A few surprises left Madden’s top two players out of the upcoming Ultimate Thanksgiving tournament, but not out of the top spots in the latest Madden Championship Series power rankings.
Henry Leverette and Noah Johnson, better known as Henry and NoahUpNxt, maintained their hold on the No. 1 and 2 spots in the Power Rankings, published Wednesday by EA Sports.
With a loss to fellow countryman and close friend Wesley in a win-win match in the double-elimination portion of the tournament, Henry’s streak of 11 consecutive appearances in EA Major Events was snapped. Henry’s unprecedented run spanned over 1,100 days and included over $520,000 in career earnings, a 69-14 record in live events and three consecutive title belts, including a third won in a thrilling match against Noah in the Ultimate Kickoff final.
Henry will spend this last eight live event watching from home for the first time since the start of the Madden 20 Championship Series, played in 2019. Noah, an esports student-athlete at West Virginia University, will also watch the action without a controller in hand next week after falling short of the last eight in the live event.
As for the rest of the Power Rankings, one contender – KMac – took a huge leap into the top 10. His run to the Ultimate Thanksgiving Final Eight moved him from 38th to 10th in the Power Rankings. His rise coincides with another surprise appearance from Dez, a player who is new to the Madden competitive scene and will be making his major EA event debut in a first-round showdown with KMac next week.
After missing out on the Ultimate Kickoff live event, Cleff The God is back in the final eight next week, and his position on the power ladder reflects his latest victory. Cleff started the Madden 23 season ranked 12th and moved up to 6th in the final standings.
Also up is JonBeast, who moved up from ninth to fourth and will face BigGucci – who moved up from fifth to third – in the quarterfinals at Ultimate Thanksgiving. Each are looking to earn some redemption after losing in the semi-finals of their respective last live events, with JonBeast losing to eventual runner-up Wesley in last season’s Madden Bowl, and BigGucci falling to eventual runner-up NoahUpNxt in Ultimate Kickoff ’23.
Fresh off a win over reigning King of Madden, Henry, Wesley’s position in the Power Rankings has risen from eighth to fifth. He will be looking to record his first win in a live event final eight this season.
Finally, three contestants who didn’t make it to the final eight of the Ultimate Thanksgiving — two-time belt winner Drini, one-time belt winner Young Kiv, and Datboi — each saw their rankings in the Power Rankings drop. .
Two-time belt winner Drini, who has earned more than $400,000 during his Madden career, moved from third to seventh, while Young Kiv ($263,700 in earnings) dropped from seventh to the nineth. The least experienced of the three, Datboi ($46,500 in earnings), moved up from fourth to eighth place.
The final eight of the Ultimate Thanksgiving tournament will begin live at 7 p.m. ET on November 9 and continue at the same time on November 16. Fans can follow all the action on Twitch and YouTube.