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Madden 21 Fictional Draft Class: Shotcallers, a Story-Driven Draft Class on PS5 and PS4

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Madden 21 Fictional Draft Class: Shotcallers, a Story-Driven Draft Class on PS5 and PS4

Fictional rosters have really taken on a new life in 2020, and that seems fitting since we have had to get used to a new normal that sometimes does not always include sports. We’ve had Bacon’s fictional roster for MLB The Show 20, Longballs and Legends from Scout Scoops (a fusion of real players tied to a specific theme), and even something like JB’s fictional draft classes for NBA 2K21. The latest version of something like this comes from a long-time enthusiast of these sorts of projects, Emmdotfrisk and his buddy Nick. The twist is this Madden 21 fictional draft class also comes with some built-in stories that you follow along the way with a 100-plus page PDF.

It’s a really good idea as well, especially this year when Madden 21 feels incredibly stale within franchise mode. The instructions are simple enough to follow, assuming you don’t spoil things for yourself in the process. Scope out the instructions below to understand when to import this class into your franchise and how to find it on Madden Share.

madden 21 custom draft class

The hook for this class is a logical one. There are sleepers to be found, and the only way to do that is by following the PDF and reading between the lines to find players who can lead your team to a decade of dominance. The added element here that’s nice is the players you end up missing out on or can’t trade up to acquire will still exist in the world after the draft. You’ll be able to follow their exploits and think about what could have been if you had only made the “right” pick or traded up to get your guy. In theory, you’ll care more about your franchise mode after year one — not less — because you’ll now be invested in some of these stories.

Frisk is very interested in making more of these classes, but he’s also being honest about how time consuming they are. The hope is that the Shotcallers draft class takes off enough and gets downloaded enough that he feels it’s worth devoting the hours necessary to create one or more other new engaging draft classes. We at OS always talk about wanting more story in our franchise modes, especially dynamic and interesting stories that we feel like we’ve had an impact on, and even if a big portion of this draft class relies on reading a PDF week to week, it’s the exact sort of concept we would love to see big publishers invest in year to year within their franchise modes.

shotcallers draft class

Speaking of the PDF, it’s a really clean document with easy to follow scouting reports and storylines. It starts in Week 3 and goes all the way through Week 17. At that point, you’ll get a big board, and soon after you will reach draft day. It basically turns into something you put on your weekly schedule. You play your game and do your other usual franchise mode stuff, and then you read the PDF and find out what’s been going on in the fictional college football world that week and how it’s impacting some of these fictional prospects.

Let us know if you end up taking the plunge and trying out this class. Also feel free to reach out to Frisk on Twitter and tell him if you like the draft class.

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  1. I really appreciate people who do this. It takes an incredible amount of time and everyone benefits from their selflessness.  I'm looking forward to Franchise again...finally.
    Great write up Chase! Thanks for the support and can’t wait to see how everyone does with the class.
    Additionally, we are looking for someone to help us bring the classes to Xbox!
    EmmdotFrisk
    Great write up Chase! Thanks for the support and can’t wait to see how everyone does with the class.
    Additionally, we are looking for someone to help us bring the classes to Xbox!

    Thanks for making something so cool for the franchise heads.
    UnfoundedUser
    It’s sad to realize Madden has had any real life or engagement since the Tony Bruno show back in 2004.*

    That is not entirely true. There are many draft classes that have been created that have PDF files or slides attached to them whether the Xbox or PS for to be able to help the user become immersed into a fictional world.
    Armor and Sword
    FYI
    QB Jamichael Sequens II is no where to be found on the class I DL into my year 5 Dolphins Franchise.
    Sent from my iPhone using Operation Sports

    Probably because (I believe) he is onlya freshman or sophomore. He will be in future classes.
    sin44
    Yes, several players mentioned here are Freshman or True Sophmores, so i assume they will be in future classes.
    Great job!

    Is there any news on any eta for the future classes?
    Teleo
    That is not entirely true. There are many draft classes that have been created that have PDF files or slides attached to them whether the Xbox or PS for to be able to help the user become immersed into a fictional world.

    Correct. Madden players are making awesome stuff. But I'm talking about EA's effort build immersion within franchise mode.

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