I can't for the life of me fathom why EA implemented steroid cards into the game. Even more absurd is the fact that you are allowed to use them in online tournaments and seasons.
What is the logic behind it? Due to the ridiculous amount of cutscenes it will take you a minimum of an hour to reset your Fifa 16 account, just to discover your opponent has put a steroid card on every single player. How is it fair? It's just an enormous waste of time.
(This is a serious question, and not just a rant; I want to understand if there is a single good arguement for them. They go on talking about how they want to balance FIFA 16, surely they will remove steroid cards?)
Pack fillers. That's all really. Most of the cards in this game currently are just pack fillers. If they re-developed and changed how packs worked, they could remove almost everything but players.
They used to be in 09 because there was a system where a stat card would permanently increase the players attributes, (for example, you would have a +3 Pace, +2 DEF, -1 Shooting card) - but this was easily manipulated to the point where you could take any randy bronze and turn them in to a 99 gold card in no time at all. After they abandoned that system, they changed how the stat cards worked (a single game, rather than a permanent upgrade) however - I still believe they are only currently there as a pack filler.
I absolutely hate these things. Yesterday I played a guy with TOTY or TOTS versions of Ronaldo, Messi, Robben, Iniesta etc at every position, and he still put these cards on every single one of his players. He was obviously a coin buyer, and his super team was even more overpowered.
For all of the exploitative behaviors that occur in FUT, these steroid cards are the ones that bother me the most. The players that could fairly use them (those with bronze/silver teams) generally can't afford them, and it's only the players who have millions of Fifa coins that have them.
Since the goal of FUT as a game mode is to allow users to create their individual dream teams, I figure the attribute cards exist to allow someone to give a boost to their favorite player and help them be on par statistically with the higher rated players in the game.
Granted, the boost only lasts for one game, but the +10 allows you to play with an 86-rated Diego Valeri if you think he's underrated on his card as Timbers fan, or a gold-quality GK in your Colombian silver squad if you pulled or purchased Nelson Ramos.