FIFA 23 Ultimate Team is already packed with powerful promotional cards, but the appeal of Ones to Watch is timeless, and thanks to the addition of Nations to Watch updates on top of last year’s Wins to Watch mechanic, these cards can still be usable in the game for longer than usual. Haaland certainly will, at least no one else!
But with three different sources of potential upgrades for these cards (wins for the team, wins for the country, and of course, Team of the Week cards for the individual), it can be difficult to keep track of which card you’re about to get. get a return. boost and potentially increase in value. With that in mind, we’ve created this absolutely cutting-edge tracking page. Okay, it’s just a fancy table, but it’s nicer than EA’s, so there’s that.
So! Follow this guide and you’ll never have to wonder if that Tyler Adams or Corentin Tolisso you have in your FIFA 23 Ultimate Team pre-order pack still has a chance of getting an upgrade or not. Good luck!
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This in-depth FUT 23 trailer gives a decent overview of this year’s mode.
If you’re interested in Ultimate Team, we have pages on the best starting teams, Squad Battles, Milestone rewards, and FUT Coins and Trading.
FIFA 23 Ones to Watch progress and tracking
Ones to Watch cards are updated every Friday or so to reflect any changes based on Wins to Watch, Nations to Watch, or Team of the Week.
The tracker below features all OTW cards, including SBC and Objective players, their ratings, and progress towards their next update.
Last updated: Wednesday, December 7, 2022.
|Player||Ratings||Victories to see||Nations to follow||Positions||Nation and club|
|Robert Lewandowski||Start: 91Current: 93||Earned: 3/3||Earned: 1||S.T., C.F.||PolandBarcelona|
|Sadio Mane||Start: 89Current: 92||Earned: 3/3||Earned: 1||L.M., L.W., C.F.||SenegalBayern Munich|
|Erling Haaland||Start: 88Current: 90||Earned: 3/3||N/A||S.T., C.F.||NorwayMan City|
|Antonio Rudiger||Start: 87Current: 89||Earned: 3/3||Earned: 1||C.B.||GermanyReal Madrid|
|Paulo Dybala||Start: 86Current: 88||Earned: 3/3||Earned: 1||C.F., C.A.M., S.T.||ArgentinaRome|
|Raheem Sterling||Start: 86Current: 88||Earned: 3/3||Earned: 1||LW, L.M., R.W.||EnglandChelsea|
|Matthijs de Ligt||Start: 85Current: 88||Earned: 3/3||Earned: 1||C.B.||NetherlandsBayern Munich|
|Angel Di Maria||Start: 84Current: 87||Earned: 3/3||Earned: 1||R.W., R.M.||ArgentinaJuventus|
|Darwin Nunez||Start: 82Current: 87||Earned: 3/3||Earned: 1||ST, C.F., L.W.||UruguayLiverpool|
|Frank Kessie||Start: 84Current: 86||Earned: 3/3||N/A||MDL, CM||Ivory CoastBarcelona|
|Gabriel Jesus||Start: 83Current: 86||Earned: 3/3||Earned: 1||ST, CF, R.W.||BrazilArsenal|
|Aurelien Tchouameni||Start: 82Current: 86||Earned: 3/3||Earned: 1||CM, MDL||FranceReal Madrid|
|Anthony||Start: 82Current: 86||Earned: 3/3||Earned: 1||R.W., R.M.||BrazilMan United|
|richarlison||Start: 81Current: 86||Earned: 3/3||Earned: 1||ST, C.F., L.W.||BrazilSpurs|
|Nico Schlotterbeck||Start: 82Current: 86||Earned: 3/3||Earned: 1||C.B.||GermanyBorussia Dortmund|
|Renato Sanches||Start: 80Current: 85||Earned: 3/3||Earned: 1||C.M., R.M.||PortugalPSG|
|Steven Bergwijn||Start: 80Current: 85||Earned: 3/3||Earned: 1||LW, L.M., R.W.||NetherlandsAjax|
|Corentin Tolisso||Start: 81Current: 84||Played: 7/8 Won: 2/3||Earned: 1||CM, MDL||FranceLyon|
|Sergiño Dest||Start: 77Current: 84||Earned: 3/3||Earned: 1||RB, RWB, LB, RM||USAAC Milan|
|tyler adams||Initial: 76 Current: 81||Played: 7/8 Won: 2/3||Earned: 1||MDL, RSF, CM||United StatesLeeds|
If you’re just getting started in FIFA 23, check out our Ultimate Team best starting loadouts page. You can upgrade your team by trading and spending FUT Coins, some of which can be earned by completing milestone objectives. It’s also a good idea to learn how Squad Battles and Champions work in FIFA 23. We also have an OTW tracker and an RTTK tracker. Chemistry has also completely changed in FIFA 23 and don’t forget about the wide variety of skill moves, and be sure to claim your Ted Lasso and AFC Richmond rewards in FUT while you can! Finally, if you need help building the perfect team, we have pages on the best overall players, the best Premier League players and the fastest players. Along with the best long-term players, wonderkids, best forwards, best wingers, best midfielders and best defenders in FIFA 23.
