Undead Ed chews the fat with… Aztec Gaming [SA Gaming Clan]

Did you know the Aztecs are extinct because Undead Ed was hungry?  That’s our very true fact of the day.  No need to thank us at all.  We’re simply here to do a community service.  It makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside.  Or that’s just the recently deep fried brain we ate.  Another community service we’re pretty happy to offer is mass panic and chaos so you can all try out your first person shooter skills.  We’ll see you all soon at the next mass extinction event…

Only recently formed during a break from that evil known as school, is Atec Gaming – a “competitive” Xbox 360 clan who are also happy to offer a community service in their own way by setting up Call of Duty tournaments.  Clan leader Disturbed ZA gives us the inside scoop.

When did Team Aztec form?

I remember that moment perfectly when Crispy came up to me in a Seatown Team Deathmatch on Modern Warfare 3 and asked me if we would start a clan? We were both Snipers and managed to put together a pretty decent normal guns clan! We formed during the June holidays of 2012.

How many members were there at the start and what was the game of choice?

In the beginning it was only Disturbed ZA and Crispy ZA (Co-Leaders) along with Rainbow ZA which was another member, unfortunately he got booted soon because of his behaviour towards others. We mainly all played Modern Warfare 3, Modern Warfare 2 and Black Ops.

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

At the moment we are 5 Members:
-Disturbed ZA
-Crispy ZA
-Gabriel XII
-Rorke ZA
-AiirElipses

You’re generally a young clan (in regards to age).  What do think will ensure the clan has a long life rather than dissolve in the short term?

There are a couple of young members in our clan but we plan to stick together even though we have been invited to many different clans during our time as Team Aztec, we have declined their invites. We have got Two leaders that are very good friends and manage to keep everyone under control. Everyone in the clan has known each other for a while and are really close friends. We think that the relationship between our players is strong enough to keep us together.

Does the clan have an organisational structure?   Or is it a free-for-all?

Team Aztec has definitely got structure.  Each member in the clan has a specific role/contribution towards the clan besides being a player (including the Leaders). Our players are in charge of the YouTube Page (www.youtube.com/teamaztec360) Twitter (@AzTGaming), some members organise the clan practices and some manage the Call of Duty Elite Page.

How often do you try to play together as a clan?

We play together almost every day in Pubs and Pickups, but weekends are the times that everybody can be online at the same time and we can throw a party.

Have you entered any tournaments that you care to brag about?

We haven’t entered any tournaments yet due to the fact that there haven’t been any recent ones since our clan formed. We will be entering the ‘Clan Connection Tournament Final Stand Tournament’ and are very confident that we are going to go far.

Team Aztec recently ran a tournament themselves which involved other clans.  What made you decide to do this?  It’s a fair amount of work even for the dedicated tournament organisers.

That tournament was loads of fun, we decided to do it not only because there aren’t many other console based tournaments happening in South Africa but also because we want to contribute towards the growth of the E-sports community, so we figured why not just make one ourselves? Feedback showed that everyone thoroughly enjoyed it!

How many teams participated and who won the tournament in the end?

We tried to keep it to a minimum of about 8 Teams and that worked well.  In future we are going to be hosting even bigger tournaments with a lot more teams!!! So look for us guys (@AzTGaming)

At the end, @NBS_Gaming won it! Nothing But Skill. We saw that in the finals against clan @AdiosLaVidaClan Adios La Vida! Some good games there.

You are planning more in the future?

Definitely, this was just a fun test run to see how Tournaments worked out for us and it turned out pretty good. Next time we host a tournament like this there will be a greater amount of teams that are allowed to enter and there will be PRIZES.

You guys consider yourselves a competitive clan.  Why take gaming seriously rather than enjoy it as a past time?

Who says competitive isn’t fun? Haha , One of the main reasons is because we feel that there is potential to grow the SA E-sports  Community on console drastically and by us (as well as many other clans) taking it seriously we are making a positive contribution towards this growth. I guess competing with other South African Clans is fun for us.  You can say that we are a competitive with a lot of fun.

Any other games that the clan plays as a change of pace?

Wow umm, there is a passion for Minecraft in this clan! Crispy ZA is fanatic about this game. Otherwise we just play Modern Warfare 2 and Modern Warfare 3, Black Ops Zombies (sorry for you Zombie gamer) [We’ll see who is sorry when the zombie apocalypse happens… Undead Ed]. There is also Battlefield, Black Ops 2 will be a definite for our clan! Ohh Borderlands 2 as well!

Is attending LANs important to the clan and its members – especially considering the lack of LANs in the console scene?

Yes Definitely.  It is something that we all do try and attend as it helps us to meet the rest of the South African eSports Community, one of the LANS we have attended is the GECO eSports event in Cape Town.

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?

No, not at the moment. We are trying to keep the team as small as possible in order to help maintain team chemistry and avoid drama.

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

To be able to say that “we helped develop the community to what it is now”, get a potential sponsor and win the upcoming CC Tournaments. We want to start sending all of our clan members to the different LANS across South Africa. We are aiming to be one of the best, we are losing a few matches but are winning a lot more than we have lost! Keep it up boys.

Which opposing clan(s) do you most respect?

Aztec has respect for quite a few clans but the clan that we respect the most would have to be the FeaR Clan (American One) for their gaming skill. Another clan is 21cT because they have so much fun and enjoy competing with other clans and never give up without a fight.

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?

Before we can get international recognition we should first focus on developing our very own local community. That means more tournaments, leagues and LANs should be held that could possibly get us the exposure needed to attract international sponsors, sending our local teams overseas to compete will also raise the profile of South African gaming.

Right, let’s have a little fun.

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

Power Rangers

War movie that best describes the clan – Platoon or Tropic Thunder?

Tropic Thunder

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

Last of the Mohicans

Thanks for your time – is there anything you would like to add before you head back out onto the virtual battlefield?

Umm Yessss! Please can everyone go follow @AzTGaming for the latest news about the clan and go subscribe to our YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/teamaztec360. Remember, have fun.
Thanks
Team Aztec

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