Clash of the Squad-Builders - Season 2

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Chow
2525 posts Fans' Favourite
edited February 2016
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Welcome to the second season of Clash of the Squad-Builders (CotS)!
Clash of the Squad-Builders is here to accommodate those that wish to squad-build in a friendly, structured but also competitive environment. With this in mind, Season 2 (of many to follow!) is now underway - hosted by myself and @Sokker14.

Season 2 includes a total of 10 fixtures, 40 participants and potentially an official prize fund via EA.

In addition to the above...

Returning players will notice that their placement in Season 1 directly correlates to the division in which they are placed in this season. As such, there will now be promotions and relegations - don't worry if you currently find yourself in a low division, there's plenty of opportunities to earn points.

:warning: Please ensure you familiarise yourself with Information and Resources, where you can find details on the format, rules, how to submit your squad and some of the criteria used during the judging process. The Season 2 table can be found here. This will be updated as and when fixtures are complete.

Feel free to ask if you have questions on the format, rules, how to submit your squad, or anything else CotS related.



Details on the first fixture can be found below. Get squad-building!

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  • Chow
    2525 posts Fans' Favourite
    edited November 2015
    Information and Resources

    Format
    • A total of 10 squad criteria (known as fixtures) will be provided over the course of Season 2. Using the squad criteria and your squad-building abilities, you must construct a squad that conforms with both the provided criteria, and that mentioned in this post below (see Judging Criteria).
    • Squads will be judged and assigned a score by the Community Writer team. Each fixture, scores are accumulated, and go towards your total score for the table. Use this table to track your progress and position.
    • Participants have been split into 4 divisions for Season 2, with the top 3 and bottom 3 being promoted and relegated respectively.

    Rules
    • Strictly no plagiarism. Do not directly copy squads created by other members of the community. There may be similarities between your squad, and that of another community member, but blatant plagiarism is not allowed.
    • No squad editing. Once your squad is submitted, you may not edit your post to alter your submitted squad.
    • You have 48 hours to submit your squad in this topic once fixture details are released.
    • Meet the fixture criteria! Failure to meet the criteria given will result in a deduction to your score.
    • The judges' decision is final. Please do not argue or dispute scores.
    • If a new player is released after the fixture commences, you may not use the player in your squad.
    • You may only use players in the FUTWIZ database.
    • "Special cards" such as Bronze Informs constitute as bronze players. If the fixture criteria, for example, stipulates no bronze players, this includes special bronze cards.
    • And finally, have fun creating great squads! :mrgreen:

    How to Submit Your Squad
    • Squads should be submitted as a link to your FUTWIZ or WeFUT squad.
    • Posting an image of your squad is now optional, however, a link to the squad is compulsory. Note that FUTHead can also be used to test build your squads, just bear in mind FUTHead does not include a Web App view feature and thus your link must be via FUTWIZ or WeFUT.
    • Instructions on how to take and post a screenshot can be found here.
    • Please provide any necessary information with your squad if requested.
    • Squads should only be submitted in this topic.

    Judging Criteria
    In addition to the criteria provided for the specific fixture, players should keep in mind the following points:
    • We want to see a balance between creativity/originality and effectiveness/practicality. A stacked Serie A squad may be effective, but it isn't necessarily creative. Likewise, a squad full of non-rare 50 rated bronze players from obscure nations may be the most creative squad, but is it likely to be effective in-game? Ensure you get the balance right.
    • Consider appropriate positioning of players. A ST playing at CDM is not an appropriate position, and will do you no favours.
    • Consider work-rates. Whilst not the be-all and end-all, it's still worth considering. How often do you play with a squad containing no defensive work-rates?
    • Get as close to the provided budget as possible. If a budget of x FUT Coins is provided, try to use the budget in its entirety.
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  • Chow
    2525 posts Fans' Favourite
    edited March 2016
    Season 2 Table

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    (total score obtained through average of Judge's scores for the fixture, and rounded to the nearest integer
    - in the event where two or more players share the same score, the total score to one decimal place is considered)

