Clash Royale is not just attractive eSports players like Faker; the game is also played by professional athletes such as NBA star Gordon Hayward! Gordon’s love for the competitive video game scene is already known to those who follow him (or basketball in general), as he was the first professional athlete to join the IGN Pro League, and is an active player of Halo, Starcraft II, League of Legends and numerous other eSports games. Given his busy life as a NBA player, it’s no surprise that Clash Royale’s competitive gameplay squeezed into a 3+ minute play session on mobile would naturally appeal to him.
After discovering that Gordon Hayward played Clash Royale through his Twitter, Chief Pat challenged Gordon to a best-of-3 friendly, which can be watched below:
Despite playing with inferior cards (mostly level 6 rares and only Lava Hound as Legendary), Gordon was able to beat Chief Pat in the first game, which is no easy feat! Pat was able to take down Gordon with his Royal Giant deck (pre-nerf) to take games 2 and 3, but Gordon definitely demonstrated some skills going toe-to-toe with one of the best in the game.
The Chief Pat challenge gave exposure to not only Gordon as a Clash Royale player, but also to his clan Everest! Utah Jazz fan Hansen James immediately seized the opportunity to play alongside his favorite player, and documented his time in Hayward’s clan in his post on SB Nation.
While most other NBA players are probably closely following the NBA Conference finals, it looks like Hayward has been busy trophy pushing and managing his Clash Royale clan! From the Everest clan chats, it appears that Gordon is no different than the rest of us Clash Royale players: he greets new members, uses game lingo (like “glhf”), and gets in trouble with the wife for playing too much!
While most clans constantly add and remove players based on their trophy count, Gordon has a very simple and consistent method for managing his clan. Each Sunday, the Top 3 players in his clan gets promoted to Elder or Co-Leader, while the bottom 3 get “relegated” (kicked out) to open spots for new members. While kicking only 3 members each week will not open enough spaces for higher trophy players who want to come in (and I’m sure there are a lot of them!), this does help keep the core of the clan consistent, and encourages building talent from within rather than just constantly bringing on board players with higher trophies.
You can follow Gordon’s latest Clash Royale (and occasional NBA) updates via his official Twitter account; and if you have what it takes to join his clan, be on the look out for open clan spots in “Everest”
#L092CYL every Sunday!