Luckily you have a legion of your own. While not yet made up of thousands they do appear know how to handle some military hardware, so we asked clan leader Mr-Beefy_PS as much as we could about them so we could be better prepared for the apocalypse.
The last time we spoke, you were the leader of SASS. What was the reason to call it quits on the clan?
When I started SASS I had lot of plans to become a completive clan and take gaming serious but still build a strong team and build a stronger bond in the team. I think I made a mistake to split the team in two teams that caused quite a split in the team and caused a lot of friction between members and felt the team was always divided and never actually a team.
What are you hoping to do differently, and achieve, with Legion?
When starting Legion I created a strong Code of Conduct to guide each member in Legion to make sure, yes we make a competitive team, but still build a band of brothers that will stick with each other no matter what and cause no friction division or conflict and stay far far away from politics. And as soon as conflict is detected it will be resolved. My goal was not to make Legion a team to be feared by being so good, but rather respected for being a icon in the community to look up to and as a icon to help other teams grow and help the community grow.
Who came across from SASS to Legion?
Legion is quite a diverse group of people as we currently stand, as we have few members from old SASS and members from various other clans that decided to join our cause and various others that also decided to leave as they felt this is not the right place for them.
How many members are you currently? Keen to give out their names, credit card details and ID numbers?
Alright, only PSN IDs will do.
What is the clan’s organisational structure?
Currently I am the founder of Legion but not the sole leader.
We have a board of leaders that sit together and assist in any decisions that has to be made within the clan. They are as follow:
RSA-Ace, Destriere, FireEffect, MZW-288, MR-Beefy_PS
Basically the same way we used to prepare and practice for tournaments during SASS times we applied for this tournament. We were lucky to have a group of guys that share the same interest and commitment as we all do and we put in the time and effort and it paid off.
How much time did you spend practicing together?
Usually we practice only at least 2 times a week and mostly practice would either entail running some tactics or practice matches against mostly international clans or some local clans.
In this day and age when console competitive gaming is – in South Africa at least – dominated by Call of Duty, you are a Battlefield clan. What makes that the game for you?
Basically, the only reason I don’t play competitive in COD is wait for it….. Yes I SUCK BAD In COD. Lol. I get owned every time I set foot in the game. Lol. It’s a great game but somehow I just prefer the wide variety of options in Battlefield like tanks, vehicles infantry and the realism that the game provides.
Other than Battlefield 3 which other game(s) you enjoy as a clan?
Competitively we don’t play other games as seriously as we do BF3, but for fun there quite a few players that play the following games as a clan:
Last of us, Dust, Payday, Blops 2 and Borderlands 2.
And a personal favourite – Starcraft 2.
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?
We are always looking for new local talent and especially now gearing up for BF4 that will have much bigger teams, we can always use more talent!! They can contact us via email, our Twitter, Facebook, or our platoon page on Battlelog.
Basically, the only way we see if they are right to join is if they fit in with us and stick to the code of conduct. A mic is needed and the players must be competitive but still a team player that enjoys having fun with his clan.
What are you hoping to achieve in the future as a clan?
We would really like to hold more community events that involve and grow the community – some mini tournaments and live streaming all the events.
Which opposing clan(s) do you most respect?
We respect each and every clan in the community the same as the next one.
With SASS you had bagged a sponsorship with Apex Interactive. In your opinion, is sponsorship an important part of growing SA competitive gaming?
I think it is a big deal. It was one of the biggest moments for me in gaming when Quinton from Apex opened their doors for us. It was an experience of a lifetime and I think it made a lot of people notice that gaming is serious in South Africa and we have a lot of potential for big things here.
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?
I think we need to focus more on hosting events and spreading the info that competitive gaming on console is alive and get more gamers in the community and make it grow more, but also we mustn’t only focus on just competitive gaming. We need to cater for some social fun events to assist to grow the community and make it an enjoyable place.
Do you think there’s been an improvement in the competitive scene in the last year or so?
Very much – especially in BF3. I think it grew a lot from when I joined. There were very few events being held and all the sudden lot of clans were created. New teams were formed and many tournaments were hosted by various members in the community, but there is always more room for improvement.
Right, let’s have a little fun…
If you weren’t a gaming clan you’d be…
Ping pong champions
Which movie best describes the clan Platoon or Tropic Thunder?
If you guys had a music soundtrack for going to war, what would it be?
Well this link best describes it…
Thanks for your time – is there anything you would like to add before you have to go back to the battlefield again?
Just thank you very much to Zombiegamer for the time and exposure for this interview. We really really appreciate it a lot!!! And we hope to catch you guys on the battlefield soon!!!
Legion’s clan leader Mr-Beefy_PS is also the driving force behind a Battlefield 3 ‘inter-provincial’ tournament. To find out more, head over to the SA Gamer forum.
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