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#1 CAGLeagueSports   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   2628 Posts   Joined 9.8 Years Ago  

CAGLeagueSports

Posted 20 August 2015 - 05:55 PM

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Introduction
Hello, everybody. And welcome to another year of CAG Madden on Xbox One. Madden leagues on CAG have been very successful over the years, with a consistent league running for the past 7 years, and two leagues running simultaneously for several years.
 
With a few other leagues popping up with different settings (fantasy rosters, quicker advancements, etc), I figured going back to our roots and just calling this the Official CAG League made sense.
 
In that spirit, this will be a league FOR EVERYONE. I'm not going to so much worry about skill level as I am about keeping things competitive. And we can discuss ways to make sure that happens in the thread. I've got some ideas, but I'd like to hear input from everybody. Blowouts are uncomfortable for everyone. The more often we can avoid them, the better.
 
How To Sign Up
If you would like to be a part of this league, please read through the League Rules and Policies section below (yes, it's long...but every rule was put into place because someone demonstrated a need for having it...and everyone who joins is accountable for knowing them, so there are no "I didn't know" arguments).
 
Then, just post your info in the thread in the following format:
 
CAG Name | XBL Gamertag | Time Zone | General Availability
 
General Guidelines
I'd like the league to be as self-sustaining as possible: no nonsense, no constant reminders to play right, a non-negotiable expectation to keep up with the thread, being responsive to PMs, etc. And if people show any difficulty sticking to that, they're gone. What I'd like to avoid is the whole mentality of caring more about winning than caring about playing right. Also, having so and so's friend's, brother's, uncle who likes Madden, but has no idea what this thread is or even what CAG is can be a hinderance more often than not. If you want to be a part of the league, be a part of the league.

Once again, this year, we will be changing a few policies and rules. First and foremost will be the return of the trade cap. Despite Madden's in-game salary cap and roster management system, it still left people too many loopholes when trading and/or signing superstar players. I can at least give EA credit for trying to incorporate team finances, but when people know they're dealing with a limited season league, it lets them know there are certain things they can take advantage of. So, definitely expect a limitation on trades per season and contract lengths. These policies will only be put in place to make for a more realistic league though...so hopefully most people won't have a problem with that.

Anybody who would like to play in this league, feel free to voice your interest, introduce yourself, weigh in on league policies, bounce around some ideas, etc. As always, with a new Madden, I'm hopeful that we'll continue to move in a positive direction and that this year's game will be the best ever! Thanks!

League Website
http://www.easports....ome/975560.xone

Releasing a Player From the Website
1. Log in
2. Click on "Team"
3. Find the player you want to cut
4. Click on him and choose "View Player"
5. Click "Take Action" and then choose "Release Player"



League Rules and Policies (Subject to Change as New Game Info is Released)




















Team Lottery
 

 
Just like last year, for people who hate fun videos, here's the list. Admittedly, the video would have been a lot more exciting if we had a full league, but I did what I could to build the suspense. And the second half of the video is definitely more exciting than the first half. Just the way the teams broke down this year, I guess.
 

Spoiler


Members
Team | CAG Name (click to send private message) | XBL Gamertag | Time Zone | Availability
Any team listed as *OPEN* may be taken

AFC EAST
Buffalo Bills | *OPEN*
Miami Dolphins | siradam134 | feroci0us1 | ET | ?
New England Patriots X | LVPatriots | MurdaModeLV | ET | ?
New York Jets | *OPEN*

AFC NORTH
Baltimore Ravens | Mog3526 | Mog3526 | ET | ?
Cincinnati Bengals | *OPEN*
Cleveland Browns | MrExtreme08 | MrExtreme08 | ET | ?
Pittsburgh Steelers | Heidenreich | Jcariello | ET | ?

 

AFC SOUTH
Houston Texans | Tanabeo | Tanabeo | CT | M-F: After 10:30PM CT (possibly earlier by appt), Sa-Su: very flexible
Indianapolis Colts | soliddragon | soliddragon | ET | Weeknights after 9:30PM ET
Jacksonville Jaguars | Panoramic15 | RevCottonMarcus | ET | flexible
Tennessee Titans | *OPEN*

AFC WEST
Denver Broncos | KasterDB | KasterDB | ET | Weekdays: After 7PM or 9PM, Weekends: flexible
Kansas City Chiefs | *OPEN*
Oakland Raiders | IzzyDigilino | DaTravistyAMG | ET | M-T: After 9PM, F: After 6PM, Sa, After 9PM, Su: flexible
San Diego Chargers | *OPEN*

