So I've decided to bring back this thread from the previous forum due to the addition of the 'spoiler' bbcode - this will allow me to keep the 'community cores' section much more user friendly.
Introduction This is not a guide, more of a community suggestion thread. The idea was taken from the Smogon Forums (basically a discussion place for competitive Pokémon). In it, each tier has a thread where the community suggests 'effective cores' in the current meta for that tier. I figured a similar thread could be made for Ultimate Team...
What is an effective core?
A strong core is one of the most important things to think about when creating a new team. To be honest, most of you probably create a 'core' subconsciously when team building. Cores are typically made up of a group of players (2-4 players, not a team or individual) that, when used together, synergise toward accomplishing a specific goal. The majority of cores have varying characteristics that allow them to triumph in different areas, and depending on your team, cores can be built to succeed offensively, defensively, or in both areas.
Disclaimer: Now I know many of you think that pace is the be all and end all of successful teams in FIFA. And yes, while having a fast team can work well, I believe with the correct setup (and if you play to your core's strengths) you can win using a variety of cores that aren't reliant on pace (or utilise pace, but have other strings to their bow). In fact, when suggesting cores, I'd love to see some unique/underused players.
① 2-4 players, no more, no less.
② To keep things simple, there will be no restrictions on the chemistry links within the core (especially since many of you hybrid these cores into a squad anyway). That said, I would prefer it if at least the majority of the core links up via club, league or nation - or in other words, try not to just suggest four players that have no links within Ultimate Team.
③ When filling out the players in the core section, use full player names to avoid confusion. Do not worry about using foreign letters, etc...as I realise that is just effort.
④No one line explanations about why the core is effective - this is the most important part.
⑤ Use the template provided.
Since I will be updating this thread with the more extensive/in depth community suggestions, I've set out a template from which I would like people to follow when posting an 'effective' core. A blank template can be found in the second post, please use that. You can view example cores in the third post - 'community cores'.
Note: When explaining your core, try to split it into short paragraphs so you're not left with a wall of text.
I hope at the very least this thread creates a nice bout of discussion/debate, and maybe some of the ideas on the thread will inspire you to try something new. I'm always an advocate of utilising unique/underrated players instead of the same old 'common pool' options.
Feel free to comment on and constructively criticise the community suggestions.