The competitive scene of Albion Online is constantly changing and while now and then a guild vanishes from that competition, another guild is taking its place. This week I met with Blackboa, the guild leader of The Filthy Casuals. Since the creation of the guild a lot of things have changed for them and now they finally are in a position to reach out and to claim one of these spots for themselves. Enjoy!
The Filthy Casuals were created in early of December 2016. Blackboa, who was constantly streaming his adventures in the world of Albion Online, created a big base of constant viewers. Many of those viewers kept suggesting that he should create his own guild so that they could share their time in the game together. No sooner said than done, Blackboa opened the doors of The Filthy Casuals and in less than two months they reached the cap of 300 members.
The original goal of the guild was to be a place to support all new players in their baby steps while sharing a great and fun time together. Quickly, Blackboa realized that his guild was growing into a completely different direction, one that totally overwhelmed his own expectations: “I personally did not have any idea what The Filthy Casuals was going to turn into, and in fact, I was thinking that this guild would not persist past this beta. Boy, how wrong I was!”
The growing foundation of the guild started to attract the interest of veterans that liked the concept of the guild and wanted to act as mentors for those new players joining. Thanks to the enthusiasm of the newcomers and the knowledge of the veterans, the people quickly learned the game’s mechanics and began to thirst for more competition, in both open world PvP and GvG.
As not only Blackboa is streaming the game but he is encouraging other members of his guild to do the same The Filthy Casuals soon felt the double-edged blade of that mindset. Streaming a game with close to no delay is attracting a lot of attention and so the guild had quite a lot of different enemies trying to snipe their streams since their creation. Under those attackers are well-known guilds like Echo of Silence, ZORN, Envy, KDS, the Korn alliance, and many other smaller guilds and individuals. Instead of sulking about that, The Filthy Casuals welcome the actual PvP that their streams are ensuring and they use every opportunity they get to hone their skills.
With their eyes on the upcoming wipe they currently prepare themselves for the moment they finally meet those people on equal footing and on the same tier of equipment. Yet, going through all those different enemies, a real rival has yet to come and until that time The Filthy Casuals simply see everybody that is not allied with them as their rival and enemy. Blackboa wants to make sure that possible hostiles know what they are doing if they attack them: “What many of these individuals fail to realize is that The Filthy Casuals never forget the names of those that they call their enemies and if I were these alliances/smaller guilds, I would be scared shitless to face The Filthy Casuals after the wipe. We will be leaner, meaner, and stronger and have a lot more experience to be contenders at the highest levels once the wipe levels the playing field.”
Until just recently, The Filthy Casuals were part of the Nerd Rage alliance under the lead of Wild West and Good Fellas. For the duration of their official alliance, Wild West and The Filthy Casuals shared the same Discord server to be in constant communication with each other. Thanks to that symbiotic cooperation, both guilds were able to continuously help each other in every aspect of the game. Both guilds were efficiently combining their forces whenever possible, be it in GvG, 20 versus 20 city fights or simple open world roaming.
Thanks to the experienced players from Wild West, the newer members of The Filthy Casuals also quickly gained valuable experiences in the PvE part of Albion. Fame grinding had become quite efficient as the alliance was using their big pool of available combatants working together for a shared goals.
Despite the alliance between them having now officially come to an end, they will remain friends that help each other out whenever one of them needs a helping hand.
Their biggest competitive advantage, in the eyes of Blackboa, is their recruitment strategy: “Our competitive advantage has and always will be our recruitment strategy of showcasing our community for the whole Albion Online player base through our streaming. We firmly believe that when a prospective member sees our guild in action and hears the conversations in Discord, they will undoubtedly want to be part of our band of brothers and sisters!”
Still, this open minded recruitment strategy also has its risks but the guild leadership tries to quickly screen out the toxic grains that are able to sneak in. While the guild values the personality of their members over the individual skills they still decided to slightly optimize their recruitment strategy to better fit the new needs of the guild that changed from an all-out casual guild into a guild that want to make their name in the competitive scene in Albion Online.
With the basics to be competitive established, The Filthy Casuals found a new goal: securing a fixed spot in the top 10 of Albion guilds after the Galahad update on March 13 2017. Right now, in the last days before the big wipe, the members of the guild are trying to do as much PvP as possible to be ready for the initial conflicts that are waiting for them. The guild lead in the meanwhile is working on their actual game plan for the wipe and their internal structure to ensure a long-term growth for the guild as well as their continuous success.
As in every spotlight, the last passage is reserved for the final statement of the guild’s leader. This is what Blackboa wants to share with the community of Albion:
“The Filthy Casuals are anything but a casual guild. In fact, our name is misleading for a very important reason; to allow other guilds to underestimate us. The moment they do that is the moment their death is near.”
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