NFC EAST
Dallas Cowboys | *OPEN*
New York Giants | *OPEN*
Philadelphia Eagles | *OPEN*
Washington Redskins | *OPEN*

NFC NORTH
Chicago Bears | *OPEN*
Detroit Lions | *OPEN*
Green Bay Packers | Matt Young | The Matt Young | PT | ?
Minnesota Vikings | *OPEN*

NFC SOUTH
Atlanta Falcons | *OPEN*
Carolina Panthers | *OPEN*
New Orleans Saints | *OPEN*
Tampa Bay Buccaneers | *OPEN*

NFC WEST
Arizona Cardinals | *OPEN*
San Francisco 49ers | *OPEN*
Seattle Seahawks | dgillz11 | d gillz | ET | Nights between 8PM ET and 11PM ET
St. Louis Rams | *OPEN*

*X = Strike 
 
Past Champions
Madden16

Season 1 - Houston Texans (Tanabeo)

 

Madden 15
Season 1 - Houston Texans (Tanabeo)
Season 2 - New Orleans Saints (LVPatriots)
Season 3 - Houston Texans (Tanabeo)





#2 CAGLeagueSports   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   2628 Posts   Joined 9.8 Years Ago  

CAGLeagueSports

Posted 20 August 2015 - 05:56 PM

Reserved



#3 CAGLeagueSports   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   2628 Posts   Joined 9.8 Years Ago  

CAGLeagueSports

Posted 20 August 2015 - 05:56 PM

Reserved #2



#4 Matt Young   Follow the buzzards CAGiversary!   15183 Posts   Joined 14.6 Years Ago  

Matt Young

Posted 20 August 2015 - 05:58 PM

Matt Young | The Matt Young | Pacific

#5 Heidenreich  

Heidenreich

Posted 20 August 2015 - 10:37 PM

In. Jcariello eastern time zone

I'm on vacation 8/30 thru 9/7

#6 Matt Young   Follow the buzzards CAGiversary!   15183 Posts   Joined 14.6 Years Ago  

Matt Young

Posted 21 August 2015 - 03:26 PM

Is it cool to use this thread for general discussion? That way things wouldn't be split between 2 threads. Just wanted to check first since I already almost fucked up the reserved posts by replying to this immediately.

#7 CAGLeagueSports   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   2628 Posts   Joined 9.8 Years Ago  

CAGLeagueSports

Posted 21 August 2015 - 04:52 PM

Is it cool to use this thread for general discussion? That way things wouldn't be split between 2 threads. Just wanted to check first since I already almost fucked up the reserved posts by replying to this immediately.

Yes, absolutely. I'll see if I can close the other thread (can't remember if that's still an option on CAG). I'd rather see this thread continuously at the top (though again, not like it'll be hard...CAG traffic is so down from where it used to be).

 

Feel free to talk about the game, ask questions, etc...whether it's league related or just in general.



#8 siradam134   rawr. 'nuff said CAGiversary!   2261 Posts   Joined 10.1 Years Ago  

siradam134

Posted 21 August 2015 - 06:47 PM

I'm down!
 
siradam134 | feroci0us1 | East Coast
 
thought i'd share this with everyone....
 
 
Wish EA put as much effort into their game as they did into this video....


#9 Matt Young   Follow the buzzards CAGiversary!   15183 Posts   Joined 14.6 Years Ago  

Matt Young

Posted 21 August 2015 - 07:16 PM

I was just coming here to post that. It has AJ Lee in it!

#10 TheN8torious   Shhh...I'm Invisible CAGiversary!   16924 Posts   Joined 12.4 Years Ago  

TheN8torious

Posted 21 August 2015 - 07:58 PM

 

Wish EA put as much effort into their game as they did into this video....

 

Good Lord...aint that the freaking truth? They made a Dodgeball + Expendables short film to promote a game that currently has framerate issues and a clunky menu, lol. All we want is a solid, reliable product, EA. Come on...

 

I swear, all anybody cares about anymore is figuring out how to be trending on Twitter. This is the "head up our asses" world we live in.



#11 Matt Young   Follow the buzzards CAGiversary!   15183 Posts   Joined 14.6 Years Ago  

Matt Young

Posted 21 August 2015 - 10:36 PM

Ultimate Team player cards all display with generic placeholder pictures and the name "Undefined Undefined". Their names and all that show up in the actual games/challenges. Weird. Lots of others are having the same problem, though.

The framerate is very bad for the whole opening whizbang. Everything else seems normal. Gameplay doesn't seem to have changed much from last year aside from the different catch and pass types, which I forget about in the heat of the moment. And the camera is way too close!

