Hcom Interviews: WTZWBlaze

Here we are again with the 2nd interview of our series. However, this time we’re interviewing our Leader-In-Trainings. The first Leader-In-Training that we’ll be interviewing is WTZWBlaze! Blaze has been in SWAT for months and has experienced many things as a LIT but is there anything about him that we don’t know?

You’re quite new to the army community, when did you join and how did you get sucked into it?

I got my start in Armies when I joined the Light Troops in April of this year. I remember they were holding a tuba-themed event, which is the instrument I play in real life, and I just sort of kept going from there. What really sucked me in was how unique the concept of Armies was and is. I was fascinated by the idea of a completely player-made system of competition in a game that had shut down years prior.

Were you aware of the history that armies had (going into this/while you were in LT) or did you gradually find out?

I went in completely blind. I wasn’t able to fully appreciate the scope of the Armies community for as much as a couple months after I started.

So as many people know, you’re a SWAT LIT. When did your journey in SWAT start and could you give us an insight into how it’s been so far?

Well, my first interactions with SWAT were as a Light Troop. We were allies at the time, and I would come help out every so often when I had the time (which was pretty common, as there wasn’t much to do in quarantine). Once LT shut down, I more or less abandoned SWAT for a while after moving to the non-allied Pirates, though they eventually shut down as well, leaving me with only one place to go.

I always marveled at how positive SWAT was as a community. LT and Pirates were always so strict, but I felt like SWAT actually allowed me to have fun. It didn’t hurt that, when I came back, the leadership plopped me into 3ic for how much work I’d done in other armies up to that point.

SWAT has had many game nights and we’ve seen you play many games but if you had to pick 1 game that you had to play for the rest of your life, what would it be?

That’s a tough decision for me to make. I play so many different games, most of them for long sessions at a time, which is why I’m not as active in the community as I’d like to be. If it had to be just one, it would probably be Minecraft. In terms of the potential for creativity, community, and competition, its balance and variety is frankly unrivaled

You mentioned playing the tuba, how long have you known how to play this and do you have any other talents we don’t know about?

I started playing tuba 8 years ago at the start of 5th grade, and I’ve played regularly ever since. As it stands, I’m still playing multiple times a week because of my major in college. Beyond tuba, my talents are somewhat limited. I can say I’m pretty adaptable when it comes to trying new games, but that’s about the extent of it when I really think about it.

Blaze trying out the tuba

You’ve been in SWAT for almost half a year now and in armies for just a bit longer, who has inspired you within the community thus far?

Well, I need to give some credit to Epic101, despite my opinion on his recent actions, for being a major reason why I came here at all. He’s been very successful, and he’s a real legend among the community. I also want to shout out Sophy Bee, who really made me feel welcome and wanted in SWAT from the very start. Kaliee also deserved some credit, not just for being supportive both as a fellow LIT and as a SWAT Leader, but for giving me a target to strive towards and, hopefully, eventually match.

You’ve been a LIT in swat for quite a while and are staying loyal to SWAT. What are your plans/goals for the future?

I intend to stick around, and maybe start my own army at some point down the line if I gain enough respect among the community, but beyond that my only real aspiration at the moment (in terms of CP Armies, at least) is to get promoted past LIT. Of course, I have a sort of pipe dream to revive LT in a way that will actually make it last, but I try to keep my goals realistic.

Thank you for your time, do you have any additional comments/anything you’d like to say to the troops reading this?

SWAT is a fantastic group of individuals. The support and dedication is something I don’t see in a lot of other places, and it’s really inspiring. If you want to make your way to the top, just keep working at it, and you’ll turn out fine. Bleed Black.

That’s Blaze’s interview! It seeems like there was a few things there that not many people knew about Blaze. Who knew that one of our LITs was so talented with the tuba? Many thanks to Blaze for participating in this interview and we hope nothing but good luck come to him in the future.

Did we answer all of your questions or do you have some you’d like to ask Blaze or other leaders/LITs?

Did you enjoy the post and would you like to see more of these interviews? Who would you like us to interview next?


Let us know in the comments!!! We’d love to hear all of your thoughts and opinions!

Keep a look out for our next set of interviews and keep commenting! We want to hear YOUR thoughts remember!

Coolguy
SWAT Leader

 

Leader Interviews: Ganger90

Welcome to our brand new series of posts here at SWAT! For the first time, we’re creating a series of posts where we ask some questions to our leaders/hcom about their journey in SWAT and in armies. Due to popular demand, the first person we will be interviewing is none other than our creator Ganger90! Ganger has been in CPA for a long time and we all know him as the creator of SWAT as well a leader but is there anything we don’t know about Ganger? Let’s find out!

SWAT has been around for over a decade now! Why did you create SWAT and what struggles came with its creation?