    Participants:
    Participants | Platform | Timezone
    1. @Xeque | PS4 | GMT+4
    2. @ukler8 | PS4 | GMT+5:30
    3. @LS | PS4 | GMT+2
    4. @Brownie1524
    5. @Bidwell | PS4 | GMT+1
    6. @Rumplefish | PS4 | GMT+3
    7. @BlitzersNL | PS4 | GMT+1
    8. @Dodds | XB1 | GMT+1
    9. @vibemix881 | XB1 | GMT+2
    10. @WFCBagnall | XB1 | GMT+1
    11. @Orikoru | PS4 | GMT+1
    12. @Monkey | 360 | GMT +1
    13. @Johnny Bravo | PS3 | GMT+1
    14. @jordansky1111 | PS4 | GMT+1
    15. @Scouser
    16. @ghd30123 (DeeJay-00) | PS3 | GMT+5:30
    17. @keema-v | PS4 | GMT+1
    18. @JGomes | PS4 | GMT+1
    19. @Eaglefan11 | 360 | GMT-4
    20. @Ace | PS4 | GMT+2
    21. @Wiwee | PC | GMT+2
    22. @Alex | PC | GMT+1
    23. @gregeth2000 | PS4 | GMT+1
    24. @CoolNickHD | XB1 | GMT-4
    25. @Färjestad | XB1 | GMT+1
    26. @Pattebennekou | PS4 | GMT+2
    27. @Ravz9 | PS4 | GMT+1
    28. @Zaknafein Do'Urden | PS4 | GMT+2
    29. @Mark | PS4 | GMT+1
    30. @Manda1997 | PS4 | GMT+11
    31. @Andy99TradeZ | XB1 | GMT+1
    32. @Timoner12 | PS4 | GMT-4
    33. @Orange Prince | PS3 | GMT+2
    34. @KingLionel10 | XB1 | GMT+1
    35. @Chance | XB1 | GMT-6
    36. @FootyMad | XB1 | GMT+1
    37. @Hyper_Sniper | PS4 | GMT+1
    38. @eJousie | XB1 | GMT+2
    39. @Chris | PC | GMT+9
    40. @TheGabc | PS4 | GMT+1
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  • Chow
    2525 posts Fans' Favourite
    edited March 2016
    Season 2 Fixture List

    Fixture 1: The Avengers | BFYzZOe.png Winner: @Rumplefish | Results
    Every team needs a Captain gXmrNLW.png - as such, the theme for Fixture 1 is all about heroes. Your job is to create a squad based around one of the current hero cards, while making sure that you meet the criteria below.

    Criteria: Deadline for Fixture 1 is Saturday, 31st October 18:30 GMT / Click for other time zones.
    Squads submitted after this time or that fail to meet the criteria will be disqualified from the fixture.



    Fixture 2: A Lethal Combination | BFYzZOe.png Winner: @WFCBagnall | Results

    :warning:Update to squad submission: Instead of posting a web app/concept squad image, please provide a link to your FUTWiz or WeFUT squad. It must be from one of these sites. You can still post an image of your team, but a link to the squad is compulsory.

    With bysCArF.png Jamie Vardy on the brink of equalling Ruud Van Nistelrooy's record of scoring in 10 consecutive Premier League matches, the theme for Fixture 2 revolves around Europe's top marksmen. Your job is to create a squad based around one of the top scorers from Europe's biggest leagues, while making sure that you meet the criteria below.

    Criteria:
    • Create an effective and creative squad built around one and only one of these NIF cards (do not use the IF if they have one): Neymar | Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang | Jamie Vardy | Éder | Jonas.
    • Your squad must contain a minimum of 3 leagues and 3 nations.
    • Your squad must contain a minimum of 3 silver players. Bronze players are optional.
    • If you choose to use Jamie Vardy, he does count as 1 of your 3 silver players.
    • Your squad can contain IF, Hero and other special cards excluding IF Neymar | IF Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang | IF Jonas.
    • You cannot use legends cards.
    • You can use any formation.
    • Each player must be on a minimum of 9 individual chemistry.
    • No budget.
    Deadline for Fixture 2 is Thursday, 12th November 19:00 GMT / Click for other time zones.
    Squads submitted after this time or that fail to meet the criteria will be disqualified from the fixture.

    Good luck!



    Fixture 3: R.I.P The Dream | BFYzZOe.png Winner: @Orange Prince | Results

    :warning: Please remember to provide a link to your FUTWiz or WeFUT squad. It must be from one of these sites. You can still post an image of your team, but a link to the squad is compulsory. I'd also like to thank @Sokker14 for the theme idea.

    Last week the final few teams confirmed their places at Euro 2016 through the play-offs. There will be some notable absentees next summer, not least @Sokker14 's very own fse0kV1.png Netherlands - in total, 30 nations tried and failed to qualify for Euro 2016. Your job is to create a squad based around players from these 30 nations, while making sure that you meet the criteria below.