I really like Draft Champions mode after a couple games. I can see myself replaying that a bunch of times.

Make sure you visit the training modes. You get a big fat 100 point achievement for earning gold in just 1 singular practice drill, and MUT packs if you decide to finish them off.

#12 soliddragon   Early Adopter CAGiversary!   1094 Posts   Joined 14.1 Years Ago  

soliddragon

Posted 22 August 2015 - 03:04 AM

Hey, I'd like to get in on this, if its still open

 

Indianapolis Colts | Soliddragon | Soliddragon | EST |  weeknights after 9:30pm



#13 LVPatriots   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   2029 Posts   Joined 7.4 Years Ago  

LVPatriots

Posted 22 August 2015 - 03:22 AM

Excited for another year! I'm in.

LVPatriots/MurdaModeLV/EST

N8, do you think we will continue to not allow past champions to pick elite teams in the lottery?

#14 CAGLeagueSports   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   2628 Posts   Joined 9.8 Years Ago  

CAGLeagueSports

Posted 22 August 2015 - 04:21 AM

Hey, I'd like to get in on this, if its still open

 

Indianapolis Colts | Soliddragon | Soliddragon | EST |  weeknights after 9:30pm

We are not picking teams yet, and teams will be decided by a lottery based on seniority (ie. number of seasons participated in determines number of entries in the lottery). Just keep that in mind if the Colts are the only team you're willing to play as.

 

Excited for another year! I'm in.

LVPatriots/MurdaModeLV/EST

N8, do you think we will continue to not allow past champions to pick elite teams in the lottery?

I hadn't given it a lot of thought yet, but I kind of liked that system. It seemed reasonable that people who demonstrated that they were good at the game didn't need an advantage of having one of the best teams. I'd be open to hearing opinions on it though.



#15 LVPatriots   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   2029 Posts   Joined 7.4 Years Ago  

LVPatriots

Posted 22 August 2015 - 02:24 PM

My two cents would be that this is really all about fun. I know Fero and Matt Young must really enjoy playing with there teams, and you grab the Titans a lot. I've never played with the Pats in all these years. Since we do the lottery anyway, id love to have at least a .50-.33 percent chance of getting to play with my team than none at all.

#16 CAGLeagueSports   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   2628 Posts   Joined 9.8 Years Ago  

CAGLeagueSports

Posted 22 August 2015 - 05:40 PM

My two cents would be that this is really all about fun. I know Fero and Matt Young must really enjoy playing with there teams, and you grab the Titans a lot. I've never played with the Pats in all these years. Since we do the lottery anyway, id love to have at least a .50-.33 percent chance of getting to play with my team than none at all.

The counter argument to that would be nobody's going to have any fun if the same person is winning all the time. So, if you're a top player...taking one of the best teams...and you're just mercilessly pounding everybody, there is going to be pressure for you to drastically change up your playstyle to make games competitive or for you to step down. One person just railroading the entire league will definitely not be tolerated.

 

If you're talking about people who "graduated" to that level, tanabeo will probably be in the same boat with the Texans. I don't think they were ranked super high last year anyway (despite still having a pretty good team), but he had never won a Super Bowl before last year's game. So...you have to recognize, the policy change you're proposing is to basically allow the two people who won all of last year's Super Bowls to be in a better position than they were last year, lol.

 

For me...that's a tough sell. I'm not outright saying "no" because I understand where you're coming from as a fan. But it's still a tough sell. I'd like to hear more opinions on it.



#17 MrExtreme08  

MrExtreme08

Posted 22 August 2015 - 07:53 PM

I'd like to join.

GT MrExtreme08

Eastern Time Zone

Favorite Team Miami Dolphins



#18 soliddragon   Early Adopter CAGiversary!   1094 Posts   Joined 14.1 Years Ago  

soliddragon

Posted 22 August 2015 - 08:30 PM

We are not picking teams yet, and teams will be decided by a lottery based on seniority (ie. number of seasons participated in determines number of entries in the lottery). Just keep that in mind if the Colts are the only team you're willing to play as.

 

I hadn't given it a lot of thought yet, but I kind of liked that system. It seemed reasonable that people who demonstrated that they were good at the game didn't need an advantage of having one of the best teams. I'd be open to hearing opinions on it though.

Oh ok, well, I'm in either way, if there's still a free slot



#19 TheOmen242   Mr. GoodGuy CAGiversary!   163 Posts   Joined 3.6 Years Ago  

TheOmen242

Posted 23 August 2015 - 04:08 PM

TheOmen242/TheOmen24/est. Available past 10pm

#20 Matt Young   Follow the buzzards CAGiversary!   15183 Posts   Joined 14.6 Years Ago  

Matt Young

Posted 23 August 2015 - 04:33 PM

Beware the shitty EA servers! Just like with NHL 15, opening any other app during gameplay (messages in my case) disconnects you from the EA servers.

