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Dez, 17, becomes youngest Madden major champion

Jul 21, 2019; Miami Beach, FL, USA; A general view of gaming controllers on display during the Call of Duty League Finals e-sports event at Miami Beach Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Seventeen-year-old “Dez” became the youngest EA Madden Championship Series major winner ever, beating Dwayne “CleffTheGod” Wood II 41-28 in the final of the Madden Ultimate Thanksgiving event on Wednesday.

The title game was the highest-scoring MCS major final ever.

Dez, a Newport Beach, Calif., resident who was making his MCS major debut, sealed the victory with an interception by a virtual Troy Polamalu.

“It feels just so good,” Dez said. “After I got that pick at the end, I just started thinking of how I got here, how this whole tournament unfolded, how hard I worked. Really, this is just the best feeling in the world.”

Dez took down the two most experienced players in the event, Wesley “Wesley” Gittens and CleffTheGod, both of whom were playing in their 10th MCS major.

Dez got past Wesley 27-22 in the semifinals earlier on Wednesday while CleffTheGod defeated “Big Gucci” 35-25.

Dez earns $75,000 in addition to the title belt, while CleffTheGod received $40,000 as runner-up.

Madden Ultimate Thanksgiving prize pool
1. $75,000 — “Dez”
2. $40,000 — Dwayne “CleffTheGod” Wood II
3-4. $27,500 — Wesley “Wesley” Gittens, “Big Gucci”
5-8. $15,000 — Kyle “KMaC” McAllister, “Rage,” “Gabagol,” Jonathan “Jonbeast” Marquez

–Field Level Media