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Madden 19 Ultimate Team Super Bowl promo reveal causes massive outrage from community

Published: 27/Jan/2019 22:28 Updated: 30/Jan/2019 16:56

by Joe Bartel


A new promo, a new way to disappoint Madden Ultimate Team fans. While the Super Bowl promo doesn’t appear to be fully fleshed out, it’s fair to suggest what dropped on January 25 was lackluster at best, particularly with the new currency system which coincided with the drop of the new promo.

Starting first with the players, there hasn’t been any mention of past Legends who were initially teased in the Super Bowl advertisement such as Jevon Kearse and Darrell Green, but the hosts on both Thursday and Friday’s stream made a point to mention there is more to come.

As of now, four former Legends cards – Ronde Barber, Dallas Clark, Franco Harris and Reggie White – highlight the major updated additions to MUT.

Perhaps the biggest detail regarding the previously leaked SB promo, however, is the return of John Elway and to some extent Rodney Harrison, who both were previously included in past editions of Madden Ultimate Team, but made their triumphant return to Madden 19 on Friday.

John Elway is the “highlight” of the latest Ultimate Team promo.

The current general manager of the Denver Broncos and Super Bowl winning quarterback’s item will be a part of the “Blue” team along with the likes of White and Harris, while former Patriots safety Harrison will join Barber and Clark on the “Red” team.

The teams seem to be thrown together in no particular order, but it’s worth figuring out which side you’d like to support, as players who finish the given “color” solo sequence will have the opportunity to pick one of the three players and receive a 94 overall NAT item. 

Those solos are repeatable, which is important when considering whatever “team” ends up playing the most solos will get a +1 boost to their respective card. It’s nice to see EA try something different in regards to the community engagement, even if the +1 overall essentially means zilch when it comes to the logistics of the item itself.

This will be your Gridiron Reward upon logging in and can be quicksold giving 60 Super Bowl rings.

Perhaps the most troubling aspect of the free 94 overall item is that you can literally get the same item, only a better version (97 overall), by completing what figures to be an expensive set, which requires all nine cards from each color in order to get. If a prospective player planned on acquiring the 97 overall item to start, there doesn’t seem to be any incentive to actually doing the colored solos, as a player could immediately be able to get the top end option without wasting any time on the newly minted games.

Players can acquire those items through packs and the use of sets, which feature cards from some of the most recent Super Bowls. The likes of Malcolm Butler, Marshawn Lynch, Jordy Nelson and Eli Manning are some of the highest overall cards needed in the set, but it seems likely EA will add more cards throughout the Super Bowl promo, which is expected to end February 8.

A look at the items needed to complete one of the 97 overall Super Bowl Master player sets, which will also give back the 94 and 95 overall cards as non-auctionable/tradable.

To cap off a confusing and frustrating start to the new promo, a new currency has been introduced called “Super Bowl rings” which can be used to purchase cards in the store similar to “snow” from the Zero Chill program. On the surface, it certainly looks like EA is being generous with their new currency with quicksell options for even the most basic items far exceeding the availability of snow upon launch of the Zero Chill program.

However, when looking at the cards currently available to be purchased in the store with Super Bowl rings, they are actually double the price of similar overall cards for Zero Chill which essentially renders the whole (valid) complaint completely moot. 

It’s a painfully tone deaf charade that hasn’t done any favors to MUT’s deteriorating public image.

Unlike the actual Super Bowl, Madden 19’s Ultimate Team Super Bowl promo leaves much to be desired.

Monthly MUT rewards also dropped Friday, providing Legendary tier members with 3,000 Super Bowl rings, or in other words, less than 20 percent of the total cost to acquire a 94-95 overall item. If that comparison doesn’t do enough to highlight the unassuming travesty, 3,000 Super Bowl rings is equivalent to one Elite token, which currently sells for 50,000 coins. 

That minuscule amount is a reward for players who have purchased 1,000 or more packs and have continued to play the game through January. While more cards are sure to be added throughout the coming days and weeks, at least for the moment, the only thing this promo is good for is quieting the chants for “more content.”


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.