FIFA 18 fans will this month be treated to some of the most powerful Ultimate Team cards available, as EA Sports unveils the Team of the Year.
Along with blue IF cards, they’ll be several FUT pack offers, themed cards, kits and squad building challenges.
But it’s not all good news. As thousands of gamers open packs, the market will see price falls on an immense scale.
Here, we’ve pulled together everything you need to know to make the most out of the period.
Q: What is the Team of the Year?
A: TOTY is a team of IF players released on a yearly basis. Select players will be rewarded blue In Form cards, based on their real performance on the previous civil year.
Q: When is the Team of the Year released?
A: Usually the Team of the Year is released in mid-January. Last year’s campaign kicked off on January 9 and ran until January 16.
Q: How will EA Sports reveal the players?
A: Last year, EA started with the goalkeeper before working through the defence, midfield and ending with the strikers.
Q: Just how much of an upgrade will players get?
A: Huge. Nearly every player will get scores well into the 90s, with Cristiano Ronaldo getting a near-perfect 99 score last year.
Just take a look at last year’s team (below) to get an idea.
Q: What is the difference between Team of the Year and Team of the Season?
A: Last year’s TOTY consisted of players who played well during the calendar year, according to the International Federation of Professional Footballers (FIFPro).
The TOTS has nothing to do with the calendar year – but related to players of each league who have played well during the season. They are not chosen by FIFPro members.
There are rumours that this year’s TOTY will be voted for by the community – although nothing has been confirmed.
Q: Will there be a market crash?
A: A crash may be putting it strongly, but there will be certainly be a lot of fluctuation. Some gamers may sell some of their best players to fund pack openings.
Q: How many players are selected for the TOTY?
A: Eleven. The TOTY is made up of 1 goalkeeper, 4 defenders, 3 midfielders and 3 forwards, where each category can contain a player in any position.
Q: How many nominees does the Team of the Year have?
Q: Are TOTWs released in the Team of the Year week?
A: Yes. Team of the Week will still be released every Wednesday.
Q: How easy is to find FIFA 18 TOTY cards in FUT packs?
A: Not easy at all. These cards are extremely rare.
Q: What FUT packs will give me the best chance to find TOTY cards?
A: TOTY players can be found in any pack with rare gold players – but don’t go mad, you’ll be extremely lucky if you find one.
Q: When is the best time to open packs?
A: As soon as possible, as you don’t want to be competing for any TOTY players in the market.
According to fan website FIFAUTEAM, your chances of finding one of these cards are two times higher than in the first two days and three times higher than in the other days.
Q: How much would they cost if I bought them?
A: TOTY cards are eye-wateringly expensive. Ronaldo, for example, cost nearly four million FUT coins at peak price last year.
Everyone will want them, too – so it’s a slog.
Q: Are there any players who made the team last year but will struggle this year?
A: Ronaldo’s place could be in serious doubt.
The FIFA 18 cover star has struggled to emulate his Ballon d’Or winning form in the past few months – although admittedly he’s picked up again recently.
We can’t see Luis Suarez making the cut either – especially given how well Harry Kane and Neymar have played.
Kylian Mbappe could be a wildcard entry too, although he’s probably just going to miss the cut this year.
Q: What players have been nominated this year?
A: Here is the shortlist of the nominees:
🇮🇹 Gianluigi Buffon, Juventus
🇪🇸 David de Gea, Manchester United
🇨🇷 Keylor Navas, Real Madrid
🇩🇪 Manuel Neuer, FC Bayern München
🇸🇮 Jan Oblak, Atlético Madrid
🇦🇹 David Alaba, FC Bayern München
🇪🇸 Jordi Alba, FC Barcelona
🇧🇷 Dani Alves, Paris Saint-Germain
🇩🇪 Jérôme Boateng, FC Bayern München
🇮🇹 Leonardo Bonucci, Juventus/AC Milan
🇪🇸 Dani Carvajal, Real Madrid
🇮🇹 Giorgio Chiellin, Juventus
🇺🇾 Diego Godín, Atlético Madrid
🇩🇪 Mats Hummels, FC Bayern München
🇩🇪 Phillipp Lahm, FC Bayern München/retired
🇧🇷 David Luiz, Chelsea FC
🇧🇷 Marcelo, Real Madrid
🇦🇷 Javier Mascherano, FC Barcelona
🇵🇹 Pepe, Real Madrid/Besiktaş
🇪🇸 Gerard Piqué, FC Barcelona
🇪🇸 Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid
🇧🇷 Thiago Silva, Paris Saint-Germain
🇫🇷 Samuel Umtiti, FC Barcelona
🇪🇨 Antonio Valencia, Manchester United
🇫🇷 Raphaël Varane, Real Madrid
🇪🇸 Thiago Alcântara, FC Bayern München
🇪🇸 Sergio Busquets, FC Barcelona
🇧🇷 Casemiro, Real Madrid
🇧🇷 Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool FC
🇧🇪 Eden Hazard, Chelsea FC
🇪🇸 Andrés Iniesta, FC Barcelona
🇪🇸 Isco, Real Madrid
🇫🇷 N’Golo Kanté, Chelsea FC
🇩🇪 Toni Kroos, Real Madrid
🇷🇸 Nemanja Matić, Chelsea/Manchester United
🇭🇷 Luka Modrić, Real Madrid
🇩🇪 Mesut Özil, Arsenal FC
🇫🇷 Paul Pogba, Manchester United
🇮🇹 Marco Verratti, Paris Saint-Germain
🇨🇱 Arturo Vidal, FC Bayern München
🇬🇧 Gareth Bale, Real Madrid
🇫🇷 Karim Benzema, Real Madrid
🇺🇾 Edinson Cavani, Paris Saint-Germain
🇦🇷 Paulo Dybala, Juventus
🇫🇷 Antoine Griezmann, Atlético Madrid
🇸🇪 Zlatan Ibrahimović, Manchester United
🇬🇧 Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur
🇵🇱 Robert Lewandowski, FC Bayern München
🇧🇪 Romelu Lukaku, Manchester United
🇫🇷 Kylian Mbappé, AS Monaco/Paris Saint-Germain
🇦🇷 Lionel Messi, FC Barcelona
🇧🇷 Neymar JR, Barcelona/Paris Saint-Germain
🇵🇹 Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid
🇨🇱 Alexis Sánchez, Arsenal FC
🇺🇾 Luis Suárez, FC Barcelona