The Showdown Series has now come to an end in FIFA 23 Ultimate Team.
We first saw the event last year, which brought plenty of Showdown cards to the game through SBCs and Objectives, highlighting some key matchups from the week.
Check out everything you need to know about the Showdown Series in FIFA 23 Ultimate Team right here and stay on top of all the latest news and leaks.
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Showdown Series Release Date
The Showdown Series took over from the Road to the Final promo on Friday, 24 January, at the usual time of 1pm ET / 6pm GMT.
A selection of previous promo players came back to packs called the Rivalry Re-Release, and they leave the player pool on Friday, 3 March, when Fantasy FUT is leaked to take over!
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The Showdown Series is a returning promo to FIFA 23 Ultimate Team, first introduced in FUT 22.
We will see daily Showdown SBCs highlighting key upcoming matches over the week, as well as plenty of Objectives to work through.
EA has also brought Rivalary Re-Releases to packs, a selection of players from previous promos whose clubs will be competing in derbies during the event.
Throughout the Showdown Series, the following players have gained a Showdown card via SBCs:
- Nahuel Molina (OVR 87)
- Sead Kolasinac (OVR 87)
- Carlos Soler (OVR 87)
- Manuel Locatelli (OVR 87)
- Antonio Sanabria (OVR 87)
- Jamie Bynoe-Gittens (OVR 87)
- Benjamin Henrichs (OVR 87)
- Eljif Elmas (OVR 87)
- Mattia Zaccagni (OVR 87)
- John Stones (OVR 87)
- Jacob Murphy (OVR 87)
- Harvey Elliott (OVR 88)
- Wout Weghorst (OVR 88)
You can keep on top of all the Showdown Series cards and monitor their upgrades using our Tracker.
We have also seen the following players come via Objectives:
- Player Moments Hany Mukhtar (OVR 88) or Player Moments Thiago Martins (OVR 88) Player Pick
- Super Loan items for FUT Hero Diego Forlan (OVR 88), TOTW Thiago Silva (OVR 88), TOTW Jude Bellingham (OVR 86), FUT Hero Diego Milito (OVR 88), TOTW Stephy Mavididi (OVR 88)
As usual, there have been additional SBCs dropped to accompany the promo, with challenges coming for:
- World Cup Icon Gary Lineker (OVR 90)
- World Cup Icon Didier Drogba (OVR 90)
- Prime Icon John Barnes (OVR 89)
- Prime Icon Nemanja Vidic (OVR 90)
Then, there are the Rivalry Re-Release items which have been added to packs:
- Winter Wildcards Karim Benzema (OVR 92)
- TOTY Honourable Mentions Harry Kane (OVR 92)
- Ones to Watch Erling Haaland (OVR 90)
- TOTY Honourable Mentions Pedri (OVR 90)
- FUT Centurions Trent Alexander-Arnold (OVR 90)
- Ones to Watch Paulo Dybala (OVR 89)
- Winter Wildcards Gabriel Jesus (OVR 89)
- FUT Centurions Wojciech Szczesny (OVR 89)
- FUT Centurions Marco Verratti (OVR 89)
- TOTW Matthijs de Ligt (OVR 88)
- Rulebreakers Edin Dzeko (OVR 88)
- Out of Position Fred (OVR 87)
- FUT Centurions Joaquin (OVR 87)
- Ones to Watch Anthony (OVR 86)
- FUT Centurions Alessandro Bastoni (OVR 86)
- Rulebreakers Jesus Navas (OVR 86)
- TOTW Luis Alberto (OVR 86)
- Winter Wildcards Brahim Diaz (OVR 86)
- Rulebreakers Thomas Meunier (OVR 84)
- Out of Position Isaak Toure (OVR 83)
How do Showdown cards work?
FIFA 23 Showdown cards are a very simple concept that relies on real-world footballing fixtures and results to determine upgrades to cards.
To start off, two cards are released as Showdown players for a limited time for an upcoming fixture, usually pitting two relatively equally matched teams against each other that have an interesting or important fixture upcoming.
FUT players can unlock both cards if they wish, or they can ‘bet’ on which team they think will win the fixture and only complete that item, in hope of a further upgrade.
Once the SBC or Objectives expire and the game is played, the Showdown cards receive upgrades based on the result of the fixture.
For the team that wins the fixture, the corresponding Showdown card will receive a +2 OVR Upgrade in-game, further boosting the card to new heights, while the card from the team that lost will remain the same rating.
If the fixture results in a draw, then both cards will receive a +1 OVR Upgrade.