Those who have been following the Clash Royale competitive scene should now be familiar with Clyde: widely recognized as one of the game’s top players, Clyde has participated in just about every online and live Clash Royale competition in North America. Earlier this week, Clyde took things one step further as a competitive player by signing with Team Phoenix, best known for winning the first ever Vainglory World Championships. We had the opportunity to chat with Clyde to learn more his plans as the leader of Team Phoenix’s Clash Royale team:
MoEsport: First of all congrats on joining Team Phoenix! So what does it mean for you to be a part of a competitive eSports team in Clash Royale?
Clyde: Thanks Wago! I’ve been part of the competitive scene for a while, but it’s exciting that an organization like Team Phoenix (which has so much success in other games) has recognized the value of Clash Royale as an eSport. It also gives an added motivation that I am representing Team Phoenix in this game and I want to put in continual work so that I’ll be able to represent their brand well!
MoEsport: You have been a part of a number of major Clash Royale competitions now including the Crown Duel, King’s Cup and as our ambassador at the Northern Arena tournament in Toronto. What are your expectations for Clash Royale as an eSport in 2017?
Clyde: I think 2017 will be the defining year for Clash Royale as an esport. 2016 ended very well for Clash Royale with the King’s Cup in November and the Crown Duel in December. There was a lot of hype within the competitive community and all of the professional players are eagerly waiting for see how SuperCell intends to act on the competitive scene and hype.
MoEsport: We are beginning to see a number of multi-eSports organizations (ie. Hammers, Team Liquid, Team Queso and now Team Phoenix) enter the Clash Royale scene, as well as home grown orgs such as Nova that are investing heavily into the game’s competitive scene. Do you think this will be the trend moving forward? What is your advice for aspiring competitive players that may want to be a part of a professional team?
Clyde: I do think it’s a domino effect. Even before the trend of organizations entering Clash Royale, I heard of other people and major organizations being intrigued by the prospects of Clash Royale being a competitive eSport. I think most major orgs were hesitant because they didn’t know how it was going to pan out but once a few orgs have committed, I foresee others following. As for advice, I would say that to keep getting better building relations with players and people of influence, just like when you’re networking in real life. Build a nice clean rep for yourself in the community and you’ll be more inclined to be approached!
MoEsport: As a competitive player, what are some changes you would like to see made to competitions to improve competitive play? For example, while the Crown Duel was a lot of fun to watch, I know it must have been frustrating as a competitive player to be rolled around in a ball while playing!
Clyde: Haha yeah that was pretty frustrating but I can’t really complain since I won that battle. The Crown Duel’s format was good, and besides the BO1 in the round of 8, I don’t have much complaints for the format. As for the entire broadcast, I do feel that the hosts weren’t needed. The Clash Royale audience tuned in to watch the players, not the famous hosts. In my opinion the King’s Cup was perfectly ran, besides the few streaming bugs. The atmosphere around during gameplay was intense and great to be around so kudos to those organizers. Additionally, I would like to see team tournaments incorporated somehow, similar to Clan Royale League format. The best players won’t always remain the best players, but teams are more constant. It’s easier to cheer for an entire org for multiple seasons than for singular players because the best players change pretty frequently but teams can remain the best teams.
MoEsport: And what about the game itself? Are you happy with the current cadence of new card introductions and balance changes?
Clyde: As with the game itself, I’m pretty happy with the balances. If you look at my most recent tier list, there are very few cards that I considered far and beyond more powerful than others. I’m a little against releasing so many cards so often, but if it keeps the other players interested, I’m okay with it!
MoEsport: Finally, what’s next for Clyde and Team Phoenix in CR?
Clyde: Keep an eye out for us! David Lee (Team Phoenix owner) is very ambitious – even after winning the 2016 Vainglory championships, he’s not letting that branch of Team Phoenix get complacent and is trying to build on that success. We’ve kept in contact pretty regularly about our plans for Team Phoenix’s future in Clash Royale. We’re first looking to shore up our competitive team and he’s given me freedom to help select my fellow teammates. Once we have members, David wants to make sure that the players are not only great competitively, but also highly involved members of the Clash Royale community. Whether this is streaming or content creation, Team Phoenix is willing to provide the resources to help its players succeed and get their name out there. He’s actually helping me get back into streaming so be on the lookout for that as well!