EA Sports has just released the HUT “Gift of Giving” Christmas set and to no surprise, it’s all about giving!
How you ask? Each set you complete adds points to a Gift of Giving Pool that will close when the set ends, December
25th 31st(set was extended). The more points the community is able to collectively accumulate the better reward we’ll get. EVERYONE who participates will receive a reward ranging from just one single Gold Rare Player(if we all suck at giving) all the way up to 8 Gold Rare Players + 1 Carbon Collectible + 94 OVR Mike Richards.
For those unfamiliar with HUT sets, I’ll cover each aspect in detail below – and at a giveaway at the end 😉
How to Complete Sets
There are two different types of sets, Novice and Epic, Novice require only Gold player cards while the higher end epic sets require Christmas Collectibles(found in packs) and Gold or Carbon Collectibles.
Novice – Gold Player Card Sets
Do you have random Gold common or rare players sitting around that you are never going to use again? Most do, unless you are one of those OCD players who have to always have a clean and perfectly organized HUT collection… at least you can still stare at your tidy collection?
Anyways, for the non-OCD players, all you need to do is trade in all those useless Gold Rare/Common player cards sitting in your collection! If you have 50+ Rares'(85+ OVR) then you can do the 50 set and earn a 12 Gold Rare Player pack that you might end up getting something actually worth keeping or just more crap players to recycle back into the set again.
*I’ll open the rest of the 12 player packs and a couple of the Winter Wonderpacks at the end of the post.
Here is the rundown of what the rest of the Gift of Giving sets require and what you get in return:
Christmas Sweater (adds 1 point for community pool)
Trade in any Gold Common Player to receive a random jersey(Bronze, Silver, or Gold)
Gold Common to Gold Rare Player (adds 5 points for community pool)
Trade in 10 Gold Common Players to receive 1 random Gold Rare Player
Collectible to Gold Rare Player (adds 5 points for community pool)
Trade in a Christmas Collectible to receive 1 random Gold Rare Player
Gold Rares to 2 Gold Rare Players (adds 10 points for community pool)
Trade in 10 Gold Rare Players to receive 2 random Gold Rare Players
Gold Rares to 12 Gold Rare Players (adds 75 points for community pool)
Trade in 50 Gold Rare Players to receive 12 random Gold Rare Players (as seen in video above)
Epic – Christmas Collectible Sets
The epic sets will earn you a special edition player, ranging from an 87 OVR Dan Boyle up to a 91 OVR Dan Boyle… why another Dan Boyle? No NHL player loves Christmas more than Dan Boyle! Na, I have no idea. I’m sure he likes Christmas though.
All five epic sets:
- 90 OVR Manny Malhotra = x10 Christmas Collectibles + x1 Carbon Collectible
- 90 OVR Kris Versteeg = x10 Christmas Collectibles + x1 Carbon Collectible
- 91 OVR Dan Boyle = x15 Christmas Collectibles + x1 Carbon Collectible
- 87 OVR Joe Sakic = x5 Christmas Collectibles + x5 Gold Collectibles
- 87 OVR Dan Boyle = x5 Christmas Collectibles + x5 Gold Collectibles
You may notice there is a 60 minute cooldown period for the following sets:
- Christmas Sweater
- Gold Common to Gold Rare Player
Unfortunately, some users were exploiting the sets so a Gift of Giving cooldown period had to be introduced. Some people eh? …
Gift of Giving Pool Rewards – Light The Lamp!
One of the coolest parts about this set is the Gift of Giving Pool aspect. As mentioned earlier, everyone who participates is eligible to receive an awesome reward after the set ends – providing the community completes sets and earns enough pool points.
This is especially awesome for free to play HUT players since it doesn’t matter how many sets you complete, you will get the same reward at the end. Of course, try to complete as many as you can to ensure we all get the best possible reward!
There are 10 different tiers of rewards and they are as follows:
- First Tier: 1 Gold Rare Player item
- Second Tier: 3 Gold Rare Players items
- Third Tier: 5 Gold Rare Players items
- Fourth Tier: 6 Gold Rare Players items + 2 Gold Collectibles
- Fifth Tier: 7 Gold Rare Players items + 4 Gold Collectibles
- Sixth Tier: 8 Gold Rare Players items + 6 Gold Collectibles + 86 OVR Mike Richards
- Seventh Tier: 8 Gold Rare Players items + 8 Gold Collectibles + 87 OVR Mike Richards
- Eighth Tier: 8 Gold Rare Players items + 1 Carbon Collectible + 88 OVR Mike Richards
- Ninth Tier: 8 Gold Rare Players items + 1 Carbon Collectible + 91 OVR Mike Richards
- Tenth Tier: 8 Gold Rare Players items + 1 Carbon Collectible + 94 OVR Mike Richards
- Eleventh Tier: 8 Gold Rare Players + 1 88+ Rare Player + 95 OVR Mike Richards
- Twelfth Tier: 9 Gold Rare Players + 1 88+ Rare Player + 1 88+ Christmas Player, 95 OVR Mike Richards
- Thirteenth Tier: 10 Gold Rare Players + 1 88+ Rare Player + 1 88+ Christmas Player + 1 Mystery Player + 95 OVR Mike Richards
Again, why all Mike Richards? Well, rumour has it, he left Santa’s milk and cookies inside the Stanley Cup on the night before Christmas! … na just messin’ with ya – I have no idea.
