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SoRare Fantasy Football
Sorare SO5 is a contemporary twist on fantasy football gaming. Your team earns points for their live-action counterparts real-life actions.
What sets SO5 apart from the competition is the level of prizes, the use of official blockchain cards, and the support this game gets from major gaming brands—mainly ConSensys, Ubisoft, and Opta.
With that level of backing, it’s no surprise that the fantasy football franchise has the endorsement of 41 football clubs—and counting.
So with the momentum Sorare SO5 is gaining in 2020, it was only a matter of time before the game started commanding mainstream attention. If it’s got yours, too, here’s everything you need to know to get started right now.
From what Sorare SO5 is, to how to play, to tips and tricks, and my in-depth Sorare review—you’ve got it all right here. Let’s get started.
My first 3 Months on Sorare
What is SoRare?
Sorare is the first official game that uses the Sorare branded blockchain cards. Blockchain allows users to authenticate their digital player cards in a similar way to how we collected playing cards in the 90s—you can buy, sell, and trade cards with other online users.
We’ll get on to the actual gameplay in a few minutes, but the bare bones setup is this:
Assemble a team of 5 cards—collect points based on what your players do in real-life football matches—use those points to level up your players for better bonus points—and compete in higher divisions.
The higher your players move through the rankings, the better your prizes.
Sorare migrated to Ethereum in 2019 after their previous host—LOOM—made the move to digital commercial solutions. The move didn’t slow their momentum, and Sorare secured the use of major football giants like Juventus, West Ham United, and Roma.
They also managed to stir up major engagement with player cards for Ronaldo and Joao Felix.
For New Customers of SoRare, you can claim 10 Free Cards when signing up. This will allow you to start your collection and enter leagues.
How To Play Sorare
I’ve got a lot to cover regarding gameplay, but to get the most out of this guide I’ll include it in the Sorare review section. To get set up, though, is a really straightforward process:
- Create your first team. Sign up to Sorare for the first time, and you’ll be given 10 common cards straight away.
- Enter your first team in the Rookie League. This league is reserved for new players—called Managers.
- Build your first team. You’ll need to choose 5 cards in total.
- Enter up to 4 leagues, or play for 4 weeks, and you’ll be promoted to New Manager. Congratulations!
- Build your team up with player cards you’ve won, or trade for some on the Transfer Market.
One of the best features of Sorare SO5 in the early game is the number of resources available to help you build up your skills as a Manager. Check out Sorare’s website here.
There is also a Sorare Twitter account you can follow, but I haven’t gained a lot of gameplay insight across that platform.
It’s been around for about a year, but they’re starting to grow more now & I’d expect to see the Social Media sites grow alongside it.
Bidding for a Player
Bidding for a player on SoRare is easy and exhilarating. You need to enter the Transfer Market to find the players which are up for sale. This is where you will find the players that you can bid on.
In this example, I’m going to place a bid on Wendel, it’s honestly a simple process.
Click the place bid button, which will then open up a box where you can enter your maximum bid.
Hit Confirm, where you will be prompted to enter your account password.
You’ll then be notified that you’re the highest bid, you just need to hope now that you don’t get outbid!
You can re-bid, but we all want to get the players as cheap as possible!
Sorare: The Review
The Basics of Sorare Gameplay
The process is incredibly simple. Create your team, select your team captain, and validate your team before the tournament deadline—you can check this at any time when you login to your Sorare account.
Building your team
The Gaming Arena tab is where you’ll find your latest statistics, and details of tournament deadlines.
When you have an active tournament deadline, you can click on Compose a Team.
The user interface for choosing your players is smooth, and lets you drag and drop your players into the formation you want.
Sorare have given us a lot of flexibility with the SO5 offering.
A goalkeeper, defender, midfielder, and forward are compulsory.
Your fifth player can be any other outfielder. If you’re a seasoned fantasy football gamer, you’ll know how valuable this kind of choice can be—and the level of control it gives us.
Click the star next to a player’s card to assign them the captain’s role—they’ll be awarded a bonus multiplier for their trouble.
Next, validate your team. From there, choose your team name and you’re ready for your first challenge.
It couldn’t be easier to get into Sorare SO5—and as an avid football gamer, that was a solid plus for me.
- Customizable teams give solid control over your success
- Easy to understand team setup and selection
- Drag and drop team building
- Solid bonus point system as you level up your players
- Slick user interface
- Excellent graphics
- Straightforward process that becomes second nature after a few tournaments.
- Backed by Huge companies such as UbiSoft.
One thing we would like to see, is an easier way to view a specific players stats. I’m sure this will come, with time.
The Gaming Arena offers weekly and monthly tournaments at each level—or card scarcity. This gives every player the ability to match their difficulty level to the cards they own.
This means you can field a team of Common (weeks 1-4), Rare, Super Rare, and Unique cards, which adds a lot of variety—even when you get the upper levels of the game.
I can see this being a big drawcard for new and experienced players, since it allows you to get a different gaming experience.
It could also influence your strategy for levelling up your cards.
To win a high-value tournament you need to rank high on the All Star leaderboard.
One of the best things about this tournament is that it has no entry restrictions, so you have a lot of scope to challenge yourself and grow your gameplay.
Let’s be realistic, though: to have any chance of ranking on the All Star leaderboard, you need to be fielding either Super Rare or Unique cards.
