As explained in my FIFA 18 Ultimate Team coin tips, it’s never been easier to amass vast Ultimate Team riches – both in terms of currency and players – without spending any real money. The web app, which this year went live nine days before release, is a huge part of that. Enabling you to trade and complete Squad Building Challenges while away from your console, it’s also a path to free packs. Here are seven tips to help you maximise its potential.
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1. Nail the basics
The web app is available, free of charge, to all those playing FIFA 19 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Find it here. A few elements of proper FIFA are missing, such as actual matches, but everything else you need to rake in digital gold is available on the app. You can buy packs using in-game coins or FIFA points, although points themselves can’t be purchased through the app. Plus you can sort through all your players, staff, and club items, manage transfers, and get free stuff for doing nothing. On which note…
2. Sign in to get free stuff
At launch, around FUTmas (so from mid-December onwards), and on occasional, less predictable occasions, EA hands out complimentary goodies each day simply for signing into the Web App. Last year my rewards ranged from a mixed contract pack to 1000 coins – hardly earth-shattering, but still welcome. This year, however, they’ve already proven significantly better: 1,500 coins on day one, a Premier League gold pack on day two. Even if you don’t actually do anything practical, it’s worth logging in daily just in case.
3. Track daily and weekly objectives
As well as acquiring free cards and coins through random EA acts of generosity, they’re also accessible upon the completion of Daily, and Weekly, Objectives. These are tasks which update regularly and pay out rewards which tend to be better than the daily drops. While in-match objectives must be completed in FIFA 19 proper, many others – applying a fitness consumable, extending a player’s contract, etc – can be done in the app. Again, check daily to maximise rewards.
4. Experiment with, and complete, SBCs
Squad Building Challenges are both an addictive timesink and fast-track to better, pricier cards, and you can use the Web App to solve them. Hit the ‘SBC’ button in the left-hand menu to bring up every challenge available. Those already completed are in blue, those unfinished in white. From this hub you can see the specifications for each individual challenge, and submit them once you’ve matched those requirements. Just be warned that experimenting with the cards required is a touch more cumbersome than using the in-game equivalent. It’s one of few areas where the console layout prevails.
5. Refresh your transfer list
A critical element of making coins, again covered in more detail in GR’s extensive guide, is listing items for an hour – then re-listing them as soon as possible if they don’t sell. However, it’s unlikely you’ll be busting your PS4 out midway through an episode of Flint Town, or while knocking together dinner. Which is where the app comes in handy. Clicking through to Transfers > Transfer List > Re-List All on a laptop takes seconds, and means you can stay on top of outgoing deals at all hours without interrupting other critical tasks. After all, Pot Noodles don’t boil themselves.
6. Easily manage transfer targets
Whether building a dream team or seeking targets to finish SBCs, the app makes it far easier to track targets than console or the standard PC menu. For instance, click on a player, then Compare Price, and you see all available cards and their cost in list form; rather than having to cycle through cards one-by-one, left-to-right like in the full-fat game. Tracking active bids is also more user-friendly, with Active Bids, Watched Items, Won Items and Expired Items all visible on a single screen.
7. Track your leaderboard status
New to FIFA 19’s app is the ability to track your rank across various leaderboards. There’s not a great deal of practicality about it, with all four boards – Match Earnings, Transfer Profit, Club Value, and Top Squad – visible in-game in identical fashion. But in the vainglorious sense it’s a neat feature, just in case you’re back at the family abode and console-less for a weekend, yet need to remind little bro how superior you are at a footballing video game. It’s called Boxing Day for a reason, right?
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