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Murphy1up #1 Posted 19 December 2014 - 06:37 PM

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Where did the clan name come from and how was your clan formed?

The clan was founded by ipoopoou with the exact same name and motto ("Excellence personified") it has now, but he never had the time to build the clan. He offered to transfer the commander seat to Xensation in order to build a top clan after [322] disbanded for the first time. IDEAL was to be build of some of the best players of the EU server, and unlike most other top clans, supposed to have a stable leadership its members could depend on, but without any obligations like activity, Team Speak and Clan Wars. However, our definition of "best" is a little different. We put very strong emphasis on attitude and actual skill rather than stats. Not even the best stats get you into the clan if you are not a sociable and fun lad and don't live up to what your stats suggest.

In other words, we went with the very simple but awesome name IDEAL and made it our ideal clan. Since then the clan has gone through a lot of changes and transformed from a pure random clan into a big and awesome community, sharing lot's of activities, such as Skirmishes, Clan Wars campaigns and other tournaments.

On a side note, the clan emblem was chosen to reflect what IDEAL stands for: The Powerpuff Girls are cute, fun and nice, but they shall not be underestimated for they have the power to defeat all the opposition they get. In addition to that, our "unmanly" emblem functions as an attitude filter very well. People who decide not to join the clan because of it are not IDEAL anyway.


Do you have requirements for joining your clan, if so what is the reasoning behind them?

We have rather strict requirements, both in terms of performance and personality. Currently we expect 2300 WN8 overall and 2700 WN8 for the last 30 days, combined with a certain minimum of average damage and win rate on high tier tanks. We are not all about stats however and those requirements are to be seen more as a guideline.
The most important part of our recruitment process is getting to know the player, to find out if he fits our community in terms of character and personality. That's why we expect an extensive written application before our recruiters invite the applicant to join for platoon or skirmish games. If our first impression is a good one, we will invite the player for a one-month trial period. All full members of the clan are then allowed to cast their vote on the recruit. This way we assure the chemistry is right in the community and our members agree with the new arrival before we promote him to full member.
We believe a strong and stable community is the vital value for building a successful clan in the long run.

 

What do you feel is the best aspect of being in a clan and doing Clan Wars?

Doing something you love can only improve if you don't have to do it alone. For many of our members, being part of the community is the cornerstone of their enjoyment of World of Tanks. Playing Clan Wars together every day for a full month was tough and exhausting, but it was worth every minute. Not only in in terms of gold or prices, but in the way you bond as a team, going through victory and defeat together. We can sit in a Teamspeak channel for hours, debating every little detail of a certain strategy. Of course, sometimes a discussion may get a little heated after a defeat, but in the end everyone is pulling on one string and we only become stronger. I would not want to miss this experience for the world and I can only recommend every player to at least try playing in a team or clan, be it skirmish and Clan Wars, or ESL and WG cups.


What was your goal for this campaign?

Since we don't play Clan Wars outside of the campaigns and events, for us, this campaign was not so much about winning gold, but showing our skills on the battlefield and competing with the best. Thus I cannot say we were aiming for a specific place as I think one should try to win every battle and strive for the best. Saying that, I would have been very disappointed, if we couldn't have made it into the top 10. Of course, we also wanted to win the reward tanks for our members.


Looking back how close were you in reaching that goal?

Reaching place 4 is an achievement we didn't expect. Of course we had some hopes to make it 3rd in the last stage, when we had a hard race with FAME for the fame points, but unfortunately they were better as we made too many mistakes. We are still very happy with the final result.
In regards of winning the special reward tank, we had 100% success. Every single player who participated in the Clan Wars campaign will receive his tank, 79 in total.


What do you think about the theme of the campaign (WWI/The Great War) and do you have any suggestions for themes for future campaigns?

Slipping in a small history lesson here and then can only be a good thing. Maybe the Napoleonic Wars could be a good theme for a future campaign.


If you could change any one aspect of Clan Wars, what would it be?

For a no-obligations clan like IDEAL is would be great if it was easier to plan your battles, especially the number of teams needed. It was quite a challenge to use the full potential of our chips while not wasting them – something that unfortunately happened to us several times. We would also like to see an alliance system. At the moment diplomacy is a very time consuming and delicate part of playing Clan Wars, something I think could be simplified.


What clan do you feel was a tough opponent and why?

We take all the big European CW clans very seriously, because although many of them may be equal or worse in regards of stats on paper, their players have many times more experience and routine in competitive game modes than IDEAL, since we don't play Clan Wars on a daily basis. Special thanks go to EFE, CRUSH, 9-TD, CYA, S-D and last but not least F15 for all the fantastic matches this campaign, they're definitely some of the toughest opponents one can think of!


