If the FIFA 21 FUT mode has several thousand cards and players, knowing how to evaluate a card well and find a good Meta player is not easy, here is our guide to learn now. Note that here we will cover how to evaluate and analyze a card, allowing you both to find a player more easily to improve your team, but also to know how to evaluate the price of the card.
Don't hesitate to consult our advice guide to get your season off to a good start in FIFA 21's FUT mode (investments, choice of country, etc.).
The word "Meta" or the phrase "not a Meta player on FUT" is often heard on streams and other FIFA chat groups. For the uninitiated, the Meta shows which players are the most efficient way to play at a high level. Thus, a Meta card is a card with characteristics allowing it to be a good player for users seeking to play FIFA competitively.
Therefore, a Meta player is mainly evaluated on his attributes than on his nationality/championship. However, an excellent card from a Swiss player playing in China will not be very usable...
When you see a card, the first visible elements are:
- The quality of the card
- its rarity
- The nationality of the player
- His championship
- In position
- Take global notes
- The main attributes
For the moment, the majority of these elements there have more interest to evaluate the price of a card than to know if it is a good player. The few interesting points are therefore the position and the main attributes.
So our advice here is to pay attention to the values put forward at first sight. While it is certain that a 94 player will be a good or excellent card, the overall rating does not mean much.
Indeed, an attacking midfielder with 86 overall rating but 66 speed and 75 shooting, will be a less Meta card and certainly less strong for the majority of players, than a card in the same position, but with 82 speed and 83 in shooting.
So of course, everything will depend on your style of play and your desires. However, if you want to play competitively, in Rivals or even at a high level in Team Battles, good stats will make the difference.
So the details to analyze are:
- If card values are Meta (see below)
- The number of stars for technical gestures and bad foot
- Potentially the player's physique (height/weight build)
Knowing how to properly evaluate a Meta card on FIFA 21 will allow you to easily evaluate the player market and thus earn you coins.
After seeing the first elements, let's go into the details. Evaluating a card therefore consists of looking precisely at the details of the card in order to check whether the values correspond to the Meta but also to your style of play. Note that the position of a player can change, a very important element when he is is to evaluate a map.
The evaluation of a card changes according to the position of the card but also, one of your style of play. On this second point, it is difficult to help you concretely. Everything will therefore depend on the players you are used to using and your way of playing. Nevertheless, do not hesitate to compare your current cards, to see what are the strengths of your best players in order to reproduce this pattern on your new cards.
For several years, Speed (Pace in English) has been in all the somewhat basic analyzes of a card. Regardless of a player's position, low speed will make FUT fans nervous. Is this a good criterion? In the majority of cases, speed (the overall rating, not just the map detail) does have an impact on the player's playability. However, for a central defender, speed is not that important. Therefore here are the stats to put forward according to the positions.
- In attack: Speed, Shooting, Physique/Dribble (physics being more important for a BU/AT than a winger)
- In midfield: Speed, Pass/Shoot (depending on your training, an attacking midfielder must know how to score), Defense/Physique (for an MDC in particular)
- In defense: Physical and Defense before the Speed score (acceleration > speed in detail) even if a player on the wings must above all be able to overrun, the Passing score is also a plus
Obviously, if your formation includes a single attacker but several attacking midfielders, the latter must be analyzed as attackers. In addition, your style of play may require slightly different attributes, especially if you like to build the game on a lot of passes or if, on the contrary, your attackers leave to dribble all the defense...
Overall, a Gold card will increase in value if it is playable. So, players usually favor stats like speed and physics to quickly determine if the card is usable in game or not.
Therefore, here are some examples of value to identify to know if a Gold player can be used in game in a starter team.
- For a Scorer (BU): speed (overall), shooting, physique and to a lesser extent dribbling
- For a Central Defender (CD): speed (acceleration), defense and physicality
Thus, an attacker at 77 but who has a good level of speed (86+), a shooting value greater than 80 and a physique of 75 or + will be more interesting (and therefore expensive at the start of the game) than a another attacker with better passing, defending and dribbling skills but weaker on the three values listed above.
Sometimes, some cards with 80 overall rating can see their price soar if the values are placed optimally. Thus, Mendy's card on FIFA 20 remained for almost two months above 40 credits (source in English). Apart from his nationality and his club (France and Real Madrid) allowing the card to be easily linked on different FUT formations, the overall stats of the card made him an excellent player on FIFA 000. Moreover, with 20 in skill moves and 4 in low foot, the card is simply incredible at just 5 overall rating.
Therefore, several factors must be taken into account when assessing the value of a card at the start of the Fut season:
- The combination of his stats : favor values according to the Meta of the game (especially speed)
- Sa nationality and its league : the more you tour major nations and major championships, the higher the price will be
- The number of stars in technical gestures and weak foot : although secondary at the beginning, these elements will make the cards particularly attractive in key positions, especially in attack
Also, some cards have a slightly higher value if the player is a star or former star or his club is popular. Since FIFA players are above all football fans, it is not uncommon for some to opt for heart players in their formations.
Icon cards (which should return via DCE this year on FUT 21) have a few specific advantages which generally explain their very high value. First of all, the card can be linked with all the other championships, allowing them to be integrated into your club without any problems.
In addition, these cards often have somewhat hidden attributes, since the scores for technical moves and weak foot are generally quite high. Finally, many players will tell you that at the same level of overall rating and attributes as other cards, Icons often have a "little extra" that makes them better.
Thus, if their price is often very high, the acquisition of these cards should not be neglected. Even when the attributes don't seem as interesting as for a more classic card, their versatility justifies investing a little more.
So much for our guide and our advice on how to evaluate a good card and find Meta players in the FUT mode of FIFA 21. Do not hesitate to consult our various guides as well as our solutions to DCE on our FIFA portal.