIFA players into buying Ultimate Team packs, the Californian lawsuit alleges.
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EA is “unlawfully” tricking players into buying FIFA points and Ultimate Team packs, the Californian lawsuit alleges.

All of this, the plaintiffs allege, is designed to do one thing: sell more FIFA 21 Ultimate Team packs, dubbed “loot boxes” in similar cases. “This [triggers] a self-perpetuating cycle,” the complaint charges, “leading them to purchase additional player packs in hopes of receiving better players and being more competitive.”

According to the plaintiffs, EA SPORTS has violated Californian consumer protection laws, has conducted false advertising and unjust enrichment through their practices.

The case, which has not yet been certified as a class action, also regards EA’s other juggernaut franchises, including Madden and NHL. The NFL and hockey titles are two more games in EA’s stables that utilize an ‘Ultimate Team’ mode.

FIFA 21 players often report shots going off target, wrong passes, and slow players as "scripting" kicks in.
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FIFA 21 players often report shots going off target, wrong passes, and slow players as “scripting” kicks in.

EA has responded to the Zajonc v. Electronic Arts lawsuit. The FIFA 21 publishers wrote, “We believe the claims are baseless and misrepresent our games.”

This is far from the first time EA SPORTS has come under fire for Ultimate Team packs either. The publishers have been accused of operating an “illegal” gambling system in Canada, and are facing $11.7m worth of fines in the Netherlands and France for similar reasons.

Earlier this year, EA hit an “all-time high” in FIFA microtransactions. The company made nearly $1 billion through in-game sales alone in Sep-Dec 2019. A slice of this was then used to lure David Beckham into an exclusive £40m rights deal.