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Julius Peppers headlines beefy Madden 19 Ultimate Team NFL Honors drop

Published: 6/Feb/2019 17:45 Updated: 6/Feb/2019 17:56

by Joe Bartel

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The latest Madden 19 Ultimate Team drop, NFL Honors, is here and features outstanding items to commemorate award-winning performances from NFL players during the 2018 season.

A slew of limited-time items will drop into packs in the ensuing days, with the culmination item, 2018 MVP winner Patrick Mahomes, likely to enter later in the week. 

If February 6’s batch of NFL Honors LTDs is any indication, the Chiefs star QB is about to get one hell of an upgrade, as the likes of Andrew Luck and Chris Long both saw substantial boosts to their previous editions.

Chris Long is one of the best linemen available in Madden Ultimate Team.

Besides being one of the funnier-looking cards to enter Madden 19, Long’s steely gaze shouldn’t distract users from acquiring the two-time Super Bowl winner, as his rushing stats rival that of 97 overall Playoffs Hero Reggie White.

To be clear, White still stands above Long in the left end category, boasting better tackling, block shedding, hit power and play recognition, but nevertheless, the current Walter Payton Man of the Year winner should be a respectable item for Eagles theme teams for the rest of the season, should they opt from using the aforementioned deceased legend.

Savvy MUT investors might want to take a look at Long’s NFL Playoffs and Veteran cards, as the former first-round pick figures to be ripe for a Power-Up in the new future, which would benefit Patriots and Rams theme teams, as if they need any more help.

Andrew Luck doesn’t compete with Michael Vick in terms of sheer power, but he’s still got some upside potential.

Luck is essentially a better version of 92 overall Team of the Week Josh Allen, with similar speed and throwing power, but more well-rounded passing stats in other categories.

That might not sound appealing, but at this point, Luck is unquestionably better than 97 overall Super Bowl Past Hero John Elway, and 96 overall Super Bowl Present LTD Jared Goff, two of the more recent quarterbacks to hit Madden Ultimate Team.

Unfortunately, Luck, like every other quarterback currently in Madden Ultimate Team, falters in the face of 97 overall Ghosts of Christmas Forever Michael Vick, which has essentially run roughshod on the MUT meta. 

The decision to trade six speed points (the difference between Vick and Luck) for marginally better passing stats probably isn’t enough to switch anyone but the most devote Colts fans, particularly for the nearly one-million-coin price tag which comes with the LTD item.

Julius Peppers stole the spotlight of the recent NFL Honors promo.

Easily the best LTD card to come out February 6 was in fact not an NFL Honors card, but rather a Career Tribute for Julius Peppers, the standout defensive end who played for the Panthers, Bears, and Packers throughout his 17-year career. 

The surefire Hall of Famer is easily one of the best cards in the game currently, blessed with the size (6-foot-7), speed (89) and pass rushing capabilities to be a terrific user or a heat-seeking missile. 

It’d be a surprise if Peppers wasn’t one of the most expensive cards throughout the duration of Madden 19, but his recently released Power-Up should help lower the cost for players interested in fitting the former college basketball standout into their lineups.

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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.