FIFA 20 Winter Refresh is finally here – bringing with it a host of upgraded cards to Ultimate Team. But there could be more…
We could well expect EA to drop more news today (Saturday 15 February), according to some experts.
Last night (Friday 14 February) EA confirmed that the 50 top-performing players this season have been rewarded with an increase to their base card rating in-game. You can read all about them right here.
An all-new Winter Refresh team was also unveiled.
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The Winter Refresh news landed on Friday 14th (Happy Valentines!). However, we could expect another announcement to drop over the weekend (15/16 February) so keep your eyes peeled.
If that is the case, expect a customary post from @EASportsFIFA on Twitter at 6pm GMT.
Traditionally, the cards are released in batches, with the top five leagues in Europe released individually followed by the best from the rest of the world.
How do they work?
It’s simple really. Players’ ratings will increase based on how well they are performing in real life – no cards will receive a downgrade.
These will feature as standalone cards, so there will be no update to the rating of any base cards currently in the game and whilst they will remain available for trade, they will no longer be in packs.
The only ratings which will update are any special cards – in-forms, MOTM etc – so if the new rating of a player exceeds their rating of any special cards they already have then they will be boosted.
There will then be a knock-on effect for any other special cards they have – for instance we expect Trent Alexander Arnold will jump from an 83 to an 85, his first in-form (85) will then upgrade to an 86/87 and his second inform (86) will then upgrade to an 88/89.
Another key thing to look out for is changes to players positions.
For instance, we could see Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich change from his current RB position to a CDM, where he has performed exceptionally for Bayern Munich this season.
Expect there to further updates with players seeing their weak foot and skill moves abilities improved.
How do you get them?
The Winter Refresh cards will be available in packs as they are released, with new leagues dropping intermittently over the next 10 days or so.
As we alluded to earlier, the current versions of any Winter Refresh cards will no longer be in packs once their updated version arrives, but they will still remain in the game and available through the transfer market.
50 Winter Refresh Players Confirmed
What could their cards look like?
It’s fair to say that every player on the list above has performed to a standard way above that of their current rating.
While we already know the extent to which the first batch of players have been boosted, the below examples go into detail as to why certain stats are scrutinised.
With the upgraded players now confirmed, what might their new cards look like?
Jamie Vardy (OVR 82 → 85)
It’s fair to say that Jamie Vardy is well and truly having a party this season, as he leads the race for the golden boot with a massive return of 17 goals in 19 Premier League appearances.
Frankly, it’s hard to believe that Vardy’s original FUT card was given an 82 overall rating in this year’s game.
Adama Traore (OVR 74 → 80)
Evidently, Adama Traore is worthy of a rating boost this month, especially when you consider his physicality is currently rated a measly 75. In addition, Adama has proven his shooting and dribbling abilities are above his current rating.
Check out our full Premier League Winter Refresh card predictions here
Erling Braut Haaland (OVR 73 → 78)
After an unbelievable start to his Dortmund career, it’s no surprise to find him on this list.
Andre Onana (OVR 82 → 85)
Becoming one of the best goalkeepers in Europe, Ajax may be struggling to keep hold of stopper Andre Onana for much longer.
The Cameron international has a whopping 30 clean sheets to his name this term, linking him with a summer move to Chelsea.
That’s all we have for now, but check in for our updates.