FIFA 23 Nations to Watch updates
The start of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar means the Nations to Watch upgrade path is live for Ones to Watch players. If any OTW player’s nation wins a match in the World Cup, they will gain a +1 form upgrade (meaning the upgrade follows the normal form upgrade progression). Players don’t have to play for their national team to get this upgrade, so if Tolisso doesn’t play for France but France picks up a win, the Lyon man will still get his IF +1 upgrade.
EA last updated the Ones to Watch cards on December 7, activating all Nations to Watch updates. Meanwhile, the Team of the Week is suspended while the 2022 World Cup takes place in Qatar, meaning Team of the Week 10 will not be available until the conclusion of the tournament.
Darwin Nunez was the latest Ones to Watch player to receive a TOTW-based upgrade, returning to fitness following his two-goal performance in Liverpool’s win against Southampton before half-time.
Corentin Tolisso (Lyon) and Tyler Adams (Leeds United) have one more chance to get a ‘Wins to Follow’ upgrade, but the World Cup mid-season break means their clubs won’t play again until late December .
Image credit: EA Sports
How OTW updates work in FIFA 23
Ones to Watch is the first Ultimate Team promotion of the cycle and launched when FIFA 23 went on general sale. Cards are chosen based on high-profile summer transfers, with only one team released this year. This was due to a truncated real football calendar due to the winter World Cup.
These are dynamic cards that can receive improvements for three reasons:
- Team of the Week: OTW cards will always be updated if a player is included in the Team of the Week. Cards will not receive performance-based boosts based on other promotions, so if Tyler Adams appears on Team of the Year, for example (GO TYLER), his OTW will not be affected.
- Man of the Match: As with TOTW, OTW cards can receive a performance-based boost if the player earns a Man of the Match card. These are published less frequently and often relate to national cup competitions.
- Wins to Watch: Introduced last year, this mechanic means that OTW cards can receive an additional +1 boost if their team achieves three wins in eight domestic league games following the card’s release. These are national league matches. Cups, European matches, etc., do not count. You’d be surprised how many people forget this. The player does not have to play in these matches to receive the upgrade.
- Nations to Watch: New to FIFA 23, players will also receive a +1 boost if their nation wins a match at the World Cup in Qatar. The player does not have to play in these matches (or even be on the World Cup team!) to be eligible.
In other words, it’s about keeping an eye on things that happen in real-life football. Or look at this tracking page, obviously.
FIFA 23 Ones to Watch Trading Tips
While you may have come here hoping to find out if your Tyler Adams needs an upgrade, it also seems possible that you want to judge whether any of OTW’s current vintages are worth investing in and trying to turn a profit. Good news! They may be!
Trading dynamic cards, as this sort of thing is known, is a high-risk, high-reward method of turning your modest stack of FIFA coins into something more substantial. The idea is to buy them when they are less desirable and then sell them when they start to accumulate publicity.
- How it works: OTW cards typically go up in price before a player’s last game. To use a recent real-world example, Antony’s OTW card was around the 200,000 mark on Friday 7 October, but rose to around 230,000 on Sunday 9 October when Man United beat Everton and the Brazilian winger scored in the First half. Anyone who bought at the lowest price could have sold for a profit of around 18.5k (after EA collects their 5% transaction tax).
- When to buy: If you want to buy an OTW card to trade, look for opportunities based on market declines and distance to the next game. If cards drop in price after Weekend League, for example, and a player lost their last game, it could be a good time to buy. Buying later in the week, when people are buying Weekend League teams, or in the run-up to a match, is not a good idea, because the player’s price will be inflated. Keep an eye on price tracking sites like Futbin and Futwiz to spot these patterns.
- When to sell: The best time to sell is right before the real-world match starts. Cards surge in the run-up to a game when people buy them in the hope that their value will increase, and this makes the card more scarce and increases the price. Waiting until the match takes place can produce even better results, but there is no guarantee that the player will score. However, what you can guarantee is that if the player is substituted or his team loses, the price will go down.
One thing we should also add is that some cards already have upgrades built into their market value. For example, everyone knows that Manchester City are going to win three out of eight domestic league games, and Erling Haaland’s OTW price reflects that. It probably won’t increase at all when City get their third win. If someone plays for a dominant club like Bayern Munich or Real Madrid, keep that in mind!
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