10 Questions about FIFA 16 Team of the Year
People are asking us all the time questions about FIFA 16 Team of the Year. It’s time to give them answers. Let’s learn something more about the TOTY.
1. Who selects the TOTY? When is it announced?
Let’s start by something you probably already know: EA Sports doesn’t choose the TOTY. The Team of the Year is built from the voting of FIFPro, the world wide professional footballers association. Almost 25,000 players from 70 countries have the power to decide who is in the best eleven of the year.
The final team will be announced at the FIFA Ballon d’Or in Zurich on Monday January 11, 2016.
The estimated schedule for the Ballon d’Or 2015 Gala is:
Press conferences | 1pm UK | 5am PT
‘Red Carpet’ | 3:30pm UK | 7:30am PT
Awards begin | 5pm UK | 9am PT
TOTY announcement | 6pm UK | 10am PT
2. When are TOTY cards released?
Every year, EA Sports releases the first TOTY cards in packs at 8pm (UK time).
These rare items will only be available in packs for a limited time according to its positions (subject to changes):
Goalkeepers and Defenders
From 11/01/2016 8pm UK | 13/01/2016 12pm PT
To 13/01/2016 6pm UK | 13/01/2016 10am PT
From 13/01/2016 6pm UK | 13/01/2016 10am PT
To 15/01/2016 6pm UK | 15/01/2016 10am PT
From 15/01/2016 6pm UK | 15/01/2016 10am PT
To 16/01/2016 6pm UK | 16/01/2016 10am PT
All Players at once
From 16/01/2016 6pm UK | 16/01/2016 10am PT
To 18/01/2016 6pm UK | 18/01/2016 10am PT
3. Who will be in the TOTY? Does it includes subs or reserves?
The shortlist of 55 players was announced in November 26, 2015. You can meet them all by clicking here. You can also take a look at our FIFA FIFPro World XI 2015 forecast, by clicking here.
The Team of the Year is formed exclusively by eleven players: a goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards. EA Sports can not release subs or reserves because they don’t exist on the original FIFPro World XI.
During the TOTY season, the TOTW will continue to be released as usual on Wednesdays, including lots of subs and reserves.
4. How likely is it to pull a TOTY card from a pack?
You probably already know that the chances of pulling a TOTY card from a pack are low. The question is: how low?
When a player gets his TOTY card in packs, it is impossible to find his regular card there. Your odds of pulling a TOTY card from a pack are exactly the same ones of pulling the NIF card of that player in another time. The cardweight doesn’t changes. The only thing that is different it’s their colour (and stats, obviously!).
We don’t have to say to you that it’s easier to find a TOTY Neuer than a TOTY Ronaldo, right?
5. In which packs can I find a TOTY card?
In theory, you can find a Team of the Year card in any pack which contains rare gold players. This also applies to Manager Tasks, Draft mode or other prizes.
If finding a blue Messi is already something very difficult, in a 15k package is almost impossible. For those looking to get one of these cards in a pack, we recommend investing in 50k and 100k packages because they are the ones with the lowest price by rare gold player.
6. Can I store packs to open during the TOTY week?
Yes. It doesn’t matter when you got the packs. The cards you will find inside depend exclusively of the date you open them.
For example, you can save packs from Manager Tasks, Draft mode and Daily Gifts to open during the TOTY week. They will not expire if you claim them and store them on ‘My Packs’ into the FUT store.
7. When is the best time to open packs?
This one is easy. That’s when all the Team of the Year players are in packs, probably between Saturday night and Monday night.
With eleven TOTY players in packs, 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.
Besides that, during these two days 100k packs will be released, which is good news for those who will try their luck.
8. When will the prices be lower?
Prices have already started to go down even before TOTY. First with the FUT United, then with FUTMas and finally with the TOTY pre-crash.
On TOTYs release date, prices should be low. However, as the goalkeeper and defences are the least interesting cards, in the following day there is an up trend. One day after, it’s time for the midfielders. Once again, because there will only three TOTY cards in packs, instead of the five of previous days, prices should continue going up, but being lower during dawn. This trend will hold until Thursday and when the forwards are released prices drop. This decrease is even stronger when all Team of the Year players become available in packages.
9. When should I sell the cards I bought during TOTY?
We advice you to hold on at least one week. You can even wait longer but the more you wait, the less FIFA coins you will have to invest in that period.
If you are an experienced player, you can buy and sell several times during TOTY week. For example, if you buy on TOTY release date, you will be able to sell during the three following days with a nice income, getting the chance to repurchase at discount during the weekend to sell later.
Regarding the TOTY cards, it is expectable that throughout the weeks they become rarer and for that reason more expensive. But there are exceptions. The least interesting, like Dani Alves in FUT 15, may even drop its price.
10. How much is the depreciation of cards during the TOTY crash?
This is a tricky question for several reasons.
First and foremost, the depreciation has been already happening for a while. When we ask how much was the depreciation, we must know as to when. Ibrahimovic, for example, is costing less than 100k even before the Team of the Year starts. In just one month, he lost half of his value, so do not expect that he loses the other half during the TOTY week.
In second place, because players don’t get depreciated all by the same way. Cards below 10k are the ones which have the biggest drop in percentage, and for that reason they are good investments. The consumables are part of this group of cards, and have the advantage of being able to be stored infinitely.<7p>
The NIF cards from TOTY players usually have smaller drops when compared to other cards, even because during part of the week they stop being available in packs and become more rare.
Good TOTY week. Have fun.