I was in my final game of Draft Champions and that happened. It said my results may not record. But my only option for leaving the game was "concede" so I finished.

The game still said I had 1 game remaining, making it seem like it didn't count and I'd be able to replay it. WRONG. I started up the game later only to be told that my season was over since I had been given a loss in that game I finished and won. Got screwed out of an achievement and have to redo everything with a new team.

#21 Mog3526   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   832 Posts   Joined 8.3 Years Ago  

Posted 24 August 2015 - 02:09 PM

I was interested in making a return to the league if there are any available spots?

 

XBL Username: Mog3526

Eastern Time Zone

Favorite Team: Baltimore Ravens



#22 TheOmen242   Mr. GoodGuy CAGiversary!   163 Posts   Joined 3.6 Years Ago  

TheOmen242

Posted 25 August 2015 - 04:26 PM

Really enjoying the 15 Round Draft Champions. Played a couple games vrs cpu and still have to run through all the skills trainers but I am liking the feel thus far. The aggressive catch feels OP in early games on all pro game mode.

#23 TheN8torious   Shhh...I'm Invisible CAGiversary!   16924 Posts   Joined 12.4 Years Ago  

TheN8torious

Posted 25 August 2015 - 05:12 PM

Finally got my game this morning. Only had a chance to run through the intro and a couple of the skills trainers (though, they're not being marked as completed for me. I did all of the new passing ones and it's showing 0/5...) while my daughter was eating breakfast.

I like the added passing/receiving/defending elements. In theory, they should add more strategy to gameplay and hopefully more ways to combat people who run the same plays over and over.

I could see people saying the catch thing is overpowered, but hopefully against a human opponent, the new defensive techniques will be enough to counter it. And hopefully it will force people to think about which type of move they want to go for, and create a sort of "rock, paper, scissors" showdown. ie. possession beats ballhawk, play receiver beats aggressive, etc.

Oh, I did load up MUT really quick to begin my annual "maybe it will be as good as MUT 12" hopes. I got a lot of bonuses. I could hardly keep up with all of them with all the "how to play" overlay crap that was going on. But right off the bat I've got Bo Jackson, Colin Kaepernick, Carson Palmer, and Jameis Winston (wish I wasn't so QB heavy, but still interesting to see all those names).

#24 Tanabeo   Houston Mountaineers CAGiversary!   1258 Posts   Joined 8.5 Years Ago  

Posted 25 August 2015 - 05:29 PM

Tanabeo | Tanabeo | CT | M-F: After 10:30PM CT (possibly earlier by appt), Sa-Su: very flexible



#25 Panoramic15   CAG in Training CAGiversary!   209 Posts   Joined 6.2 Years Ago  

Panoramic15

Posted 25 August 2015 - 06:13 PM

CAG: Panoramic15
XBL: RevCottonMarcus
Eastern Timezone
Flexible

#26 Energy Penguin   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   101 Posts   Joined 10.9 Years Ago  

Energy Penguin

Posted 25 August 2015 - 08:34 PM

XBL:  hi FUNKsionING

 

EST.

 

After 9pm



#27 CAGLeagueSports   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   2628 Posts   Joined 9.8 Years Ago  

CAGLeagueSports

Posted 25 August 2015 - 08:57 PM

All right, guys. We're starting to get a good crowd here (I'm counting 12 people so far). Looking back at last year's thread, we really didn't get much moving until around 9/2. So, we can probably give people the rest of this week to get familiar with the game and give more people time to sign up.

 

But as we prepare for the team lottery, here is the process for everyone to review:

 

This is how we're going to be doing team selection. It will be very similar to how the Official League has done it the past couple years with people sending in team lists. But instead of doing a 1 vs 1 name in hat scenario when there is a shared interest in a team, we're going to have that drawing weighted based on the number of seasons you have played in across all teagues.

 

Example:

Let's say n8rockerasu lists the Raiders as #1 and MrExtreme08 lists the Raiders as #1. n8rockerasu's name would go in the hat 15 times (total seasons played) and MrExtreme08's name would go in 1 time. This rewards long-time players by weighting things in their favor, but doesn't completely close off a team to anybody. There's always a chance.

 

Anyway, here's the official process:

 

HOW WE ARE SELECTING TEAMS

1. Each owner will submit a Top 5 list of teams. There is going to be a good amount of strategy to this so here's where you'll want to pay attention. Your #1 choice would trump another owner's #2 choice. If more than one owner picks the same team as their #1 choice then names are pulled out of a hat.

