Pro FIFA 20 players criticize new $6k “pay to win” esport requirement

Published: 30/Oct/2019 13:33 Updated: 30/Oct/2019 13:56

by Matt Porter


Professional FIFA players including Ivan ‘BorasLegend’ Lapanje and two-time eWorld Cup Champion Alfonso Ramos have criticized the new ruleset for FIFA 20 esports, which could cost players $6000 to compete at the highest level.

FIFA is one of the world’s most popular games and allows players to take to the pitch in a variety of different modes as they live out their greatest footballing dreams on the virtual pitch.

One of those modes is Ultimate Team, which allows players to build their own teams, and is used as part of FIFA esports, often causing those who wish to succeed in the game at a competitive level to spend real money on buying packs to get ahold of the best cards. 

EA SportsPlayers can buy packs which have a chance of unlocking the game’s best players.

Announced on Wednesday, October 30, EA Sports and FIFA 20 revealed the rules for the upcoming Global Series Qualifiers, which state that your squad’s overall rating must be 86 or lower, but are able to have three ICON players, who are legendary players with elevated statistics, and no players must be below a 75 rating.

According to BorasLegend, this ruleset now allows players to have teams that are worth around 20 million FIFA coins, which equates to $6000 in real money, when these rules didn’t exist in the 2018 edition of the competition.

“Pay-to-win in full effect,” wrote the Swede on Twitter. Another big (loss) for the scene. EA wants people to spend $6000 in order to compete on equal terms. If you do so, and you manage to qualify in the stacked qualifier, you are guaranteed a whopping $500.”

He then gave a visual representation of the kind of team players can build within those guidelines, with Ronaldo, Eusebio and Ruud Gullit ICON cards, both Lionel Messi and Neymar, and other top players from the soccer world. 

The team cost around 20.8 million coins, with the pro suggesting that the price will continue to rise as players who hope to compete in top tournaments try to buy these players from the in-game transfer market.

2008 and 2012 FIFA eWorldCup winner Alfonso Ramos suggested that the solution to this issue was “quite simple,” although whether EA would ever take it on board remains to be seen.

He wrote: “We should have access to a mode to play the qualifiers where all the players are available, or all the players are 85 rated.”

Should players make it out of the qualifiers and into a FUT Champions Cup event, the winner of the competition would receive $50,000 as the grand prize, but any player who finishes lower than eighth would essentially lose money should they spend the estimated $6000 on the players they need, with the winnings dropping to $3,500.

EA Sports have yet to respond to the criticism about the situation, but we’ll be sure to update this post if they address it.


How to complete FIFA 21 Hector Herrera RTTF SBC

Published: 4/Dec/2020 12:57 Updated: 4/Dec/2020 14:51

by Connor Bennett


Atletico Madrid midfielder Hector Herrera is the newest Road to the Final card available via a Squad Building Challenge (SBC). So, here’s what you need to know. 

The Road to the Final promo is, perhaps, not as exciting as some of the other promos that are rolled out over the course of a year, but its still one that FIFA Ultimate Team players look forward to.

Why? Well, if you’ve got the coins, you can invest in certain cards and benefit from it if a team does well in the real-life Champions League or Europa League tournaments. Plus, there’s always an overpowered card or two that makes its way into the promo at some stage.

While some Champions League cards have already been rolled out, EA SPORTS have released a new SBC for Atletico Madrid midfielder Hector Herrera – and it might be worth your time and effort. 

Road to the Final UCL cards team 2
The RTTF cards are stacked, as always, in FIFA 21.

Hector Herrera SBC requirements

The Mexican midfielder joins teammate Jan Oblak, as well as fellow La Liga stars Antoine Griezmann, Eden Hazard, and Cristian Portu in receiving an RTTF card. 

While those players have been in packs, Herrera is obtainable solely through an squad building challenge. But, you won’t need to build four or five teams to get him, No, you’ll just need one team. 

However, that team will have to include at least one Team of the Week player, one La Liga-based player, and have at least an 85 when it comes to Squad Rating. Plus, you’ll also need at least 80 in Team Chemistry. 

  • Herrera RTFF SBC: Min. 1 player from La Liga, Min. 1 Team of the Week player, Min. 85 Squad Rating, Min. 80 Team Chemistry. 

FIFA 21 Hector Herrera SBC cheap solutions

Obviously, with such high requirements, you might be expecting the SBC to cost an arm and leg. Truth be told, it’s not cheap.

According to FUTBin, it’ll cost anywhere from 115k to 135, depending on what platform you’re on. However, we’ve rounded up a few solutions that might make it a little easier for you. 

Screenshot of a team sheet on FUTBIN Screenshot of a team sheet on FUTBIN

If you’re in two minds about whether you want to add Herrera to your squad, you have got a few days to decide. His SBC will be live until December 10, so, you’ve got a few days yet. 

And, if you have already managed to get him, let us know how he plays in-game by tweeting us over on @UltimateTeamUK.