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FIFA 20 commentator earns Guinness World Record for insane FUT Draft

Published: 10/Apr/2020 17:59

by Jacob Hale

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FIFA player Brandon Smith is most widely known for being the voice of FIFA esports the world over – but now he’s entered the Guinness Book of World Records for his gameplay.

Alongside long-time duo Richard Buckley, Smith has commentated the biggest events in FIFA over the last few years and made for some iconic moments, but this might be the biggest yet.

He has officially become a Guinness World Record holder for a brand new record achieved in-game, and it’s genuinely mind-blowing to think about how much effort must have gone into it.

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Smith actually achieved the feat during a 24-hour charity stream.

On April 10, Smith announced that after an incredible performance between March 17-18, he officially holds the world record for the most FIFA 20 FUT Draft matches won in 24 hours.

The record is a brand-new one having not been recorded before, and Smith clocked in with a whopping 63 matches won throughout those 24 hours – comfortably beating the minimum threshold of 50 that they had set for him.

On average, this means Brandon won almost 3 matches every hour – which is especially impressive when you consider the FUT Draft is only four matches, anyway. The feat is even more impressive when you consider that it was completed during a 24-hour charity livestream, in which he managed to raise £1,500 for charities Young Minds and Cancer Research

In a statement made exclusively to Dexerto, Smith said: “Achieving a GWR has always been something that I’ve wanted to do in the past, it was just a case of which record to attempt! It had to be something FIFA related, but also something that would be challenging both mentally and physically.”

He also added that the hardest part was “definitely the night shift” at around 4-6am, as he had played about 50 games back to back for 18-20 hours.

Although he made the record with 63 wins, it’s unfathomable to think that there were probably some losses in there, too, and he likely had to endure far more than 63, and those losses must have made it even harder to keep going as a result.

Responding to former professional footballer David Meyler, Smith said that it’s more of a mental challenge than a skill-based one, which certainly makes sense given how stressful FUT Draft can be at the best of times.

Needless to say, there were plenty of avid FIFA players in the responses – pros included – saying that they would be interested in giving it a go, so Brandon might not be the record holder for much longer.

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FIFA 21 Team of the Week 10 live: release time, TOTW leaks, predictions

Published: 2/Dec/2020 7:23

by Isaac McIntyre

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The next FIFA 21 Team of the Week, TOTW 10, is now on its way in Ultimate Team ⁠— here’s everything we know about the new upgraded team so far, including any EA SPORTS leaks, the promo’s release time, and more.

We’ll be honest right up front; this probably won’t be the best Team of the Week we’ve ever seen, but there’ll still be plenty of hidden gems in the squad nonetheless.

Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez, Barcelona’s Antoine Greizmann, and Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman look to be the standout players – with plenty of solid, if unspectacular cards, also in the running for TOTW 10.

Here’s everything we know about the mid-week promo so far, including when the newest Team of the Week lineup will drop in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team, possible in-form card leaks, and Dexerto’s weekly TOTW predictions.

Team of the Week 10 start time

On November 25, FIFA publishers EA SPORTS will release the tenth batch of Team of the Week cards for this year. The TOTW 10 promo will begin at 6pm (UK time), as per usual.

That means 6pm BST, 12pm CT, 1pm EST, 3am AEST for those around the world.

These boosted TOTW 10 player upgrades will be announced at the same time as they drop in-game in FIFA 21. Keep your eyes peeled on our official Twitter account — we always make sure to share the team as soon as it’s live.

Iago Aspas could be one of the best FIFA 21 stars in the next Team of the Week.
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Iago Aspas could be one of the best FIFA 21 stars in the next Team of the Week.

FIFA 21 Team of the Week 10 leaks

Three weeks ago, EA SPORTS accidentally revealed a number of upgraded players early, totally by accident. In TOTW 8 and 9, they were extra careful to avoid that mistake. TOTW 10, however, appears to have had the same fate befall it.

Twelve players across the starting TOTW lineup, and the sub bench, were revealed early in FIFA 21 through the Ultimate Team Weekend League player pick packs. The next Team of the Week isn’t released until Dec. 2, but the players arrived early.

Here’s the dozen leaked players who have already been found.

Leaked TOTW 10 players

  • Lautaro Martinez
  • Iago Aspas
  • Fabian Peña
  • Ruben Aguilar
  • Florian Neuhaus
  • Wout Weghorst
  • Dani Pacheco
  • Raphinha
  • Toko Ekambi 
  • Benoît Costil
  • Antoine Griezmann
  • Benjamin Mendy

If more leaks drop ahead of the official TOTW 10 reveal, we’ll keep you updated.

Griezmann is one of twelve FUT stars seemingly already confirmed for TOTW 10.
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Griezmann is one of twelve FUT stars seemingly already confirmed for TOTW 10.

Our FIFA 21 TOTW 10 predictions

While you wait, make sure you check out Dexerto’s TOTW 10 predictions. We’ve compiled a list of all the players that could get those IF cards this week; let’s see if you agree with our tips.

Here’s our list of predictions. Once the official team has been released, you’ll be able to see how many we guessed correctly:

  • Sam Johnstone – West Bromwich Albion
  • Fernando Pacheco – Alaves
  • Angelino – RB Leipzig
  • Ruben Aguilar – AS Monaco
  • Gaetano Letizia – Benevento
  • Alessio Romangoli – AC Milan
  • Sean Morrison – Cardiff City
  • Ellyes Skhiri – FC Koln
  • Davy Klaasen – Ajax
  • Florian Nehaus – Borussia Monchengladbach
  • Teun Koopmeiners – AZ Alkmaar
  • Miguel Veloso – Hellas Verona
  • Akihiro Ienaga – Kawasaki-F
  • Raphinha – Leeds United
  • Riyad Mahrez – Manchester City
  • Philip Zinckernagel – FK Bodø/Glimt
  • Karl Toko-Ekambi – Lyon
  • Kingsley Coman – Bayern Munich
  • Dominik Szoboszlai – RB Salzburg
  • Mbaye Diagne – Galatasary 
  • Antoine Griezmann – Barcelona
  • Wout Weghorst – Wolfsburg
  • Mama Samba Baldé – Dijon
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Early TOTW 10 leaks seem to confirm Benjamin Mendy will be one of the IF cards this week.

So, there you have it ⁠— Dexerto’s full list of predictions for Team of the Week 10. Once we have our hands on the confirmed list of upgrades, we’ll be sure to add them to this article and let you know. Until then, enjoy a few games of FIFA!