EA Sports has today announced FIFA 20 TOTW Moments, a new Ultimate Team promotion which will replace the normal FIFA 20 Team of the Week 27 squad and future squads.
Obviously this is in response to the ongoing problems with real-life football matches due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
This is a breaking story and we're continuing to update it with more information. For now, here's what EA Sports has said about the event in their FIFA 20 Pitch Notes blog post.
Introducing Team of the Week Moments
Following the suspensions of the Premier League, Bundesliga & Ligue 1 last Friday, in addition to La Liga, Serie A and several other leagues across the world, we have taken the decision to suspend our normal Team of the Week (TOTW) program. When thinking about a replacement for TOTW, we wanted to build something that is authentic to football and that is compatible with TOTW if we are able to reintroduce it later in the year. Today, we are introducing the Team of the Week Moments and explaining some changes that you will see in game.
TOTW Moments will be a recurring program that will be based entirely on a historical TOTW release from past FUT titles. Each squad will be a reflection of a specific TOTW that was released from March onwards in each product year. We want to keep these Items distinct, to help distinguish between authentic performances taking place this season and in previous seasons.
All players that will be released will reflect their current teams, and their OVR increase will be in line with their FUT 20 upgrade path. For example, in FUT 18 TOTW 28 Kyle Walker was given an 86 OVR Item in line with his FUT 18 upgrade path. For his TOTW Moments Item, Kyle Walker will be an 87 OVR Item based on his FUT 20 upgrade path.
TOTW Moments will replace TOTW in multiple places across FUT starting today, Wednesday, March 18th. This includes, amongst others:
- FUT Champions Rewards
- In packs
- Weekly Featured Squad Battle within Squad Battles
- SBC Requirements
- Future FUT Objectives
- Draft Mode
To ensure that Live Items continue to be valuable to players when building their squads, we’ll also be upgrading Ones to Watch and Headliners Live Items based on if they are released in a TOTW Moments squad. As players with dynamic Items are selected for TOTW Moments squads, they will receive upgrades accordingly.
When the regular football calendar resumes, Ones to Watch and Headliners Items will continue to receive upgrades as they would have done previously.
TOTW Moments FAQ:
When will the changes to TOTW occur?
Starting Wednesday, March 18th, 2020, and until the regular football seasons resume, TOTW will be replaced with a Weekly Squad of TOTW Moments players.
How will this affect my FUT Champions rewards Player Picks?
TOTW Moments Items will replace the standard TOTW FUT Champion Player Picks rewards. TOTW Moments Items will receive the familiar FUT Champions design as a result.
Why are certain players not featured in a respective TOTW Moments squad?
If a player has retired, been banned, or is no longer in FUT 20, they will not feature in that week’s TOTW Moments squad.
A player cannot feature in back to back TOTW Moments selections.
Can I use TOTW Moments in Squad Building Challenges?
Yes. TOTW Moments will replace TOTW content and operate in the same way. Future SBCs and Objectives may require either TOTW or TOTW Moments items. We are also currently working to update the requirements of relevant active SBCs to reflect this change.
Will TOTW Moments Items feature dynamic images/action shots?
Just as with regular TOTW Items, select TOTW Moments Items will feature action shot images.
How will the TOTW Moments impact my dynamic Items?
Ones to Watch and Headliners players will continue to receive upgrades if they are selected as part of the TOTW Moments squad for that week.
Headliners win streak upgrades will be paused until the 2019-2020 season resumes.
What will happen to new TOTW packs I get as FUT Champions rewards and/or from SBCS?
From Thursday 19th March @ 9am GMT onward, and until the football seasons resume, the TOTW packs earned from FUT Champions will be replaced with TOTW Moments packs. Similar to the usual TOTW packs, when opened, these packs will contain the current active TOTW Moments players.
How do TOTW Moments work with the FUT Champions Upgrade SBCs?
The FUT Champions versions of the TOTW Moments Player Items will function in FUT Champions Upgrade SBCs in the same manner that the FUT Champions versions of TOTW Player Items do.
What will happen to my existing TOTW packs?
Existing Team of the Week Packs (TOTW Upgrade, Ultimate TOTW Pack, Premium TOTW Pack) will continue to include Player Items from TOTW 26. If we are able to reintroduce TOTW later in the year, these packs would then update to use the active TOTW as per usual.
UCL & UEL Road to the Final Items
Road to the Final Items will continue to reflect real world football. With both the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League currently suspended, these Live Items will continue to be upgraded once the tournament resumes.
Konate, Gomez, Gueye, Marquinhos, Partey, & Angelino Road to the Final Items were upgraded last Friday, March 13th, 2020, based on their respective teams’ progression to the Quarter Finals.
Marquee Matchups Moments SBCs
Marquee Matchups will be replaced with Marquee Matchups Moments beginning Thursday 19th March until the football season resumes.
Player of the Month Award SBCs
The majority of the February Player of the Month awards will be released in game as planned. Looking ahead to future months’ awards, we’ll work with each league to determine the right time to bring back the POTM SBCs in FUT 20.
Man of the Match Items
Man of the Match Items for Domestic, UEFA and CONMEBOL cup competitions will be paused until the respective tournaments resume.
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