Footstock Meet the Manager Again: Ben_pz
In the Footstock Meet the Manager series, we profile some of the platform’s most active managers. Today’s manager is under the spotlight for the second time, now with some more Footstock experience under his belt – Ben_pz.
1) What is your name?
My name is Ben Hearn – on Twitter I’m @Benpz2 and on the Official Footstock Slack Chat I go by Ben_pz.
2) Last time we spoke you had quickly turned a £10 deposit into a lot more, what has happened since then?
I had managed to get my £10 to £1500 playing roulette in those first two to three weeks, but the edge I had was getting noticeably smaller by the day. PPG was static and people quickly learnt the best players to play. I decided to track 1,000+ games and realised that although I was still making profit, it wasn’t enough for the time I was putting in. As real football was close to returning I wanted to start targeting tournaments, so switched my attention to them.
Those first three weeks playing roulette did allow me to keep an eye on the market and build a bit of an idea of which players I thought were value and which were not before I’d invested anything significant. There was a sizeable dip and I saw my first chance to get some money in and build a collection with tournaments in mind.
In the last two months I have pretty much invested in every dip since and as people know there have been a few! My total deposits now stand at £14,000. My collection is currently worth £15,300, so although many players’ prices are a fair bit lower than when I first jumped in (maybe 30–50%), I have managed to stay just about even by being quite strict and only depositing on dips, while making some profits from trading and tournaments.
I am a few days away from hitting 5,000 cards and the Legendary card reward. Once I hit this, I plan to spend a bit more time restructuring my collection and trade in and out of players a bit more. So far I’ve done a lot more buying than selling!
I’m very happy with my collection at the moment and feel it is quite evenly distributed through the levels. I have tried to have at least five of every player as this is the minimum that I want going into tournaments with my collection size. I will have fewer if I think they are seriously overpriced, and I have a lot more on ones I hold for capital appreciation.
Going forward I’d ideally like to have around 50% to 66% of my collection dedicated to tournaments, with the rest invested in players to trade in and out of. This way I can hopefully maximise profit from both avenues.
3) And how do you view the development of the platform in general?
The last couple of months have been a rollercoaster. A huge influx of users came pushing prices up very quickly. Some of those new users have now left for various reasons, be it going back to work, enjoying the sunshine or that it simply wasn’t for them, and prices have fallen, but what is left is a really strong base of users much bigger than before the spike.
Now I see a gentler upwards curve of new users and a bit more stability.
I think the FS team have done very well at adapting to these changes in what must be a very difficult balancing act on such a multifaceted platform.
The team running Footstock are the main factor in me being comfortable in putting in a fairly large sum over the last few months.
4) Now you’ve been here a bit longer, which players do you presently think are the best value and why?
I’ve had my eye on potential key virtual players since the restart of the season. The summer break is actually looking longer than I first thought as well. Although the Premier League’s 20/21 season dates have not been confirmed yet, Germany’s league restarts on the 16th of September, so I expect it to be around that date, maybe even a little after, meaning we should have a fair amount of time with static PPGs and virtual tournaments. I expect some players to increase in value due to their strength at virtuals in this time.
Son, Martial and Willian are three players who have been strong since the restart. Their prices have started to rise to reflect that, but I expect there is still some growth yet.
Burnley’s Jay Rodriguez is one who should do well. He has been scoring a big proportion of the Clarets’ goals.
Harvey Barnes is one I think has gone under the radar a little. He has not been getting much playing time recently, but should be good for virtuals as he has plenty of goals and assists.
Michail Antonio is another, especially after his four goals on the weekend. I also like his teammate Jarrod Bowen for summer and more long term. He suits the matrix well, gets goals and assists and should be quite rare considering he transferred in January. Just need the Hammers to stay up!
5) Now you have more experience, what advice would you give a new trader?
My advice for tournaments would be to take your time and build up slowly. Try the freerolls and Beginner tournaments first and then work your way up. Mistakes will be made along the way, but they will hopefully be less expensive with a careful strategy.
I would also advise people to track tournament results. It will take 100s of tournament entries before you can get a true idea of your success in tournaments. A lot of people get disheartened by not having immediate success, but it can take a while to get that first big win and the money is heavily weighted in the top few places so a bit of patience is needed.
For trading, my advice would be to look at key events in the future. Personally, I have been thinking about the virtuals since the last ones finished. Also, I have been buying for the start of next season, especially with the 100k freeroll in mind.
Last time you had no idea what to most look forward to about Footstock – how about now?
There is so much to look forward to! Footstock have released so many exciting plans for the future. Firstly, I’m looking forward to the end-of-season tournament and dreaming about becoming Footstock World Champion. The 100k season-long freeroll will be great. New player packs. Expansion to new territories. The next stage of the WhoScored partnership. The new site/app, which looks amazing. The list goes on!