Happy New Year from Crack Clan!We’d like to wish you all the best in 2017 from us to you and hope this year will be the best you’ve ever had! In typical Crack Clan fashion we rung in the new year at the tail end of a bunch of boisterous gaming over the holiday season with Steam sales bringing us all types of new adventures and an opportunity to mash out some good gaming with our buddies. Also, as we do most years, we treated each other to another annual Secret Santa event where names were drawn for clan mates to find something special for each other, package it up and mail it in time for the holidays – this year was a truly epic one, just look at some of these!
This next year promises to be yet another amazing one as we complete our 19th year together and continue to be entertained by great games, teamwork and good times. Thanks everyone for a great 2016, we look forward to more Battlefield, Siege, GTA, Survival games, one offs, feats of strength, gatherings and more with you – don’t forget to hang out in Discord and bring your friends (crackclan.com/discord)
If you haven’t already noticed most of your friends list being consumed by people playing Battlefield 1… you will! The explosive title launched to general release yesterday and we have both the pre-ordered and cautious-minded players united and fighting in the Great War. Action packed with some very welcome surprises, Battlefield 1 has put Crack Clan in the exciting position of carrying two BF titles at the same time, we will be launching some BF1 events in our Discord and are keenly looking forward to launching our first public and private servers as soon as they become available. The game is great fun but, as always, it’s a lot better when you’re playing with good squad mates, come on in and join us!
On a slightly darker note: gosh, that EU TF2 revival really didn’t work out did it!? ..the team folded promptly after receiving additional support in glorious fashion and management decided to dismember the entire project as a result. That’s going to be the final nail in the European Team Fortress 2 coffin from our perspective, we wish the scene good luck and thank it for providing so much entertainment and interesting moments with interesting people. We will no longer be sponsoring TF2 squads in Europe, we are formally disassociated with any/all players that may claim otherwise in this regard and will be turning our attention elsewhere for new projects.
This year’s Crack Clan Gathering is being called by many: “best ever” – the annual event took place in Virginia, USA and was attended by a typically diverse selection of members and visitors coming in from all parts of the world to hang out offline in the north of the south. In retrospect it all takes on a surreal quality: tucked away in a cabin on a hundred acre property seated in the Appalachians during a heat wave with occasional drifts of mist to cool you down. With no signals except those picked up by the radio we enjoyed the timeless experience (literally; no phones or watches being checked) of great food, fun activity (pew pew!) and best of friends. Many, many, many thanks to all of those who made this possible and a big, extra large shout-out to cc//Hogtyd who was so instrumental to the entire experience. It is with great anticipation that we look forward to the next time!
In other catch-up Crack news we’re proud to announce the official addition of an all-french squad to bring Crack Clan back in to the land of Team Fortress 2. Having been active for over a year and experimenting with class changes to optimize their squad we feel they bring one of – if not the – strongest lineups imaginable of its type.
The team’s main core is AlienSmiley, Maybe and Soupah as they have been together for over a year. They just recently brought on board with them Kinty, Karnax and Mino.
The current captain and main caller is Maybe who brings ton of experience as he played several classes at a high level while all the players are bringing skills and an unshakable will to improve. Maybe had this to say:
“I’m very excited about this team, we’ve got awesome French players and they are very talented. It’s a real pleasure to play with this team. We’ll start the ETF2L season 25 soon in the high division as we are still a very new roster and we need to build more natural chemestry and teamplay. We have for aim to reach the top level. I’d like to thank all my teammates, Elite, dox and everyone who supports us.”
C’est une team française qui va nous représenter sur Team Fortress 2. Ils sont actif depuis maintenant plus d’un an et ont subi différents changements de classes. Aujourd’hui ils arrivent avec une si ce n’est la line up la plus solide possible. Malgré leur manque d’expérience ensemble, et ce bien qu’ils aient déjà tous joué ensemble à un moment donné de leur carrière ils n’ont jamais tous joué ensemble.
Ce sont AlienSmiley, Maybe et Soupah qui forment le trio rémanent de l’équipe puisqu’ils jouent ensemble depuis maintenant un an. Viennent alors s’ajouter très récemment à eux Kinty, Karnax et Mino.
L’actuel leader et maincall est Maybe qui apporte beaucoup d’expérience puisqu’il a joué plusieurs classes et ceux à un haut niveau tandis que le reste des joueurs offrent un très fort DM and une envie inébranlable de progresser. Voici ce qu’il a à nous dire :
“Je suis très enthousiaste avec cette team, nous avons des joueurs français géniaux et ils sont tous très talentueux. C’est un réel plaisir de jouer avec eux. Nous allons faire la saison 25 ETF2L en high puisque nous formons un roster trop récent qui a besoin de construire une alchimie naturelle et un travail d’équipe. Nous avons pour but d’atteindre le meilleur niveau possible. J’aimerai également remercier mes coéquipiers ainsi qu’Elite, Dox et tous les gens qui nous soutiennent.”
Follow the jump to read more about Maybe, Alien, Soupah, Kinty, Karnax and Mino.
Our relentless march forward together in to gaming history continues with more exciting developments, hold on tight because in no particular order:
Overwatch has taking the gaming scene by storm and looks like it’s here to stay! We meet Blizzard’s first foray in to providing an FPS title with optimism and are committing ourselves to staying interested and in-tune to their development for the title. With that we are proud to announce that long time Crack Clan supporter and member GuGu (originally from our TF2 campaign) rekindles his activity and is put in to place as director of our European Overwatch campaign. cc//GuGu had this to say:
Hi fellow players ! I am GuGu, former Crack Clan TF2 player and now leading the brand new Overwatch Crack Clan team. I am proud to compete under this banner and be part of this great family again. We work hard to be successful throughout this long journey and hope we will bring you many victories. We are currently preparing ourselves for the many competitions to come, so stay in touch and cya on the game !
We really look forward to what the boys can do and are keen to support them as they build the Overwatch future for Crack Clan – congratulations, welcome and stay tuned for more news as we’ll be announcing both competitive and casual developments.
In more news, we have officially selected and announced the details and location of our next annual tradition of Gathering offline to further the brilliant legacy and camaraderie of our group. This year we will be featuring a mixed, gradient, week-long adventure that allows people to join based on their outdoor experience: it begins with a multi-day hike through the Appalachians, continues to an exclusive cabin (complete with stocked pond and firing range) and culminates in an incredible weekend hosted at the house of by long-time member cc//Hogtyd. Don’t walk, RUN to announce your participation in this once-a-year magical experience and get in to discord to get details; flights are booking up and car shares are filling up.
Last but not least we would like to extend both a special thanks and reminder about our ongoing BF4 activities. Every Monday (as a minimum) we still plug away with Battlefield 4 — what can we say, we’re enthusiasts of the franchise! — recently we’ve taken on a dance card with [OTC]; The Old Timers Clan, a great group of people who joined us on a private server to deliver fierce 10v10 action without the usual clan hang ups. Close rounds, great teamwork and attitude has really juiced things up and given us all something new to look forward to. Don’t be shy and get in touch if you want to include yourself in these activities — it’s the best way to ensure sportsmanship, competition, no hackers and all-round good times without all of the other stuff that clans usually carry with them. Connect up with any of us to get rockin’ and rollin’!