Madden NFL 13 Guides -- Building The Ultimate Team

Posted September 7, 2012 - By Alex Rubens

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Ultimate Team isn’t new to the Madden Franchise, but it hasn’t played as pivotal of a role as it has this year before. It’s front and center this year. With the average Madden player skipping a year or two between releases, it might not be something that you are immediately familiar with, but that’s okay because we’re here to help you pick the ultimate team.

Not Your Average Walk In The Park

Unfortunately for most players, Ultimate Team in Madden NFL 13 isn’t as easy to jump right into as some players might have hoped. It isn’t meant to be though, it’s a deep, football simulator that puts you in charge of both playing and managing a team, and that’s no easy task. You will have to be prepared for the challenges that come with managing a team.

Let’s get this out of the way; you aren’t going to have a very good team at the start. In fact, your team will probably be pretty bad. That’s not a terrible thing though, it gives you the opportunity to learn and build your team at a competitive pace. You will be able to learn about drafting and trades between other players who are also trying to build their ultimate team. There is more thought that needs to be put into it than any other mode in the game, even franchise modes.

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Choose Your First Pick Wisely

When starting your Ultimate Team, you’re given the option to choose a team captain from any of the available NFL teams. Now, this doesn’t mean that you can choose anyone from that team; it’s usually their most notable star player from the 2011 season. This is where you can make or break your team. Think this through before making your decision. You don’t want to just pick Drew Brees because you like the Saints.

Think about it, having a really strong quarterback early on doesn’t do much for you when you don’t have any good wide receivers. That doesn’t mean that you should immediately choose a running back though either. Then you won’t have a good passing game. It really is all about the style of play that you find you excel at.

I chose Marshawn Lynch because I find that when I have a good running back, I can often find holes in the defensive line and break through much better than when I have a second-stringer that I have never heard of. Unfortunately, this meant that I didn’t have much of a passing game, so your first pick should really come down to your style of play and how you find you play the best.

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Luck of the Draw

After you’ve picked your team leader, you are given a starter pack. Packs are random groups of cards, similar to the card packs that you used to ask for as a kid in the supermarket aisle, that flesh out your team and allow you to make roster changes to truly create your ultimate team. You might get lucky with a few 70s cards in your starter pack, but more than likely, you’ll be stuck with a pack full of 60s. This isn’t too big of a deal, but be ready, because it will be a huge difference in team skill when you jump into that first game.

You’ll find that you can’t rush the ball as well as you used to be able to, because you don’t have as strong of lead blockers. If you’re throwing, you better make your decision quick because your offensive line isn’t anywhere near as good as you would have liked. That’s the tradeoff that you have to make. After a few games, you’ll realize what your team does right and adjust your play style accordingly.

While it isn’t necessary, you can purchase packs of player cards using Microsoft Points. I feel that this cheapens the great feeling of accomplishment when you finally build that Ultimate Team, but it is different for everyone. If you do this, you should decide what tier of cards you are going to go for. I recommend grabbing as many Platinum packs as you can, you might end up with some duplicate players, but it all works out in the end.

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Bet Wisely

The final area of importance in Madden NFL 13 Ultimate Team is the auction block. If you find that you’re lacking a good player in a certain position, you can head on over to the action block and bid on players that other Ultimate Team owners have put up for sale. You might be wondering why you’d want someone else’s leftovers, but it really is worth it, as they’ve probably just grabbed someone better and need to clear up some roster space.

Using the coins that you earn playing Ultimate Team matches, you can bid or purchase these players. It’s a great way to pick up a new player on the cheap without needing to purchase new card packs. You can usually pick up a good player to upgrade a certain position for a few hundred coins, Try looking for cards ending in the middle of the night or early morning, as less players will be online trying to grab all the good players.

You can also trade cards with players, but your best bet is to lock them in from the auction block. I’d actually recommend purchasing them outright, similar to Ebay’s Buy It Now feature, that way you don’t get caught in a bidding war and spending more than you otherwise would have and you also get to use the player right away, rather than waiting for the auction to end. Besides, who wants to sit negotiating back and forth with another player who wants to make the most amount of money possible?

Your Ultimate Team

There’s no denying that Ultimate Team is the newest Madden sensation, so it will only be a matter of time before your friends are all vying for the top spot in your online rivalry. If you take these tips into account, you’ll surely be the best of them all.

Everyone builds their team differently, but these were the things that helped us build our Ultimate Team up to its strongest point. We’d love to hear what you did to boost your team, and how our tips worked for you.

Madden NFL 13 Guides -- Building The Ultimate Team


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