Y!A are a PC clan that have also remembered that there’s a slightly more
real world outside of the virtual one and have more than a passing
interest in skateboarding, music and card games. Clan leader Zealot
Hill tells us more.
When did the clan form and how many members were you at the beginning?
The Clan was formed at midnight 31st December 2009 – 1st January 2010, there were 5 members at the beginning.
How many members are in the clan now? Feel like listing them? Or maybe just the important ones…?
There are over 100 members now involved in the
clan there is a complete list of members and admins(functions included
on the website) http://www.yialife.co.za/clan
Zealot Hill – Leader, Server Owner & Editor, Squad Leader (Major)
Overlord – Server Admin, Squad Leader (Captain)
SyFy – Head Server Admin, Squad Leader (Captain)
x10sion – Server Admin & Web Admin, Squad Admin (Captain)
Cobalt – Squad Admin, SC section Admin (Captain)
Sting – Server Admin, HC Admin (1st Lieutenant)
WarPiglet – Web Admin, Designer, Server Admin (Lieutenant)
Carbon – Server Admin (Lieutenant)
Major Pain – Server Admin (Lieutenant)
Boer – Server Admin & Teamspeak Admin (Lieutenant)
Hairy Ewok – Deputy Server Admin (Lieutenant)
Desolate – Deputy Squad Admin & HC section Admin (Master Sergeant)
IndigoSyncrasy – Server Admin, Forum manager, Web admin, Designer (Master Sergeant)
Cottontail – Server, League Admin (Staff Sergeant)
Moondrop- Server Owner and Admin (Sergeant)
Chaotix – Server Admin (Sergeant)
Sir Smoke a lot – Server Admin (Sergeant)
Zman – Server Admin (Sergeant)
Razer Smurf – Server Admin (Sergeant)
Unexpected – Server Admin (Sergeant)
Max – Deputy Server Admin (Sergeant)
Tokoloshi – Server Admin & Forum manager (Sergeant)
How is the clan structured?
The clan is structured along rank lines ending at
the highest battlefield rank: Major. It had 4-5 Captains depending on
the size of the clan who all manage subsections of the clan, below them
are Lieutenants and Sergeants who either manage teams or have specific
functions according to their rank. Y!A is highly structured, highly
involved, with regular meetings and groups for both admins are regular
members to post suggestions and ideas.
Unlike a lot of other clans, you are not only restricted to
the “virtual” world of PC gaming – you have a card team too and a
fascination with music and skateboarding which you appear to actively
promote. How did that all come together?
I have a personal interest in both skateboarding
and card games, I desired to bring all different walks of ‘alternative
youth culture’ together under one banner, I am not opposed to anything
that can fall into this category and bring about the betterment of both
the clan as a whole and the individuals which comprise it.
What are the clan’s games of choice competitively?
Currently we have had competitive teams in:
Battlefield 3, Modern Warfare 3 (1st Division team who played at Rage)
We have also just formed a DOTA 2 team. We also have an international
team of players who compete on Magic The Gathering: Online
Any other games the clan enjoys playing for fun? Together or solo?
League of Legends, Medal of Honour: Warfighter, Black Ops 2, DOTA, WOW, Diablo 3 and many many more.
How often do you play together as a clan?
Our teams have practices twice a week. Socially
Y!A Teamspeak has between 30-60 people online every evening. We have
both Public sections and Private sections in our Teamspeak, so the
public are free to join and chat with their mates and game with them in
one of our open lobbies.
Do you consider yourselves a competitive clan, or one in it more for “the shits and giggles”?
I would consider Y!A caters for both sides of
that coin, we have our very competitive players as well as the social
players, who simply want a means of venting and relaxing after work. We
are organised enough to manage the two concurrently and without
compromising any sense of competitiveness.
Taken part in and won any tournaments you feel like bragging about?
I have taken part in two WCQ (World Cup
Qualifiers) for Magic the Gathering and a Nationals event in 2010 where I
placed 18 out of 150. These events are invitationals and require
prerequisite points to be entered
Is attending LANs important to the clan and its members? Any that are a favourite?
Attending LANs is indeed important to us and our
members, we have regulars at OC in Cape Town and many of the LANs which
take place around East London as well as rAge Expo in JHB.
Are you guys actively recruiting players? How do you decide on who is right to join you?
Y!A always has its doors open to respectful
candidates, individuals who can fit in with our ethos and our commitment
to equality and diversity. Y!A is fortunate to be so well managed due
to the system of Captains and Lieutenants that infinite growth, whilst
not explicitly the plan, could easily be made possible.
What are you hoping to achieve in the future as a clan?
We are hoping to make greater inroads into the
gaming scene, with multiple 1st Division teams. We desire to impact the
gaming community through open access to our massive 500 man Teamspeak
channel and build an even greater name for ourselves through our
willingness to better the gaming community.
In regards to professional – or competitive gaming – what do
you as a clan think needs to be done to raise the profile of South
Short of a mass media campaign, I suppose we are
on the road to raising that profile daily, we advertise our Teamspeak
server on our game servers, encourage the public to join in the social
fun and foster online friendships with their gaming mates. Short of
resources, it would seem the best way to raise the profile would be
through disciplined structure within a clan which impacts the gaming
community around them for the better, building community.
Boring stuff over…
If you weren’t a gaming clan you’d be…
War movie that best describes the clan – Apocalypse Now or Tropic Thunder?
Haha, well I suppose you’d arrive at somewhere in
between those, I don’t think Y!A could ever possibly as Sombre as
Apocalypse Now or as fool-hardy as Tropic Thunder.
If you guys had a music soundtrack for going to war, what would it be?
Richard Wagner’s – Ride of the Valkyries (Serious Mood) or Benny Hill – Yackety Sack (Comedic mood)
Thanks for your time. Is there anything you would like to add before going back to the virtual killing fields?
Everyone is welcome to join us on Teamspeak for a
game of Battlefield, DOTA, League of Legends, Call of Duty or whatever
their fancy. Let’s grow this community through friendship and
communication. Address: ts.yialife.co.za
Clan Website | Facebook Group
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