MUT Men Episode 93 – Madden Podcast – ChewbaccaLemma Gets Banned for Sniping and Slump on No Money Spent

 

Tex and Gutfoxx are joined by the guys from the Muthead podcast, ChewbaccaLemma and Slump to discuss Chewy’s auction house ban, The communities outrage at EA, our final ratings on the Christmas promo, the upcoming playoff and TOTY promos, EA’s server issues, Tex’s Power Up Theory and the Last TOTW of the year and if the program was a black hole.

The MUT Men Madden Podcast #92 – MMG on the Christmas Promo, Madden Mobile and the Calvin Glitch

 

Gutfoxx and Tex are joined by MMG to discuss Madden Mobile and how EA’s small team is ruining that with overmonitization, The Christmas Promo, The Calvin Glitch, Advice for people who just got the game, Out of Position Cards, the Market Crash, The MUT Sub’s Secret Santa Scams, New Madden Champion, Words for up and coming Madden Youtubers and EA’s Marketing in Madden 18.

The MUT Men Podcast #91 – xRyan915 on the Christmas Promo and MUT Squads

 

Gutfoxx and Tex are joined by xRyan915 to discuss the Christmas promo and the gifts/out of position cards, Ryan’s favorite MUT and Madden, the limited time cards we’re getting, what to expect going forward, EA’s pre-recorded competitive Madden tourney, Weekend League Rewards, the Motivators Controversy, MUT Squads and the Meta there along with Mircrotransactions and pack odds.

Christmas Promo Eve – On Madden Number 5

While not as storied as traditional Christmas Eve, Christmas Promo Eve should have MUT players almost as excited as the real thing. But are we?

I hope we get card teasers tonight to hype us a bit for the content coming tomorrow.

Here’s the blog EA put out this morning.

https://www.easports.com/madden-nfl/ultimate-team/mut-zero-chill

Now I’m not going to put out a blog breaking down the blog but as I see it at this moment, without concrete overalls and the actual card teasers, there’s not a whole lot of hype in the community.

And the lack of coming content hype is an ongoing issue for EA in 18. They put out these legends of the game and expect us to write our stories around them. Do you see the way FIFA and NBA2K do pack openings? EA gives us a card and has us generate the hype for them, they can’t even take the time or effort to change the color on the explosion or do highlights of the player like Madden Mobile.

And to be fair to EA we do a decent job at hyping ourselves up from youtubers to tweets with exclamation points talking about playing with our favorite players. EA seems overly reliant on the NFL and our connection to it to sell their game. EA without the NFL’s history would have them unable to rely on a fairly shallow game mode to fund all their pet projects like NBA live.

Anyways, if we don’t get more hype tonight I suggest buying your team tomorrow at 11 a.m. Eastern since based on the blog it does look like we’re getting a lot of content, just not marketed very well.

Short blog today but 2 videos and a stream tonight along with a stream tomorrow with the promo. Hope to see you guys in there.

Investments – On Madden Number 4

I said I wasn’t investing in anything this past Market Monday. I was called foolish to avoid motivators as last year they went up after packs went away. Well as we’ve seen with investing in this and last year’s MUT, if people call something an investment, EA steps in and rectifies it.

Now, an unrelated subject.

Since day one I and many others have said that power ups are a bad idea. This exchange with Cuadz on the MUT sub hits the point:

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But people are addicted to the high overalls and red chems that come along with locking in a card to your roster permanently. You lose a tremendous amount of coins and respect from others doing power ups but the draw is still there. Much like smoking.

Back to point, motivator cards were released last Friday.

EA initially announced they’re not going to allow people to do power ups on the motivator cards since the packs won’t be available all year. Aka the packs are “limited” to a short time frame of availability. Seems like EA is trying to save us from ourselves and their misguided sets. Not allowing MUTers the opportunity to waste a million coins plus powering up Von Miller among others was on one hand kind to the community, on the other cruel. People make irrational decisions with their favorite players, emotions get the best of us. So even though I had no dog in the fight, I had no power ups that could have gone higher with motivators, I seized the opening along with many others to criticize EA for creating a reason to exclude motivators from the power up promo. They made a similar and in the end successful attempt to exclude Black Friday cards from power up sets with them being “numbered” and their sets being only available for a limited time.

I fought on behalf of the emotional and irrational. This is a game after all and bad decisions by the community are a part of this game. Not everything has to be min-maxed and their crappy power up promo is a decision tree they need to allow people to continue to climb.

On the other side, more coin oriented people saw “limited” and their eyes lit up with dreams of yesteryear where once the packs disappeared, the motivator cards went up in price, allowing for an easy profit.

So on Wednesday, December 13th in The Year of Our Lord 2017, a post was made by Kraelo on Muthead about a set being added to the game to allow us to get motivator cards outside of packs.

http://www.muthead.com/forums/madden/mut-discussion/1292181-we-heard-you-motivators-will-be-power-up-eligible

This post, telling us that we’ll have another, permanent way of getting motivators relieved the tension around the power up promo and allowed them to now longer be “limited.”

It reminded me of a lesson we learned on Scrubs, good news for one person can mean bad news for another.

The fandom for power ups rejoiced with this new info and investors lost their pants. Darkened by the black on white Helvetica font of Muthead and Kraelo’s commitment to a lasting motivator set. Alas we hear another chapter in the continuing sob story for Vinnie the Mini Venture Capitalist in MUT. The lesson once again becomes don’t buy based on last year and don’t play Three-card Monte with EA. They’ve always got the queen up their sleeve and you’re betting on the wrong card.

The MUT Men Madden Podcast #90 – Eric Rayweather on Custom Audibles, Motivators and Competitive Madden

 

Gutfoxx and Texas are joined by Eric Rayweather to discuss Madden Youtube, Clickbait, The newest patch including Custom Audibles, Working with EA on content, Protests at the next Competitive Madden tourney, Microtransactions, if MUT is too expensive, Motivators, The Madden Community, People quitting, Card Art, The Christmas Promo and if Thresholds ruined Madden 18.