In the Showdown Series promo of FIFA 23 Ultimate Team, EA Sports has continued the theme of competition. Recently, it released two new Icons who have represented opposing teams in the past, one of them being Liverpool's John Barnes.
In the Merseyside club, as an English forward, he is very famous now. Currently, you can get his Prime Icon version through SBC, which is pretty incredible.
On the Icons, there are not only the main content of Ultimate Team, but also some of the most powerful items you want in the game. For specific versions of these legendary football players, EA Sports often releases them as SBCs. This time, not only John Barnes joined, but also his Manchester United opponent, Nemanja Vidic.
1. Unlock Prime Icon John Barnes By Completing The SBC
At Liverpool FC, John Barnes is a legend. And his outstanding performances over the years have also solidified his status as a Premier League legend. Previously, he has appeared in the Icon roster of FIFA 20 Ultimate Team. In the roster, although the Icons of his cards are not the highest rated, the stats he has in the game are amazing.
2. Specific Content Of Prime Icon John Barnes
John Barnes, an English legend, has an 89-rated Prime Icon variant. Next, I will show you his important attributes:
- Defending: 45
- Passing: 85
- Physicality: 85
- Shooting: 87
- Pace: 90
- Dribbling: 91
Not only does he have four-star weak feet and four-star skill moves, but he can also play as a left midfielder, left winger or central attacking midfielder. Because of his strengths, his viability in FIFA 23's current meta has improved, making you more likely to include him in your FUT squad as well.
3. How To Unlock The Card
In SBC, there are four parts. Among them, each part has corresponding requirements and pack rewards. Next, I'll show you the specific requirements for each segment:
- Rare players: Exactly 11
- Player level: Exactly Bronze
- Rare players: Exactly 11
- Player level: Exactly Silver
- Number of players from Liverpool: At least one
- FUT Champions players or Team of the Week: At least one
- Squad Rating: Minimum 84
The Three Lions
- Number of players from England: At least one
- Squad Rating: Minimum 85
The overall expected cost of SBC this time is around 170,000 FUT 23 Coins, which is very close to the price of the tradable version of the FIFA 23 transfer market. If you like buying tradable variants, this price might prevent you from doing so. However, over time, you can gradually craft the SBC. And, you can also reduce its price by using untradeable assets of FUT clubs.
4. Is The SBC Worth Completing For You?
Considering John Barnes's replacement position, attributes and the fact that he is an Icon, I think the cost to unlock Prime Icon John Barnes is relatively low. In the game, he also has some kind of aura, which makes his performance and stats better than what you see. So, in my opinion, the SBC is worth completing. If you're a Liverpool fan, it's more worth completing.
Cards like Flashback Smalling, Showdown Bynoe-Gittens, and TOTY Jude Bellingham can be difficult to integrate into your FUT squad due to their chemical connection. So, I think an English legend like John Barnes would be a great choice for you.