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Super Bowl Legends and LTD solo disappoint Madden 19 users

Published: 2/Feb/2019 16:32 Updated: 2/Feb/2019 20:17

by Joe Bartel


It’s a bittersweet end to the Madden Ultimate Team Legends program, which had been puttering out the last two weeks with the release of “active” players, but culminated in two limited-time past Super Bowl performers hitting packs Saturday for PS4, Xbox One and PC players.

Keyshawn Johnson

97 overall Keyshawn Johnson is probably the better of the two items, thanks to his size (6-foot-4) and his ability to fit into multiple theme teams. 

Considering he boasts 92 Speed, he’s significantly better than the likes of 96 overall “Legends” Larry Fitzgerald who is slower and smaller than the former Super Bowl winner. It seems likely Johnson will see an even larger speed boost in the coming months, so while the specific figure is a bit disappointing now, Johnson is fairly close to being an albeit, expensive, end-game item.

EAJohnson’s item possesses the necessary, but might need more speed in order to be a truly elite item

Jack Tatum

Compared to Johnson, Tatum is frustratingly lackluster. One of the better safeties in NFL history, Tatum unfortunately falls underneath the category of “older” former player, meaning EA (at least this year) will almost always discount his speed. 

Besides wide receiver, there isn’t a more important position when considering height than safety, which means that not only is Tatum on the slower spectrum for high-end cards, but he also is one of the smaller safeties around. 

96 Hit Power and 96 Acceleration are nice, but in a meta currently dominated by high-point passes and tall receivers, Tatum doesn’t come close to living up to the 97 overall item he currently possesses.

EATatum’s 97 overall card doesn’t match his historic NFL career, and will likely disappoint most users.

Another new round of Blitz packs, another round that is sold out within minutes. With just 3,500 packs available across each platform, the 93 Overall Harvest All-Star, which could be bought for 5,000 training points but quicksold for 6,400 wound up being easily the best bargain of the Blitz promo so far, but only for users who were around during the server change over at 3:00 p.m. ET.

Packs currently purchasable in the store.

Players unfortunately are left with two bundles that can be purchased via points, with the former presenting a solid enough value for $100 (if you can spending that much on a virtual currency “value), yielding six Lombardi Legends packs (guaranteed 86+ higher Super Bowl card) plus your choice of a Super Bowl Present or Past 94-95 Hero needed for the respective sets.

Teased ad nauseum throughout the week, the limited time solo, available from 11:00 a.m. ET to 12:00 p.m. ET was just another attempt for EA to market the limited time Super Bowl shoes, which were shown off by NFL star tight end Travis Kelce earlier in the week. If you didn’t get the shoes, don’t fret, a user will earn a pint-sized 375 Super Bowl rings for their solo-completing troubles. Yipee.


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.