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Madden 19 Ultimate Team Duos and Squads Limited Time Head-to-Head event adds value to ground game

Published: 19/Feb/2019 18:04 Updated: 19/Feb/2019 18:46

by Joe Bartel


Another new head-to-head Limited Time event for Madden 19 launched February 19, adding to a laundry list of interesting “House Rules” to grace Madden Ultimate Team since the feature debuted after the Super Bowl.

Unlike the previous two iterations, this 48-hour event will focus on the Squad and Duo modes and will award extra points for rushing touchdowns of 25+ yards (nine points) and 50+ yards (12 points).

In addition to the new House Rules, brand-new Team MVP cards were recently added that should give players something to strive for. 

The brand-new House Rules are sure to spice up play in Madden Ultimate Team.

Particularly in a game mode where two or more players operate on the field, the chance for long runs should, in theory, be more difficult given an AI-driven player shouldn’t play the run (or pass) better than a user. 

It remains to be seen if that will truly wind up being the case, but the reward at the end of the tunnel seems enticing. While it wasn’t explicitly stated, following past LTD H2H events, users who go 6-0 the first time (and only the first time) will have the opportunity to receive a non-auctionable/non-tradable item out of these players, plus a smattering of coins and Series 5 trophies.

  • Todd Gurley – Team of the Year
  • Eddie George – Ghosts of Christmas Past
  • Jonathan Ogden – Ghosts of Christmas Past
  • Quenton Nelson – Team of the Year
  • Marshall Yanda – Team of the Year
  • Alex Mack – Team of the Year
  • Rob Havenstein – Team of the year
  • Christian McCaffrey – Ghosts of Christmas Present
  • David Bakhtiari – Team of the Year

Four of the remaining 12 teams without MVP and Team Builder cards were added Monday, bringing multiple 97 overall items including updates to Khalil Mack and Deshaun Watson.

Khalil Mack is one of the best Team MVP options to date.

The Bears, Texans, Ravens, and Seahawks all received a plethora of new items, retrofitting prospective theme teams with new options. 

The majority of players will likely be depth items on the aforementioned respective fantasy lineup, but it’s still encouraging to see EA’s invest some serious promo capital into one of the few bright spots of Madden 19.

Deshaun Watson is a great option in Madden Ultimate Team but has one fatal flaw.

Both Mack and Watson profile as some of the best Team MVP options to date, with the latter receiving a mind-boggling plus-five overall boost from his 92 overall Blitz version, complete with speed upgrades (89) and throw power (96) that will rival even the best of the mobile quarterbacks currently available.

The only blemish for Watson, and the other two soon-to-be mentioned Team MVPs, is the lack of Power-Up option. That should change, perhaps as early as Sunday, February 24, according to EA’s mandate to provide more of the upgradable cards, but even without the potential boosts Watson easily is among the top QBs currently released in Madden Ultimate Team.

Marlon Humphrey might fly under the radar, but he’s a solid pickup.

Marlon Humphrey’s Team MVP will likely go under the radar, particularly since the second-year cornerback has only recorded four interceptions throughout his career, and thus, isn’t a major commercial draw. 

But with a base 95 Speed and eye-popping coverage stats across the board, Humphrey slots in nicely with similar 97 overall cornerbacks currently released and is already light-years ahead of the ill-fated Ultimate Legends debut of Everson Walls (use link of last Saturday’s article).

Chris Carson will be a Madden Ultimate Team powerhouse once he gets a Power-Up.

The same thing could be said for Chris Carson, except the essentially free Ricky Williams (and more than likely Rookie Premiere Saquon Barkley) hinders the running back’s value. 

93 Speed isn’t terrific at this stage of the game, but once Carson receives a Power-Up, the second-year RB will be eligible for a litany of possible speed boosts which essentially render the lower number moot. 

At 97 Trucking, Carson ties Team MVP 97 overall Derrick Henry, 97 overall Playoff Performer LeGarrette Blount and 95 overall Super Bowl Past Marshawn Lynch for the position lead which is the primary value of Carson’s MVP update — a stat significantly more difficult to boost with training points than his aforementioned crutch — speed.


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

Published: 28/Oct/2020 14:06

by Adam Fitch


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
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.