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mrobertsrcs [8:14 PM]
After much discussion and debate, Joel and I have decided to support the formation of a *501 Elite Clan*. This will be the 5th clan of the 501 family, and will _only_ allow exclusive membership requiring an extensive interview process. This is a decision we did not take lightly, and something we have often shied away from in the past. The tight knit group will be small and will represent the best of the best that 501 has to offer. This team will strive to be the best on NA server and will be a beacon we can all root for.
Having this elite clan does not change any direction / plans / competitiveness of the current 4 clans in 501.
PixelRage has accepted the role of Commander of the elite clan. Jdm7 and myself will handle the application/recruitment/interview process, providing viable candidates for the elite clan to accept or reject. *All potential candidates will need to first discuss with Jdm7 and myself.* We will be reviewing the following to qualify folks to apply for membership:
1. High win rate requirement
2. High WN8 / Star1 requirement
3. Service time in one of the 501 clans
4. Detailed interview process
5. Detailed stat review process
6. Detailed review of candidate's public image
7. Interview references provided by candidate
8. Review / approval from 501 Leadership Group
This is a large step for us, and one we are not taking lightly. Please join us in congratulating Pixel on his new role and join us in supporting the new 501 Elite Clan.
Congratulations to snapz, kas_aja_x_n, bogotter, jonahcost, mr__canteatberries, stefan2499, aterran, ihnsane, reptilesr1ke, and car105king for winning the contest, and big thank you to Jello for throwing the party!
As part of the clan reorg, we need to select a commander for [501XX] Dos Equis Clan. This is an important position as many of our well known and veteran high stat members will belong to this clan. While the atmosphere is intended to be more relaxed regarding clan competition, the 501XX is an important part of the 501 family of clans.
We had terrific results in our first Clan Wars. 501XX, 501RV and 501ST all did well finishing in the top 10 on the Beta map, and 501DV surprised everyone by finishing in 3rd place on the top Alpha map, above some of the best clans in the game. Congratulations to all that participated.
We learned some lessons from this CW experience and are making some adjustments within the 501 family. At the same time, we want to be clear about what is also not changing. In terms of CW efforts, we learned that we need to create a better depth chart of available tankers both for participating in the actual battles, as well as being available for training scrimmages. There were many battles where we were scrambling to have 7 tankers in a lineup, and where we didn't have enough people on to prepare/practice properly ahead of time.
With those lessons learned we are going to shift to having two main clans for CW participation moving forward: 501ST and 501DV. We will be shifting our active members who are not able to or do not want to participate in CW to 501XX.
We will also create a revamped effort into 501RV, where we will bring in members to the 501 family who have the interest and the energy, but maybe still lacking in experience and/or stats. We are going to take a more proactive approach to increase activity within RV, and help give each tanker who is looking for help some short term and long term goals, as well as some assistance to get there.
We will be rolling out our 501 Mentorship Program to all members, and we will be asking members to volunteer for being mentors and mentees. This is aimed to help you work on whatever you need: situational awareness, sidescraping, how to play TDs, how to play British mediums, etc. We have some very talented members who want to share and help our community, so expect more details to follow there. 34 will also be setting up nightly Training Room sessions at 9pm EST, so please be on the lookout for that and jump into those for some more battle training.
We have learned over the past 9 months that 501DV has been successful based on the emphasis toward activity and community, with requirements built around slack, website and Teamspeak activity. It builds a better sense of community and as a result there were very few members who left the group. We want to continue to extend that effort across the entire 501 family so we can continue to build a great community of fun people who all love the game. We are not trying to become a totally stat focused clan. We have added some great people to our group, and we've accumulated a lot of talent as well. So we want to make sure we give our top talent the opportunities to shine while also not losing sight of who were are as a community. As evidenced by 501DV, we may not have had the most talented group of individual players but we were one of the best teams, showing what we are capable of when working collaboratively.
Over the next few weeks we will be shifting some of our less active players out of the two main clans. We have also made changes within leadership to help bolster our main clans in order to help spread the workload:
-Shawk has joined 501ST as a Deputy Commander
-Crazychimp has joined 501DV
-Ikener and 219thlegion will become Co-Commanders of 501RV
-The 501XX Commander position will become open for applications, more info will follow on that.
Again, our goal is to create and maintain the feel of one big 501 Family, and I think we've made great strides in creating a better sense of community over the past several months. While we are making these changes to try to better align for CW activity, it does not take away from the other 2 groups and our expectation of continued involvement and growth within our community. We are very proud of where we stand today as a clan family and we look forward to making it a great experience for all involved in the years to come.
Joel and Mike
Attention all 501 clan family members. To celebrate such a great performance in the 1st Clan Wars, we're having a give away contest! This is your chance to win a $20.00 USD Apple or Google store (your choice) credit!
Here's how you can be entered to win.
1.) Platoon with a 501st, 501DV, 501XX, or 501RV member. Both members of the platoon must be a 501 clan family member.
2.) Destroy 6 enemy vehicles and receive the Crucial Contribution badge. Only TIER 5 AND HIGHER platoons are valid for entry. Win or Loss (though I'm sure you'd rather win), you just need to be awarded the badge.
3.) Screen shot your Victory screen (to show your Crucial Contribution badge and time stamp) and the Team screen (to show who you were platooned with). Only one platoon member needs to send the screens but both will have an entry in the draw.
4.) Email your screenshots to firstname.lastname@example.org (aka Jellotree76).
Other important notes.
- Each member has the chance to win ONE (of seven) $20 prize. You may enter multiple times to increase your chances of winning a prize. But once your name is drawn, it is removed from the draw pool for subsequent draws.
- The contest is sponsored by Jellotree76, MRobertsRCS and Arctic_fox99. We will not be considered for the draw but a player may platoon with us. If the goals listed above are achieved, it will count as a draw entry for that player.
- the contest opens at 12:00 am EST June 14th 2016 and ends at 11:59 pm EST July 14th 2016. Battles that took place before or after the set contest time will not be accepted. The draw will take place July 16th after all entries are sorted.
Good luck to all members!