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FIFA 17 Winter Upgrades - Release date, how it works and everything you want to know

FIFA 17 Winter Upgrade are released in February to improve the stats of the best players of the season. It replicates in the game what is happening in the real fields.

Whats FIFA 17 Winter Upgrade?
In Ultimate Team, upgrades are made through the release of new cards in two specific times: Summer and Winter upgrades. When a player is upgraded, the cards that start coming in packs have got the new ratings and attributes according to their performance on the real life pitch. The first one happens within the transition of one FIFA to another looking to reflect the player’s evolution between two seasons. The second one, in February, rewards the players who stood out the most along the first half of the season with the release of new improved cards. The FIFA 17 Winter upgrades are usually assigned to the players who have played well in a consistent way throughout the first five months of the season, not only in few games, showing that their old regular card was really outdated.
In a word, FIFA 17 Winter Upgrade is a event which upgrade the players cards according to their performance on the real life pitch.
FIFA 17 Winter Upgrade Regular cards
To each player who is upgraded during the FIFA 17 Winter upgrades season, it is assigned a new regular card which becomes available in packs until the end of the game, replacing the correspondent day 1 regular card. In other words, as soon as the new card is inserted in FUT packs, the old ones can only be found in the existing clubs and in the transfer market. Your odds of pulling the new card from a pack are exactly the same of pulling the original regular card before the update.
If you own the day 1 card of an upgraded player, your card will keep unchanged. If you want the improved version, you will need to buy the corresponding new card in the market or cross your fingers when opening a pack.

When FIFA 17 Winter Upgrades will be available?
We estimate to see more than 400 new cards this Winter. We believe that they will be released in four different batches, one per week, starting on February 3. In the past years, these were the release dates of the first batch:
FIFA 16 – 05/02/2016
FIFA 15 – 15/02/2015
FIFA 14 – 14/02/2014
FIFA 13 – 15/02/2013
Here are the estimated FIFA 17 Winter Upgrades released dates and times:
Batch 1
04/02/2017 (Sat) 05:00pm �� AEDT (UCT +11)
04/02/2017 (Sat) 03:00am �� JST (UCT +9)
03/02/2017 (Fri) 06:00pm �� GMT (UCT +0)
03/02/2017 (Fri) 04:00pm �� BRST (UCT -2)
03/02/2017 (Fri) 01:00pm �� EST (UCT -5)
03/02/2017 (Fri) 01:00pm �� EST (UCT -5)
03/02/2017 (Fri) 10:00am �� PST (UCT -8)
Batch 2
11/02/2017 (Sat) 05:00pm �� AEDT (UCT +11)
11/02/2017 (Sat) 03:00am �� JST (UCT +9)
10/02/2017 (Fri) 06:00pm �� GMT (UCT +0)
10/02/2017 (Fri) 04:00pm �� BRST (UCT -2)
10/02/2017 (Fri) 01:00pm �� EST (UCT -5)
10/02/2017 (Fri) 01:00pm �� EST (UCT -5)
10/02/2017 (Fri) 10:00am �� PST (UCT -8)
Batch 3
18/02/2017 (Sat) 05:00pm �� AEDT (UCT +11)
18/02/2017 (Sat) 03:00am �� JST (UCT +9)
17/02/2017 (Fri) 06:00pm �� GMT (UCT +0)
17/02/2017 (Fri) 04:00pm �� BRST (UCT -2)
17/02/2017 (Fri) 01:00pm �� EST (UCT -5)
17/02/2017 (Fri) 01:00pm �� EST (UCT -5)
17/02/2017 (Fri) 10:00am �� PST (UCT -8)
Batch 4
25/02/2017 (Sat) 05:00pm �� AEDT (UCT +11)
25/02/2017 (Sat) 03:00am �� JST (UCT +9)
24/02/2017 (Fri) 06:00pm �� GMT (UCT +0)
24/02/2017 (Fri) 04:00pm �� BRST (UCT -2)
24/02/2017 (Fri) 01:00pm �� EST (UCT -5)
24/02/2017 (Fri) 01:00pm �� EST (UCT -5)
24/02/2017 (Fri) 10:00am �� PST (UCT -8)
FIFA 17 Winter Upgrade Rating and stats boost explanation
The Winter upgrades affect around 400 ratings that cannot go down. The gold cards are usually improved in 1 or 2 points, which is explained by the fact that they are only assigned to players who had a marked development and not to minor adjustments. Silver and bronze players are usually upgraded by at least 4 points, while in exceptional cases this upgrade can sometimes reach 15 points. The higher is the original rating, the lower is the boost. It is rare but the position of the players in these cards may change if, they played really well in a different position.
FIFA 17 Upgraded Players Cards are physically identical to the originals, except on rating and stats.

An example
Let’s take Aguero as example. He started the season with an 87 rating but in Winter Upgrades he got an 88 rated UP card. His 87 rated card stopped coming in packs as soon as the 88 rated one was released, but his owners were never rewarded with any upgrade at all because that’s only valid for IF cards. Since Aguero already had two IF cards as from that day, respectively rated 88 and 89, and since new OVR rating equals his existing first in-form’s rating, these were automatically upgraded to 89 and 90, which corresponded to the point upgrade his regular card received. Any potential future IF card would be rated over 90.

