MUT Invitational Finals: Xbox One and Xbox 360

Posted May 14th at 12:00am.

Madden Ultimate Team (MUT) players have been competing in the MUT Invitational for a chance to win a trip to Tiburon Studios in Orlando, Florida.

After more than a month of grueling online play, eight competitors have emerged from a bracket of 32. These competitors are coming to Orlando this week to compete inside the EA SPORTS studios,.

Fans can tune into twitch.tv/easports on Friday, May 16, at 4 p.m. ET to see the games broadcast live.

We sat down with each finalist to learn a little bit more about them, and the path they took to the MUT Invitational.

XBOX ONE
ZACH FARLEY (ZFARLS) VS. ANDREW SHUGART (HASHUGZ)

ANDREW SHUGART (HASHUGZ)

How long have you been playing Madden?
I’ve been playing since 1997, and started playing competitively in 2003.

When did you first start playing Madden Ultimate Team and what did you like most about it?
This was my first year playing MUT. I love it, and creating the most dominant team has become an obsession.

How did you build your Ultimate Team?
Offense. With defense being so bad this year, I focused on my Chemistry and everything to be dominant on Offense. My goal was to pile up high HP on defense, and get some fumbles and user picks to swing games.

How did you come up with your HaShugz team name?
Shugz is my nickname, and the HA is for my wife's name (Heather) and mine.

What is your team’s OVR, and your favorite players on offense and defense?
I’m a 99 overall. My favorite offensive player is 99 OVR Rob Gronkowski, and 99 OVR Patrick Willis on defense.

What playbooks do you run with?
Green Bay Offense and Green Bay Defense.

Which team chemistry(s) do you use?
Short Pass - Ground and Pound.

What uniforms do you use?
Home is 1976 Raiders and Away is Raiders.

ZACH FARLEY (ZFARLS)

How long have you been playing Madden?
Since Madden NFL ‘94 on Genesis. I’ve been playing in local tournaments since 2003, and Madden Challenges since 2007.

When did you first start playing Madden Ultimate Team and what did you like most about it?
I have tried it in years past, but this is the first year I ever became truly addicted. MUT is perfect for people who want to build teams around their exact style and scheme. For example, you can choose a speedy or big target for your slot WR. If you love ratings, this is the perfect mode!

How did you build your Ultimate Team?
I started off with bundles at the start of the year. Once I felt like my team was solid, I started playing online ranked games and solo challenges. From there, I worked the market as best I could to get the right type of players.

What is your team name and how did you come up with it?
Maddenbible is my Twitter handle, and where I started teaching people to play Madden!

What is your team’s OVR, and your favorite players on offense and defense?
I’m a 97 OVR, and my favorite players are 99 Michael Vick on Offense and Night Train Lane on Defense.

What playbooks do you run with?
49ers + Multiple D.

Which team chemistry(s) do you use?
Short Pass and Run Stuff.

What uniforms do you use?
NY Giants (favorite team).

XBOX 360
BHAMUIK PATEL (ROSEBOWL) VS. DAN KIM (LilxHarvIn26)

BHAMUIK PATEL (ROSEBOWL)

How long have you been playing Madden?
I've been playing Madden since 2001, when I was 7!

When did you first start playing Madden Ultimate Team and what did you like most about it?
This is my first year playing MUT.

How did you build your Ultimate Team?
I built my team with coins earned from Head-to-Head seasons and coin games.

What is your team’s OVR, and your favorite players on offense and defense?
My team OVR is 95, and my favorite players are Aaron Rodgers on offense and Dick Lane on defense.

What playbooks do you run with?
I use Green Bay’s offensive playbook, and the 46 on defense. 

Which team chemistry(s) do you use?
Speed Run/Run Stuff Chemistry

What uniforms do you use?
Home is Throwback Rams, and Away is Chargers.

DAN KIM (LilxHarvIn26)

How long have you been playing Madden?
I have been playing since Madden NFL 07.

When did you first start playing Madden Ultimate Team and what did you like most about it?
I started playing MUT in Madden NFL 10. I liked the idea of building a team with your favorite players or the best players in the league, and then being able to compete against other teams online.

How did you build your Ultimate Team?
Working the auction house, flipping cards for profit, and buying a bundle here and there during certain promotions.

What is your team name and how did you come up with it?
My team name is "Get This Work" because it is one of my favorite sayings.

What is your team’s OVR, and your favorite players on offense and defense?
My overall team rating is a 98 at the moment. My favorite offensive player is Cam Newton and Sean Taylor on defense.

What playbooks do you run with?
On offense I run with the San Francisco 49ers playbook and on defense, I use the Detroit Lions playbook.

Which team chemistry(s) do you use?
I use Speed Run and Run Stuff.

What uniforms do you use?
At home, I use the throwback Washington Redskins jerseys and for away, I use the Seattle Seahawks jerseys.

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