Crew Cut: Hierarchy Ranks and Recruitment Frenzy

Posted on September 8 2013, 1:16pm | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Games, Social Club

With last week's release of the all-new Social Club Crew Hierarchies feature, we've seen Crew Leaders jumping to exert their authority and assign rank amongst their mobbed up minions. Crews of all sizes and statures, from perennial top dog Founder LXG Crew down to eager upstarts like the GTA Annihilators, have been busy promoting and demoting Crew members to the positions of Commissioner, Lieutenant, Representative and Muscle. Here’s a quick look at how some squads have been parlaying the feature to tighten up their ranks for this fall’s planned extended holiday in Los Santos & Blaine County...  

The Ganja Outlaws (WEED) Crew, who've been rallying Crew pride by doling out some dope hoodies and t-shirts for their members, was one of the very first Crews to set up their Hierarchy. Within an hour of the announcement, Leader DutchStoner set WeedDemon74 and Zedder13 as Commissioners and 2ueK1LL4, CammySutra and six others as Lieutenants, not to mention the 50 Representatives and 225 pieces of Muscle. We're excited to see what these guys can do once GTA Online is in full effect next month. Meanwhile, the One Bullet At A Time (1BAT) Crew went in a quite unorthodox direction with their managerial structure as Leader ErnestoRock2 decided to absorb the responsibilities of the Commissioner position into his own using his secondary account, ErnestoRock - obviously a man who ascribes to the theory that the only way to get something done right is to do it yourself. Perhaps the 1BAT Lieutenants (Mike921, PWN3D_l_Inc, and Newswire regular WrathOfJenati) better watch their back for the day when ErnestoRock3 comes calling for their spot.

Four Leaders with an early embracing of the new  Crew Hierarchy system (Clockwise from top): DutchStoner of the Ganja Outlaws, ITALIAN of Slaughterhouse, PhatGordo13 of GTAForums and ErnestoRock2 of One Bullet At A Time.

Meanwhile, thanks to newly-christened Leader Phatgordo13, the official GTAForums Crew immediately started putting on weight in the form of 68 new members, swelling their ranks to a stocky 129 total head count as of press time. Playing his cards a little closer to the vest, he went with a rather modest Hierarchy, sporting 3 Commissioners, 3 Lieutenants and only 2 Representatives as opposed to the traditional pyramid structure we’ve been seeing. On the opposite end of the spectrum we have Free Aim pro Crew Slaughterhouse, keeping their numbers deliberately low at 20 members to keep their constituency lean and mean. Crew leader ITALIAN handed out ranks pretty evenly, with nearly equal numbers between Commissioners & Lieutenants and identical billing between Representatives & Muscle. It will be interesting to see how those razor-sharp Free Aim skills translate from Max Payne 3 to the open world of Grand Theft Auto Online, and if a need for additional skillsets results in this exclusive Crew taking on more members.

Crew Leaders, Commissioners and Lieutenants, do give a shout in comments below to share your Hierarchy strategy thus far...
One of the more epic Crew recruitment announcements we’ve seen is the video above for the Aegis Legion (EGIS) Crew, made by Leader el_serpe. No stranger to the Crew Cut, el_serpe’s latest vid is the perfect bridge from Max Payne 3 to GTAV, displaying the past triumphs of Crew members while conjuring a stinging buzz for the very near future. 

The Lost NZ (LOST) Crew are another group of auteurs who are using the power of the moving image to spread the word of their squad, which you can peep here
While everyone from Leaders to Muscle have popped up here at the Newswire with messages of recruitment, the Unfair Advantage (UFAV) Crew have taken the exact opposite approach. As put by Leader ChunLisBuns420, "UFAV is not recruiting, so don't ask." Will this tactic make this the most sought after gang in all of Los Santos, or will it instead serve as fuel for rival sets to beat them to a bloody pulp? Time will surely tell.

