Throughout the course of this year’s FIFA game, Ultimate Team players have been doing something that on the face of it sounds counter-intuitive: deliberately relegating themselves.
This is not a new phenomenon in the world of Ultimate Team, but it has certainly ramped up with the release of FIFA 20. It’s become a meme within the game’s community, and popular FIFA streamers and YouTubers even recommend it to their followers.
So, why does self-relegating help you out? Well, this all revolves around Ultimate Team’s Division Rivals mode, which is ostensibly the game’s main online competitive ranked mode (the gruelling Weekend League is the place for the ultra hardcore and the best rewards). Division Rivals, which has, generally, been a huge success since its introduction with FIFA 19, sorts players out into divisions, with relegation and promotion and related rewards. The better you are at the game, the higher division you’ll be in – or so the theory goes.