You hear it all the time when playing Madden, “That guy has a great scheme” or “His scheme kept me guessing the whole game” but what does that really mean and how do you go about creating your own scheme? In this post we attempt to answer those questions and give you the basics of forming your own Madden 13 scheme.
Lets first start by defining exactly what a scheme is. A lot of people have different definitions but most competitive gamers agree that it has a few core components:
- Each play in the scheme must be run out of the same formation
- Your opponent should not be able to identify the play you are running before the snap
- It must be repeatable
Generally, you will also want to have at least 1 pass play and at least 1 run play in each scheme although it isn’t required. A scheme should also not be specific to only one team and should work with at least a few teams although agaim it isn’t a requirement. Some of the most common and overused schemes in previous Madden games have been out of shotgun tight and strong close. I’m sure anyone who has played a lot of Madden is all too familiar with those schemes.
Now that you know what a scheme is, lets break down in a little more details how you should go about forming your own scheme…
Any good scheme should include 4 different types of plays:
- A zone defense beater
- A man defense beater
- A solid run play
- A quick pass to use against a heavy blitz
If you can find 1 play of each out of the same formation that you set up the exact same way, you will have a scheme that will be near unstoppable in Madden 13. At that point it comes down to just pre-snap reads and knowing your opponents tendencies. Once you identify man or zone and blitz or heavy coverage, you can then call your play accordingly.
If you aren’t great with putting together your own scheme and need a little help, below are some resources we have at Madden-School to help with that process.
- Our Madden 13 Tips section has some detailed breakdowns with videos
- Our Madden forum has plenty of experienced Madden gamers sharing some of their best plays
- Madden-School.com ebooks and strategy guides. If you are looking to really improve your game consider purchasing on of those.
Hopefully this helps you hit the ground running when Madden 13 comes out. If you have any questions or feedback, please leave a response in the comments section below.