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This year, EA Tiburon restructured Madden's franchise mode (now called Connected Careers). We're here to help you build a championship team.
You can use this handy guide to help you with everything from scheduling practices to drafting like a pro. We'll also tip you off on how to navigate the needlessly confusing Connected Careers mode.
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Connected Careers' main hub features a news story carousel and tweets from media members. Pay attention to these, because they'll give you the heads' up on potential problems with possible draft picks, as well as what's going on around the league in general.
When you first enter the mode, whether you choose to play as a player or a coach, you must choose your backstory. This isn't just a superficial aspect to your character, but a way to shape your player or coach. For instance, choosing to be a possession receiver means your attributes will be different than say, a speed WR. Similarly, the XP it costs for a possession receiver to pick up certain XP packages is different than other types of players. You also get to pick whether you're a high round talent, low round gem, or undrafted player coming out of college. Although where you are drafted can change your player's attribute scores, the high draft pick is not necessarily better in all phases of the game.
Backstory matters the most when determining your coaching personality. You choose from three different kinds of coaches: motivators, strategists, and team builders. In general, it costs motivators less XP to buy retirement and free agent upgrade packages, while strategists pay less for XP upgrades for their players. Team builders get an XP break on contract packages.
Click on the link below for a list of upgrades and XP costs for each coaching backstory.
To get the most out of your team, you're going to want to spend your XP wisely. Here are a few suggestions:
Practicing regularly earns your player or coach XP that that you can spend on upgrades. By its very nature practicing is tedious, but it's valuable and there are ways to get the most out of the experience.
While you can choose from a range of practices that vary in time and XP offered for success, I like to maximize my time with practices that offer the most points for the least amount of time. For instance, the Halftime practice gives you 600 points for two quarters of work. Likewise, 3rd Quarter Rally is 700 points. Even if you don't complete the practice's objective completely, in some cases you may still end up with some consolation points so don't back out of the practice if you are losing.
Read on for more tips for Connected Careers, including a way to get a sneak peak of some players' overall attribute ratings.
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