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Cam Newton upgrade highlights April 2 Madden 19 Ultimate Team Draft promo

Published: 2/Apr/2019 17:03

by Joe Bartel

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A new limited-time Draft-themed 99 overall card is available for the next 48 hours for Madden 19 Ultimate Team players, building on another time-sensitive House Rules event which is sure to please the casual fan.

The brand-new 99 overall card isn’t the only thing that should please fans, however, as the Ultimate Code Pack Challenge rewards were revealed at long last. 

Rather than just being a simple April Fool’s Day joke, players who completed the solo challenges during the allotted time will receive 75,000 coins for the trouble.

Newton’s latest Madden Ultimate Team upgrade puts him right in line with the likes of Lamar Jackson and Michael Vick in terms of elusive quarterbacks.

Former No. 1 overall pick, Cam Newton, received a highly requested upgrade, improving upon his previous high overall of 93 which was released back at the end of October.

With stock 99 Throw Power and 89 Speed, Newton is essentially a bigger and strong version of Michael Vick or Lamar Jackson – two quarterbacks who have absolutely dominated the meta throughout the entirety of Madden 19.

Given both Jackson (+7) and Vick (+5) boast significantly higher speed numbers, and both QBs have +5 Acceleration over Newton, they are very different items, but there’s something to be said for EA providing different alternatives to one of the most pivotal positions in Madden 19 Ultimate Team.

It’s possible the LTD nature, and by default the lack of accessibility, might make Newton a more sought after item, but it’d be better to view this upgrade as a slightly better Josh Allen NFL Combine card (97 overall) than anything that could completely shake the way a user constructs their team.

We’ll see if the grass really is greener on the other side in the newest House Rules in Madden Ultimate Team.

Much like Newton, the newest iteration of the now weekly tweak to the head-to-head format (H2H), House Rules, will provide another highly sought after experience, as users will be unable to make audibles, hot routes or move their defensive player prior to the start of the play.

Stock rules were done early on in the House Rules process, but the changes to the winning structure (10 wins as opposed to six straight) and a limit to two-minute quarters should wind up making this a fairly enjoyable H2H experience.

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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.