Excited to announce that we’re now in Partnership with FootStock. In this beginner’s guide to FootStock, I’ll explain why the platform is booming right now and why so many fantasy football enthusiasts are taking it up.
I only started playing the game a week ago, so am a beginner myself all truth be told. But since playing, I’ve been engrossed in the game (which made me reach out to them for this partnership). I’ve played a few Daily Fantasy games and also briefly tried my hand at Football Index, but nothing has held my attention quite like FootStock. If you’re an avid FPL player, then chances are you’ll really enjoy it (and hopefully make a few pennies along the way!).
Before we begin, this is a gambling platform, so only play with what you can afford to lose.
Also, be sure to take advantage of our sign up offer that includes 50 bonus cards an £25 worth of tournament coupons (I’ve been assured this is the best offer available to new users)
What is FootStock and what’s all the hype about?
After three years in development, FootStock came to market in April 2019 – so it’s still a relatively new platform. In the absence of real football during the COVID pandemic, and thanks to some quick thinking from the FootStock team, they launched their virtual tournaments. This has seen an influx of new players and caused the market to grow significantly in recent weeks. With little sign of slowing down, its safe to say that they are going to be around for a while. So if you’re yet to get on board, the sooner you do the better.
The game itself is a crossover between Fantasy Premier League, a marketplace for players (currently only EPL) and a casino. There’s a real and genuine chance that you can do well in the market and in tournaments – especially if you know your football. The added bonus is that there is a real element of fun to be had while using the platform.
If you’re interested in giving it a shot, you can sign up here. This is our affiliate link (so will help us out), but it also gives you the best sign up offer out there, which includes 50 free bonus cards and £25 worth of coupons.
Once in, you’ll see a screen similar to this one.
I won’t go into detail on how to use each section as FootStock do a pretty good job of that. But I will go over the game mechanics and what I’ve learnt over the last week.
Understanding the game
The whole game revolves around owning player cards. Each player card has a category (basic, common, rare, epic or legendary) and a price. The price is based on an order book system – effectively what people are prepared to pay. At the time of writing, player prices range from 21p to over £250.
Before you think of purchasing players, its important to consider what you want them for. Below I’ve outlined the main ways you can try to earn money.
1. Building a portfolio and playing the market
At the start, my strategy was to invest in youth across the board. I still think this is a good bet and have already seen some decent gains. I’ve tried to have a diverse portfolio of generally young players who I think will be well over the next few seasons.
I’ve also invested in a few players that aren’t performing well in the virtuals, but I believe will do well next year and hopefully net a tidy profit. But that strategy is certainly not the only reason to buy players.
Tips for playing the Market
- Start soon. We’re still so early in FootStock that I fully expect prices to continue to rise. The sooner you get involved the more likely your overall collection value will increase.
- Understand price fluctuations. You can either target long term hold or go for short terms flips. An important thing to take into consideration is that a players price is highest when they are about to start in a tournament (because people are buying them to play with). So one strategy is to buy players during a downtime. This could be soon after a tournament when they don’t have a fixture, they’re injured or dropped from the starting line up (temporarily). And obviously sell during a high (before a tournament).
- Understand the order book system. An important thing to consider, especially if you’re a beginner, is that you don’t need to pay the asking price (or sell for the selling price). You can put orders in and wait to see if someone excepts your bid.
2. Playing the tournaments
The tournaments are largely similar to Daily Fantasy. The main difference is that you can only enter players that you own. In theory, this means that you can get steamrolled buy those that have access to a much greater portfolio, but FootStock have made it so people who don’t have a wide pool of players can still get involved.
They’ve achieved this by having beginner, amateur and pro tournaments.
For example, Beginner tournaments have restrictions on them. Typically you can only enter basic and common cards and are restricted by either position (mid, striker etc). Beginner tournaments are also cheaper to enter (typically 0.50p or £1).
As you move up to Amateur and Pro tournaments the restrictions get lifted and the entry fees increase. I’ve dabbled in a few tournaments, but only with my free coupons – we’ll come to those soon. Hub contributors are getting into FootStock as well and I know some have been very successful at tournaments in particular, so its something I’ll be trying more in future.
As mentioned above If you take up our offer you’ll also get 50 bonus cards. These can’t be sold, but can be used in tournaments.
From the name, you might think that roulette is pure luck, but its actually far from it. If you’ve ever played top trumps you’ll get the gist of it pretty quickly.
We have a guide on roulette tournaments where you go up against other players, but I’m going to leave them for the time being and focus on the simpler and, in my opinion, more profitable single roulette.
To start you have to choose a player you want to go up against the house. The house selects a random player and a stat category that the player gets compared on (e.g., shots on target, passes etc). If your player performs better in that category, you win the card from the house.
Each “spin” costs you money. 49p for the first five, 99p for next five and £1.49 for the final five. You can have a maximum of 15 spins a day. In my experience, it’s fairly easy to do quite well at roulette if you play with the right cards (I’m over £350 up in the last week).
I highly recommend using FF Thinker’s roulette sheet for percentage chances of players winning for each position – an invaluable resource if you want to do well.
4. Virtual Battles
This is a brand new feature on FootStock and something I’m keen to give a shot. In short, you can instantly compete against other FootStock users in a Virtual Tournament. At the moment, this involves eight other users and is based on a single match (e.g., Everton vs Man City)
Before you start bringing players in, it’s important to think about what you want them for. Do you want to invest in young players that will build in value over time? Do you want to invest in undervalued players that you think will do well next season? Do you want players for the virtual tournaments or roulette? Or do you want to buy and sell short term (i.e. “flip” a player)?
I’ve dabbled in all of these and actually think they are all very viable in terms of turning a profit. That said, I’ve tended to focus more on building a balanced portfolio rather than the tournaments and short term gains.
There are two ways of acquiring players.
The first is from the shop where you buy player packs. These give you a random selection of player cards with different probabilities of acquiring players of differing rarities.
The second route to acquiring player is direct from the Market. If you know the players you want, then this is the place for you. The prices of players are what someone is willing to sell for. That doesn’t necessarily mean you need to offer that price. You could go slightly less in the hope that someone will be willing to sell the card at your offer.
So which is the best?
While I don’t use packs a lot anymore, I’d actually recommend starting off here as you can do very well, especially given you get a discount using our promotion. In my first pack, I was fortunate to scoop a Trent Alexander Arnold in my first Exclusive pack (he’s worth £160 at the time of writing).
Our WhatsApp & Slack FootStock chats
Our Premium Member WhatsApp group is already created and includes some regular Hub contributors (who know more than me) and myself. We’ve also just launched a new Slack channel dedicated to FootStock.
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