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Madden 19 Ultimate Team Legends drop features two former Super Bowl champions

Published: 28/Jan/2019 19:50 Updated: 30/Jan/2019 16:54

by Joe Bartel

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Another new Legend hit Madden Ultimate Team on January 26 along with two “technically” active players, tying into the prevailing Super Bowl theme.

On the one hand, it’s hard to say that EA learned from their mistakes from last week when the likes of Greg Olsen and Terrell Suggs earned “Legends” cards despite still playing in the NFL. 

Those two cards wound up being some of the most downvoted items of all time on MUTHEAD, arguably the premier source of information when it comes to Madden Ultimate Team, and should be a good barometer of the community’s disdain towards players receiving Legends cards while still playing in the NFL. 

Sticking to the disappointing formula, Larry Fitzgerald and Kam Chancellor, Saturday’s newest additions to the “Legends” program, are similarly at the tail end of their careers with the latter actually retiring upon the conclusion of the Seahawks’ season thanks to a career-ending neck injury, but they aren’t actually Legends yet. 

At this point, it feels like a cop-out given the number of actual Legends that could be used and have played in a Super Bowl.

But that fact can be ignored when the cards are, well, actually good. Chancellor’s height (6-foot-3) and speed (91) make him an excellent safety even without the 98 hit power, which is easily the highest mark for a strong safety. 

And while the SS position just saw 97 overall Rodney Harrison enter the scene thanks to the Super Bowl Past promo, there’s only two other 95 and overall players at the position beside the hard-hitting safety, providing a bit of positional diversity.

Fitzgerald sees his third upgrade from his base 86 overall item, which I predicted last week (link of the article), but at least this version of the Cardinals veteran wide receiver actually has some semblance of speed. 

Make no mistake, the former Pittsburgh graduate was never a burner, even in the early days of his pro career, but a 93 overall Night Guardians edition was essentially worthless thanks to a look-and-you’ll puke 83 Speed. 

The fact Fitzgerald boasts tremendous receiving stats plus 89 Speed in this go around actually makes him usable, particularly in a Cardinals theme. He’s easily the slowest base 95 or higher wide receiver currently in the game, but it’s not garbage-worthy like his previous cards, so yeah for improvement?

Former Patriots linebacker and current ESPN color analyst Tedy Bruschi rounds out the Legends drop from 1/26, marking the sixth Patriots player to receive a new or upgraded item since Thursday. 

That, to me, is fine because the Patriots have made it to nine of the last 20 Super Bowls (that sound you hear is everyone outside of Massachusetts throwing up in their mouths), but yet again, this item is a bit disappointing given how expensive it’ll be as a Limited Time item.

One can’t help but wonder what the reaction would have been if EA chose to use the likes of Rodney Harrison, John Elway, Reggie White, and other newly upgraded cards during the past two Saturday’s as actual Legends, while the likes of Fitzgerald, Olsen, etc. populated the Super Bowl Past promo currently running. 

Yes, the recently released promo might have lost a few of its teeth, considering Elway in particularly is seemingly providing some boost to the relevance of the new event. 

But on the perilous edge of ruining what had been a long-running staple of Madden Ultimate Team, making Legends feel legendary seems like a small cost to pay.

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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.