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

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Do you ever feel like your soul is being destroyed? We assume someone is actually to blame for that. So we’ll have to make the assumption that, with a name like Soul Slayers, this is the guilty party. When you see them online, we’re pretty sure you know what to do.

Meanwhile, in real life, we’ll be after their brains.

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

Soul Slayers was started in 2009 with only 2 members.

Did you start due to a specific game?

No we started the clan due to the previous clan’s politics, we got sick of it and just wanted to have fun.

Which games does the clan focus on now?

We are currently focussing on COD4 for the DGL 2013 League with two teams namely [SS] Social Misfits and [SS] Resurrection. Some of the players are also playing DOTA2, Battlefield 3 and we have 2 teams competing in two International Sim Racing Leagues with Game Stock Car 2012 and rFactor. Quite a lot of the guys are also playing DayZ on a daily basis.

How is the clan organised in terms of a management structure?

Sammy (Stormchaser) is a founding member and the clan leader. Justin (TrompieZA) assists with sponsorships and promotions of the clan. We then have a few admins to look after our website and clan issues. Luckily we haven’t had much political issues in the clan as 99% of us are personal friends with each other.

We then have team captains who run the teams. Mostly anyone in the clan can contribute towards the clan ie. Organise shirts, LAN’s etc.

How often do you play together as a clan?

We play together every night. You are sure to find a few guys on team speak during most hours of the day and in game.

Do you consider yourselves a competitive clan, or one in it more for “the shits and giggles”?

Both really. We are under no perception that we have the best teams but do play competitively. Most clan members only play for fun though.

Taken part in – and won any – tournaments you feel like bragging about?

[SS] Resurrection and [SS] Sentinel competed in the DGL 2012 BF3 league. Sentinel played in 1st division in 2012 with Resurrection in 2nd division. [SS] Resurrection came 3rd in the 2012 BF3 DGL new comers’ cup and at the end of 2013 won the battle for 1st Division Novice Cup.

[SS] Resurrection went on to play in the 1st division in the DGL BF3 2013 League but decided to call it a day after the first leg.

We were also very successful in the sim racing leagues with Dewald Nel winning the IRON Game Stock Car 2012 international championship in 2012. Dewald Nel is also in the lead for the IRON 2013 championship and in the top 3 battle at the Race Connect rFactor league. Both teams (Excalibur and Enigma) are currently in the top 3 team standings for the IRON league.

Is attending LANs important to the clan and its?  Which LANs do the clan members attend generally?

Not really important to the clan but BadGena constantly hosts a clan LAN at his house for us which is good fun. Some of us do attend the NAG LAN.

Are you guys actively recruiting players?  How do you decide on who is right to join you?

We don’t actively recruit members. We work on an invite only system. The invited player will then join us on team speak and play whichever game with other members. If he’s not a douche or arrogant person then he will be voted in. We vote after 1 moth and each clan member gets a vote.

This is done to ensure that our members personally know the new members and it also forms new friendships. This system also ensures that we don’t have players that could potentially drag the clan’s name through the mud which has happened to quite a few clans in the last 2 years.

We are mostly a social clan, we don’t recruit for competitions or leagues.

Clan you respect.

Have to say Pew is at the top of the list here. Awesome bunch of guys and it’s always fun to chat and play games with them. If most clans handled themselves like Pew then we would not have so many arrogant and hated clans in our small community.

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

We hope to push the competitive teams into a force to be reckoned with. We have Logitech and Western Digital on board and want to promote our sponsor’s products to the max.

Grow the Soul Slayers brand name and have more epic clan braai’s. (If those braai’s got recorded to video then we’d probably have an epic reality show for TV).

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?

The first thing would be for all clans to realise that we have a very small community and we should work together and treat each other with respect. Respect between clans is a very rare thing these days.

As soon as the clans could sort out their BS with each other the better. We then need to establish a working gaming body. Yes we have the MSSA but those structures need to promote competitive gaming and provide more genres and games to compete in.

There is also a huge divide between the console gamers and PC gamers. We need to support gaming as a whole to promote competitive gaming in South Africa. Bashing PC or console is not going to go away but we all need to support each other.

If we have more leagues and games to choose from then we would have more people interested in competitive gaming. I for one are have a huge problem with the small amount of titles that leagues provide for players.

ISP’s should get more involved. Mweb is doing a great job but if all the ISP’s, hardware resellers, gaming magazines and players form some sort of body to pull together and provide quality leagues and promotion of teams and said leagues then the sponsors will be more willing to sponsor prize and teams. We have some string teams and SA but we need more to compete and increase our skills to compete internationally.

I’m rambling now but the biggest issue here is hacking. League organisers should get more involved in disputes and methods to stop hacking in league games. It’s a losing battle to submit a dispute. We’ve spoken to a number of competitive teams who quit competitive gaming because of other teams exploiting, cheating and then getting away with it.

Boring stuff over…

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

…a drinking clan.

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?

Playing with Fire by Sacrifist.

Thanks for your time.  Is there anything you would like to add before going back to the virtual killing fields?

We’d like to thank Logitech and Western Digital for all their support in providing our teams with the best possible gear to ensure our systems perform at their best so that we can focus on the game at hand.

Also, a huge thanks to Sammy Simegi (Stormchaser) for starting Soul Slayers and leading us to greatness. Thanks to Justin van Tonder (TrompieZA) for all the hard work he puts into the clan. All [SS] members for their friendship, positivity and fun times in Team Speak/in game.

Last but not least to all the awesome clans out there who we’ve had the pleasure to meet and do battle with online. Together we can create a great community who might in the near future be a force to be reckoned with in the International gaming scene.

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