Undead Ed chews the fat with… LO$T [SA Gaming Clan]

Getting lost.  That’s something Undead Ed is pretty damn good at.  Sometimes we wish he wouldn’t find his way home again, but he’s like a bloodhound.  Whether he keeps coming back due to the basement full of tasty, stinking humans for when the human apocalypse happens or the warm and homely feeling of our humble abode is unclear, but we wish he’d stay lost.  Whenever he returns we need to restock the basement.  His hunger is insatiable.

On his most recent return he dragged home LO$T’s DieMaverick for a little chin-wag, finger food and a glass of claret.  Yeah, poor dude had no clue.  DieMaverick did manage to give us a rather delicious insight into his clan who have just recently won the Modern Warfare 3 Clan Connection tournament.  Following the interview, he reportedly disappeared.  What makes you think we’d have any clue where he went and lost himself…

Our congratulations on winning the inaugural Clan Connections/Mweb Modern Warfare 3 PlayStation 3 Tournament – how was it for you guys?

Thank you very much. This whole tournament, from the get-go was very professionally put together and would not have been possible if not  for amazing people like Nick Holden and sponsors from the likes of Mweb and Kalahari. It was a huge tournament and we were really excited to be a part of it. Games ran smooth (thanks Mweb), were punctual and everyone seemed to know what they were doing. We really enjoyed being a part of this tournament and making SA history with a whopping 32 clans entered as well as the platform that was given to us to achieve this success.

Is this your first tournament win?

First of all, I’d like to be honest, this is our first ever tournament win but LO$T hasn’t been around long enough to participate in a whole lot of tournaments even though most of the players have a history together (explained later). We have only played two tournaments to date (excluding the “Do gaming challenge”) and finished in 2nd place behind F34R in the previous tournament. It will most definitely not be our last tournament win either, you can be sure of that 🙂

A few people appeared to see you as the underdogs against F34R Elite, but you guys pretty much dominated CTF in the finals.  Would you say that’s your preferred mode?  Did you see yourselves as the underdogs going into the final?

Most of our players have come a long way to being on the skill level that they are currently at and so, yes I would agree that we were the underdogs for the tournament but I think we were only seen as “underdogs” because F34R has been undefeated from the time I started playing COD. So the aim was to get the right people in our clan and change all of that. There are no more underdogs in my opinion as clans in the ps3 community have grown so much skill-wise that the scene will never again be dominated by one clan. As for CTF, well to be honest it isn’t a particular favourite to play when we practise as opposed to domination or headquarters, but every game mode has an objective which you can only achieve by working together as a team, communicating and just having general knowledge of the maps and spawns. We just took our collective knowledge about the game and applied it to form a strategy which works for us in that particular game mode.

How much time did you spend practicing for the tournament?

Well we spent a good few hours watching MLG videos and taking tips from the pro’s but in total I would say we spent about 4-5 hours just planning and strategizing our movements, it’s a boring and tedious exercise but in the end, it paid off.

You obviously favour Modern Warfare 3 (until the next Call of Duty arrives we assume…) but is there any other game you enjoy as a clan?

We mainly focus on Call of Duty as it offers us the gaming thrill we need to get our blood pumping 🙂

When did you guys form and how many members were you at the beginning?

For this we need to go back to the basics, all or majority of our players used to be in a clan called RAM…after MW2 died out so did RAM and Black Ops came onto the scene. Myself (DieMaverick) and one of our players Varezz always used to play in a party and have a laugh, and one day, I just saw this clan tag LO$T alongside his name. Seeing as we were always partied up I also changed mine to LO$T and from that day that is where it has always been, it just stuck for some reason. We then continued to recruit (or rather tell lol) Jack flow and Surferboy  to join us in parties and own people under the LO$T clan tag as we were all pretty close. The reality is we didn’t want to play Black Ops anymore for personal reasons and we all went our different ways. One day out of the blue I decided to start gaming again, fueled by a MW2 tournament that was about to happen, and one thing led to another and we started recruiting people that we had been with in previous clans and that we knew were worth the trouble. That brings us to where we are today, a few adjustments were made here and there but ultimately what you saw on the Clan Connection finals is a result of close friends and comrades reuniting and going for the win.