What’s FIFA 17 Winter Upgrade UP card?
It is a non-day 1 regular card that updates the ratings and the stats of the most inform players.
☆☆☆ FIFA 17 Winter Upgrade UP cards prices
As we would expect, as soon as the FIFA 17 upgraded players cards are released their price stays fixed way above the regular ones. These, on the other hand, start their way down. Also, with time the UP cards lose value once their quantity starts being superior to the rest of the cards. The price difference between the UP card initially and the regular card depends on many factors, such as the number of rating points gained, stats bonuses or an eventual position change.
When the player already has at least one IF card, this card is improved in the same proportion as the regular. There are people who choose the risk to invest in IF cards of players that have good chances of receiving an UP in advance because they know that in case that happens the return will be enormous. The bigger the player’s rating and popularity, the bigger is the IF card’s appreciation. In some cases profit can surpass 300%. At a long run, the cheapest cards lose value, while the most expensive ones slowly have their price increased. If you’re thinking about investing in these cards, be careful not to bet on the cards that are already being way too speculated. It’s just that sometimes the speculation is so big around determined cards that, after the upgrades, the improved IF cards’ market prices are inferior to what they were before the announcement. On the other hand, if you have a NIF of a player you think is going to receive an upgrade, it may be a good idea to sell him in advance so you minimize the loss.
FIFA 17 Winter Upgrade FAQ
Q: What’s the difference between the original card and the new one?
A: Only rating and stats change. In some cases the position can also be updated. All the rest remains the same.
Q: Can I have both the original and the new card in my club?
A: Yes. However, a squad can only have one of them.
Q: How long are FIFA 17 Winter Upgrades Players cards available in FIFA packs?
A: As soon as they are released for the first time, they remain in packs until the end of the game, replacing the day 1 cards.
Q: When there’s an upgrade, which cards are the ones that come in packs?
A: The new ones.
Q: Which cards are released first: transfers or upgrades?
A: Transfers.
Q: Do all upgraded players get a new card?
A: Yes. Although, if you own a regular card of a player that was upgraded there won’t be any alterations.
Q: The NIF and TOTW cards are the only ones to be upgraded?
A: No. Every single IF card has the chance to be upgraded, which includes for example the Heroes and Record Breaker cards.
Q: If I have a card of a player that is to receive an upgrade, will this card get upgraded?
A: No. It remains exactly the same, with the original rating and attributes that were defined initially in the game.
Q: How can I predict which players have good chances of receiving an upgrade card?
A: Even if you don’t keep up much with the real life football, there are two indicators to help out in this prediction: the number of a player’s IF cards; constant rating upgrades on H2H.
Q: Can a player be downgraded?
A: The players’ ratings and stats are only looked at to be lowered between one FIFA to another. During the Winter upgrades, no player is downgraded.
Q: How many points are the players upgraded by normally?
A: For most gold players the upgrade is of just 1 or 2 points. Silver and bronze players are usually upgraded by at least 4 points, while in exceptional cases this upgrade can sometimes reach 15 points.
Q: Can a player change categories if he is upgraded enough for that to happen?
A: Yes. As long as the upgrade gives him enough points for that, a player’s NIF card can go from bronze to silver or from silver to gold.
Q: If I have an In Form card of a player that is to receive an upgrade, will this card get upgraded?
A: Depends. Different to what happens with the NIF cards, the IF cards released before the upgrades will be upgraded in the same proportion as those (but automatically) if an upgraded player’s new OVR rating equals or surpasses his existing first in-form’s rating.
Q: Why are there some In Form cards that didn’t receive an upgrade although their NIF did?
A: First because probably the upgraded player’s new OVR rating does not equal or surpass his existing in-form’s rating. If it does, then it is because the upgraded player with an existing IF gets upgraded across Quality tiers (eg. Silver to Gold).
Q: Why wasn’t a certain player’s IF card upgraded if his NIF and UP were of the same category?
A: Probably because that IF card already had the maximum rating for its category: 64 or 74.
Q: It is possible to exist two regular cards of the same player with different ratings?
A: Yes. That’s what happens when a player receives an upgrade, two cards start coexisting: one corresponds to the start of the season and the other has got improved ratings and attributes.
Q: Can a transferred player receive an upgraded card?
A: Yes, he can. Although EA Sports try separating player transfers/player upgrades, there are rare cases in which the same player is both transferred and upgraded at the same time. In that case both situations are passed on to one single card.
Q: What advantage do the FIFA 17 Winter upgrades bring us?
A: The upgrades increase the squads’ quality level, diminishing the differences between the game and real life football. Besides, they can also represent good trading opportunities, mainly when it comes to IF cards.
Q: I already have a squad. What is it good to me?
A: If you’re already “done” with your squad, the upgrades increase your improvement opportunities. If your squad is based on a league, for example, upgrades can improve the players you already have or they can promote others for a position or two.
Q: What cares should I take with these new cards coming?
A: If you want to buy a NIF, make sure you’re not paying the price the UP demands. If you want to sell an UP, make sure you’re not selling for the corresponding NIF price.

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