Although many Madden fans concentrate primarily on Franchise mode, there is another significant and enjoyable playing option in Madden NFL 18 the card-based style, called Madden Ultimate Team (MUT). First added in Madden NFL 10, the core premise of Madden Ultimate Team is easy: Gather player cards to fill out, and create a fantasy roster that can crush any other.
Ultimate Team has developed in exciting and notable ways through the years, and it is possible to get an immense quantity of depth in assembling and tweaking a juggernaut squad. It's more complicated than the remainder of Madden, and can be somewhat daunting for new players. To that end, we've assembled an explainer that breaks down every component of the year's Ultimate Team mode. While experienced veterans may know much of the, Ultimate Team works somewhat differently in Madden NFL 18, which means you could still find invaluable information here as you embark on your quest.
For starters, Madden NFL 18 Ultimate Team features a team-wide leveling platform. As you progress through solo challenges and head-to-head games, each player will acquire MUT experience points that increase your position. You are always gaining experience in Ultimate Team, regardless of what action you require. You earn rewards every time you level up. Often they're MUT coins, but you are going to occasionally receive packs and cards, which can further enhance your squad.
EA Sports altered how overall team evaluations have been calculated in Madden NFL 18, widening the difference between ratings. More so this year than in years past, the difference in performance between a team with a 70 score and another ranked 71 is significant. Most players, even superstar-caliber players, have comparatively low ratings to start out. That is extremely low for a player of that caliber. The shift places more emphasis on overall ratings. While your first squad will comprise players with evaluations around 60, once you begin to replace players with others with slightly superior ratings of 61 or 61, your staff will markedly improve.
Coins, points, tickets, contracts, and items
Near your general score and MUT Level, you will see markers such as coins, points, tickets, contracts, and items.
You get MUT coins by handling and completing objectives in Ultimate Team. Those coins could be turned in for new items and card packs, if via the store or via the auction house. You can also use things, obtained with real cash, to purchase new card packs and items. Some packs can only be bought with points, which is frustrating, but you're still able to assemble a quality team without them.
You can buy tickets in the supreme Team store with coins or points. Beware, however, they're somewhat pricey.
Each player you obtain comes with a 25-game contract. When a Contract hits zero, not only can you never use that player on the field, but you cannot trade him in for coins or to another user, or auction off him. Basically, it is a dead card until you add some fresh contracts. Be certain to keep a tab on the contract counter tops and re-sign players when it becomes low. It is possible to purchase contracts to assign players utilizing MUT coins.
There are four versions of every typical player card in Madden Ultimate Team -- Elite, Gold, Silver, and Bronze. Bronze-tier players typically have ratings from the high 50s to low 60s. Silver-tier players are rated in the mid to high 60s. Gold-tier players have ratings in the low to mid 70s, and Elite tier players have ratings in the 80s.
Some cards fall outside of the standard "core" cards. All of them, and others designated as NAT cards, cannot be traded to other users or auctioned off.
You are able to "quicksell" those types of cards for paltry amounts, but we do not recommend ever doing this with cards. Just know that you cannot market or trade these. To upgrade them, especially ones of the bronze and silver variety, you ought to combine them into sets, which we will cover later.
Complete solo challenges
You can spend dozens of hours at Ultimate Team without ever playing a human opponent. Solo challenges set you in scenarios that, if completed, internet you coins, card packs, and other items. We propose finishing some solo challenges before competing against others. While a number of those solo challenges can get somewhat tedious, it's the ideal way to present your team a fighting chance against human opponents without spending real money on points. EA has been adding time-specific challenges every week since launch, so there's always more to do.
Complete Longshot mode
Madden 18's story mode is fantastic, and you should play with it no matter what, but you certainly must play with it if you want a fast increase for your Ultimate Team. By playing Longshot, you'll unlock cards because of its protagonists, Devin Wade and Colt Cruise, who both have mid-70s evaluations. As soon as they're unlocked, then you can perform through a set of Longshot-specific solo challenges that will push their ratings much greater. You will also get NFL legends Dan Marino and Chad Johnson, who are both rated in the 80s. Right out of the gate, they will be your very best players.