If you’re looking to make significant moolah in FIFA 19 then one piece of advice overrides all others: never, ever buy gold packs. With so many opened on a daily basis most cards found within are worth little more than discard value, and spending 5,000 coins on a standard gold pack is a quick way to drain your in-game bank balance. Instead you need to focus your attention on what’s known as the FIFA 19 SBC.
“The what?” you may be asking. Here’s the skinny: FIFA 19 SBC stands for Squad Building Challenges, where you exchange a set of players from one team for a pack-based reward. It’s your route to scoring the mode’s most attractive packs while still ensuring value for money, and below are seven you should complete at the earliest opportunity. For more detail hit GamesRadar’s guide to FIFA 19 Ultimate Team coins.
Celtic (SCO 1)
Completing all Scottish Premiership FIFA 19 SBCs nets you a tidy choice of players in either Kieran Tierney (84), Dedryck Boyata (84) or Alfredo Morelos (82) and is therefore well worth consideration. From the 12 teams in that league Celtic is the one to finish first, netting you a Rare Gold Pack upon submission. It’s completable for under 6,400 coins, and if you’re struggling to do so be sure to get some help from the solutions found at Futbin. For instance, you only need ten players in their correct positions to complete the puzzle without a right-back.
Tottenham Hotspur (ENG 1)
While the Scottish league only costs around 100,000 coins to complete, England’s Premier League will set you back triple that amount. As a result it’s likely a non-starter for casual players despite the overall rewards on offer: Jamie Vardy (86), Abdoulaye Doucoure (86) or Manuel Lanzini (86). Still, there is value to be had with some of the individual teams, such as Spurs: a Prime Gold Players pack with a rough cost of 14,000 coins to complete. Also worth a look from the Prem are Brighton & Hove Albion (Small Rare Gold Players Pack, 8,000) and West Ham United (Gold Players Pack, 6,500).
Sheffield Wednesday (ENG 2)
Underwhelming overall rewards – Fernando Forestieri (83), Leroy Fer (84) or Curtis Davies (84) – mean the full set of EFL Championship SBCs isn’t worth doing unless you have a cool 150,000 coins to spare. A handful of its 24 puzzles are essential, however, with Sheffield Wednesday top of the pile. Costing less than 10K to complete, it nets you a Rare Gold Pack: 12 cards, all gold, all rare, just as it says on the tin. Also consider Wigan Athletic (Prime Silver Players Pack, 5,000) and Nottingham Forest (Jumbo Gold Pack, 6,000 coins) from the same division.
AS Roma (ITA 1)
That’s enough British clubs for now. With 18 different leagues offering SBCs at time of writing, value can be had across the virtual globe, and our first stop in more exotic climes is the Italian capital. Completing AS Roma’s Squad Building Challenge as part of the Serie A league set scores you a Prime Gold Players pack for less than 10K. I also recommend doing the entire Italian league if you can rustle up 250K. 87-rated Edin Dezko is one of the players on offer, and was a key figure in my team which scored 17 wins en route to bumper FIFA 19 weekend league rewards.
AS Monaco (FRA 1)
Staying in Europe but nipping back west, the principality of Monaco can be raided for a Gold Players Pack. Cost: a highly agreeable 10,000 coins. Search your club for Monaco untradeables before forking out for the necessary players - while Futbin’s fan-made solutions are cheapest in theory, they don’t take into account any players you may have stashed who can’t be placed on the transfer market. SBCs are a great means of ditching such players. While your focus is on Ligue 1, be sure to complete the Montpelier puzzle too, gifting a Rare Mixed Players Pack in exchange for just 6,000 coins.
Argentinos Juniors (ARG 1)
The key issue with completing the Superliga Argentina de Futbol (SAF) set is time: with a mammoth 26 teams it takes an eternity even if you have the necessary funds – around 200,000 – to get all the puzzles done. Rewards comprise Ricardo Centurion (86), Cristian Pavon (85) or Mauro Zarate (84). Rather than spend three evenings working towards one of those, hone in on the best-value squads within that league, such as Argentinos Juniors. It delivers a Jumbo Silver Pack for 3,500 coins – insanely cheap given that their scarcity makes many silver cards more lucrative than gold ones on the secondary market. Independiente (Jumbo Premium Gold Pack, 6,500) is also a must-do.
Al Nassr (SAU 1)
One particular player makes the Saudi league set especially tempting: former Leicester City forward and FIFA 17 cult hero Ahmad Musa. Finish all 16 teams and you can nab his 86-rated special card, boasting a crackerjack Pace attribute of 97 – the ultimate super sub to deploy against tired defenders. Downside? The 150,000-coin overall cost. Even if you opt out of completing the full Saudi league, at least get the Al Nassr challenge locked down. The team can be built for around 5,000 coins and grants you a Premium Mixed Players Pack upon completion.
FIFA 19 is out now. Wondering how best to set-up the players unearthed in all the above packs? Then point your soccerball antenna towards GR’s comprehensive FIFA 19 formations guide.