5 Ways to Up Your Footstock Game
Hello, I hope you’re all well, especially in the current climate. The aim of this blog is to:
1. Share my experience of Footstock from the last 3 months
2. Highlight some tips to be successful on Footstock
3. Help you avoid the mistakes I made
4. Help you enjoy Footstock as much as (or more than) I do
I joined Footstock in October 2020. I’ll admit it hasn’t all been plain sailing, but I’ll come to that later. Footstock is primarily a card-based fantasy football platform with additional games and a card trading aspect. I’ll explain each later, but here’s why Footstock is appealing to me:
• Similar to fantasy football but with cash prizes
• A fun way to gamble with more longevity and value than traditional betting
• Extremely low entry costs to learn and compete
• Diversifies my gambling portfolio
• Because we all think we’re Ferguson, Guardiola, Mourinho, Klopp and Bielsa, rolled into one
• Amazing community and excellently run business with great support
Of course, as with any game, you should also understand any counterpoints:
• It is a gambling platform and not everyone can win
• Footstock is a challenger alt-gambling platform that is still maturing: changes to improve the mechanics based on user feedback are not uncommon
• The implementation of “Footstock 2.0” for a better user experience is still ongoing
All in all, when objectively reviewing Footstock, the positives far outweigh the counterpoints, and with the right approach, the platform can be trialled without too much risk.
Tip #1 Understand the Game
First thing: read the game rules, terms & conditions and understand the key ways to win (and lose). Pretty obvious, right?
Footstock has five key features:
1. Match contests: live and virtual fantasy-footy-style cash tournaments and variants
2. Card trading: all about buying low and selling high, like a footy-card-based eBay
3. Pack luck: buying packs of random cards/credit that could exceed or be lower than the cost
4. Rewards ladder: incremental rewards system that returns prizes for various achievements
5. Games: the games suite is currently being reworked and the first new games will launch soon
It’s fair to say that Footstock has something for everyone. The games and features are extremely simple to learn but have deeper nuances and variants, giving Footstock more facets and longevity, which makes it so much more fun, but also challenging to conquer.
Match contests combine skill and luck. Choose an eligible lineup from your collection, based on a comprehensive event scoring matrix, to win cash prizes.
The card market allows collectors to buy player cards cheap when in low demand and sell them for profit when demand rises.
Pack luck is for the chancers. Will you get a shiny valuable Legendary card or lower-value Basic cards?
The rewards ladder offers completely free bonuses. Yes, you can purposefully strive to meet objectives, but I see them as purely a bonus. I don’t strive to attain them and spend extra funds to do so. But if I get there, excellent, and the rewards can be pretty significant, like 50% off packs, making other features more attractive too.
Just a small note: all UK-based gambling platforms complete “Know Your Customer” (KYC) checks during joining. These deter criminality like money laundering. Ideally these are completed automatically, but if not, they are taken care of quickly, and customer services contact you if there are any hiccups – so I was ready to roll in no time at all.
Tip #2 Start Simple, Learn the Game, Set a Limit
I’d suggest you choose a couple of game types for your initial foray into Footstock. This will help you focus your efforts, learn quicker and maximise your resources (time and money) rather than spreading them thinly across numerous disciplines.
Dependent on your experience, set a budget with an aim to compete in the appropriate Footstock features that appeal to you. Whether it is match contests, card trading or virtual battles there is a wealth of free content online. Do some reading to best understand the strategies and features you’ve chosen. Once you feel confident, you can begin creating your collection, which is probably the most exciting part, initially at least.
I would recommend reviewing a few of the past contests you plan to compete in. This will give you a sense of what was successful and also what you need. There are numerous freeroll contests and even some “new-user only” contests to gain experience and confidence. Review these as much as possible and build your strategy and tactics ahead of time.
Tip #3 Buy Selectively and Purposefully
The biggest of many mistakes I made was to buy packs initially. Pack luck is a gamble (which we all like), but even though, say, Rhian Brewster probably has a bright future, you might still find yourself disappointed if you really wanted a Harry Kane or at least a Patrick Bamford. And nothing is worse than having a random collection of cards that aren’t competitive; how can you win without a competitive collection?
You can compete on Footstock at minimal cost, although a card can only enter one contest at a time. The current freeroll contest leader (after day one of a two-day event) at the time of writing costs £32.08 and stands to win £85.00. Remember, you can sell the cards and Footstock take no commission; you could even return a profit. However, if you played a week of free contests with a £50 collection and decide to sell, even at a 25% loss, you’d lose only £12.50. There are few ways to get a week of enjoyment and engagement for that cost.
So, prepare for your first contest and buy only those cards initially. Try to avoid market buying immediately before contests as prices increase with demand. Planning will save you a few quid. Once you’ve competed, you can either add more cards or recycle and change your collection for the next contest.
Important note: card valuations are set by the buyer!! Always review a card’s price history to see whether you could be being overcharged. Cards can be overpriced by sellers, and nobody wants to overpay for a card. Of course, if you deem the value worth it, then buy, but if you’re recycling cards, then you don’t want to lose out when selling. At the same time, there is the potential for bargain spotting if, for example, someone is selling a high-quality player at a reduced price due to one or two bad games.
Tip #4 Refine, Review and Perfect
Once you play a few contests, you’ll have better knowledge, be more competitive and, hopefully, maximise your chances. I’m learning new aspects continuously, trying to gain an edge and more points from my teams. This can turn a collector from unsuccessful to successful.
Initially, I didn’t fully grasp the relevance of the event-based scoring matrix. I didn’t adjust my card selection appropriately and that is key for match contests. That is evident in my results. Since grasping this, I’ve won over £600 in January so far and I’m not ultra-active. That’s 80% of my total returns in >15% of my time on FS. Something has definitely clicked.
Once you really, and I mean really, understand the mechanisms and nuances, Footstock is soooo enjoyable. Put the effort into analysis: what won, what lost, and adjust accordingly. I have my own system of how I prepare for each contest. Get your system.
Tip #5 Get Involved in the Community
One of the best and unique aspects of Footstock is the community on Slack. Existing collectors offer priceless knowledge and experience (although don’t expect a copy of their playbook). This will help you avoid the initial pitfalls and get the best experience from Footstock. Additionally, they also run a “Coaching Scheme” aimed at getting new starters to be more competitive as soon as possible. Don’t be shy, and join the Slack community – it will reap rewards in the long run.
Thanks for reading, and hopefully this gives you enough of a taster for you to sink your teeth into Footstock and give it a go, or to improve how you’re currently playing. I’ve only covered a small fraction of the Footstock platform here. I haven’t mentioned the £100,000 season-long freeroll with a top prize of £25,000, or the monthly Monster events, which return several thousand pounds to the winner. I’ve not detailed card trading either, which can be a lucrative revenue stream in itself. One trader has taken mere pennies to nearly £50 combining all the above, just for the hell of it!
I’ve definitely taken the longer route to “hitting my stride” on Footstock due to my trial-and-error approach. At times, like in football, things can be frustrating – but when it goes right, the results are worth it!
Hope to hear from you in the Footstock Slack forums.