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FPLGreenArrow is a Footstock veteran, who has been on the platform right from the beginning. The Footstock virtual tournaments are his speciality; with the virtual league table, goalscorer and assist charts gaining him legendary status within the Footstock community. In this series of articles, FPLGreenArrow considers the important strategy for Footstock virtual battles. 

The Summer full of daily Contests may be over, but with Footstock Virtual Battles available it doesn't mean the end for those needing a virtual fix...

When Footstock Virtual Battles launched back in May, they proved to be extremely popular, with lobbies filling up quickly and a lot being played out each day. After slowing down considerably throughout June & July, the introduction of Battle specific Rewards in August, alongside a reduction in the Footstock rake to 4%, has given people more reason to get involved!

With this in mind, I've put together a quick guide on Footstock Virtual Battles, including a few tips that will hopefully help when putting your lineups together. The information and tips below are mainly focused on the £5 Pro tournaments, as they are what I almost exclusively focus on, but they can also be applied to other levels in most instances.

Footstock Virtual Battle Overview

For a more detailed run through of the feature, you can check out the Footstock Virtual Battles FAQ, but I've covered some of the key areas below.

Battles essentially provide single match contests using the same match engine as the main Virtual Contests, but with entries mostly limited to 8 people and the Battles running on demand once all places are filled. Once one Battle is filled, a new one is created at the same entry level, meaning that there is always one Battle at each level available to enter.

Entry Levels

As with the regular Contests, Battles are broken down into Beginner, Amateur and Pro, with two different levels of Pro available, with a similar set of player criteria rules as the main Contests as well.

The structure for each is below;

Beginner

  • Entry Fee: £0.50
  • Participants: 8
  • Player Numbers: 4 required
  • Player Star Criteria: Minimum of one 1 star player, no players above 2 stars
  • Player Position Criteria: No restrictions
  • Maximum Players From One Club: No restrictions
  • Prize Breakdown: 1st = £2.30, 2nd = £0.96, 3rd = £0.58

Amateur

  • Entry Fee: £2.00
  • Participants: 8
  • Player Numbers: 5 required
  • Player Star Criteria: Maximum of one 4 star player & no 5 stars allowed
  • Player Position Criteria: Minimum of one Defender & one Midfielder
  • Maximum Players From One Club: 4
  • Prize Breakdown: 1st = £9.22, 2nd = £3.84, 3rd = £2.30

£5 Pro

  • Entry Fee: £5.00
  • Participants: 8
  • Player Numbers: 6 required
  • Player Star Criteria: No limits on any stars
  • Player Position Criteria: Minimum of one Defender, one Midfielder & one Striker
  • Maximum Players From One Club: 5
  • Prize Breakdown: 1st = £23.04, 2nd = £9.60, 3rd = £5.76

£20 Pro

  • Entry Fee: £20.00
  • Participants: 4
  • Player Numbers: 6 required
  • Player Star Criteria: No limits on any stars
  • Player Position Criteria: Minimum of one Defender, one Midfielder & one Striker
  • Maximum Players From One Club: 5
  • Prize Breakdown: 1st = £53.76, 2nd = £23.04

Team Selection

The options for team structure vary slightly across the different levels, but the main decision to take is whether to go as heavy as possible on one team or to spread players between both, with pros and cons for each.

All-in

Choosing to heavily back one team with the maximum players can obviously work well, if they go on to win the Battle, the issue is that if they don't win, your chances of cashing are severely restricted unless you manage to pick out a goalscorer from the other team.

Going heavy on a team deemed to be clear favourites will also increase the chances of having the same team as someone else and therefore splitting any prize money, so I often try to include at least one less obvious pick in my lineups when focusing on one team.

Semi Mixed

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