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Chritobin Defeats Drini on Walk-Off Touchdown, Captures Madden Challenge Belt


EA Sports’ Madden NFL Challenge has a new champion. Christian “Chritobin” Lomenzo won five straight games to earn his first Madden Championship Series (MCS) title and $35,000. Chritobin took down some of the best players in the competitive Madden community en route to the belt. Each of the 16 finalists were playing Madden NFL 19 for a share of $190,000 in prize money. Here’s a complete breakdown of the tournament, which was held in Redwood City, California.

Chritobin’s Path to Victory

Chritobin held all six of his opponents to 13 or fewer points, a feat unheard of in today’s Madden. He stymied his competitors for the entire weekend, using a variety of blitz concepts to force errant throws and turnovers. Here’s a look at Chritobin’s tournament.

  • Group Stage: Lost to BeastModeMac, 13-7
  • Group Stage: Defeated Siah, 38-13
  • Group Stage: Defeated Pavan, 19-7; won Group A and received bye to Quarterfinal
  • Quarterfinal: Defeated Spoto, 13-7
  • Semifinal: Defeated Boogz, 19-11
  • Final: Defeated Drini, 16-10 (OT)
Madden 19 Challenge Results 

Below is the final bracket for the Madden Challenge, including all results.

Madden-NFL-19You can see EA’s bracket, including all scores, by clicking here. Below are the payouts for the top eight finishers in the tournament.

  • Chritobin – $35,000
  • Drini – $75,000
  • Boogz, VY Electrify – $40,000
  • Spoto, JSTheBest, Joe Rice, Prodigy  – $20,000

Other Notable Tournament Headlines 

Newcomers Impress Once Again – Chritobin and VY Electrify were both making their live event debuts at the Madden Challenge, and both delivered. Chritobin obviously took home the belt, and VY made the final four. Many of the top names in Madden, namely Problem Wright, haven’t had success in Madden 19. Instead, younger unknown players seem to emerging every live event.

Gos Eliminated in Group Stage – Gos was a heavy favorite (and my champion pick) heading into the tournament, but underachieved greatly in the Group Stage. Gos finished 0-3 in Group C, losing to VY Electrify, Drini and Joe Rice.

EA Broadcast Center Debut – This weekend’s Madden Challenge marked the test run for the brand new EA Broadcast studio in Redwood Shores, CA. By all accounts, the studio was a major success. The studio features two spacious gaming stations, a player’s lounge and a large broadcast desk. EA said during the event that it plans to host all major tournaments there moving forward.

You can read more about the Madden 19 Challenge here.

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