To be honest, I couldn’t really care less about Mike Richards being on my team but hey a 94 OVR is a 94!
So, if you have any Gold Common or Rare players sitting around that you’re never going to use and aren’t worth selling – complete those sets!
Sort of feels like I’m asking you to donate the canned goods that have been sitting in your cupboards for an unknown number of years… you can do that too by the way – won’t get any HUT rewards though, just that nice heart warming feeling of helping out another human. At least people tell me it’s heart warming anyway ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
UPDATE(19/12/2016): EA Sports has added a mysterious Eleventh Tier represented by a blue light! No information has been released on what the 11th tier prize will be.
Thoughts on what it will be? Share in the comments below. All I can say… it better not be another Mike Richards!!
UPDATE(23/12/2016): We now know what prize the blue lights represent! You can see in the image below and I’ve updated the table above.
The Set expiry has also been extended to December 31st at Midnight EST. Giving us all more time to work towards that 13th tier – I’d love to know what that Mystery Player ends up being. I’m also excited about the +1 Christmas Player, perhaps we will have the opportunity to get a 91 Laine? Although, I doubt it will be any of the POTN players as it would completely crash their card value.
**Just to be clear – you only need to complete one Gift of Giving set(even just the Christmas Sweater set) to receive the full reward 🙂 but the more sets you complete the better chance we have to reach that 13th tier!
Where to check the community progress?
The community pool progress will be updated once a day at 7pm EST – follow EA Sports’ NHL twitter or check in-game for the updated progress at that time. I’ll also tweet it out too on the ChelTips twitter.
Want to discuss the tiers more? Join the discussion on reddit
When do we receive the reward?
EA Sports will send out the reward on January 6th!
Update(06/01/2017): The reward has been SENT!! Check your Unopened Packs:
You should have two packs:
- Gift of Giving Ultimate Reward Pack
- Christmas Gift Pack
Let me know in the comments what you get 🙂
Player of the Night
There will be a community voted Player of the Night(PotN) card added every day for the duration of the Gift of Giving set. EA Sports will tweet out a poll with all the PotN candidates after all games conclude, each night – make sure you vote! The first winner was Matt Murray:
POLL: Who is tonight’s #NHL17POTN?
RETWEET for a chance to win a Matt Murray Player of the Night item.
— #NHL17 (@EASPORTSNHL) December 14, 2016
I wouldn’t mind a Christmas Jack Eichel…
**PotN will be available in packs starting at 7PM EST the following day and only available for 24 HOURS!
My advice is to wait until there is a PotN that you really want before opening any packs. At least then you will have a chance at it.
Pack Opening and Giveaway(XB1)
As promised, here is what I got in the rest of my 12 Gold Rare Player Packs and also a couple of the Winter Wonderpacks – the others I’m saving until there is a PotN that I want. As if I’ll actually pull the PotN that I want… one can dream.
To Enter: All you need to do is comment anything below. The winner will get to choose between the Mitch Marner or PK Subban. If somehow we get 25+ entries then I’ll give both away to two different winners.
**Only one comment will be included in the draw per person. Feel free to comment/discuss as much as you want though!
Draw Date: Winner(s) will be randomly selected on Sunday Dec. 18th.
Update: Winners have been drawn!
First winner: “Ryan” – https://cheltips.com/hut-gift-of-giving-set/#comment-644
Second winner: “Mark” – https://cheltips.com/hut-gift-of-giving-set/#comment-694 (never heard back)
Second winner: “Brett” – https://cheltips.com/hut-gift-of-giving-set/#comment-685
Congrats! I’ve already heard back from Ryan and he’s got a brand new Subban. Will wait couple days for Mark to get back to me. If he doesn’t then I’ll re-draw another winner. Happy Holidays everyone. I’ll do more giveaways in the near future. Subscribe below to be notified.
**Be sure to use a valid email address as that’s what I’ll use to contact the winner(s). I’ll also update this page and post links to the winning comment(s).
Good luck! Hope you all enjoy the Gift of Giving Set or if you don’t play HUT then… did you actually make it this far down the post?
See ya in the Gift of Giving Pool!