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New Madden 19 Ultimate Team Playoffs Performers fail to address lack of MUT content

Published: 24/Jan/2019 17:49 Updated: 24/Jan/2019 18:03

by Joe Bartel

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For the first time since Saturday’s underwhelming Legends drop, EA has released two new limited time Playoffs Performers, but it surely hasn’t done much to quell the growing unrest within the Madden 19 community.

It appears as if the powers that be aren’t tone deaf in regards to the unrest, however, as a special stream at 3pm PST / 6pm EST is expected to, at the minimum, answer some of the burning questions regarding the apparent disinterest in providing routine updates to Madden 19. 

If nothing else, the Super Bowl promo which was inadvertently leaked last week figures to be teased in the upcoming information drop.

Onto the two new cards, Short sees his first update since the 92 overall MUT Heroes card which dropped in early October. 

At 97 Blockshed, the Panthers defensive tackle ties recently released Team of the Year 96 overall Damon Harrison for the highest mark at his position, but unlike Harrison, actually has some semblance of speed (71). 

Short isn’t as fast as the likes of 95 overall Primetime Performers Geno Atkins, 95 overall NFL Playoffs Fletcher Cox or 95 overall Gauntlet John Randle, but he has enough higher end statistics across the board that he’s simultaneously unique but not overwhelming dominant at his current position.

To emphasize that last point, properly balancing new items is a good thing and something that has fallen under the radar with a myriad of issues regarding the lack of content and broken gameplay rising to the surface in recent weeks.

The same thing could be said for LeGarrette Blount, who received a Limited Time item thanks to his heroics as a Patriots RB, but seems due for a Power-Up option in the near future if you read anything into the Madden Daily Drops host asking for such a thing to occur.

While his viability in an Eagles, Buccaneers, Titans, Steelers and Lions theme team will likely add more value to this card if the inevitable occurs, for the moment Blount compares favorably for players looking for a power back. 

Blount won’t, and shouldn’t, compete with the likes of cards such as 96 overall Legends Chris Johnson or even the do-it-all 98 overall Team of the Year Todd Gurley, but at least among other power backs like 94 overall Legends Jerome Bettis, or 96 overall Ghosts of Christmas Past Eddie George, Blount should be a different, yet viable option due to his 97 Trucking and respectable 91 Speed.

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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.