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Basic Matchup Advice In Tecmo Super Bowl

In this article, you’ll learn more tricks that can help you win more games. Most Tecmo Bowl players would find that matchup selection is quite difficult, especially if one lacks the experience and expertise of the different basics of Tecmo Super Bowl.

Step 1: Select two teams that are ideal matchups

It’s important to take note of each team’s advantage over the other team, as this is very essential. In my experience, it’s hard to find two dead even teams and, often, it’s easier to find two teams with a weakness that the other team exploits.

 Dallas vs Phoenix

In this popular matchup, Dallas would seem to have an advantage over Phoenix due to the 56 MS RB and a decent passing game. However, the two safeties on Phoenix, low INT in the Dallas’ secondary and the 19 MS QB on Phoenix can make for a very close game.

Cincinnati vs Detroit

This is a great matchup since the two teams have good offensive plays that are difficult to counter. Winning this matchup would solely be based on Detroit’s ball control or Cincinnati’s turnovers with David Fulcher.

Step 2: Pick two teams that you’d want to use

It’s a good strategy to refrain from putting teams that you’re not good at in a matchup. If you’re good at running the ball, simply choose two running teams. Likewise, if you’re better at passing or defense then select two teams ideal for your strategy.

I, myself, don’t like playing with ATL or TB defense. This is why I rarely select them in a matchup. Also, I don’t like playing against TB so there’s another reason not to have them in a matchup.

It’s wise to practice matchups you’d want to use in a tourney. I’ve practiced the ins and outs with my key matchups teams and feel confident using them in key games. If you have even just one go-to matchup that you practiced out then you have an advantage.

I have a set of key matchups that are my go-to matchups:

  1. DET/MIN
  2. CHI/KC
  3. DEN/DAL
  4. HOU/BUF
  5. DAL/ARI
  6. MIN/MIA

When playing against players who aren’t at the highest level, I use matchups I don’t trust against great players. Most of the time I’d go with a MIN/TB/WAS matchup in opening rounds in order to save my best matchup calls.

I advise you to explore every level of the matchup from SF vs NYG to SEA vs IND. This would definitely make you a better Tecmo Bowl player. You’d never know what other people would call. In most tourneys, every team tends to get used once.

Matchups leaning towards running games:

  1. DET/DEN
  2. CIN/DET
  3. CHI/OAK
  4. SD/DET

Matchups leaning towards passing games:

  1. MIA/MIN
  2. BUF/HOU
  3. SF/HOU
  4. IND/SEA
  5. TB/WASH
  6. RAMS/TB
  7. CLE/GB

Matchups leaning towards defensive games:

  1. CHI/OAK
  2. PIT/DAL
  4. SD/MIN

Note: If you play a great player and you’re not as good, go with a matchup with two great offenses. Typically, great players are also great defenders.  Taking a HOU/BUF or NYG/BUF might negate their advantage.

 Using your experience to your advantage

Advancing through tourneys and TPC ranks will help you learn about the weaknesses of each team. You can easily put this to your advantage when you go against different teams. Key players on defense can be countered by running plays to negate their effectiveness:

Byrd on SD at DB2 can be neutralized by sweep plays. 

Haddix on TB can be countered by plays running up. 

Several of those plays like R and S sweep L are also devastating on tough LB1s. A great LB4 can easily destroy a lot of plays but R and S sweep R will give him fits.

You should remember that each team does have its own weakness. There are some teams that can’t run or throw well while others are pretty bad in defense or have one great defender in a bad position. The more you practice and play games the more flaws you will find in each team. SF’s only flaws are intangibles. These make people play overconfidently and slow down just a tad in the red zone. Compare that to IND which has no useable defenders and one fairly decent QB.

But sometimes a team’s weakness can make it go up the proverbial ladder to play a higher-level team. Teams in a matchup don’t have to be right next to each other on the TPC ranking list. They also do not have to be in the same tier or level. These are rare but valid matchups.

For example:

One of my toughest games in a recent tourney was CLE/DAL. CLE is a great team to call if you’d want to go up the ladder. They possess a hard to stop passing game. With the high MS of QB Browns, he makes it a tough match for opponents.

Here is a list of common CLE matchups I have seen that goes up the ladder:

  1. CLE/TB
  2. CLE/DAL
  4. CLE/DEN
  5. CLE/NYJ
  7. CLE/ARI

I’m not suggesting to call any of these in a tourney. What I am saying is that if you’re really strong with CLE, you have a chance against these teams. At the same time, don’t go into a call against CLE less serious because you have a way better team.

