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Super Bowl winners receive Madden 19 Ultimate Team update along with new Limited Time Game Mode

Published: 5/Feb/2019 19:06 Updated: 6/Feb/2019 23:28

by Joe Bartel

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The conclusion of the Super Bowl hasn’t delayed Madden 19 content, as a new limited time game mode has hit Madden Ultimate Team for PS4, Xbox One and PC players as of Tuesday morning.

The brand-new mode is called House Rules and is expected to bring a bit of variety to the Head-to-Head game mode throughout the course of Madden 19. 

The February 5 update will feature high octane passing attacks, with touchdown passes of 25-49 yards yielding nine points (as opposed to the normal six), while touchdown passes of 50 or more yards chalking up a whopping 12 points to the scoreboard.

Madden 19’s newest mode will heavily prioritize high-octane offensive play.

The decision to focus on long touchdown passes is an interesting choice, as it figures to put a bright light on the obvious flaws in Madden 19’s zone coverage logic, many of which have repeatedly drawn criticism from the community throughout this iteration of the game.

It’s quite obvious that at this point in the Madden cycle, nothing can be done to “fix” the issues surrounding zone logic. Embracing the absurdities and glitches in a new game mode that rewards users for exposing the game is an interesting tactic, but if nothing else, it’s unique. 

The House Rules made will give players a new way to get rewards.

The rewards associated with the game mode are certainly enticing, as a perfect 6-0 run can guarantee a 95-96 overall wide receiver or tight end if it’s a player’s first time achieving the feat.

Two items will come in the non-auctionable/tradable pack, and a user will have the option to select one of the two NAT items. The eight players featured in the drop are listed below:

  • 96 overall WR Tyreek Hill (Team of the Year)
  • 96 overall WR Adam Thielen (Team of the Year)
  • 95 overall TE Jeremy Shockey (Ghosts of Christmas Past)
  • 95 overall TE George Kittle (Team of the Year)
  • 95 overall TE Rob Gronkowski (Ghosts of Christmas Present)
  • 95 overall WR Julio Jones (Ghosts of Christmas Present)
  • 95 overall WR Antonio Brown (Ghosts of Christmas Present)
  • 95 overall WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (Team of the Year)

On top of that, a 6-0 run will also yield 40,000 coins and 20 Series Trophies which can be repeated on subsequent perfect sequences.

The Super Bowl MVP got a solid upgrade with the February 5 drops.

Super Bowl cards also got their long-awaited update, with the likes of Julian Edelman becoming the first 99 overall card in Madden 19 by virtue of his Super Bowl MVP performance. 

At 5-10 and with 94 speed, Edelman won’t be a deep ball threat, but his all-around receiving stats across the board will make him a demon in the slot. Ironically, the Patriots’ Super Bowl win means that all New England players featured in the Super Bowl Present promo will get their overalls boosted by +1. 

The 97 overall Super Bowl Present hero – Julian Edelman – will now become a robust 98 overall, meaning the Patriots receiver now owns the two highest overall cards in Madden 19, which is a franchise first.

Edelman will be just the first player to receive a new upgrade soon.

More cards are soon to drop, with another limited time release scheduled for each day this week featuring NFL Honors players. 

Andrew Luck and Chris Long will be the first to receive upgrades starting Wednesday, and both are expected to be high overall cards with even higher price tags. 

The recently retired Julius Peppers is also expected to receive an LTD item in the near future, although EA was mum on the details as of Tuesday.

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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.