Mar 23, 2011
We are putting the world on watch for Miami Cliff, as we introduce the world to the man behind the sticks of the number one spot on EA’s leaderboards. Surprisingly, he came to us wanting to get better at Madden without the ego or previously conceived notions of how the game should be played. With the top spot online comes expectations and stereotypes of how and what that top spot should play like.
When we sat down and spoke with Cliff, it was clear that he was serious about getting known as a serious Madden player, and not just some online player glitching his way to the top.
Name: Clifton Lewis
Hometown: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Hobbies Outside of Madden: Sports, other various games, hanging out with friends, and traveling.
AskMadden: You’re the number one ranked online player in the world, but you have also played some of the best that do not compete in online ranked games. Would you say there is an obvious skill gap between online players and those you have seen on Madden Nation and the Madden Challenge Finals?
Cliff: From experience, there has been a difference in styles of play more than a difference in skills. In the Madden community, for some reason online and offline acts like rivals. The reality is adjusting to the gameplay styles and environments. There really isn’t a big difference in Madden, you either got it or you don’t. I feel both sides can learn from each other, there’s no need for disrespect between the two.
AM: When choosing an opponent on Madden 11, how do you select someone when you have to worry about getting disconnected and possibly a loss you didn’t deserve?
Cliff: The keys to online play and victories every year is to know there will be glitchers. People tend to get all hyped up on a new Madden and hope it’s a glitch free game, when the fact is that it’s Madden all over again with newer glitches. Your knowledge is the only way to protect your online record, so to be a competitive online player you need to be good at Madden, you have to know all of the glitches, and you have to know how to counter the glitches. An example of this is when you play a guy who does the QB Walk glitch, the best thing might be to disconnect the game and move on to a fair player.
When I choose an opponent I have to play skill level 20 and up because EA has created a new system that gives you skill points for playing your level or anything close to it. The days of playing a million games against skill level 1′s to be the number one guy online is over. You actually have to have skill to be at the top this year rather than it boiling down to who can play the most games.
AM: How many hours a week do you have to put in to get to the top spot? How many to stay there?
Cliff: Like I said previously, it’s not how many games you play to be number one. Almost everyone [in the top 100] has more wins and games played than me, yet I’m on top. It just goes to show that if you beat quality guys you have a chance at that. I used to play 5 games a day, but right now I play less. I’d rather play one higher level player than three lower level players.
AM: With rumors of the Madden Challenge coming back in the form of an online event only, how do you like your chances against some of the big names when they’re forced to play you in your domain?
Cliff: I might have an advantage if those guys can’t adjust to an online enviornment. The biggest advantage I may have is that the online default gameplay is All-Pro, and a lot of the offline guys play All-Madden. We’ll see what happens, and who has to adjust.
AM: Ok, before we head out.. when are we going to see you play against Truth in one of our Film Rooms?
Cliff: I have a lot of respect for Truth and other Madden Nation players. I feel Truth started as an online guy, but had what it took to convert into an offline player. He put his skills where the money was, and that was offline tournaments. He’s a pioneer in self promotion, and I see myself in a similar path. A match can definately be made.
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