Sniping is the process of buying a card on the transfer market quicker than anyone else, sounds simple but there is so much knowledge that isn’t freely available. But no worries, we cover everything in this FUTSTARZ article, so you dont have to sign up anywhere to learn this properly.
In this article I will cover everything, all of my knowledge gathered over multiple years of sniping on ultimate team here for you to learn totally FREE.
HOW – ok so you know now what sniping is, but how are you going to actually make use of the information and snipe cards before others?
There are 3 platforms you can snipe on
The companion app
The FUT webapp
The ONLY reason I would use anything except the webapp is if I hadn’t unlocked webapp access ( this is done after a random number of games, playing several different modes apparently speeds up the process)
So I strongly recommend you unlock webapp access ASAP.
Once you have access to the webapp head over to shorturl.at/fPWZ4 and install the FUTSTARZ toolbar our 100% FREE extension for google chrome.
One of the super useful functions is access to keyboard shortcuts , we will be using these to help us snipe way quicker than normally possible.
In order to snipe a card we would use the following process – First you enter your filters (we will take about these in more depth later on) then we search the market using “P” , if a card shows we can buy it instantly using N and then send it to transfer list.
If you make a search and you don’t find a card then you would use BACKSPACE to return to the search page , increase min bid with “J” ( this is key as it refreshes the market for the next search) and then press “P” to continue the cycle again
You will occasionally come across measures EA have put in place to combat excessive sniping mainly in the form of captcha checks, it looks like the following:
These are easily solvable as you need to stand the animal the right way up , you can get multiple animals stacked on top of each other but just remember the lightest coloured animal is the one that needs to be stood the right way up
The other measure you may encounter is more rare and comes in the form of a softban, this prevents you either searching the transfer market or using the BIN function, this serves as a cooldown and prevents you trading on the webapp for a set period of time between 30 minutes and 24hrs
The thing with softbans is, if you find a good speed rhythm, it barely happens. Dont search too fast, dont search too slow. Find a good rhythm and dont let it frustrate you. If you have a softban, just playing a few games on the console can very often resolve that.
WHAT – so now you know what sniping is and how you do it, what are we going to focus on sniping that will be the most effective.
Some people may like to go for the big profits like Icons that are accidentally listed at their minimum price or cheaper than market value but without DEALFINDER you will find this difficult however that doesn’t mean there aren’t other options.
The best cards to snipe are ones that are a low rating but a high price, these can fit the criteria for a few reasons such as a Marquee Matchup requirement (a weekly SBC) pushing the price up of lower rated cards , most commonly this happens when the squad building challenge requires 2 cards from the same team, this can push cards all the way up to their maximum price at times.
You can also look into sniping filters which are filters that return multiple results as opposed to sniping individual cards – one I liked on fifa 20 was French – Barcelona – gold , this returned Umtiti, Lenglet, Griezman and Dembele – aim to snipe to make 1k profit ( you can double check this using the tax calculator included in futstarz toolbar extension).
Or the two I really like to focus on personally is High priced Gold cards with a low rating, these are usually desirable cards despite being a lower rating.
The reason I like these so much is because for lower rated cards the pack weight ( how often they are in packs within the store ) is higher.
As you can see from the image the chances a card 84+ is packed is only 6% compared to 82+ at 18% meaning they will appear more frequently but still offer the chance for great profit.
The other is looking on futbin at mispriced players.
Mispriced players usually occur when there is an SBC released driving up prices for Fodder cards ( check our trading terminology article if your not sure what fodder means)
When a card changes in price quickly because of an sbc requirement futbin doesn’t have time to update the cards sell price immediately leading to people who pack that card listing it for the price futbin says instead of the actual market price.
Check SBC solutions on futbin and cycle through the cheapest options to identify players that appear cheap but are actually going for a high price on the market ( make sure to check back every so often just in case the price gets updated).
This works because some people lazily rely on these solutions and can get part way through completing an sbc and then discover a player is inflated but still buy it anyway
You can also look at the futbin market tab and filter by 81,82,83 rated cards to see which cards are currently inflated , these can be worth a look as sometimes people will list cards without checking their true price.This is especially effective after an objective release that can push specific players up in price due to the objective requirements ( i.e, score 5 goals in rivals matches with an English forward)
WHEN – so now we know how and what to snipe we can talk about the most effective times to snipe.
Of course your free to snipe at anytime but the following time is the most effective.
Content release at 6pm uk time to 9pm – more packs being opened and therefore more chance of cards being listed on the market and sbcs becoming available leading to more instances of Futbin’s prices not being accurate.
PROS AND CONS –
You can snipe at any time
Can build coins quickly
Can be repetitive
Can be difficult to compete