Written by: Jon Scarr
The Madden competitive scene is fierce! Whether you are new to the Madden series, and Madden 18 is your first game, or if you are a seasoned veteran—I’ve put together a few tips that are sure to help you dominate in this years’ game. Here are some Tips to help you dominate in Madden 18.
First and foremost, know what your playstyle is. Some gamers like to run the ball, and if you like to run the ball, you need to scheme everything around that. That means finding a playbook that has runs, which you are comfortable with. Conversely, you need to find and use a team that best fits your playstyle.
If you love to pass the ball, play as the New England Patriots or the Green Bay Packers. Love to run the ball? Then use the Dallas Cowboys, they are one of the best running teams. Don’t worry if other people trash-talk and tell you that you are only good because you are using a particular team.
Everyone has access to play as all the teams, more than likely they only reason they are complaining is because they are loosing.
The ability to manage the clock and your time is what separates the very best Madden 18 players from the greatest Madden 18 players. It’s important that you pay attention to the field clock and manage it—if you do this, you will take your game to the next level.
To better convey what I am talking about let’s take a look at a few examples. Let’s say you have three minutes left in the game and your winning, don’t try to do anything fancy. Run the ball and run the clock all the way down. You are playing to win the game, not to make friends.
Now, lets look at a different situation. Let’s say you have three minutes left in the first half and you are up by three. You should be trying to make the last drive of the second half every time. Don’t go out there with the mentality that you need to score as soon as possible, if the opportunity arises then go for it. In this situation, it would be perfect to score with less than 30 seconds left. If you score a touchdown, then you’ll be up by ten and can start to milk the second half away.
Conversely, whenever you have the ball in the second half and there is less than four minutes on the clock, you should be trying your best to make it the last score of that half. Equally, if you have the ball in the last four minutes of the fourth quarter and you are up, you should be trying to hold the ball for the rest of the game.
My next tip at dominating in Madden 18 is to monitor your player’s fatigue. Not a lot of people do this, yet it is very crucial—especially on offense. When you see your players starting to get yellow or red on the play call screen, sub them out immediately. If you don’t sub out, the players will start fumbling the ball and running slower.
If you like to run the ball and your running back is getting tired, take him out for two or three plays and put his backup in. It’s important that you don’t keep forcing a player that is fatigued, a lot of bad things will happen.
Finally, my last tip to help you dominate in Madden 18 is learning how to scheme. You don’t want to be calling random plays with no real reason or purpose. Instead, find a few formations that have multiple plays in them that you like. Then you will want to scheme them to make it hard for the defense.
For example, say you are in a shotgun formation that has a good shotgun run. You’ll want to have plays that attack different areas of the field: at least one run play, and a play-action play. If you pull out the play-action, your opponent will assume you are running and it gives them another thing to think about. This is how you make it tough on the defense to defend you!
Correspondingly, to dominate in Madden 18, you have to mix up your plays. Now I know you might have a few plays that you are really good with—you don’t want to get stuck calling these plays ten times in a row. If you do that, your opponent with eventually catch on and start to lock you up. Sometimes, you need to be willing to take no gain—just for the sake of mixing it up.