The first day of the Madden NFL 20 Challenge Live Finals could not have gone much better for Dwayne “Cleff” Wood II and “Joke.”
Both players went 3-0 in pool play — Joke in Group A and Cleff in Group B, to advance to the quarterfinals of the $190,000 tournament in Redwood City, Calif.
In Group A, Joke opened with a 14-13 win over “Lil Man” and “Boogz” beat “Crush” 19-14. Joke then beat Crush 10-3 and Lil Man topped Boogz 24-7. Knowing a win would put him in the quarterfinals, Joke doubled-up Boogz 14-7 while Crush beat Lil Man 13-0 to set up a three-way tie for second in the group. Lil Man and Crush qualified for the wild-card game, while Boogz was sent home.
In Group B, Cleff topped “Dimes” 28-10 and “Henry” topped “Rage” 24-6. In the second round, Henry beat Dimes while Cleff took down Rage. Cleff then beat Henry to improve to 3-0 and take the group. Rage beat Dimes 17-10 to book a wild-card slot along with Henry.
In the wild-card round, Crush beat Rage 17-13 and Henry beat Lil Man 17-10.
Per the EA Sports bracket, Cleff will face Henry in the quarterfinals, while Joke will take on Crush.
Groups C and D will fill out the remainder of the quarters.
The Live Finals will conclude on Saturday. The winner will take home $35,000 and 1,000 Madden Championship Series points. Second place will get $25,000 and 800 points.
Both will qualify for the 16-team Madden Bowl in April.
—Field Level Media