We received a letter the other day. Yeah, someone actually took time to write to us. In the letter, we were lambasted for clearly not treating Undead Ed as our equal. Of course we just laughed it all off. The
ingenious little bugger fantastic specimen of decaying flesh that he is decided to rat us out and the clearly deranged groupie lovely human specimen and supporter of our fine friend sent us r0gue’s missing finger. We took it as a message. She could get to us. We backed down. And we always swore we would never back down…
Alright, we let Undead Ed write the introduction. Next week we’ll grow a pair again.
This week is PC clan Never Back Down [yeah, now you see what we did there...] who only formed a few months back and are already proving very capable opponents in Battlefield 3.
When did NBD form? What was the game of choice?
NBD formed 1 December 2011 & [the] game of choice is Battlefield 3
You started with 10 members and are now up to 25. Is it difficult to manage that number of players?
The 10 members that we started with are all seen as “senior members” so they help me to train the newer members, and enforce our strict clan rules. So no, it’s not difficult, they have major respect for me as their leader.
I couldn’t help but notice (according to DGL) that there’s a major age variation in the clan. How do you did you manage and manage to get a nine year old and a 42 year old in one team? They must see the world completely differently…
HAHAHA we get this question from a lot of people. They are actually father and son. So that should explain quite a bit. The 9 year old is a constant reserve but plays well and he is growing a lot. He’s father , ReckyZA, is one of my senior members, he plays some matches but he mainly helps me with strategies and player positions. The age difference between players never really matters to be honest. We are very serious and members are all differently ranked in our clan, more respect comes with a higher clan ranking. Like the military, and has nothing to do with age.
What made Battlefield 3 the game of choice for the clan?
All of the first team “Patriots” players actually know each other from BF 2 and bad company 2. We love the battlefield series. Its very realistic and can be really competitive. Tanks and larger maps also make it more intense. We have a few members that play other games online, like COD 4. But nothing serious, its basically just to take a break from BF3 every now and then. We stick to one game, to become the best at it.
The clan is riding pretty high at the moment – unbeaten in your group stage of DGL – what are you aiming to achieve competitively next?
We are not only unbeaten in our group stages, we are unbeaten in all our matches, that include friendly clan matches, where other clans challenged us. We are pretty much on a high, last night we beat CraK to qualify for the “Premier league”. So we are over the moon. We all know that we won’t always win, we have to lose eventually. But I can say that we have made a massive impact on the community and demand respect from other teams and platoons. Our aim was to qualify for the premier league, and we achieved it, now the next goal will be to stay in the premier league for the rest of the leg, there is constant competition and it is extremely tough to stay in it. We are currently seen as one of the best 8 clans in the country. The clan is 4 months old, and to be 1 of the top 8, with over 50 clans in SA is pretty impressive and makes me very happy.
What tournaments have you played in previously? Won any?
Seeing that we are only 4 months old, this is the first tournament that we are playing in. (DGL)
How often do you play and practice together as a team?
Practice twice a week and we try to play at least 1 match a week
Do you consider yourselves a “serious competitive clan” or one more in it for “the fun of it”?
“Serious competitive clan”
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 don’t go running around and recruit random people. That’s a bad way of growing your clan as you are never sure who is joining, and the person might be a cheater or have a bad rep. What we do is, we mention on our website : “if you think you have what it takes to join us, then e-mail us with your details, and a link to your stats”. I then interview the potential recruit, look at the stats, as the player if he can improve on certain points, and what kits he needs to play, and make a decision from there, so you are screened before being accepted
What are you hoping to achieve in the future as a clan?
Would love to play at RAGE in Johannesburg. And potentially be seen as one of the top 5 clans in South Africa
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?
It’s unfortunate that SA is not really seen as serious gamers. I go into international servers often and get massive scores, and then they are shocked when I say that I am from SA. I would arrange international tournaments. Not just the nations cup. I would love to have a “champions” league. Where 4-5 clans from each country gets entered into a league, similar to the DGL structure. SA would definitely do well. And be recognised.
Which clan you respect the most…
I have 3 Clans that i have an equal respect for. BvD, FiB and NSD. I see them as the 3 strongest clans in the country, and I know that all 3 leaders from those clans have a mutual respect for us, as we communicate frequently.
Serious stuff over…
If you weren’t a gaming clan you’d be…
I actually used to be a boxing trainer, but believe it or not, this clan is my passion, I can’t see myself doing anything else but to lead this clan. We all would feel the same to be honest.
The zombie apocalypse has happened. You’re all toast unless you stick together. Half the clan wants to keep moving and the other half wants to barricade themselves in. How would you decide on the best course of action?
Keep moving, you are easier to find when stationary. Same goes for matches, always keep moving.
War movie that best describes the clan – Platoon or Tropic Thunder?
Hahaha tropic thunder!
Thanks for your time – is there anything you would like to add before heading back to the battlefield?
If you are keen to feature in this column in the future, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll think about – after you’ve sent us a sample of your braaaaaaiiiiinnnnsss.
Next week we will have PC clan =NSD=, Xbox 360 stalwarts Ground Zero in the week after and SiB after that.
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