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Quemapueblos #1 Posted Jul 22 2013 - 17:17

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Hello and welcome to the first Clan Spotlight! We have an interview with a clan you might have heard of RDDT, The Front Lines of the Internet. Recently their sub forums reached 10,000 subscribers!
They were kind enough to hang around and answer questions from this thread! So if you want to pick their brains about clan wars, clan development or whatever now is your chance!
You can check the portal for the abridged version and below is our extended interview.


Ledif - I am the current commander of RDDT. I joined when Vorkosigan was commander about a year ago and have been doing Clan Wars since then
Vorkosigan - I am one of the battle callers and strategist and FC, I used to be the commander of RDDT after DamienJax
DamienJax - I am the current commander of NRWL, which is the sister clan to RDDT. I was one of the original commanders of RDDT that got us into Clan Wars with the help of Vork. I moderate the world of tanks
subreddit.
Bryant21 - I help run the World of Tanks subreddit and I’m also the deputy commander of RDDT


QUESTIONS:
When and how did your clan form?

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Did you expect to do so well?
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How is your clan structured? (ranks?)
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Please describe the environment in your clan's community.
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What have you learned about Clan Wars and maintaining a clan that you wish you knew when you started?
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What process does your clan typically go through to get ready for a clan battle?
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What do you consider to be your clan’s greatest achievement?
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Why do you think that is?
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What was your favorite stage of the first campaign?
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Favorite Map? Lineup? Opposing Lineup? Tier Settings?
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What sister/sub clans would you like us to also mention in the spotlight article?
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Anything else you would like to add?
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Ledif #2 Posted Jul 22 2013 - 22:24

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Thanks again to Wargaming for the opportunity, I had a lot of fun with the interview.  As previously mentioned, I'm happy to answer questions about pretty much whatever.  Hopefully our experiences can help newer clans get a grasp of what it takes to improve/succeed.

N00BSAIB0T #3 Posted Jul 22 2013 - 22:26

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Cool. Looking forward to m0ar!

meowN #4 Posted Jul 22 2013 - 22:33

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Great interview! Congrats Reddit on getting up to 10k subscribers and I'm looking forward to seeing what clans are featured in the future of this clan spotlight!

Bryant21 #5 Posted Jul 22 2013 - 22:35

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View PostCatStalker, on Jul 22 2013 - 22:33, said:

Great interview! Congrats Reddit on getting up to 10k subscribers and I'm looking forward to seeing what clans are featured in the future of this clan spotlight!

All downhill from here.

Muscles1_CLLEGEND #6 Posted Jul 22 2013 - 22:36

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JD...Look what you started!

Malaspina #7 Posted Jul 22 2013 - 22:40

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And if you're looking for hot West Coast action, look for RDDTW!

DamienJax #8 Posted Jul 22 2013 - 22:40

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Thanks for considering us for your first clan spotlight, the interview and interaction with WG has been great!

zdude1858 #9 Posted Jul 22 2013 - 22:46

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I honestly couldn't tell you why WG picked us, as were are just not that good.

Illuminatius_Divinus #10 Posted Jul 22 2013 - 23:14

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Congrats guys, I see the bribes to CatStalker have paid off.

Quemapueblos #11 Posted Jul 22 2013 - 23:16

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Here are some questions from the announcement thread to answer if you have a moment:

What proportion of "skill", "diplomacy", "chipping", "forums", and other factors do you believe clan wars success requires? -BeepBeep123

What prior clan leadership decision do you regret the most? What were the details? -BeepBeep123

Is it better to specialize in one type of tank ( Td's, Heavy) or be an all around tanker? -kajewolfspirit

Rabbit season or Duck season? -kajewolfspirit

What's more important:  skill at tanking ingame to prove your clan's ability - night after night, battle after battle - or skill at diplomacy to strangle the map so that the fewest number of clans possible get all the rewards? -geographer

With all the clans already formed, what compelled you to start your clan. -mushin77

As you are/were growing and not quite ready for CW, how do/did you ensure that you CW ready players didn't leave for another clan that is already CW active? -mushin77

ed_anger #12 Posted Jul 22 2013 - 23:19

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Great advice for new clans in the "What have you learned about Clan Wars and maintaining a clan that you wish you knew when you started?" spoiler, btw.

Ledif #13 Posted Jul 22 2013 - 23:38

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View PostQuemapueblos, on Jul 22 2013 - 23:16, said:

Here are some questions from the announcement thread to answer if you have a moment:

What proportion of "skill", "diplomacy", "chipping", "forums", and other factors do you believe clan wars success requires? -BeepBeep123

What prior clan leadership decision do you regret the most? What were the details? -BeepBeep123

Well, I'll break these down into "Skill, Leadership, Reputation" since those seem a little easier to break into categories. Skill is important, and will probably determine in a large part the other factors you mentioned. That said, without leadership your skill is mostly worthless. Even the best players need direction and that is what the leadership is there for. Reputation / forum presence is important but not the end all to success in the way that skill and leadership are. As for leadership decisions I regret? I wasn't terrifically involved in the decision(s), but an offset we placed and our general diplomacy during the recent "purple war" lead to a lot of losing and hurt our reputation, I think.

