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    PlanetQuake | Features | Articles | From the Hardcore Side - 6/2/00
   

From the Hardcore Side
There are people who play Quake, and then there are people who live and breathe it. In "From the Hardcore Side", a new semi-regular feature at PQ, Pappy-R brings all his hardcore gaming experience to you and talks about what's going on in the hardcore scene today.
  — by Pappy-R


The Top Clans

This week we start looking at some of the top clans, the teams that work as one so well that they dominate tournaments, ladders and any form of competition they can find. One thing I've noticed is that the top clans have a healthy history going beyond the one year mark, and in this ever-changing and fast paced area, having a clan stay together over a year is an accomplishment in itself.

Let's start this segment of the series off with a bang, and take a look at the clan to win the hottest clan competition to be held recently. They're known as The Stickmen, and they won the Quake Invitational League a month ago against the best clans in North America.

During the interview with The Stickmen that you're about to read here, we mentioned having bigger or more established events get back to holding team events. The CPL has since announced that they will indeed be bringing back team competition. This should be great for the PC gaming "as a sport" cause, and a real boon to the players and spectators. Now let's get a little better aquainted with The Stickmen.

Note: The interview you are about to read was done about three weeks ago on a private IRC channel, and I've edited as little as possible to give you the feel for the clan.

Pappy-R: cool...First off...Congrats on the QIL win guys! very nice!

stx-doggod: thanks :D

stx-swerdnik: thx :)

stx-unit: :~)

stx-wombat: thx

stx-suicidal: thx

stx-swerdnik: hehe

stx-suicidal: ;)

Pappy-R: One at a time, can you give me your name, length of time in online gaming and where you're from?

stx-doggod: Scott, playing quake since last fall, at virginia tech now, but originally from long island, NY. Started last fall, as in fall 98.

stx-suicidal: Nick, been playing video games for about 3 years, live in Toronto.

stx-swerdnik: Mike, live in chicago, been gaming for over 2 years.

stx-cappavelli: Brad, been playing online for about 3 years, live in Toronto.

stx-unit: My name's lee. i started playing quake in '96 and i live in Minneapolis.

stx-wombat: Mark - started playing duke nukem 3D at the end of 97.... i live in Chicago.

Pappy-R: Did you guys have a specific QIL team for the season?

stx-swerdnik: Well, we did...but due to absences, 8 people played all together.

stx-cappavelli: Connections owned a few members.

Pappy-R: How often did you practice, and was it increased during the active season?

stx-swerdnik: hehe

* stx-suicidal coughs

Pappy-R: LOL!

stx-swerdnik: Well, we probably practiced twice a week at best, and it tailed off towards the end of the season.

stx-doggod: The few days leading up to big games we tried to get in a few extra games, but it was always tough to get as much practice as we would have liked.

Pappy-R: Was that because the game schedule kept you busy anyways? stx-swerdnik: Wombat played EQ, and the rest was work/school. It's hard to get 4 good connects all together at once, AND an opponent to play

stx-wombat: Die.



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