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Madden 19 Ultimate Legends dud overshadowed by new Madden Ultimate Team Power-Ups

Published: 23/Feb/2019 16:57 Updated: 23/Feb/2019 17:09

by Joe Bartel

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Another round of Ultimate Legends rose to the surface on February 23, but it’s the information revealed for the following day that will likely bring more intrigue for Madden 19 Ultimate Team users.

As usual, three updated Legends – Andre Reed, Steve Atwater and Paul Krause –  were the latest ones revealed, with Krause earning the unfortunate distinction of being the limited-time option. 

However, PS4, Xbox One and PC users should look forward to on February 24 when 17 new Power-Ups drop, providing Power-Ups to every MVP player without one previously, plus items for Rookie of the Year winner Saquon Barkley, and Man of the Year recipient Chris Long.

It’s perhaps sad that Ultimate Legends has been overshadowed by the Power-Up program, but it’s almost ironic in a way, since the lack of momentum is almost directly due to the fact cards can so easily be boosted at this point in the Madden season through the aforementioned upgradable-centered program. 

Instead of catering to that possibility and presenting alternative chemistry options for players, we’re instead left with Saturday’s debacle, which showcases three 97 overall Legends who aren’t even in the same class of cards released even months prior.

Andre Reed is the only card to drop on February 23 that’s worth its weight.

Former Bills legend Andre Reed might be the lone exception to the above point, as the 6-2 wide receiver is a solid card. 

A 94 overall LTD item at the beginning of November, Reed joins a continual long list of previously hard-to-acquire cards to receive an Ultimate Legend upgrade which presents a more affordable option, and also yields a previously unreleased Power-Up as a result. That’s a boon for Redskins theme teams, as the Washington franchise had been without a legitimate receiving threat for most of the year.

A base 94 Speed is fine at this juncture of the game, and Reed has more than enough receiving stats where a user could focus extra resources specifically on boosting his speed without sacrificing his skills at WR.

Steve Atwater misses the boat completely.

That last point is egregiously missed with the two safeties to receive their respective upgrades Saturday, and will likely draw a fair bit of criticism in the coming weeks and months. 

For all the good that the Power-Up program has done – and it absolutely has been a positive addition to Madden Ultimate Team – we are beginning to see the increasing downside of having readily available +3 or +4 speed boosts for most players. Rather, EA has seen the apparent downside and essentially sandbagged players from reaching higher speed thresholds, all in the name of forcing MUT players to continue to boost up respective items through training.

Simply put, there is no reason why someone like Atwater should have 92 speed on a 97 overall item, especially not when obviously better items like 97 overall MVP Antoine Bethea or even 96 overall Ghosts of Christmas Past Ed Reed are so prevalent. Unless you are a die-hard Broncos or Jets fan, there’s absolutely no reason why you’d pivot from either of those items for Atwater, and even in the case of the green New York squad, Reed also falls under the team’s chemistry option when Powered Up.

Poor Krause is an even more obviously altered case, as the Vikings legend isn’t anywhere near the 98 overall Ultimate Legends Sean Taylor which was released only a couple of weeks prior. And to make matters worse, Krause is also the LTD, which might as well be the final nail in the card’s “never to be used” coffin.

Even on EA’s February 23 stream, Krause’s viability, or lack thereof, was essentially admitted, as the host suggested the LTD item was best suited as a backup linebacker instead of starting at his natural free safety position. That’s at minimum a 500,000 coin card that should be used “situationally,” according to an EA representative.

Given Sprinter chemistry plus a John Madden coach card can provide +2 or +3 speed to a player without much training, it’s understandable why EA might think it’s a good idea to lower the speed of Legend cards. But at this point in the year, players should be able to experiment with a wide variety of chemistries and boosts to make their players unique, instead of using the same old tired formula that has made the meta stale.

A new slate of Power-Ups were announced for Madden Ultimate Team.

At least a laundry list of new Power-Ups will help bring different names to the fold, and hopefully continue to build off the impressive Team Builder and MVP program which changed the landscape of Madden Ultimate Team dramatically.

Here are the 17 Power-Up cards which will become available Sunday, and the theme team’s that will benefit from the cards:

  • Deshaun Watson – Texans
  • Joe Mixon – Bengals
  • Chris Carson – Seahawks
  • Kenny Golladay – Lions
  • Eric Ebron – Lions/Colts
  • Joe Staley – 49ers
  • Kelvin Beachum – Jets/Jaguars/Steelers
  • Shaq Mason – Patriots
  • Taylor Moton – Panthers
  • Jason Pierre-Paul – Giants/Buccaneers
  • Jerry Hughes – Bills/Colts
  • Blake Martinez – Packers
  • Tahir Whitehead – Raiders/Lions
  • Xavien Howard – Dolphins
  • Marlon Humphrey – Ravens
  • Antoine Bethea – Cardinals, 49ers, Colts
  • John Johnson – Rams
  • Chris Long, Eagles – Patriots, Rams
  • Saquon Barkley – Giants
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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.