1 month ago
The past six weeks or so have been a particularly exciting time on Sorare. Indeed, during this short period, we have had the following announcements:
During the bulk of my time on Sorare, (on and off since February 2021), the platform has progressed at a fairly consistent pace, but these recent announcements have really accelerated the growth and brought in a wave of new managers.
Indeed, according to Sorare Data, the number of managers who own 1+/5+/10+ cards on Sorare has more than doubled in the period since 13th August to today, (18th October). That is pretty impressive to say the least!
The new, ‘Limited’ scarcity has been introduced by the Sorare team as the new entry level scarcity for managers and it is perhaps the biggest fundamental change made since the platform launched.
The Limited scarcity cards can only be used in the, 'Limited' scarcity fantasy football competitions as it stands now.
As a new user to the platform, I am sure it feels like an exciting time to get involved, but exactly how you should go about this is somewhat open to debate and opinion, (depending on who you listen to!).
With all these changes afoot, it is therefore worth asking the question, ‘Is Sorare an Expensive Hobby for those with Deep Pockets, or is it still a Viable Investment Opportunity?’
When you first join Sorare, it is imperative to formulate a clear strategy. Perhaps the first thing to do is have a think about what budget you have to get started and how much you are willing to deposit initially.
For the purpose of this article, we will look at two different strategies to play the core SO5 game based on having a starting budget of >£500 and <£500.
Until the recent launch of the new, ‘Limited’ scarcity, the best way to begin your Sorare journey was undoubtedly to put a team together to enter the, ‘Global All Star Division 4’, (GAS D4) each game week. As of 19/10/21, this division has been re-branded by Sorare as, 'All Star Rare' and we will refer to this as 'ASR' in the below section.
There are a number of reasons why this is still a very viable strategy today and in my opinion a good option to consider, (particularly if starting on a >£500 budget).
The other viable strategy to getting started on Sorare is to focus purely on the Limited scarcity and creating a team that can challenge for rewards each Game Week. The strategy again would be to target entering the, 'All Star' division, (All Star Limited/ASL) initially and branching out from there.
I would consider this as the optimum strategy for starting on a <£500 budget.
These strategies may be applied to both the All Star Rare and All Star Limited divisions, depending on your initial investment.
The starting Common players that you are given when you register via this link will come from these teams. Prioritising teams with good goalkeepers is essential, as hopefully, you will be lucky enough to be given 1 or 2 handy Common GKs. If you can choose teams in different Sorare regions that have various season start/end dates, this could potentially provide you with a Common goalkeeper you can use all year round in the, 'Rare' scarcity competitions.
Prioritise the following when using Sorare Data to scout for players:
Players from less attractive regions, (America, Asia, Challenger Europe) can be entered into ASR and ASL. Use these players to win the higher value Champion Europe and U23 rewards.
It is better to enter one team that has a good chance of hitting a reward in the All Star divisions than trying to expand too quickly and regret purchases you have made.
Using a Common goalkeeper in ASR is a good strategy rather than looking to buy 2 x Rare GK’s initially.
This must be a player who starts a high % of matches, (80%+), has a high level of consistency, (>15 AA scores) and a historic ability to hit peak scores
Defenders are usually the cheapest position and the scoring matrix suits them well. Centre-backs generally score better than full-backs.
Going for a GK and Defender combination from one team is an effective way to build a strong score for your team. Goalkeepers are awarded 30 points for a clean sheet and defenders receive 10 points. A defensive stack that yield a clean sheet is therefore worth 40 points – which is excellent.
Players that are injured, out of form or in their off-season will often be attainable at a lower rate than they would be usually. If you are patient, they can offer good opportunities to buy at lower prices.
Ultimately, I feel that Sorare can still be a very lucrative platform to join if you are prepared to work to a set plan and strategy.
There are a number of other ways that you can play the game and by no means are the two routes I have suggested above ‘the only way’. However, as a new manager joining the game, I hope that these ideas can help you formulate a route to starting on your new adventure!
On and off Sorare since February 2021. Having fun and making ETH along the way!