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Bryant Young headlines unsatisfying Madden 19 Ultimate Team Legends drop

Published: 13/Feb/2019 21:05 Updated: 13/Feb/2019 21:24

by Joe Bartel

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February 13’s Madden 19 Ultimate Team reveal continued a trend of previously released Limited Time Legends receiving new updates in the form of Ultimate Legends. 

The latest Ultimate Legends offerings include left outside linebacker Kevin Greene, fullback Mike Alstott, and defensive tackle Bryant Young, with Greene being the only “normal” Legend to receive an upgrade from the group.

In addition to the drop, EA announced a new ruleset for this week’s House Rules head-to-head game mode that seeks to eliminate some prevalent issues that have cropped up with previous versions. 

Bryant Young’s Madden 19 Ultimate Legends card doesn’t have many weaknesses.

Young really doesn’t have any weaknesses, sporting 97 Blockshed, 97 Power Moves, and 89 Finesse moves, but at this juncture, it would be nice to see a bit more speed for a defensive tackle. 

This is especially true when compared to the likes of Night Guardian 94 overall Mean Joe Greene, NFL Playoffs 95 overall Fletcher Cox, or Primetime Performer 95 overall Geno Atkins, who are all noticeably faster and a similar pass rusher in one of the two primary statistics.

Madden 19 Ultimate Team wasn’t too kind to Kevin Greene with this latest addition.

This is kind of the gripe for every Ultimate Legend released this past week, as Kevin Greene is an altogether atrocity for his overall rating, and will likely be passed over in the coming weeks when better cards come out, if he hasn’t already.

He’s billed as a pass-rushing linebacker, with 86 speed and comparable statistics that should punish the quarterback in the proper scheme. But at this point in the Madden season, most linebackers should be capable of pass rushing and being user threats, shoe-horning Greene into a one-dimensional disappointment.

Mike Alstott simply isn’t worth the high price given his stats.

Alstott will attract a nostalgic user base (this author included) thanks to his power-trucking ways during his career in the NFL, but it’s hard to justify spending upwards of 400,000 coins on a fullback, particularly one that is unable to play for a multitude of teams via the Power-Up format, ala Lorenzo Neal, or one that is drastically slower than Franco Harris, who was given out essentially for free during the Super Bowl promo.

There certainly feels like more Ultimate Legends are to come, with EA guaranteeing a normal cadence every Saturday which will yield at least two cards every subsequent week, but for the moment, users should think of these as a way to dip their toes into a program that figures to be high priority for the rest of MUT season.

Speaking of high priority, just under 24 hours remain for the newest entry to the House Rules head-to-head event, which will reward a 94-95 overall NAT Team of the Year player upon going 6-0.

Madden 19 Ultimate Team will feature a new set of House Rules.

The rules are fairly straightforward, with the two biggest points centering on the offense’s inability to make audibles/hot routes, while users also cannot make pre-snap movements on defense. It’s about the most realistic EA can make Madden at this point, with one fell swoop eliminating the majority of the complaints that have risen to the top when playing a given H2H game.

This ruleset, while fun, could be seen as an admission of fault by the powers that be at EA, as the natural follow-up to this type of conundrum would simply be to fix the types of issues that have caused a stale and frustrating H2H meta, instead of simply dropping a limited-time game mode that outright removes all the issues.

We’ll choose to view this with a glass-half-full mentality and treat this for what it is – a beta test that could incorporate new and innovative game modes into future iterations of Madden. If the developers are truly unable to fix the broken mechanics of the game, having an option available that simply disables it might be an oasis for users who’ve become lost in the deserts of Gun Bunch Pat Sail in recent months.

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Madden NFL launches multi-year collegiate program across 2,500 campuses

Published: 28/Oct/2020 14:06

by Adam Fitch

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Electronic Arts and Learfield IMG College have entered a multi-year partnership to find future esports stars at colleges.

Level Next, The College Esports League, is said to support over 2,500 campuses across the United States and starts with Madden NFL 21. Beginning on November 9, registration is open to all college students that are attending a four-year accredited university.

The league will “feature at least one of EA’s esports franchises” and serves as the gaming company’s official home for collegiate esports.

There’s no word on other titles that the league may adopt in the future but EA are also behind FIFA, NHL, and Apex Legends.

Level Next, The College Esports League
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Level Next, The College Esports League will initially utilize Madden NFL 21.

Taking collegiate esports to the next level?

An eight-week regular season will lead to playoffs and a culminating championship, with the winning team being named the national champions. The Fall Champions Series will have a $150,000 total prize pool.

The Madden NFL 21 Championship Series is the official top flight of competition for the American football game and includes sponsors such as Pizza Hut, Snickers, Verizon, and Gillette. The 2021 Club Championship, which is part of the series is set to give out $750,000 across its competitors.

“Until now, collegiate esports has been primarily small-scale, community-based and fragmented. This program will bring the excitement and camaraderie of college competition to a new level,” said Todd Sitrin, SVP of EA’s competitive efforts.

“By leveraging EA’s decades of experience at the intersection of traditional sports and esports, and Learfield IMG College’s unprecedented scale and position as the official rights holder for more than 200 universities and conferences, this collaboration will establish a much-needed structure within the collegiate esports ecosystem and help accelerate Madden NFL competitive gaming popularity.”

The ultimate goal of Level Next is to “unify competitive play at universities nationwide,” which also provides a platform for up-and-coming talent to show off their abilities.

Much like in traditional sports, esports organizers are looking to schools and colleges to create a talent pipeline across multiple gaming titles.