I agree/disagree with some points.
I played Fifa UT last year and even with 24 gold packs for preordering my team was sh*t. My best card was an 87 thiago silva and all of my forwards were no higher than like a 79. Playing games got you sh*t for coins and there were no collections from what I saw. With that said I am going to give it another shot this year with the 24 packs but even then I can only use 4 per month so I don't see how you get your collection up without spending money.
Last year's UT for madden was a lot better. The collections were smaller and gave you more coins. Also you could resell gold cards you didnt need for 750.. and i think gold packs were only 6k last year... basically they just made it a lot tougher this year without spending money. Also when your dudes run out you can buy replacement players for 1 coin at each position, 3 times max. I've been doing this and grinding out the solo challenges. I don't have much yet, but over 50k coins. In a week I should be looking a lot better.. some people just have no patience... the game just came out I'm cool with it taking a month or so to get a stacked team for free.
Ultimately I feel like this year's UT took 1 step forward with the solo challenges but two steps back with the way its designed and the value of cards/packs and collections.
After playing both UT's I can say Fifa's UT > Madden's and its not even close.
Divisions to rank you based on skill, 3 standard cups and new ones every week or so, daily gifts, special packs around the holidays, TOTW, TOTY all makes fifa UT >>>>>>>>> Madden UT. Just thought I'd share that as I was rereading this thread.