Sorare test: the Football Manager of the future in crypto sauce?

Since childhood, football has been a passion. As a teenager, I spent hundreds of hours playing Football Manager , to become the greatest coach of the game. more and more fascinated. After having started by making false transfers to bring Roberto Carlos back to OM, I gradually looked for challenges by taking on small clubs without a budget, to bring them to a victory in the Champions League.

A few weeks ago, I discovered a new phenomenon: Sorare . Based on the Blockchain, this game uses NFT technology in the form of cards to be bought, used and then traded. Small reminder on NFTs, these are Tokens registered in the Blockchain that are unique. A Sorare card is yours, and you can do whatever you want with it. Some cards are now worth several tens of thousands of euros.

To give me an opinion on Sorare, I immersed myself in the ecosystem of the site, which is at the both addictive and has, for me, a very great future. Presentation and opinion on the game, in this test of Sorare.

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What is Sorare?

Sorare is a company French Blockchain specialist. It has just carried out a new levy of 37 million euros, and continues its exponential growth.

Sorare’s concept is based on the possession and use of more or less rare player cards, among the 126 partner clubs of the brand. Twice a week, the platform offers championships, which allow you to win rare cards, and sums in Ether, the currency used on the platform.

I made two mistakes before registering, read these lines carefully if you want to start playing Sorare. The first was not to use sponsorship. Indeed, using a referral link (like this one ), allows you to receive a free limited card after winning 5 auctions. Considering the value of the cards currently, it can be a real boost for your progress.

The unique card of Boubacar Kamara on Sorare © Presse-citron

The second is choosing my three favorite teams when registering. Remember to consult the list of partner clubs of the game (more than 130 to date), and to choose the best, because the first cards offered are players from these three clubs. These are the two essential actions to get started on Sorare.

How to play Sorare?

Once you have registered, you have two ways to play.

The first is to stay in free mode only. You therefore access the “Rookie Starter” championship, and the offered prizes are interesting, but almost inaccessible with a rare card for the first 3 of the championship, and basic cards for the rest. FYI, the last Rookie League I participated in had more than 10 000 players. Important point, this Rookie League can only be played 8 times in total , so that only beginners can try their luck.

A “day” on Sorare is played out as follows. You choose 5 players (a goalkeeper, a defender, a midfielder, an attacker + another outfield player). Based on their performance in real life, they are given a rating. The addition of the scores obtained allows you to know your ranking, and your prize.

The second choice is to play in paid mode, and this is where the potential of Sorare is huge from my point of view. Sorare offers four types of cards:

Common cards (unlimited) / White The limited cards (1000 per player, per season) / yellow Rare cards (50 per player, per season) / Red Super rare cards (10 per player, per season) / Blue Unique cards (1 per player, per season) Black All Championships (except Rookie Starter) require use rare cards . In my Sorare test, I decided to prioritize the All Star championship in the 4th division, which requires at least four rare. This championship offers a rare card to 100 first (more or less strong depending on the ranking), and the first three earn 0.2 ETH, 0.3 ETH and 0.5 ETH respectively. Where the game can be interesting in the long run is that if you score more than 205 points you earn 0 , 000 ETH, and 0, 02 ETH for a score greater than 205 points . If you build a strong team, you can aim for these goals almost all the time.

The different championships on Sorare © Presse-citron

To play in this championship, you must purchase rare cards. You can do this with a direct payment by credit card, or by depositing funds in your Sorare wallet, by credit card or cryptocurrency. It is this last choice that I made, and as for NBA Top Shot, I consider that you think carefully beforehand about the amount you want to put in to avoid multiplying the costs.

You will need an external wallet, like MetaMask, to deposit your funds in ETH. In the game you can then choose to see the amount of the cards in Euro or ETH. I chose the latter solution, while the price varies enormously.

There are more than in total championships for all levels. The more you progress, the more the prizes will be important. The winner of the single cards championship wins 3 ETH every day, or about 4 474 € depending on the value of the Ether at the time of writing this review on Sorare.

Player trading accessible to all

While your performances in different championships will mainly depend on your knowledge in real life (I missed 0, 01 ETH because my Russian background was injured on the last day), you can also see Sorare as a trading platform to grow your portfolio. At any time, you can collect your winnings by withdrawing funds from the platform.

