FIFA 17 is out in North America. Here are tips for FIFA 17 Ultimate Team to turn you from Mickey mediocrity to Ultimate warrior.

Use the Manager Tasks

“It walks you through the basics of setting up your team, using the transfer market, how to use chemistry, and so on,” says Ultimate Team producer Garreth Reeder. “The tasks take you though these steps without forcing you into it. You can do it at your own pace.” Each of the 14 tasks has a specific reward, such as a rare gold player.

Get hooked on Squad Building Challenges

This enables you to trade sets of cards – sometimes in small numbers, sometimes a full team – in exchange for rewards. The simplest invite you to swap, say, an all-bronze team for a bunch of silver cards, but the mode goes way way deeper. For instance, exchange complete teams for all 20 MLS clubs and in addition to individual rewards each time you trade one in, you also earn a special 86-rated Giovinco card and 20,000 additional coins.

Ones to watch

The big one is the Ones To Watch campaign, which starts on September 30. That’s a squad of the top summer transfers. The cards for these are black with highlight stripes of bronze, silver and gold. They’re wild cards in a way. If you get one of these items, every time that player is in Team Of The Week for the rest of the season, he’ll automatically be updated (with a stats increase). But you might get a player who, based on your football knowledge, you don’t think has a chance at TOTW, so decide to put him on the transfer market. There’s a big risk-reward element.

Diamonds are forever

Formations are super important in Ultimate Team, as in real football – and the trusty 4-1-2-1-2 (2), to give it its exact FIFA denomination, is a winner this year. “I like a diamond shape,” says Reeder. It’s an easy formation to buy players for, too, because CDM is the most unloved position in FIFA. For a Buy In Now price of less than 500 coins – essentially, one decent victory – you can nab Lee Cattermole, Jack Cork, Ryan Mason or Gareth Barry to anchor the engine room and protect your back four. An excellent starting point if you are insistent on an all-England Prem XI.

Take last year’s stats into account

“Football is an all-year thing,” says Reeder. “Our final ratings and attribute content came in quite recently – we have a big push just before the season, and it’s an insane job, to re-rate players. There’s a lot of sleepers who’ve had attribute adjustments in 16, who are going to be the new Payets in 17. Look at Paulo Dybala of Argentina and Juventus, for instance. He’s looking like a beast out of the gate this year, where his initial attributes are only slightly off the really elite players. He might be an initial bargain until people realise how special he is in FUT this year.”

Play through The Journey mode

Be sure to play through the entirety of The Journey mode – not only because it’s better than it has any right to be, but also because you unlock Ultimate Team rewards along the way. There are five in total; mostly loan players, but the best is what you get at its climax: a rare, 75-rated Alex Hunter card affixed to the Premier League side you played the mode as. With 77 pace and 74 shooting, he’s a more-than-useful back-up striker.

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