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8 Gamers Set to Particpate in Vikings Championship Challenger at Mall of America

Posted Feb 13, 2017

After weeks of competition, the field has been narrowed to eight Madden players for the first ever Vikings Championship Challenger.

Taking place at Mall of America this Saturday beginning at 1 p.m., the Vikings Championship Challenger kicks off the eight-city Madden 17 Club Series. Winners from each location will play in Los Angeles in April and be eligible for a prize pool of $50,000.

The eight competitors in Saturday’s competition have picked their roster with current and historic players. They were given a “salary cap” and had to build their roster by picking players by cost.

Stefon Diggs, the Skol Line and Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders will appear in the Rotunda at Mall of America where the event will take place.

Meet the eight participants that will make up Saturday’s field:

#1 seed Kyle Riederer

Gamertag: InCdrag

Age: 27

Hometown: Green Bay, Wisconsin

Twitter: @incdrag

Experience: He’s gamed for his entire life, but picked up Madden seriously in 2009.

Favorite player to play with: As someone who likes to throw the ball a lot, he goes with who he believes is the best receiver – Julio Jones.

Are any Vikings on your team? Not currently, but he used to have Adrian Peterson before a last-minute change.

Biggest gaming accomplishment: This year, he won $10,000 in a competition with World Gaming Online.

#2 seed Jorden Powell

Gamertag: CaNeS708

Age: 21

Hometown: Monee, Illinois

Twitter: @@CaNeSjp

Experience: First played Madden in 2003, but began playing competitively in 2013.

Favorite player to play with: He believes Anthony Barr is the best player on Madden. He likes that he’s tall enough to play the line of scrimmage and pick off slants. 

Are any Vikings on your team? Anthony Barr, Danielle Hunter and Harrison Smith

Biggest gaming accomplishment: Participating in Season 2 of the Madden Challenge – the biggest tournament he’s been in

#3 seed Ryan Danczak

Gamertag: I be strafing

Age: 25

Hometown: Marshfield, Wisconsin

Twitter: @ibestrafing

Experience: First time ever playing was at 5 years old.

Favorite player to play with: Randy Moss

Are any Vikings on your team? Anthony Barr, Linval Joseph, Paul Krause, Randy Moss, Harrison Smith; not just because he’s a huge Vikings fan, but because he finds them useful for his team

Biggest gaming accomplishment: Flew down to AT&T Stadium for a Best Buy Tournament and played Madden on the colossal video board as a finalist

#4 seed Anthony Montagnino

Gamertag: DustinxBieber

Age: 32

Hometown: Round Rock, Texas

Twitter: @maddenvtech

Experience: First played in 1997 but started playing competitively in 2007.

Favorite player to play with: Anthony Barr. He’s thinks Barr is a perfect Madden player because he’s tall and fast.

Are any Vikings on your team? Anthony Barr and Paul Krause. He was using Harrison Smith but couldn’t fit him under the salary cap. “Anthony Barr will be on every team I ever use.”

Biggest gaming accomplishment: A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity qualifying for the Madden Classic this season

#5 seed Steven Evert

Gamertag: Anti-Hero41_

Age: 25

Hometown: St. Paul, Minnesota

Twitter: @AntiHero41_

Experience: Video gaming for 20 years, playing Madden for three

Favorite player to play with: Randall Cunningham

Are any Vikings on your team? Anthony Barr, Randall Cunningham and Paul Krause

Biggest gaming accomplishment: This tournament – it’s his first live one.

#6 seed James Majewski

Gamertag: dirtydirty7

Age: 27

Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Twitter: @dirtydirtyseven

Experience: Gaming his entire life but started focusing on competitive gaming last year.

Favorite player to play with: Ezekiel Elliott

Are any Vikings on your team? None for this tournament, but he usually used Anthony Barr and Xavier Rhodes.

Biggest gaming accomplishment: This tournament and playing in the Madden Challenge

#7 seed Ryan Lane

Gamertag: VictoryLane3

Age: 19

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois 

Experience: Playing since he was 7 years old, competitively for the past three years

Favorite player to play with: Brett Favre

Are any Vikings on your team? Randy Moss

Biggest gaming accomplishment: This tournament

#8 seed Cory Fuchs

Gamertag: TheFuchsof300

Age: 18

Hometown: Waukesha, Wisconsin  

Twitter: @fuchsof300

Experience: Just started playing competitively this year

Favorite player to play with: Patrick Peterson

Are any Vikings on your team? Anthony Barr

Biggest gaming accomplishment: This tournament