In Madden everyone is looking for that much needed edge in order to gain victories. Many ballers achieve this by playing with the best team. I’d say, if it were legal, many would play with the Canton Greats on and offline. A fair weather fan is a person who declares his/her designation to one team, but when their team starts losing they jump ship. One of today’s most popular and insightful Madden heads, SGibs from prima games explained in a tips segment outlining the teams that are most advantageous were “the 49ers and Seahawks”. This is a true statement in regard to the team’s talent across the board. However, it’s possible to win with your home team if you have one.
During this season I grew ever weary as a Jets fan playing with a suspect Mark Sanchez as his stats began to decrease as the season wore on. In a conversation I had with a friend whose baller name is Reign, a Madden loyalist. I told him that I was going to play with another team; a team with a better QB! I’ve known him for years, so it was no surprise when he said, ” Man, play with your team. The reason why we play with our team is because we want to do things that our real life organizations aren’t doing. Before you decide to abandon your team, you must exhaust all means; ensuring your players are in the best possible position for success.” He then asked, “If you play with the best team, are you going to win every game?” My response was “No” and he ended with “play with your team”.
I understood immediately that playing with your team may cause you some sweat; but, in the end it will be all worth it. Also, just because I play with the best team doesn’t mean I’ll win every game. We live in the steroid era; whereby, everyone wants the quick fix and no one wants to work for the sustained results. Trust me, I know it’s hard and I love to win. But, I also love it when someone is playing with the Niners and I “swack” them up with the Jets because I know things about my team that they don’t. This is the reason I’m ranked 254 online (1stdown2tds) and still climbing the leader boards.
Just a few quick tips for being successful with a below par team:
Know your players individual attributes and exploit match-ups. For example, your OLB has below average awareness, good speed and high block shed. On blitzes you must find a way to get him matched up on blocking running backs and TE’s, ensuring he sheds blocks quickly to sack the QB.
Develop a scheme that accentuates your teams strength and masked there weaknesses. For example, your O-Lines run block is high across the board; however, their run block footwork is bad. This means you will need to shy away from plays that involve pulling guards and such like it. The reason for this is because your lineman’s footwork attributes to the ability or inability to gain a block in space.
Ensure the play books you pick fit your personnel. This is self explanatory. Don’t air out if you don’t have the weapons to do so.
Finally, Madden is a game and we all enjoy it. However, a lot of us live vicariously through diligently application of principles our own organizations just will not do. So, just because you team doesn’t have Tom Terrific Brady and instead they have Morbid Mark Sanchez doesn’t mean that you play with your division rivals. It just means you have to work harder to get Morbid Mark to look like Meticulous Mark.
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