And while trying to find likeminded Social Club members to Crew up with here in Newswire comments is cool, some Crew leaders have learned that it helps to spread the good word on other social networks as well for results. Seems like every few minutes, there’s someone on Twitter shouting out or looking for a Crew to align with. If you’re lucky, we just might help you out by sharing your recruitment tweet with Rockstar followers worldwide. Such was the case for AgentP50, leader of the 182 Brotherhood (182B) Crew who we spotted and retweeted this week – taking his ranks from a relative handful of members to 132 as of press time, in less than a day. Also a shout to Inbetwixt, leader of the 657 BOYZ, whose membership has doubled in a similar case. While this will be something we’ll only be doing once in a while, it’s certainly advantageous to expand your recruitment message via tweets, Facebook and even Instagram posts to staff up that sick clique for GTA Online.
According to Webster's, to persevere is to "persist in a state, enterprise or undertaking in spite of counterinfluences, opposition or discouragement." The Fear The Wrath (FAHQ) Crew are indeed one perseverant bunch. Month after month, Crew leader WrathOfJenati has pointed out that no one - let alone main rival xVx-The-Agency-xVx would face them in a Crew vs. Crew battle on our official Rockstar live stream. Finally, the Terra Firma (TERA) Crew, seemingly unfazed by Wrath's bark, agreed to take these guys on one recent afternoon.
Beginning with a Team Deathmatch at the São Paulo Bus Depot, TERA took an early lead in the first minute. However once FAHQ got going, they proved to be too much for the TERA squad. Five minutes down and with MINI 30 (XBL GT) taking initiative with 18 kills, FAHQ enjoyed a 48-22 lead. From there, the squad never looked back, winning Round 1 with ease 104-71. 
Starting afresh for Round 2 in a Gang Wars at Nova Esperança, TERA was looking to get something going. They went toe for bloody toe with FAHQ and with two minutes left in Chapter 1, they were tied at 15. Getting a slow start, MINI 30 picked things up and snapped the momentum away from TERA, helping FAHQ win the first chapter, 37-23. In Chapter 2's Grab the Bag, the two Crews were neck and neck for a while but once again FAHQ just tore it up in the last couple of minutes and took it 101-58. FAHQ wound up taking the last three chapters as well, effectively shutting out TERA for the round. 
Down 2-0 and looking to get on the board, TERA broke north for some Team Deathmatch action in Hoboken. Staying within two points almost every step of the way, TERA was in it until the last 45 seconds when FAHQ opened up a slight lead and won 86-83. sweetnpatient took top player honors with 20 kills, followed by JMTAotP and MINI 30 who each had 17. TERA's PALADINXD_KSA and xLdL MASHAKIll2 (XBL GT) each had 22. FAHQ might have backed up all that trash talk with a shutout but respect to TERA for going down swinging. Check out an archived stream of the full battle.

As we mentioned last timeEnigmaAssassin of the Ice Cold Assassins Crew (ICED) and HOT_KIMERA of the HOT CLAN Crew (HOTZ) hosted an epic 2 vs 2 Max Payne 3 free aim tournament, in which Crews had some of their top players battle it out for multiplayer bragging rights. For several weekends earlier this summer, what started as 28 Crews faced off in best-of-three 10-minute rounds of Team Deathmatch. Tietê River Docks was played in Game 1, Nova Esperança in Game 2 and, if a Game 3 was necessary, that was to be played at the São Paulo Bus Depot. 

A highlight of Round 1 was the matchup between  The Hardcore A Team (TEAM) Crew) and The Gallant Psychos (TGPS) Crew. In a Crew Cut one year ago, we regarded TGPS as being on the fast track to success - one month from their inception they were already in the Top 30. However impressive, those accolades meant nothing in this latest competition and TEAM dominated TGPS, winning both games, 42-18 and 38-23. With COMNADO DE ELITE (BOPE) Crew's israel-lucas leading the first round in kills, one could say their squad were the favorites against the Rock Heart (SEXY) Crew in Round 2. Instead, SEXY blanked 'em, 43-25 and 41-33. 

The final eight (clockwise from top left): TOP GUN PL4Y3RS, FOXHOUND UNIT, GOLD LIONS, Rock Heart, CAP PILLAS, Master of Weapons, ineffable arts and Sub-Zero Killaz.

