FIFA 18 players are bracing themselves for yet more FUT market instability as EA Sports prepares to kick off Ratings Refresh.
The period, which starts next week, will see hundreds of players have their FIFA 18 ratings permanently changed to reflect their real-life form.
EA Sports’s team of data collectors have been keeping an eye on some of the world’s biggest stars – and if they haven’t performed, they could well receive a downgrade.
Last year, these modified cards caused a panic in the market with gamers frantically opening packs to pack new, upgraded cards.
According to UltimateTeam.co.uk EA Sports probably won’t downgrade the cards that have already been released – rather they’ll discontinue those cards in packs, and release new, lower-rated versions.
This means the original cards will become more rare – and their price will go up – making a fantastic investment opportunity.
So, who’s at risk of a downgrade?
Cover star Cristiano Ronaldo, who was awarded his place in the FIFA 18 Team of the Year, is one player who could see his overall score lowered.
Despite an incredible year, the 33-year-old Portuguese has struggled for the majority of this season – with his hit-rate some way off his best.
He’s notably not as quick as he was – an incident where he was outpaced by veteran Atletico Madrid defender Juanfran coming to mind.
In fairness, the Real Madrid star has turned it round in the last couple of weeks, but is it too little, too late?
Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Liverpool fan-favourite Mohammed Salah, meanwhile, are almost certain to see their overall scores bumped up.
Both players have been in exquisite form – with the former making the FIFA Team of the Year.
So, how long foes this period last?
If last year is anything to go by, the Ratings Refresh will take place between February 17 and February 27.
Updated ratings will apply to new base items in packs, however some existing In-Form versions of select players will be automatically updated too.
OK, how much of an upgrade and downgrade can players expect to see?
Usually players add / lose one or two points across their main attributes. This causes the overall score to typically climb or fall by one or two points.
Of course, any change in rating will affect the player price – ultimately causing instability in the market.
Players who see their ratings slashed will likely fall in price, while those with increased scores will see their values soar.
So, if you own a Salah card you may want to hang on to it for the time being.