View PostQuemapueblos, on Jul 22 2013 - 23:16, said:

Is it better to specialize in one type of tank ( Td's, Heavy) or be an all around tanker? -kajewolfspirit

Rabbit season or Duck season? -kajewolfspirit

Hmm, I think that learning a role well (e.g. scouting, playing a medium, playing a heavy) can serve you well, especially in the clan wars environment. For instance, RDDT has a few artillery players that we use 99% of the time. They've shown they're comfortable and accomplished in a role and have earned the spot. (Shout out to Bio, McKenzie, Yoda). I'll go with Duck season but honestly I have no reasoning for that.

View PostQuemapueblos, on Jul 22 2013 - 23:16, said:

What's more important: skill at tanking ingame to prove your clan's ability - night after night, battle after battle - or skill at diplomacy to strangle the map so that the fewest number of clans possible get all the rewards? -geographer

Without skill you won't be able to prove you're worth being friends with. Prove you're capable and people will want to work with you. For diplomacy to work, you need to be able to win battles with some consistency.

View PostQuemapueblos, on Jul 22 2013 - 23:16, said:

With all the clans already formed, what compelled you to start your clan. -mushin77

As you are/were growing and not quite ready for CW, how do/did you ensure that you CW ready players didn't leave for another clan that is already CW active? -mushin77

I didn't start the clan I'm in, so I can't speak to your first question. Most CW clans only recruit top tier or near top tier tankers, so this issue isn't really present for us. Separate clans (for instance RDDT4, or RDDT7, in our case) may help bridge the gap by providing an environment where platoons / tank companies are common.

Thanks for the questions!

DamienJax #14 Posted Jul 22 2013 - 23:53

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What proportion of "skill", "diplomacy", "chipping", "forums", and other factors do you believe clan wars success requires? -BeepBeep123

Skill is a big factor within the actual battles themselves. Playing in clan wars battles is a lot different than playing pub matches or even tank companies. Individual player skill is a huge factor.

Diplomacy is probably the most important. When moving into an area, clans around you generally are hesitant as to what your intentions are. Extending friendship to them will gain you a lot of favor - however, if you're an unknown clan and haven't proven anything, expect a healthy distance.

Chipping is easy and doesn't really require much thought.

Forums... pretty much pointless. We tend to shy away from the forums as nothing is seriously discussed there. It's all about networking with other commanders and talking.

As for other things, having competent people step up and help you lead is probably the biggest reason clans are successful. You need to know the ins and outs of maps, be able to change up strategies if they don't work and also need to know how to organize players.

What prior clan leadership decision do you regret the most? What were the details? -BeepBeep123

I wouldn't say I've regretted anything that we weren't able to fix. In general though, I think trusting other clans has been my biggest regret. This harkens all the back to the days when RDDT was in Greece working with other clans.

Is it better to specialize in one type of tank ( Td's, Heavy) or be an all around tanker? -kajewolfspirit

You can do whatever suits your talents the best. We have guys who all they do is play arty and are really proficient at it. We also have guys who do nothing but mediums or TD's. It's really up to your play style and which tanks you're better with. Being a generalist is also good in that you'll have more tanks to chose from when strats call for different tank lineups.

Rabbit season or Duck season? -kajewolfspirit

Duck season, it tastes better.

What's more important:  skill at tanking ingame to prove your clan's ability - night after night, battle after battle - or skill at diplomacy to strangle the map so that the fewest number of clans possible get all the rewards? -geographer

You need a mix of both. Starting out, skill at tanking and winning battles is the most important. Once you can do that, the diplomacy falls in place. Most clans don't want to fight other clans if they know resistance will be strong. That's why you see a lot of stagnation in clan wars - good clans don't fight each other unless they have to. If you're a newcomer to the map and you try to diplo your way into holding land, it won't last long - clans will stab you in the back and take it if they sense weakness.

With all the clans already formed, what compelled you to start your clan. -mushin77

I'm not sure I understand this question. All of the Reddit affiliated clans were started for one reason or another. RDDT was started as the clan for Redditors. When I took over with Vorkosigan, we remade it into a clan wars focused clan. As the subreddit grew in size, we added more clans as needed. We just created RDDT0 and it filled up within 2 weeks.

As you are/were growing and not quite ready for CW, how do/did you ensure that you CW ready players didn't leave for another clan that is already CW active? -mushin77

There's no way to stop that from happening. We've had long time, good members leave because they wanted a change of pace or they wanted to get with a more hardcore clan wars clan. If that's what someone wants to do, there's no point in trying to keep them around. The best way to combat that is by creating a great atmosphere. I have several people within the Reddit clans who have been with me for the past two years and our relationships transcend beyond just playing WoT - we know personal details about each other. Building an atmosphere that is friendly, inviting and fun is a key reason why we manage to retain so many people.