The Rare League allows you to enter a team of five Rare player cards—no Unique or Super Rare cards are permitted.
The Super Rare League is open to any gamer who owns at least one Super Rare card, but doesn’t permit Unique cards.
At time of writing, a new Media League has been scheduled for release, although we won’t have details—or anything to add to this Sorare review—until beta testers have had a chance to test it out for ourselves.
Sorare are expected to increase the number and style of tournaments as the game gathers more mainstream attention. As with all fantasy football platform games—and mobile / PC games in general—those tournaments will increase in-line with user growth.
One of the options being discussed heavily on Discord is category-based tournaments.
In theory, these tournaments would be open to player cards of a specific nationality, or as an Under 21’s / Over 30’s, or Veterans league.
- A lot of tournament variety
- Potential for new leagues and tournaments to be added
- Good prizes at the upper levels
- Ability to grow your cards and strategy at every level
- Limited tournament options at this stage
- Difficult to earn quality prizes at the lower levels of the game—but not impossible
Sorare have created a pretty interesting structure for prizes. The goal was clearly to balance how SO5’s rarest player cards—the Unique cards—drop.
To balance out distribution, certain cards can only be earned through winning tournaments.
This is balanced with the auction structure and the Trader Market.
This is some valuable insight by the developers, and something that is bound to be appreciated by low- or no-spend gamers.
As I write this Sorare review, one of the best prizes comes with ranking #1 on the monthly All Star leaderboard.
That will reward you a Unique player card—of your choice.
First place on the weekly All Star or tournament leaderboards will get you a Super Rare player card.
A clever feature of the Sorare SO5 game is the pre-tournament auction. This is a solid supplement to the prizes available, and lets gamers take part in auctions to improve their team before the tournament entry closes.
- Good balance of prize distribution
- Good balance of premium player cards as prizes
- Convenient placement of player card auctions
- It would be nice to see more high-value player cards go to lower level tournaments—but the challenge definitely drives players to improve their game.
Tips & Tricks For New Players
My most valuable piece of advice for new players would be: enter a Rare tournament.
Rare player cards will be available in the pre-tournament auction, which will give you your first opportunity to buy Rare player cards.
Yes, I do mean “buy” the player cards. There are very few ways for a new player to get competitive against beta players without a little financial leg-up.
The benefit of getting into the Rare League early on is that the point range of Rare cards is narrow, so it’s easier to compete for prizes early on.
Rare tournaments seem to have a smaller point margin between first and second place.
The second tip I have to offer to new players is: know your captain. Because your captain gets bonus points, he can often be one of your heavy-hitters on the points front.
What does that mean? When there is a really small point margin between first place and the runner up, the captain is the deciding factor.
My last piece of advice for newbies is pretty simple: check the XP level on any card before you bid for, trade for, or buy it.
The current XP level of any card can really impact your final score.
Tips For Experienced Players
When I talk about experienced players, I’m thinking of non-beta testers.
Gamers who know their way around a mobile / PC game, have explored the SoRare landscape, and are already evaluating their spending and game strategy.
At this stage, you have two options: develop your Rare player roster as a low-pay / no-pay player, or focus on a Super Rare or Unique team.
If you plan to go down the latter route, my advice is this:
Set a budget, and stick to it.
With 10 new Super Rare cards coming up for auction each week, plus the opportunities available in the Transfer Market, you could comfortably build a full Super Rare lineup in under a month.
If you lack patience—but don’t lack funds—you could do it in less than 72 hours.
Building a full Unique team is a little trickier—and a lot more time intensive. Stakes are higher at auctions, and you’ll need to put your negotiation techniques to good use to purchase Unique cards from other gamers.
The pay-off is that a Unique player who gives a unique real-life performance could be a game changer.
It’s not uncommon for one football game to rocket a gamer from obscurity to the top of the leaderboard.
What is a Sorare card?
It’s a digital collectible card. Similar to a limited-edition printed card or artwork, it has tangible value in the online marketplace.
Sorare cards can be freely traded and sold, and like other Blockchain-assets, it can’t be stolen.
Sorare cards represent specific football players, and a specific football season in which that footballer played or the 19/20 Sorare SO5 season, the card scarcity is:
- Unique: 1 copy
- Super Rare: 10 copies
- Rare: 100 copies
Can I still use cards from previous seasons, or cards for players who have transferred?
In a nutshell: yes.
You can play with cards from previous seasons, provided that the player linked to the card continues playing in a league covered by Sorare.
Cards from the current season earn a 10% bonus, and cards from previous seasons do not.
How do I buy a Sorare card?
New individual cards can be bought in the Transfer Market by bidding at auction.
Manager cards are available to buy or to trade with other managers.
Bidding is simple.
Place a bid on the card you want. If another user outbids you, you’ll be notified, and have the opportunity of placing a higher bid.
Rinse and repeat this process until the auction ends, and you may find yourself the proud owner of a new player card.
Can I sell my cards?
You can sell or trade your cards at any time. On the Cards page, you’ll see the option to sell your card.
Simply key in the price you want, and click Sell. Your card will stay listed for 2 days.
If it doesn’t sell, it will remain in your gallery.
Ready for a new challenge? Join Sorare and start your SO5 adventure today.
Do I recommend SoRare?
SoRare is a new product, so there is going to be a few issues that need ironing out.
Overall, it’s a very good product, backed by gaming giants Ubisoft.