Note: QB’s with a high PC can change games around. Just like RBs with sick MS, WRs with high MS and DB’s with high INT.


Until matchup calling is eliminated, you must have some idea of what to do if you’d need to call matchups. If you get good at calling matchups, you’d definitely learn how each team could win the game against the other team. You’ll still need to learn and practice how to execute your game plan.

Originally posted on https://tecmo101.wordpress.com/ — edited by davefmurray

 Mort - Tecmo Super Bowl ProfessionalName: Francis Buennagel
Handle: Mort
Known as: Mort
Madison Record: 42-10
Madison Champion: Tecmo VI
Elite 8 appearances: 3

With Tecmo Madison 13 approaching closer every day, there’s one contender no one in their right mind is counting out.

He’s Buffalo, New York native Francis Buennagel. The Tecmo world knows him as Mort.

Buennagel has given competitive Tecmo much over the years. His well-documented Madison VI championship in 2010 was a huge promotion for the future of the tournament.

But Mort hasn’t kept the keys to his success a secret. In January 2013 he established Mort’s Tecmo College, a blog where the author talks about Tecmo strategy and his experiences in various Tecmo Super Bowl tournaments.

“The most notable thing I have done is share my playing style and what I have learned,” says Buennagel. “A few tutorials on a blog has played a small part in making the field more challenging and technical about playing the game.”

Buennagel is one of Tecmo’s premier scholars. Yet it would be a mistake to believe his scientific knowledge makes Mort’s play overly systematic.

Asked to describe his own style, Buennagel gave some insight as to why he’s such a wily contender to bring down:

“I adapt each quarter to what my opponent is doing”
“There is nothing I won’t try”
“There is no area of the game I will not try to master”
“I improvise and I create”
“I pride myself on being able to use every player in the game to his fullest capability”

An example which illustrates this last point is a match from Madison VIII in which Buennagel’s Cowboys faced off against the Broncos. Rather than sticking with Dallas’ strong corners, Mort frequently called on the modest skills of LB2 Eugene Lockhart in the face of Denver’s pro set formations. Even the heinously average LB1 Ken Norton saw some action on a couple passing downs.

Mort is a creative genius. It takes a whole lot more than flawless play to take upend him.

What does it take to defeat Mort?

In a word, knock him out early.

“My most memorable [moment] of Tecmo 12 was winning my first game in the elimination rounds. I had lost two close games in round one for the last two years. I knew I just needed one win to get back on track. Sure enough after that game I went all the way to the elite 8,” says the immortal Mort.

Living a busy life, Buennagel says he doesn’t have much time for tournament prep. If truth be told, he doesn’t need it. He knows the game inside and out.

In recent years his preparation has become more mental than physical. The tool he’s added to his belt in recent years is a little thing called “confidence.”

Says Mort, “Now my main prep is to believe instinctively that I will win. That each play will go my way.”

Mort expanded on this notion of confidence in a February 2016 blog post titled, “Visualization.”

“It won’t make up for a lack of skill, a lack of understanding of the game or a lack of experience. Yet what it can do is push you just a little bit ahead of where you are. That way you’re always the best possible version of you.”

Look for Mort to bring his best version of himself to Tecmo Madison 13. If he can get that coveted first elimination round win, look out.

But if you find yourself on April 8th in Madison, getting mowed down by a Tecmo Super Bowl elite such as Mort, don’t be discouraged. Buennagel has some positive words for you.

“Madison has evolved into something that is more than just a tournament. It’s more of a festival that covers the weekend.”

A festival that has no one to thank more than one Francis Buennagel.

Francis Buennagel emerged as the star of the NFL Films documentary on the tournament. He has a cult status among the community along with a small bit of fame in the general public due to the documentary.

Mort’s playing style is built around a blend of run and pass. Of the players who started their Tecmo journey online, he is the first one to fully embrace the pass as a weapon in the game. He embraces a cerebral approach to the game along with an old-school mentality of passing to score, taking a lead, and running to close out the game. He tends to catch more breaks than usual in tournament play, but his offensive game plan is built around not turning the ball over in specific situations – he throws deep at the end of halves or if he sees a 1 v 1 matchup he can safely exploit.

A good analogy is Brian Billick – he learned the game by playing the game constantly, developed a strategy that works for him, then learned where his weak points are and attempted to overcome them via repetition and film study. Like Billick, Mort tends to overthink his competition and occasionally outthinks himself into strange losses.

Mort’s appearance begins at 8:04