    Criteria:
    • Create an effective and creative squad built around players from nations who failed to qualify for Euro 2016. The nations not highlighted in green via this link did not qualify and are therefore eligible. You may not use players from any other nation.
    • Your squad must contain a minimum of 3 leagues and 4 nations.
    • You can select a maximum of 3 players from any one nation.
    • Your squad can contain IF, Hero and other special cards.
    • You cannot use legends cards.
    • You can use any formation.
    • Each player must be on a minimum of 9 individual chemistry.
    • No budget.
    Deadline for Fixture 3 is Monday, 30th November 20:00 GMT / Click for other time zones.
    Squads submitted after this time or that fail to meet the criteria will be disqualified from the fixture.

    Good luck!



    Fixture 4: The Special One? | BFYzZOe.png Winner: @CoolNickHD | Results

    :warning: Please remember to provide a link to your FUTWiz or WeFUT squad. It must be from one of these sites. You can still post an image of your team, but a link to the squad is compulsory.

    With Jose Mourinho's second tenure at Chelsea ending, we reflect on the many players that have played under his management at the club. In total, 66 of these players have cards in Ultimate Team 16 (not including Andriy Shevchenko and Hernán Crespo). Your job is to select three players from this group and create a squad based around these players, while making sure that you meet the criteria below.

    Criteria:
    • Create an effective and creative squad built around selected players who've formerly played under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea.
    • From the list (see below) of players who've formerly played under Mourinho at Chelsea, you must select exactly 3 to build your squad round. Of these 3, 1 must be gold, 1 must be silver and 1 must be bronze.
    • You may use a maximum of 1 current Chelsea player.
    • Your squad must contain a minimum of 3 leagues and 3 nations.
    • Your squad can contain IF, Hero and other special cards (apart from former Mourinho players - please use the NIF version of these cards).
    • Your formation must include at least 1 CDM position.
    • You cannot use legends cards.
    • Each player must be on a minimum of 9 individual chemistry.
    • No budget.
    Current: Premier League: Championship: League One: League Two: Ligue 1: Eredivisie: Bundesliga: Liga BBVA: Serie A: Other Europe: MLS: Deadline for Fixture 4 is Monday, 21st December 12:30 GMT / Click for other time zones.
    Squads submitted after this time or that fail to meet the criteria will be disqualified from the fixture.

    Good luck!



    Fixture 5: Christmas Conundrum | BFYzZOe.png Winner: @FootyMad | Results

    :warning: Given the nature of this fixture, you will be required to PM me your squad and any additional information (rather than posting it in the thread). Please make sure this is in the format provided below.

    Since it is the UA0LRpL.png holidays, @Chow and I decided to create a slightly different challenge. With it being a special fixture, there will be bonus points on offer, as well as an extended deadline. The concept is based around an idea from the old forum, with a few tweaks. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

    Criteria:
    • Create an effective and creative squad built using a maximum of 20 'moves', starting with the team below.
    • You cannot use legend cards.
    • No budget.
    • The higher the team chemistry, the more points you will be awarded. However, make sure your squad is a balance between playability, creativity and chemistry.
    Format:
    Picture of your team.
    Link to your team:
    Moves:
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    Rules:

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    Copy Squad - Click 'Copy Squad' to bring up the base squad.
    • You have a maximum of 20 moves.
    • Changing a player's position costs 1 move (e.g RW>RF).
    • Moving a player costs 1 move (e.g swapping the player at RM with the one at CM).
    • Substituting a player from the bench costs 1 move.
    • Transferring a player costs 3 moves per player (e.g removing the GK and putting in any other player).
    • You cannot change the squad's formation (you must use the Christmas tree formation, 4-3-2-1).
    Deadline for Fixture 5 is Friday, 1st January 00:01 GMT / Click for other time zones.
    Squads submitted after this time or that fail to meet the criteria will be disqualified from the fixture.

    Best of luck and we wish you all the best for Christmas and the New Year!



    Fixture 6: Gong Hey Fat Choy | BFYzZOe.png Winner: @TheGabc | Results

    :warning: Please remember to provide a link to your FUTWiz or WeFUT squad. It must be from one of these sites. You can still post an image of your team, but a link to the squad is compulsory.

    Welcome to the year of the Monkey, at least, according to the Chinese calendar. To celebrate, Fixture 6 will be themed around the sole 5osUj9x.png Chinese player on Ultimate Team this year, Zhang Chengdong.