Example:
n8rockerasu ranks the Raiders as his #1 team. MrExtreme08 ranks the Raiders as his #2 team. No other owner ranks the Raiders. Result: n8rockerasu automatically gets the Raiders.

n8rockerasu ranks the Raiders as his #1 team. MrExtreme08 also ranks the Raiders as his #1 team. Tanabeo ranks the Raiders as his #3 team. Only n8rockerasu and MrExtreme08's names are added to lottery. Result: Winner of lottery gets the Raiders.

 

2. The other thing we did last year was not allowing previous Super Bowl winners to select top teams. I still think that's a good policy. HOWEVER, in the interest of fandom, and in the spirit of "having a chance", I've decided to give these players ONE entry for a top team. At present we have 4 people who have won Super Bowls (n8rockerasu, LVPatriots, Tanabeo, and Mog3526). The top 4 teams in Madden are currently: Patriots (91), Seahawks (91), Packers (90), and Broncos (89).

 

SO, what this means, is if any of those four people wants to take a shot at one of those teams, you can put them on your list and you will get one entry (regardless of seasons played) for that team. This makes it a gamble as you could be using your #1 team choice slot on a team you have little chance of getting. Conversely, if nobody else picks that team, that one entry could give them to you uncontested. Again, there's a chance.

 

The other side of this coin is that any top player who does end up getting a top team, your play will be scrutinized in every facet. You're not taking a top team so you can have a cakewalk to a championship. If you are handily winning your games with little resistance, you may be asked to change your play style or possibly even step down from using that team. This will be deliberated on by multiple members, and decided as needed.

 

3. We will first award everyone's #1 choices, then #2 and so on until all the teams added to a Top 5 list are assigned to an owner.

 

4. After we go through everyone's Top 5 there's a chance people will be without teams. We'll just repeat Steps 2 and 3 with a new set of Top 5 lists for those owners who didn't manage to get a team in the first round until all teams are filled.

 

Please submit your lists by private message to CAGLeagueSports. You probably don't want to post your list in this thread, since it will give away your strategy. We still have a little bit of time before the 53 man roster update, so there's not a huge rush here. But for anybody going out of town or anyone who just wants to get their list in early, you can start submitting them at any time.

 

Feel free to ask any questions you may have. Thanks, guys! :)



#28 CAGLeagueSports   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   2628 Posts   Joined 9.8 Years Ago  

CAGLeagueSports

Posted 25 August 2015 - 09:13 PM

Also, I need to update everybody's "seasons played in" list. A lot of them I can figure out just adding our 3 seasons from Madden 15 to the total you guys submitted last year. But confirming is always a good thing. If you're new to this league, just say "new". You start off at 1 being a new member, so it's not like you get zero entries or anything, haha.

 

And for people who were new last year, you just get the number of seasons you played in (which is how all veteran players are counted). So, even though you had one entry as a new member, if you played in two seasons...you get two entries...not three. I hope that makes sense.

 

To help, here's what I have:

Spoiler

 

For anybody else, I need your numbers.



#29 CAGLeagueSports   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   2628 Posts   Joined 9.8 Years Ago  

CAGLeagueSports

Posted 25 August 2015 - 09:31 PM

And here's our member list as of right now. Obviously, this will get added to the OP once we get teams sorted out (and hopefully grow too).

 

n8rockerasu | n8rocker82 | CT | (all starting times) Su-Th: 6PM CT - 8PM CT, 11PM CT - 1AM CT, F-Sa: 6PM CT - 1AM CT

Matt Young | The Matt Young | PT | ?

Heidenreich | Jcariello | ET | ?

siradam134 | feroci0us1 | ET | ?

soliddragon | soliddragon | ET | Weeknights after 9:30PM ET

LVPatriots | MurdaModeLV | ET | ?

MrExtreme08 | MrExtreme08 | ET | ?

TheOmen242 | TheOmen24 | ET | After 10PM ET

Mog3526 | Mog3526 | ET | ?

Tanabeo | Tanabeo | CT | M-F: After 10:30PM CT (possibly earlier by appt), Sa-Su: very flexible

Panoramic15 | RevCottonMarcus | ET | flexible

Energy Penguin | hi FUNKsionING | ET | After 9PM ET



#30 Matt Young   Follow the buzzards CAGiversary!   15183 Posts   Joined 14.6 Years Ago  

Matt Young

Posted 25 August 2015 - 10:34 PM

26 seasons... 1 Super Bowl appearance... 0 championships. Go me!