How many members are you currently?  Keen to give out their names, credit card details and ID numbers?
Alright, only Gamertags will do.

Haha, I tried squeezing it out of them when we were recruiting them as a “background check” but they never messaged us back regarding it.

The following people are proud LO$T members :

Are you guys actively recruiting for new players?  If so, how should a potential member contact you and how do you decide on who is right to join you?

At the moment no, we are in a very good place with all of our members as stated previously (in regard to being with them in clans before) and we like to keep it small and intimate, giving everyone a chance to hold the LO$T name high. If we do start recruiting again, don’t call us, we’ll call you 🙂

You’ve essentially answered this question by winning the tournament, but do you consider yourselves a competitive clan, or one in it more for “the fun of it”?

Yes we do, but at the same time what is playing games if not for fun, then it would be a job and that would suck lol…We thoroughly enjoy playing games and doing it to be reckoned with as a competitive clan just makes it more fun and brings us closer together as a team.

What are you hoping to achieve in the future as a clan?

Well, winning the Clan Connection tournament is a huge milestone for us, so what we want to achieve has already been achieved. We are going to strive to become better as a unit and to start making a name for ourselves on a national and international level by actively participating in tournaments and competitions.

Which opposing clan(s) do you most respect?

We respect all clans as every clan is hard work, and we know what that is all about, but there is one clan that needs to be singled out – F34R. They have been running strong and undefeated for years and I think that is a major accomplishment and something to be proud of.

In regards to professional – or competitive gaming – what do you as a clan think needs to be done to raise the profile of South African gaming?

Well the Clan Connection challenge is certainly a step in the right direction. Getting corporate sponsors involved in gaming is huge and it means that competitive gaming is getting recognised in SA in a big way. We need recognition, as gamers, and for that we need people to acknowledge that there is a growing demand for this industry. Corporate sponsors are the very thing that will help console gaming succeed to it’s maximum potential in my opinion, as no gamer (well not that I know of) has the kind of money to fly internationally to compete in other countries where the gaming scenes are much bigger. If we get companies to get involved in this, it will only end up in a win-win situation.

Right, let’s have a little fun…

If you weren’t a gaming clan you’d be…

Calender Models 😛 Belive it or not, we are ALL good looking 😉

You have a clan mate pinned down by enemy fire.  Back at HQ there’s a hot Swedish blonde offering Swedish back massages at the bar.  Do you send the squad to a certain death to rescue your clan mate?  Or chill at the HQ and have a massage and drink a toast to his “valour”?

Is it bro’s before ho’s or the other way around?? I always forget….definitely hang out with the Swedish girl. Surferboy9074 will be missed 🙁

If you guys had a music soundtrack for going to war, what would it be?

I’m not really sure what everyone’s opinion will be on the matter but I think it’s safe to say the sound of bullet-casings dropping and our opponents screaming “help me mommy” is the only soundtrack we need lol

Thanks for your time – is there anything you would like to add before you have to go back to finding your way again?

We would just like to yet again say thanks to everyone who in some way contributed towards making Clan Connection possible and all other clans for participating and making this fun for everyone. LO$T FTW!

Footage from the Clan Connection final featuring LO$T and F34R.

If you are keen to feature in this column in the future, please feel free to contact us at info@zombiegamer.co.za and we’ll think about – after you’ve sent us a sample of your braaaaaaiiiiinnnnsss.

Next week we will have new clan Phenomenal Gaming, followed by PC clan =ASF= and =NBD= in the week after.

Remember to get involved.  By simply commenting on the clan profile, you stand a chance to win a case of Ozone Energy Drink.  Ozone South Africa are also looking for clans to sponsor and by participating here you already have made an impression and impact.

About Zombie Dredd

Wannabe gaming journalist. Wannabe zombie. And sometimes clan leader of OAP. Clint O'Shea when in his human disguise.