Build teams on a budget

      Prices on Sorare went up since my last article so I decided to see how much would it cost now to build a team that can beat the thresholds often enough. 

The aim is to build up a team and focus on the All Star Division 4 tournament as for now it is the only one that rewards users for hitting the point thresholds: 

 

Over 205 points = 0.01 Ethereum

Over 250 points = 0.02 Ethereum

 

When selecting these players, I tried to take into account the fact that some leagues only have a few games left while others just started. This is important in order to be able to field teams that can beat the thresholds almost every game week. Another important factor is choosing players that start almost every game and have decent averages, that’s why the best is to have 5-7 outfield rare players plus 1-2 common goalkeepers so you can avoid DNPs. Don’t forget to ALWAYS do your own research, the only purpose of this article is to show an estimate of the cost for a starting team that can beat the thresholds and shouldn’t be considered as advice on who to or not to buy. Also keep in mind that this prices can be negotiated and the total cost of the team could be even lower. 

Starting with the goalkeepers, probably the most expensive category on Sorare due to them being even more scarce than the outfield players. One way to be competitive without spending money on a GK is to get lucky with the common cards and especially the GKs (it seems to be working great if you choose 3 clubs with strong GK as your 3 favourite clubs after you register – you have good chances of getting at least 1 good GK). Common (white) cards can be used in Division 4 tournaments, but they will receive a initial penalty of minus 50% of their score, which will decrease when levelling your card. Considering this, a starting GK will score around 40 points (60+ with a cleansheet) and half of that is 20 points which could be essential in hitting the thresholds. This method is quite common and it saves the cost of starting goalkeeper. 

Let’s continue with the defenders. As mentioned before, I’m looking for players who start or play almost every game and have good average scores (>40,>45) and I put together a list. I’m sure there are even cheaper options available if you spend time to dig in deeper. 

A few decent options from J1 League (Japan) in the pictures above.

 

Yuki Nogami (Sanfreece Hiroshima) – regular starter with good scores

Yasuhiro Hiraoka (Vegalta Sendai) – regular starter with good scores

Ryuta Koike (Yokohama Marinos) – doesn’t start every game but can hit high scores when he does

Theerathon (Yokohama Marinos) – used to be a regular starter, now seems to be a rotation player

Two more defenders from K League 1 (South Korea)

 

Lee Yong (Jeonbuk) – not always a starter, can hit very good scores when he plays

Lee Chang-Yong (Seongnam) – regular starter who can hit high scores

And three more from MLS (starts on 17th of April)

 

Auro (Toronto) – started almost every game last season, decent SO5 scores

Marcelo Silva (Salt Lake City) – usually starts if he is fit, good scores

Donald Toia (Salt Lake City) – usually starts with good scores and decent average

Next category are the midfielders, and there a few good options in J1 League at the moment.

 

Yoshiki Matsushita (Vegalta Sendai) – started every game this season, good scorer

Ryo Takeuchi (Shimizu S-Pulse) – starts every game, good scores

Shoma Doi (Kashima Antlers) – starts almost every game, good scores

Yoshiaki Komai (Consadole Saporro) – regular starter with good average scores

And two more options, one from Japan and the other from MLS

 

Dax McCarty (Nashville) – was a regular starter last season, good scores

Naoki Yamada (Shonan Belmare) – starter who can hit high SO5 scores

Forwards are a bit more pricey than the rest of the outfield players, but there are always some bargains out there. Below you got 4 options: two players from J1 League, one from K League1 and a youngster from the MLS

Teruhito Nakagawa (Yokohama Marinos) – starter that can hit high scores

Kim In-Sung (Ulsan Hyunday) – involved in all games this season, good scores

Ryogo Yamasaki (Nagoya Campus) – involved in all games this season, good scores

Cristian Casseres (New York) – good prospect, might get more game time this season

In order to be competitive enough and to have a few options every weekend, I’d say 6-7 rare outfield players plus using a common goalkeeper to avoid paying 0.2 ETH or more for a starting rare one, is a very good way to start your journey on Sorare. I’m sure there are plenty of other cheap options and bargains around, that’s why is essential for everyone to do their own research. 

Benefit from capital appreciation by buying injured, out of form or players playing in leagues that will start at a later date. Usually players are cheaper in off-season or when they suffer a injury, but sentiment can change quickly and their price could increase substantially when they become relevant again.

Collecting digital Sorare cards could also turn out as a great strategy in the long run considering the increase in popularity of the NFT(non-fungible-token) space on top of Sorare being one of the leading projects in blockchain gaming and huge potential. The biggest sale to date was 150 ETH (£290k) for Cristiano Ronaldo Unique card. 

If you are new and want to give it a go, sign-up for a free account and play a few tournaments with the 10 Common cards you select for free in the initial draft. In case you are planning to spend money at some point and want to avoid paying a high cost for a starting goalkeeper, make sure you select at least 2 starting goalkeepers. After the draft, use these common players to register a team in Rookie League and see how the SO5 tournaments work. You can play the Rookie League for 8 game weeks so plenty of time to get a better idea about what Sorare is. Have fun!