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Football Manager 2018: Why we’re excited about this year’s Fantasy Draft

  • Sport Interactive's popular football management simulation arrives on November 10
  • RRP is £37.99
  • The new Football Manager Fantasy Draft

We can hardly wait for the release of Football Manager 2018

Sports Interactive’s new game promises to be one of the most vastly overhauled editions of the series for a while, with tweaks and changes made to the game’s scouting system, tactics screen and game engine.

There’s also some pretty interesting new features in store, including Dynamics – which looks at the relationships within a squad and the social groups that form or fall apart.

Personally, we’re looking forward to dealing with some Neyamr/Edison Cavani-style bust-ups of our own.


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To gear us up for the November 10 release, the folks over at SI have steadily released a series of ‘FMTV’ stylised videos documenting new features and exciting changes to the game, with one of the biggest tweaks being the new matchday experience.

Football Manager 2018: Fantasy Draft

Football Manager 2018 keeps getting better and better.

This year’s edition looks slicker, cleaner and jam-packed with more gameplay options.

Say goodbye to sunshine, folks.

One feature we’re really excited about is the return of Fantasy Draft, Football Manager’s innovative multiplayer mode that allows you to get the better of your mates.

So, what’s it all about?

Fantasy Draft is fairly simple – you and your pals can each assemble a squad from a certain pool of players, with each player getting one draft pick per round in either a league or cup knockout format.

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This year’s edition boasts a rather useful extended budget – with the maximum amount doubled for this year’s game from £250million to £500m, meaning there’s more room for you to secure the very best players for your team.

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What about Player Pools?

You can now now filter the draft player pool by certain conditions such as nationality, value and specific divisions, all of which can be uploaded or downloaded via the Steam Workshop.

Or you could just stick to the standard ‘World Pool’ to keep things simple.

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In sticking with the fantasy element of the multiplayer mode, Fantasy Draft has radically changed the elements of time.

This means players won’t age on the game, while the length of player injuries are now calculated in match days rather than weeks or months.

And of  course, you don’t have to play this mode against friends.

If you’d prefer to test yourself against the game’s AI, then you can compete against a host of celebrities and familiar faces from the FM community in an offline, single-player mode.


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