So you’re interested in joining Footstock (18+ only) but you’re not sure where to start? Fear not, we’ve got you covered.
Building a competitive collection of players is all about deciding how you’re going to approach the platform.
You shouldn’t necessarily pin all your plans on Legendary players by stacking your collection with those rated among the ‘best on the game’. Legendary players represent the obvious choice for many and if a household name blanks then you may be able to steal a march on your opponents with a niche pick.
Finding balance is key, and to do so it’s worth getting clued up on how your players pick up points using the Footstock scoring system. Your strategy will differ depending on which contests you enter, so let’s take a look at some of the options.
These contests are based on an individual fixture, with the maximum number of entrants in a single match set at 39 (before splitting into multiple groups of 20). This set-up minimises the likelihood of people fielding identical teams.
More often than not you’ll need to pick your players from the winning team to claim the top prizes, however a successful team with players from both sides is a high-risk, high-reward strategy as you’ll likely earn a bigger share of the prize pool if it pays off.
Remember, the majority of users will have the obvious goalscorers and a contest will likely be decided by your lower-scoring players. These could be steady performers who aren’t among the goals, like goalkeepers and deep-lying midfielders, or defenders who see lots of the ball and are expected to keep a clean sheet.
These contests include multiple fixtures and typically run over a few days like a traditional fantasy football gameweek, although there is one season-long £100k Freeroll contest worth keeping tabs on too. In these multi match contests, building your team with multiple players from a single club can be restrictive given that your potential success can hinge on one result. Varying selections combining players spread across several games is a more common strategy.
Of course, if you believe one team will be particularly dominant across a single gameweek then it might make sense to load up on their players, but that could come at the cost of selecting a star from another fixture.
By the same token, trying to cover too many bases can be tricky. Remember, the scoring matrix rewards winning teams so the likelihood of all your players ending up on the winning side decreases the more clubs you include. Picking your team from a pool of three or four clubs who you believe will win their respective fixtures should serve to be a happy medium.
Contests are split into four categories: Free, Bronze, Silver and Gold. As you’d imagine, the Free contests are exactly that, while you’ll have to buy your way into Bronze (typically £1), Silver (typically £5) and Gold (typically £15). Certain contests also restrict the number and quality of players you can select, giving new users an arena to compete in from the outset. For instance, Bronze contests prohibit the use of Epic, Rare and Legendary cards, while Gold contests have no caps and attract the users with the most experience.
Let’s use this week’s Champions League action to give you an example of a Multi Match contest (above). The CL Tues Single Player is a Bronze contest and entrants must submit a one-player team from Tuesday’s Champions League fixtures. The entrance fee for this contest is £2 with a prize pool of £200 split among a percentage of top performers depending on the number of entrants.
Essentially, this contest is challenging the user to determine which one player will rank highest according to the Footstock scoring matrix from Tuesday’s European fixtures involving Juventus, Porto, Borussia Dortmund and Sevilla. A quick scan of the first leg between Sevilla and Dortmund will tell you Erling Haaland scored twice (40 points), set up one (10 points) and won the match (6 points) even before you get into the finer metrics, such as shots on target, passes completed and crosses. He’ll be one to keep an eye on in the second leg. (And if you think the Norwegian is going to also score big in the second leg but you don’t own him already, you can purchase him on the Footstock market).
You can enter a maximum of five teams to a single contest but each player card can only be used in one contest at a time. If you want to field an identical team twice, you’ll need multiples of each player.
Building a competitive team
On Footstock you can add to your collection by trading on the market. Players are put into one of five classes – ranging from Basic to Legendary (or one to five stars) – determined by their recent real-life form, but Basic players who are consistently performing won’t stay that way for long.
You should have in mind which contests you plan to enter before jumping into the player market as different players will thrive in different arenas across the platform. For instance, it would make sense to stock up on several cards from a single club if you’re going to be entering a lot of Single Match contests.
So who should you sign up? Well, knowing the scoring matrix like the back of your hand can be a crucial asset to possess. Yes, it’s tempting to have an out-and-out goalscorer, but the scoring system also looks favourably on players who take the game to the opposition, with take-ons and crosses highly rewarded.
Frontmen will likely be dependable for goals, but you’ll often find they fail to tick other boxes. Footstock rewards players who see a lot of the ball, so a ball-playing centre-back could quickly build up a superior tally to a wasteful No.9 who finds himself on the fringes of a fixture.
Another way to build your collection is by purchasing player packs (Standard, Premium or Exclusive) in the hope that a superstar could be hiding in the random selection. Exclusive packs will cost you more, but also give you the best chance of landing one of the sought after Legendary cards.
This lucky dip is another way of determining your plan of attack. Instead of intentionally purchasing particular players, you could take a punt on a pack and from there decide which contests your players will fare best in. Ultimately, the players you purchase or unpack will help to define which strategy you should use – but remember to think carefully about the type of contests that will suit your collection. You wouldn’t take a second-choice left-back to a centre-forward shoot-out, would you?
Footstock – where fantasy football meets player trading
Join Footstock today using our promo code SQWK and receive a free player pack and a deposit bonus of up to £100. (18+ Only. UK only. Players can only be used in contests. Bonus paid in contest credit at 50% of first deposit. Minimum deposit of £20 required. T&C’s Apply. BeGambleAware.)