ESL Premier Teams: Clutchmasterz
nbad kindly took time to interview turtz who plays light for cm and is a long time member of the squad. Here are his thoughts on clutch's ESL campaign.
We're now four weeks into the ESL Autumn Season and you've made two enormous team shuffles in that space— picking up and subsequently dropping chippo, viper, ki and Una and replacing them with a single player; Lindo. Can you explain just what's been going on in terms of your active player base?
Wow, where to begin. Basically we came back to play just for fun really, but the team was pretty inactive so we made some shuffles to get more active, picking up the swedes and viper. Moving to Casca as it didnt really feel like cm, and then we were finding the feel in game wasn't as good, some in-game conflicts so we decided to make another shuffle, back onto the old or more original player lineups. And here we are! So we have 6 with a 7th backup player, and just play Sunday, Monday, Tuesdays.The core players of your team should be instantly recognizable to most Day of Defeat: Source players, but for the sake of those scant few who don't know, could you briefly introduce your teammates?
Well we on rifles we have:On paper, clutchmasterz is probably one of the most experienced and capable teams in the tournament, but you've now played four games and taken four straight losses. Is this a symptom of a 'we don't care' attitude? Or perhaps a result of the afformentioned roster changes? Or is something else undermining the team?
Bourne - Previous top rifle in the game, a monster with the garand, as he is still is, just working to get his kar skills back at the moment. Probably the reason why we are being so awful
Ristous - A lot of people are probably like WHO? as he's been out of the game for 3 years. But back in the OLD TLR, was part of the rifle team with myself and seiken, got sick aim and reflexs, finnish superstar, who i've had the pleasure of playing with over almost 5 maybe 6 years .
Lindo - Cool guy, amazing player, has a good teamplay and game sense, brings a great atmsophere whenever playing. Very under-rated player.
On heavies we have.. For now at least...
ruohiz - Has amazing aim and reflexs, but what he has in that doesn't make up for his lack of game sense at the moment He is our resident bazooka when he doesnt have his care pants on which is a lot. Watch this space though, he said he's gonna start trying soon ^_^ so expect some 4 bombs Oh and he loves to be a keyboard warrior.
mattiii - Only recently gone back to heavy, but i can already feel its bringing a sense of stability to our game, when playing regularly can hold his own against the best. Him and antti should make a good combination.
And on sniper.
bAc - My brother, has good aim and reflex's. Hasn't really ever gone full time sniper, but once he gets his internet sorted, and Sky stop reducing his bandwidth at peak times, I'll think he will take to it like a duck on water. But we will wait and see. Another old timer.
Good question, we are taking it with a pinch salt, between the lineup changes, we know it takes some time to get back to our best. I always forgot we are missing 2 players from the old team, that were what I'd call solid reliable impact players in LUK3 and RiN, and jo3y to some extent So to judge this lineup in comparable to that is the same as taking antrax, exel or NoMercy away from zP. Would be a totally different team. Over the last few games, in respect to this week the feel in the team is a lot better, we are out-fragging the majority of teams but loosing silly caps, so once we iron out our stupidness we should be moving in a good direction.In the rest of the Autumn Season, there's been a number of surprising upsets, at least for me. How do you feel about the progression of the groups? Would you have expected going in to see these sorts of results, with teams clearly so closely matched?
Well its kinda of been a half hearted attempt at best from us. Just never seemed like our heart has been in it, maybe its because we are all past it, who knows. But we werent sure what to expect, i'd of expected to win a couple of games at least but our group I would say would be the group of death. We'd like to end on a high, so we maybe we can dust our try pants off and seal a win for the last game. One thing I would say, the map weeks are awful, hard to get people motivated to play shitty maps!And finally: There's obviously two big names in European Day of Defeat: Source right now. zeroPoint! and FirstFrag. Essentially two European mixes comprised of some of the best players Day of Defeat: Source has seen. When the two teams inevitably face off against each other, who are you expecting to take it?
Firstfrag.Big thanks to turtz for the answers and to nbad for the interview. Sorry I am publishing this late, removed a question that was out of date.