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Madden 21

06 Oct 2020

Madden 21 Ultimate Team: Beginner’s Guide - First things to do in MUT 21, TOTW 4, Series 2, The 50, Series Redux, Packs, Programs & more

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Latest News - MUT 21 TOTW 4

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Starting Challenges

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Don't Buy Packs

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Missions

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Captains

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NFL Epics

Madden 21 introduced a new Madden Ultimate Team journey.

And while there's been tons of MUT 21 action so far, no one is too far behind to catch up!

Here's how to start your MUT 21 journey.

Latest News - MUT 21 TOTW 4

An important program for players to get used to in Madden 21 Ultimate Team is Team of the Week (TOTW).

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UPPER ECHELON: Madden 21 Ultimate Team TOTW players are a cut above

The TOTW program introduces historic players to Madden 21 Ultimate Team, as well as upgrades to active players that performed well in week 4 of the 2020 NFL season.

The next entry to the program will be MUT 21 TOTW 4 - which will be revealed Tuesday, 6 October!

You can read over our predictions for TOTW 4 here.

MUT 21 Series 2

A new chapter has arrived with MUT 21 Series 2, introducing new programs like The 50 and Series Redux, bringing 32 new Team Builders for Team Affinity, and Series 2 Trophies.

This massively changes the MUT landscape, and for players of all levels, it's important to note all of the new cards coming to the game mode - and how to pick them up yourself!

Starting Challenges

Madden Ultimate Team in Madden 21 starts with some challenges to get players acclimated to the game mode. These challenges are locked to Rookie difficulty and require very simple things like gaining 5 yards in a possession.

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EASY MODE: Having Lamar Jackson at QB for the first challenges makes them a breeze

For the fastest way to run through these starter challenges, simply scramble with Lamar Jackson after your receivers drag the defense back and you can handle most of them in a single snap.

This is EA's way of screening out players who aren't yet ready to play against other people.

Pre-Order Packs

Depending on the way you purchased Madden 21, you might have bonus packs to start your Madden Ultimate Team journey.

For players with access to the game now, you'll have pre-ordered the MVP or Deluxe Edition of Madden 21.

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TOUGH CHOICES: Choice packs are quite difficult in MUT, just make sure to take your team composition into account

The Deluxe Edition comes with 12 Madden Ultimate Team Gold Team Fantasy Packs (which allow you to choose a team and open players from its history), and a NFL Team Elite Pack.

The MVP Edition comes with 17 Madden Ultimate Team Gold Team Fantasy Packs, a Madden Championship Series Ultimate Champion Pack, and an NFL Team Elite Pack.

You should open your Gold Team Fantasy Packs first, as these give a variety of rewards, which will help you choose better for your lineup for packs with choices between top players.

Don't Buy Packs

After opening your pre-order packs if you have them, you'll be tempted to purchase some more. Despite this feeling, don't buy packs in MUT! These are always a gamble, and almost never worth the cost to purchase them.

Instead, simply pick up the players you need on the Marketplace as they are posted. This is how you coins in the long run.

Missions

Once you've got your team set, it's time to dive into solo content. Yes, that's right, not a multiplayer queue.

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BEWARE: Some missions are overtuned for players early on in MUT

This is because solo missions are the best way to build up your team and grind out coins.

The first sets of missions are very simple, and once you're able to start leveling up the difficulty, this is worth it for the extra rewards.

Keep an eye on bonus objectives for missions, as these also offer additional rewards and are usually pretty straightforward if you know about them ahead of time.

Captains

Once you've grinded out the basic starting missions, it's time to earn your Captain.

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EARN IT: You'll be able to unlock a MUT Captain by completing their tryouts

This is done by completing the tryouts for each MUT Captain, then choosing which you'd like to bring on to your squad.

Like all choice packs, choose your Captain based on their fit with your lineup rather than their name value.

NFL Epics

Once you've gotten your Captain, the next step is to grab your star from the NFL Epics.

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STEP UP: The NFL Epics challenges are a step up in competition for a higher caliber player

This set includes some 85 OVR players to choose from, and puts you in more difficult situations to earn them.

It may be a step up in competition, but it's also a huge step up in reward.