There are three ways to recruit players on Sorare. The first: auctions. Every day, new players are introduced to the platform, and users bid to recruit them. In auctions, you can also get “packs” of 5 players from the same club.

Auctions on Sorare © Lemon Squeezer

The second is through the market. In this section, it is Sorare players who are selling their nuggets (during 44 hours), and you can buy them directly. The trading system is attractive as you will be able to make offers below the price set by the player’s manager. It is then up to him to accept or not.

Pro tip: remember to join the game discord, you can communicate with users to make exchanges, or negotiate prices. This is for me the most exciting part of Sorare, we really get into the game being the sporting director of our own club and making rational investments.

The Sorare market © Presse-citron

You have to be very smart when buying of your players. The competition is tough, and during this Sorare test, I saw very few price errors from the managers. Also remember to find out about the coveted players so as not to have any bad surprises.

Small personal example, I invested 0, 08 ETH on Ghoulam who seemed to be getting back in shape after months of absence, telling me that his value was going to rise. He has just been seriously injured, and two minutes after his release, more than 03 rare cards were already on sale, the price having fallen. You can also go the other way around, choosing injured players to buy them cheap and use them when they return. Small personal message to Jordan Amavi, it would be time to come back. 🙂

Direct offers on Sorare © Presse-citron

Finally, the third way to acquire new players are cards offered. You can receive rare players, either through your league performances or through sponsorship, which gives you a rare card once you have won 5 auctions. You can, once registered, sponsor your relatives. When they win 5 auctions they will receive a rare card, and so will you.

Some tips on Sorare

Like any beginner, I made mistakes on Sorare. The first was not to go through a Sorare referral link to get a free card. Receiving a free card is always a real plus to progress. If you’re lucky enough to run into a titular keeper, it’s a jackpot.

Another mistake was that I didn’t know enough about the market when making certain purchases. I have three tools now to prevent this. The first is the site SorareData , which is a real gold mine of information on the game. I know for example that e my club at a price 48% of value since launch. The second concerns the well-known Transfermarkt , which gives you all the information on players in real life. The third, finally, is the FotMob application, which allows you to have notifications on specific players and clubs.

Another point of vigilance if you are starting: the end of the season is approaching in some championships. The market is therefore now turning to the MLS and certain Asian championships which will take place all summer. Think about this before looking for new players.

Anticipation of your players’ score is also important. The stats are those of Opta, and read the explanatory pages on Sorare carefully to assess the potential of your players. Each card also benefits from a bonus depending on its experience, which can make all the difference in a championship day. Seasons are also important, because a player’s card 2000 is entitled to an immediate 5% bonus on this year’s matches. When we move on to the next one, it will lose them, and the value will go down. That said, investing in cards from the past, which are often cheaper, is a good strategy in my opinion.

8% bonus for my Enner Valencia card © Lemon squeezer

The balance of your team is important , it is as a priority to find titular players for each position, because a player who does not play earns zero points. Currently in the game, the titular rare Guardians are extremely expensive. To attack the Global All Star league in Division 4, it is better to rely on a “common” goalkeeper. His grade will lose approximately 38% of its value, but it is still possible to target 250 points like this

My opinion on Sorare

After this Sorare test for several weeks, the platform has everything to become a phenomenon in France and around the world. The business model is solid: Sorare makes money on fees, and especially on each new auction.

Of course, not everything is perfect. Currently, the inflation is very high on the price of the players and it is almost impossible to have an affordable scarce keeper. The platform is however very stable, and continues to develop day by day.

A partnership with Ubisoft recently allowed the use of Sorare cards in another game, OneShot, based on the Belgian championship. This experiment is only one of the first, and there is no doubt that your Sorare cards will be able to serve you elsewhere than on the platform itself. This is the real difference with NBA Top Shot ( our test ) which is much more locked. Your cards belong to you and you can sell them outside of the game if you wish.

Unlike games like FUT, Sorare will allow you to make a profit on your investment, provided good sales are made. For this you will need to be smart and target the right players. You can also find a nugget of 15 years, close the game and come back in a few years to resell it. Also watch out for the addictive side, only play the money you don’t need.

And you, what is your opinion on Sorare? Give us your thoughts in the comments.

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