The latest Madden Bowl competitive gaming tournament took place over the weekend, and Raidel “Joke” Brito won the series and claimed a giant cash prize in addition to bragging rights. It’s notable because, despite being one of the best players on the Madden pro scene, Joke had never won the Bowl. Not only did he win this year’s event, but he claimed the title in the final without throwing a single pass.
That’s right, Joke defeated Daniel “Dcroft” Mycroft by a score of 17-0 with his run-only offense. In fact, Joke won all of his Madden NFL 20 games in the tournament without ever passing the ball, according to ESPN.
Joke employed a unique strategy to secure the victory. He opted to select specialist players, forgoing a true quarterback, and instead chose to run the ball and rely on his defense to win the tournament. The event was conducted virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can watch a replay of the competition in the video above.
Joke’s strategy is not entirely unprecedented. The Army college football team almost never throws the ball, and it has a very good winning record.
Joke took home $65,000 for the victory, while he will also receive a 12-pound physical championship belt that consists of 700 Swarovski rhinestones and a 24-karat gold plate.
It was an especially emotional win for Joke, as he dedicated the event to his friend Taylor “SpotMe” Robertson, who was killed in the 2018 mass shooting during a Madden tournament in Florida. “I dedicated this tournament to him, and the fact that I won it … is awesome,” Joke said through tears.
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