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Game over? Not quite. Nike have today unlocked the bonus round of their Gamekillers series, an utterly exuberant collection of colourways known as the Euphoria Mode Pack, and, true to their name, they’re definitely worth getting excited about. Let’s take a look.
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The idea of the collection is to “celebrate the celebration”, bringing the emotion of football to the fore. Those vibrant spray-painted designs represent a rapturous crowd reaction to a brilliant goal or a stunning piece of skill, with the colour gradient symbolising the transmission of joy as it spreads through the stands. If you’re playing at grassroots level, yes, an old feller in a flat cap shouting “well in pal!” still counts.

Colour-wise, the pack’s split in two. All the boots feature a white base, but the Phantom VSN and Phantom VNM add elements of Racer Blue, while the Mercurial and Tiempo are supercharged with Hyper Crimson.

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Each boot, though, has been given its own unique design. The Phantom VSN, for example, transitions from blue on the top half of the upper into white on the lower half and soleplate. For us, it’s the boot that best communicates the crowd energy concept – it does kind of look like the melee of limbs and things flying into the air that greets any big goal.
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A blue heel panel and stud tips complete the effect, and, interestingly, the VSN is the only boot in the collection with a silver Swoosh. We’ve talked many times about how much we like the Phantom VSN’s combination of comfort and performance – it’s extremely popular with pros too, for the same reasons – and this is certainly in its top three colourways so far.

The Phantom VNM, meanwhile, features a front-to-back gradient rather than top to bottom. What’s immediately noticeable, though, is the choice of white for the blades on the instep, whose sharp, aggressive lines sit in stark contrast to the smooth shapes of the rest of the boot. You’ll be generating some truly venomous whip when you catch the ball with those, that’s for sure.

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On the other side of the colour palette, the Mercurial arrives in an execution somewhere in between the two Phantoms, fading from a fully Hyper Crimson section in the forefoot to white on the soleplate and heel. Naturally, the Superfly is slightly bolder in its use of colour, with the entire Dynamic Fit collar also decked out in crimson (or red-ish orange, to be slightly more accurate). As a speed-focused boot, the Mercurial is all about creating a feeling of movement, and the gradient works well here – both the Vapor and the Superfly make you look absolutely jet heeled on-pitch because of the flashes of white.

Finally, we’ve got the Tiempo, which is the perhaps the boot that looks most at home in a two-tone design. The Legend VII has seen more than its fair share of front-to-back gradients by now – while it’s no surprise that Nike have stuck with its tried-and-trusted setup, and the spray-paint effect does suit the boot, we might have liked to see something a bit different. That said, we’re always going to welcome a white Tiempo, however it’s executed. There’s no classier boot in the world today, and it’s so pure in white. For those of us who like to sit deep in midfield and dictate the play with an immaculate touch and a smooth passing style (Andrea Pirlo says hi), the Tiempo can’t be beaten.

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We’re expecting these boots to debut on-pitch in the Champions League semi-finals, so it’s hard to say which pros will be wearing them first, although we can guarantee that either Harry Kane or Raheem Sterling will be lacing up in the Euphoria Mode Phantom VNM come the next round, likewise Coutinho or Martial for the Merc. The boots will also be worn at this summer’s Copa America, and with some serious fireworks expected in both competitions, we can see the Euphoria Mode Pack quickly becoming a player – and fan – favourite.

The Elite-level Mercurial, Phantom VSN, Phantom VNM, and Tiempo from the Nike Euphoria Mode Pack will release on 15.4.19, with the full collection, including court and turf shoe options, to follow on 18.4.19. Head over to prodirectsoccer.com now to secure your pair.

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