    Criteria:
    • Create an effective and creative squad built around Zhang Chengdong.
    • Your squad must contain a minimum of 3 leagues and 3 nations.
    • You can select a maximum of 3 players from any one nation.
    • Your squad can contain IF, Hero and other special cards.
    • You cannot use legend cards.
    • You can use any formation.
    • Each player must be on a minimum of 9 individual chemistry.
    • No budget.
    Deadline for Fixture 6 is Monday, 15th February 18:00 GMT / Click for other time zones.
    Squads submitted after this time or that fail to meet the criteria will be disqualified from the fixture.

    Good luck!



    Fixture 7: Tour of the Continents - Asia! | BFYzZOe.png Winner: @Orange Prince | Results

    :warning: Please remember to provide a link to your FUTWiz or WeFUT squad. It must be from one of these sites. You can still post an image of your team, but a link to the squad is compulsory. Also I fully expect @Bidwell to start stirring the pot about the lack of a Tibet flag.

    In Season 1 we travelled to Africa and South America - for this fixture we head to Asia. Your job is to create the best Asian squad using the criteria below, ensuring you consider both creativity and playability.

    Criteria:
    • Your squad must only contain Asian players (see below).
    • Your squad must contain a minimum of 3 leagues and 3 nations.
    • Your squad can contain Inform, MOTM and other special cards excluding legends.
    • You can use any formation.
    • Each player must be on a minimum of 9 individual chemistry.

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    Afghanistan | Armenia | Azerbaijan | Bahrain | Bangladesh | Bhutan | Brunei | Cambodia | China | Cyprus | Georgia | India | Indonesia | Iran | Iraq | Israel | Japan | Jordan | Kazakhstan | Kuwait | Kyrgyzstan | Laos | Lebanon | Malaysia | Maldives | Mongolia | Myanmar | Nepal | North Korea | Oman | Pakistan | Palestine | Philippines | Qatar | Saudi Arabia | Singapore | South Korea | Sri Lanka | Syria | Taiwan | Tajikistan | Thailand | Timor-Leste | Turkmenistan | United Arab Emirates | Uzbekistan | Vietnam | Yemen


    Deadline for Fixture 7 is Saturday, 5th March 20:00 GMT / Click for other time zones.
    Squads submitted after this time or that fail to meet the criteria will be disqualified from the fixture.

    Good luck!



    Fixture 8: A Future King | BFYzZOe.png Winner: @TheGabc | Results

    (@Sokker14 suggested "Fixture 8: Coman Soon" and then quickly deleted his message in shame).

    :warning: Please remember to provide a link to your FUTWiz or WeFUT squad. It must be from one of these sites. You can still post an image of your team, but a link to the squad is compulsory.

    What a week for vrEeZOo.jpg Kingsley Coman. The 19 year old assisted three times in a 5-0 rout over Werder Bremen on Saturday, before scoring and assisting against the club from whence he came to send Bayern through to the last eight of the Champions League. As a result, Fixture 8 will be themed around Kingsley Coman.

    Criteria:
    • Create an effective and creative squad built around Kingsley Coman.
    • You may use any of the three Kingsley Coman cards available.
    • Your squad must contain a minimum of 3 leagues and 4 nations.
    • You can select a maximum of 3 players from any one nation.
    • Your squad can contain IF, Hero and other special cards.
    • You cannot use legend cards.
    • You can use any formation.
    • Each player must be on a minimum of 9 individual chemistry.
    • No budget.

    Deadline for Fixture 8 is Friday, 18th March 23:00 GMT / Click for other time zones.
    Squads submitted after this time or that fail to meet the criteria will be disqualified from the fixture.

    Good luck!



    Fixture 9: Totaalvoetbal

    :warning: Please remember to provide a link to your FUTWiz or WeFUT squad. It must be from one of these sites. You can still post an image of your team, but a link to the squad is compulsory.

    Last week, we lost a true legend of the game. He was Pythagoras in boots, a visionary, an arch innovator who revolutionised the way football was played. He was Johan Cruyff. Widely regarded as the greatest talent to ever come out of fse0kV1.png Dutch football, Cruyff came from humble beginnings, but quickly rose to fame for his unique style of play in a time where hooliganism and corruption dominated sporting headlines. Certainly, he brought the 'beautiful game' to life within the famous Ajax/Barca/Netherlands teams of the 60's and 70's, a legacy which has since been maintained through the FC Barcelona of today. In many ways he is the father of modern football, and here we pay tribute to his contribution with a Johan Cruyff themed fixture. RIP.

