For a total of five weeks over the summer, dozens of the best Madden players in the world faced-off in Friday Night Football to qualify for the first live event of Madden 20. At the end of those five weeks, Crush, Pavan, Prodigy, Cleff, Oreo, and DaKingg came out on top. These six competitors joined us in Dallas, TX last Friday at the GameStop Performance Center, the home of Complexity Gaming, to compete for the $10,000 prize pool.
Before the tournament action started, we opened our broadcast with a celebration of Madden NFL 20 and the modes we love. MUTGuru, Cookieboy, ZAN, Boogz, Drini, and Nick Mizesko hosted segments that showcased Madden Ultimate Team, Superstar/X-Factor Abilities, MUT Squads, and Connected Franchise Mode.
The tournament kicked off with Cleff and Oreo. Although many viewed Cleff as the clear favorite, Oreo had the lead and the ball with just over two minutes left in the game. On a crucial 4th down and 2, he handed the ball to Alfred Morris, rather than Zeke Elliot who had been dominating the game up to that point. Cleff forced the turnover on downs and didn’t look back as he advanced to the semi finals with a score of 28-21.
Off-stream, Prodigy and DaKingg went head-to-head in a mirror match. Both players leaned heavily on the Cowboys’ run game, but DaKingg’s momentum in the second half was too much to overcome for Prodigy.
In the first semifinal match, Cleff took on Crush to guarantee the winner at least $2,000 and a trip to the finals. The Arm Bar ability was on full display from Crush and Nick Chubb. Late in the 3rd quarter, Chubb ran for a 52-yard touchdown thanks to his improved stiff arm move to put the game away.
The other semifinal match between Pavan and DaKingg had the most memorable moment of the entire tournament. Both players traded touchdowns all game which led to DaKingg having the opportunity to kick a 17-yard, game-winning FG as time expired in the 4th quarter. The new run-off mechanic in Madden 20 led to DaKingg rushing the kick and missing it off the right upright. Pavan made the most of his lucky break and drive down to score a touchdown on the opening possession of overtime to secure his place in the finals.
Unable to rebound from the missed FG, DaKingg lost the third place game against Cleff. Cleff took home the $1,000 third place prize with a score of 24-12.
The championship game was everything we could have hoped for. Both Pavan’s Texans and Crush’s Browns played solid defense in the first half, which led to a score of 10-7 in favor of Crush at halftime. Crush opened the second half with seven-minute drive that ended in a field goal, which extended his lead to six points. Pavan answered quickly with a Lamar Miller touchdown to take the lead.
On the very next play, Crush ran the ball for 75 yards and a touchdown with Nick Chubb. He followed it up with a 2-point conversion to take the lead 21-14. With a minute left, Pavan drove down the field to tie the game with a touchdown pass to DeAndre Hopkins.
With 14 seconds still on the clock, Crush decided to go for the win instead of play for overtime. This strategy backfired as he threw an interception which led to Pavan taking over possession at Crush’s 38-yard line. With only two seconds on the clock, Pavan kicked an iced, 55-yard field goal to become your FNF Summer Series Champion and take him the first place prize of $7,000.
We would like to thank GameStop and Complexity Gaming for their support in hosting our FNF Summer Series Championship in their venue.
If you’re looking for more competitive Madden action, you can catch Friday Night Football on twitch.tv/mutheadtv every Friday night starting at 8 PM ET.