Which tank do you feel is essential to victory in Clan Wars and why?

In the first stage (tier 6) our strategies were dominated by the new American light tank, the T37. This awesome tank is very mobile, has excellent handling and a deadly gun that hits its targets on the move quite reliably thanks to the Vertical Stabilizer equipment. It is also surprisingly tough with 680 hit points. On some maps we used up to 15 of these little beasts.

In the second stage the variety of tanks needed grew bigger. Of course we used the usual candidates like the AMX 50 100, IS-3 and T32. The one tank which was part of probably every single strategy though is the AMX 13 90. It plays a vital role on both open maps and in cities, as it provides intelligence to the Field Commander and can deliver game deciding firepower using its powerful autoloader.

If you have to pick one tank for the premier competition in Clan Wars, tier 10, it has to be the Bat.-Châtillon 25 t, the famous Batchat, which combines deadly firepower with great mobility and camouflage. The Swiss army knife for every Field Commander this is the tank you should add to your garage if you are a new player aiming towards playing Clan Wars.


What advice would you give to clans who are not yet involved in Clan Wars and are considering getting started?

Get experience in proper teamplay as fast as possible. In Clan Wars you are part of a team. Many of the habits you develop in random battles will only get you killed in Clan Wars, especially the infamous peek-a-booing. Other skills become more important, such as coordinated pushing, focus fire and shielding. Even top clans struggle with this, so the earlier you start the better. The new Stronghold mode is a great place to start. You can go for tier 6, 8 or 10 with 7, 10 or 15 players, so it doesn't matter how far you have progressed in the game and how big you clan is, you can start playing today. Don't get impressed too much by XVM stats or big clan names. Our tanks die just as quickly as yours. Try different strategies and play actively. If you lose, try to learn from the experience and keep on tanking. Next time you will do better.
At some point you will have to apply for a landing tournament. Choose the map wisely and prepare a strategy using training rooms and one of the various tactic tools. Your Field Commander should make sure your team has the required tanks and everyone is familiar with the strategy. If you don't succeed the first time, don't give up. I had to fail many times before I started winning.


What did you think of the Wargaming involvement with Clan Wars? Would you prefer to see more involvement from WG or less? (or do you have different ideas how we could be involved)

We think it is great that Wargaming is actively participating in Clan Wars. We would however wish this would be extended beyond the first day of the campaign or event. Bring more coverage of the important events on the map, stream matches between top clans and cooperate with the community. We love what you did for the 3rd campaign, now give us more of it.


Finally sum up your clan in one word

IDEAL

 

Greeting to all of IDEAL's many friends and allies. May our friendship last and grow stronger. Special thanks go to our stronk subclans S3AL and KITTY.
Thank you for this interview and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all the fellow tankers out there!



Xensation #2 Posted 23 December 2014 - 01:02 PM

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Merry Xmas from everyone's favorite mr sexii!
 



koel76 #3 Posted 23 December 2014 - 01:15 PM

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o/ IDEAL

Orrie #4 Posted 23 December 2014 - 01:15 PM

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_Mavi_ #5 Posted 23 December 2014 - 01:16 PM

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View PostXensation, on 23 December 2014 - 01:02 PM, said:

Merry Xmas from everyone's favorite mr sexii!
 

 

Expected something a little bit more unique from you ;p

Pommesbroetchen #6 Posted 23 December 2014 - 02:40 PM

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 Greetings to IDEAL wTuiky0.png

wetlioN #7 Posted 23 December 2014 - 04:13 PM

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View PostEctar, on 19 December 2014 - 05:37 PM, said:

Special thanks go to our stronk subclans S3AL and KITTY.

 

 

:trollface:

CoolOff #8 Posted 23 December 2014 - 05:04 PM

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View PostEctar, on 19 December 2014 - 05:37 PM, said:

Special thanks go to our stronk subclans S3AL and KITTY.

 

 

<3 xen



DMminion #9 Posted 23 December 2014 - 09:06 PM

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U wot? I thought you were our subclan Kappa.

Xensation #10 Posted 24 December 2014 - 04:07 PM

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View PostDarth333, on 23 December 2014 - 08:06 PM, said:

U wot? I thought you were our subclan Kappa.

 

u wish, mr sexii

Negrao #11 Posted 24 December 2014 - 05:05 PM

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Greetings to IDEAL

 

Congratzz



Tarantula_xD #12 Posted 24 December 2014 - 09:10 PM

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View PostveitileiN, on 23 December 2014 - 03:13 PM, said:

 

:trollface:

 

How dare you!




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