Last night on TWIM 86 (archive coming soon), Madden Tips was able to start a tournament where the first 16 players to win two games got entered into a bracketed tourney, with the winner getting a seat in the Las Vegas finals AND a cool $500! We battled all night on TWIM and will keep you updated on the bracketed finals. We would like to thank Virgin Gaming for the chance to give away a free seat to our community and Prima Games for getting it all set up!
What are some key tips to playing tournament games?
Look for good matchups in the early rounds! SGibs played a heavy hitter like HHHBronco in the early round because he couldn’t find a matchup he wanted quickly. In the later rounds of tournaments, there will be great players everywhere, but early just try to get as many wins as you can against easier opponents.
Clock Management – With the first 16 players to win getting in, you want to finish as fast as possible!
On TWIM, we often try to score and run plays at the ends of games to keep things interesting, but in a tournament setting, you have to close out the win. Both of us lost a lead in one of our games last night, and even though we were careful with the ball, we still couldn’t close it out.
Make Adjustments – I was unable to adjust to seam routes to the TE last night, and it cost me the game. My setups were not fast enough with the connection, and I just didn’t do well enough to get the win in the last game. Need more work on PS3 here.
Make sure your playbook is set up! Even though I lucked out and won when I took the wrong offensive and defensive book, it was stupid. I was in a hurry with the tournament start time and was having some profile issues, so the plays I had just set 10 minutes before weren’t saved/loaded and I need to take a deep breath and double check.
Be ready to battle: Plays happened that will keep me up all night long: the Aldon Smith pick, the Rodgers fumble (I slid!), and the DB swatting on the Bishop pick will haunt me, but it was a fun battle, and I will keep you posted on the round of 16 tournament that is upcoming!
What did you notice was different about tournament play?