I created SWAT to create an organized platform for all of the rogues on Mammoth who had already loved SWAT before it became an official and legendary army in CPA.

Some of the struggles that came with the creation was dealing with jealousy from other armies when we were first coming up. A lot of people didn’t like the fact that SWAT became such a strong army in a short amount of time.

We all know you as SWAT’s creator and leader but you have been in armies for much longer than many think. What was your first army and how did you find them?

I started off as a rogue for some time and came across armies like Nachos and ACP on the server. Eventually, the first army I officially joined was Nachos I believe before I started making my own armies

You often refer to 2012 as the golden age of SWAT. Can you let our readers know a little more about this year and why it was one of the best years for armies/SWAT?

2012 was when SWAT was finally starting to become an organized and well-trained army. They started to challenge the superpowers like ACP, Nachos, IW and beat ACP in the 2012 Semi Finals of the CPAC Champions Cup. They also managed to take Mammoth for the first time in 2012 and rank #1 on the Top Ten.

We were able to hold a top 3 position in the Top Ten consistently during 2012 as well!

SWAT capturing Mammoth from ACP in (Early) 2012

Onto a more fun/casual question now. We all know that you have a love for basketball from your Lebron James videos. When did you first find this love for NBA and is there a specific quote from Lebron that inspired you?

Haha. Yeah I love all sports, primarily basketball, football and boxing. I think it’s a great stress-reliever and hobby to have and would encourage all our troops to try one! But onto Lebron inspiration, one of the greatest quotes that wasn’t actually made by him, but directed towards him is….. “THAT’SS A BADDDDD MANN!!”
And I found the love for sports from a very young age, playing football first and eventually basketball and boxing as well

If you could go back in time and change 1 thing about SWAT/ what you’ve done, what would it be?

One thing I would’ve done is do what we’ve done in the newest generation – Make sure that our history is secure and cannot be altered with or destroyed. Many times we’ve lost precious memories of this great army and I take the blame for that.

SWAT has lasted over a decade already, do you have any plans for the future?

In this generation although we have done great and been very successful, we look forward to taking the next step and achieving what SWAT’s main goal has always been. And that’s being number 1 in every way that you look at it, from the experience, the loyalty, and the overall greatness of this legendary army.

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Ganger logging on for SWAT in 20 years

Thank you for the interview, do you have any additional comments?

We still got some unfinished business. SWAT Forever :swatsalute: Remain loyal through everything

That’s the first interview of our new series of posts here at SWAT! Ganger had some interesting things to say and we thank if for his continued support and service!!

Did we answer all of your questions or do you have some you’d like to ask Ganger or other leaders?
Did you enjoy the post and would you like to see more of these interviews? Who would you like us to interview next?
Let us know in the comments!!! We’d love to hear all of your thoughts and opinions!

If this post is successful we definitely will be making more so watch out for the next poll! Who would you like to be interviewed next?!

Coolguy
SWAT Leader

Staff Lead Practice Event

Hello all SWAT Troops,

This is my first post here so go easy on me 🙂

Today we logged on to CPA and we did a STAFF-LEAD Event! We had a massive 36 reacts! However, we maxed 17… and even though this was not what we expected size-wise, we will continue to grow and we will strive! We will be expecting a max of 30 TROOPS at our next event!!

Before the event started, we logged on and started to gather in the Forts. We were able to gather most of our troops before the event started. We started out in a horizontal line, then we made our way into a clean plus formation.

Inside The Mine

We started by J bombing the mine and then making our way into an ‘L’. From here, we did many word and emote tactics such as “WE MISS YOU MOANI” and “SWATTING ALL WHO GET IN OUR WAY” . We then did a 3 emote tactic waterfall bomb, doing 1 emote then the next. Next, we were able to maxe an X, before moviing to the next room.

Iceberg

We entered the Iceberg with an E+K Bomb. For the first formation we circled the berg and then quickly did some word tactics before swiftly getting into a V formation, which was most notably, one of the best formations of the whole event. We did many tactics including both the left and right side of the formation saying different phrases. We were in this formation until the end of the event in where we then did a ‘B’ rake bomb/ E+A rake bomb before we headed over to the stadium.

Stadium

In the stadium, we entered with a E+U bomb. We then got into a triangle formation. This wasn’t the best room, however, everyone that was there tried their best to make it a success! From there we stayed in that formation for half if not most of our time in this room, doing many tactics, such as; “DWAIN, LISTEN OR NO GANGER”. We then were able to get into an Upside Down T formation for the last few minutes of the event and we ended with and E+1 tactic before logging off.

Thanks to all that came to the event. We appreciate each and every one of you trying to make SWAT the best army in CPA.
SWAT FOREVER!