Xx_MLG_D0R1T05_MtnD3W_Xx #15 Posted Jul 22 2013 - 23:59

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Guys it's not that hard to explain why Reddit was picked, they are:

A. A good clan
B. Part of the reddit.com, so interviewing them will attract them players from Reddit. Smart thinking WG, and congrats with the interview RDDT/NARWL

Dlur #16 Posted Jul 23 2013 - 00:27

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Woot!  I just wanted to chime in and say that I've been in a reddit clan pretty much since I started playing World of Tanks.  I started out in RDDT6 as a social player and met some great people and had a lot of fun going through the lower tiers.  Eventually I caught wind of clan wars and joined RDDT4, our training clan, under the command of The_Alaskan in order to not only get some higher tier tanks, but also participate in training sessions and landings to learn how organized battles went.  A few folks from RDDT6 ended up going with me to RDDT4.  After a while I must have figured enough things out because I was asked to move from RDDT4 to NARWL, where I started my clan wars career.  After a while I had more Tier 10s and wanted to get a bit more seriouser and now I'm in RDDT.  Along the way I've met a lot of great people and I still platoon with friends I met way back in RDDT6.  

Ultimately, it's the community we have that makes this fun.

Icecold7181 #17 Posted Jul 23 2013 - 00:29

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I want to join, do you guys have specific requirements and are you accepting new recruits?

Ledif #18 Posted Jul 23 2013 - 00:35

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View Postkelkyko, on Jul 23 2013 - 00:29, said:

I want to join, do you guys have specific requirements and are you accepting new recruits?

I recommend checking out our clan pages, those should have the requirements.

typer525 #19 Posted Jul 23 2013 - 00:48

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Not part of leadership here but I have been around since there was only 1 RDDT clan (*gasp* I know) so I can answer a few of these.

View PostQuemapueblos, on Jul 22 2013 - 23:16, said:

What proportion of "skill", "diplomacy", "chipping", "forums", and other factors do you believe clan wars success requires? -BeepBeep123

There has to be the ability to field a skilled team day after day in order to stay on the map in Clan Wars. Without that, no amount of diplomacy and forum posts will keep you from being pushed off the map. The more skilled your teams are, you get more diplomatic clout you have. Which in turn, leads to forming alliances with stronger clans and a stronger presence on the Clan Wars map.

View PostQuemapueblos, on Jul 22 2013 - 23:16, said:

What prior clan leadership decision do you regret the most? What were the details? -BeepBeep123

While the RDDT clans do cooperate with one another, the leadership for each clan is separate. This have lead to disagreements among the leadership and by extension the clans. I am only a soldier of RDDT so I am not privy to the details but there has been quite a few instances where leadership disagreed with one another. Fortunately, as a community we have been able to work through most if not all of these problems without falling apart.

View PostQuemapueblos, on Jul 22 2013 - 23:16, said:

Is it better to specialize in one type of tank ( Td's, Heavy) or be an all around tanker? -kajewolfspirit

For Clan Wars? Assuming that you know the game mechanics (the WoT Wiki is good for this) and how to work together, you will be useful to any Clan Wars clan if you have the tanks that they use in their strats. RDDT only have SPG specialists as Ledif said. The rest of the team is filled out by the field commander saying "Ok, we need 3 more ______, ready up if you have one."

For reaching this point though, I do recommend going down each type of tank to at least tier 7 or 8. You will get a feel for how each type operates and how to fight with and against them.

View PostQuemapueblos, on Jul 22 2013 - 23:16, said:

Rabbit season or Duck season? -kajewolfspirit

Are we talking about horse-sized ducks? We have a few people who would rather fight one than a hundred duck sized horses.

View PostQuemapueblos, on Jul 22 2013 - 23:16, said:

What's more important: skill at tanking ingame to prove your clan's ability - night after night, battle after battle - or skill at diplomacy to strangle the map so that the fewest number of clans possible get all the rewards? -geographer

As I said earlier, one leads to the other. If there was a clan that can consistently field several skilled teams a night, they can carve out their own little part of the map and they would be worth opening diplomatic channels with because you know that they can stay on the map.

View PostQuemapueblos, on Jul 22 2013 - 23:16, said:

With all the clans already formed, what compelled you to start your clan. -mushin77

RDDT started as a social clan where members of the subreddits can play together and it was already formed when I first found out about the subreddit. I was new to the game with 500 battles under my belt and 2 tier 5 tanks. I was mostly interested in platooning and RDDT provided that. The transition to Clan Wars came later.

View PostQuemapueblos, on Jul 22 2013 - 23:16, said:

As you are/were growing and not quite ready for CW, how do/did you ensure that you CW ready players didn't leave for another clan that is already CW active? -mushin77

To be honest, we had a contingent of players that were ready for CW but were inexperienced in fighting in actual CW battles. This contingent were the ones who fought CW matches as we had our humble beginnings in Africa earning double digit gold a day. I was not part of this group so I can't say for sure why they stuck around but I assume it was because RDDT was a community trying something new, RDDT was a community first, a Clan Wars clan second.

ktalex #20 Posted Jul 23 2013 - 00:49

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Nice going Wargaming.. Now all the newbies are going to want to join RDDT.. as if they're not big enough already.





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