    Criteria:
    • Build an effective and creative 'possession style' team.
    • Your squad must contain exactly 2 HrAvKk7.png FC Barcelona and 6AANRBi.png 2 AFC Ajax players.
    • Your squad must contain a minimum of 3 leagues and 3 nations.
    • Your squad can contain IF, Hero and other special cards.
    • You cannot use legend cards.
    • You can use any formation.
    • Each player must be on a minimum of 9 individual chemistry.
    • No budget.

    Deadline for Fixture 9 is Wednesday, 30th March 16:00 GMT / Click for other time zones.
    Squads submitted after this time or that fail to meet the criteria will be disqualified from the fixture.

    Good luck!
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  • Ravz9
    25767 posts Player of the Year
    The hype is real
  • ukler8
    4748 posts National Call-Up
    Wooooo
  • JGomes
    5283 posts Big Money Move
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  • BlitzersNL
    24584 posts Player of the Year
    Ravz9 wrote: »
    The hype is real

  • Bidwell
    8359 posts League Winner
    so no budget for week 1

    nice

    also i think the work rates thing is debatable imo
  • JGomes
    5283 posts Big Money Move
    No card quality restriction?
  • ukler8
    4748 posts National Call-Up
    JGomes wrote: »
    No card quality restriction?
    Chow wrote: »
    Criteria:

    Do you see any?
  • Chow
    2525 posts Fans' Favourite
    JGomes wrote: »
    No card quality restriction?
    @JGomes Not for the first fixture, keeping it simple. :)
  • JGomes
    5283 posts Big Money Move
    edited October 2015
    ukler8 wrote: »
    JGomes wrote: »
    No card quality restriction?
    Chow wrote: »
    Criteria:

    Do you see any?

    Like Chow couldn't have forgotten...
    Was usual in the past season, that's why I found it odd thus I asked that.
  • Chow
    2525 posts Fans' Favourite
    Update to the criteria, no legend cards allowed.
  • Orange Prince
    5881 posts Big Money Move
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  • w8 am I in or am I a reserve @Chow
  • Terminator
    8655 posts League Winner
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    6N4L NLW
  • Chow
    2525 posts Fans' Favourite
    w8 am I in or am I a reserve @Chow
    @Abdulmomin1234 You're in, check the participant list under "Season 2 Table".
  • Chow wrote: »
    w8 am I in or am I a reserve @Chow
    @Abdulmomin1234 You're in, check the participant list under "Season 2 Table".

    ah ok cool
    I'll check my group
  • vibemix881
    2782 posts Fans' Favourite
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  • just to confirm we actually play games don't we?
  • vibemix881
    2782 posts Fans' Favourite
    just to confirm we actually play games don't we?

    No, it's about building squads only.
  • Premier-Sky
    2880 posts Fans' Favourite
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  • Bidwell
    8359 posts League Winner
    just to confirm we actually play games don't we?

    yeah that's the best part of the squad building man.

    I'm looking forward to playing against the PC and xbox guys most.
  • Premier-Sky
    2880 posts Fans' Favourite
    vibemix881 wrote: »
    just to confirm we actually play games don't we?

    No, it's about building squads only.
    Bidwell wrote: »
    just to confirm we actually play games don't we?

    yeah that's the best part of the squad building man.

    I'm looking forward to playing against the PC and xbox guys most.

    Ironically, vibemix's response sounds a lot more sarcastic than Bidwell's
  • BlitzersNL
    24584 posts Player of the Year
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  • Dodds
    8070 posts League Winner
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    Picked my team around Gini <3

    Mainly players I've found very good to use in game.
  • musa18
    336 posts Sunday League Hero
    Lol, if I joined I would never win, but in reality I would have been one of the best squad builders. It's all about personal preferences. Strange contest.
  • Chow
    2525 posts Fans' Favourite
    A reminder to read the Information and Resources section so you don't miss anything out.

    For example:
    • Squads should be submitted as a Web App or Concept Squad screenshot.

    If @Färjestad and @Premier-Sky could resubmit their squads that would be much appreciated. I'll delete your FUTHead squad posts once you've resubmitted. :)
  • BlitzersNL
    24584 posts Player of the Year
    I'll be trying to use Dirk Kuyt in every squad lol
  • WFCBagnall
    72149 posts Moderator
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