Round 3 saw the FOXHOUND UNIT (UNIT) and Master of Weapons (SAMA) Crews take each other on in arguably the most intense match of the entire tournament. SAMA flourished first, winning the first game 25-21. Game 2 was tight to the very last second, UNIT taking the lead to win 25-24. After that, UNIT - never looking back - bounced SAMA right out of contention in Game 3, 41-29. The GOLD LIONS (LION) Crew had been solid throughout the tournament and the semi-finals were no different. Up against SAMA, LION won Game 1 by 25-20 and Game 2 by 38-28. While the ineffable arts (RED7) Crew won their matchup against SEXY 2-0, it was a close one: Game 1 was decided in the final moments 27-26 and Game 2's tally was 39-32. 

After a month of battle after battle after battle, RED7 and LION were to face each other in the finals for living legend status. From the start, both Crews made it very clear they earned the right to be on the big stage. The squads spent Game 1 trading kills, never letting more than a few points between them. RED7 took it 34-31 - just one win away from victory. With a seven point lead and around four minutes to go in Game 2, it looked like things were coming to an end. And then, in what could be considered the pivotal point of the finals, LION's Alex_silent stepped up, helping to reverse the lead and secure a 38-27 win. In a Game 3 do or die, LION turned things up a notch and stomped on RED7 55-30. 28 Crews entered, one Crew left - props to the GOLD LIONS for being the last squad standing - we definitely recommend checking out the highlights here.



  • R* Lon September 10 2013, 12:18pmFlag
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  • XbxN3gr0Belt3 days, 20 hours agoReplyFlag
    "The Bad Department" is recruiting members. We have pretty active members, who are experianced and play crew vs crew deathmatches a lot. So if your looking for an active fun crew, go to and add me the leader and we can all get you started. All we ask is that your laid back and active thanks.

    • Charitycase78926 days, 16 hours agoReplyFlag
      The newly born 'Purple hearts family' is looking for some loyal crew members and hierarchy submissions.
      If you love playing along with others and are well mannered, friendly, and want to play with people you can count on, feel free to stop in at:
      We look forward to your services
      • The GrapeSeed Yacht Club has been groing slowly and surely, with REAL CASH PRIZE CONTESTS, quick rank ups, and aggressive earners, how can you refuse? Like us on Facebook, and Follow on Twitter, looking for loyal members to ahndle the acounts and recruitment drives...Tshirts coming soon!
        • swiftynurse3 weeks, 4 days agoReplyFlag
          Join Dead Rabbits PS3 671 members ALL members have MIC's, NO SQEAUKY KIDS

          Check out our webiste with links to all our social media pages!!!!

          • ThaRealish913 weeks, 5 days agoReplyFlag
            Here looking for new recruits. I need 2 commissioners who can create cool logos for the crew and I'm looking for more lieutenants and I need dedicated crew members who aren't going to be jumping from one crew to the other.
            • Grimey_Reaperon March 10 2014, 6:10pmReplyFlag
              Cutthroat Villains

              Search us on YOUTUBE & Join!
              • Surefire79on March 7 2014, 9:48pmReplyFlag
                Mercs for Justice looking for new crew members 18+ either request an invite via our page or send me a message direct (Xbox 360 Only)
                • Yungingles21on February 26 2014, 4:39pmReplyFlag
                  Deadly Dragons is recruiting for skilled guns and mature players. We do youtube videos and do crew battles vs other crews we are actually at war with another crew. Can rank up fast and we have 25 members so far come check us out. We also have out own webpage
         Come check us out on our OWN WEBPAGE!!
                  We help with money
                  Like to have fun and we are very active crew *ONLY ON XBOX 360*
                  Contact Yungingles21 on xbox live or DeadliGhost about joining the crew
                  • Gothlickon February 25 2014, 11:02amReplyFlag
                    GRIN REAPERS..........Recruiting now, you lucky gangless people!!
                    Growing in numbers as we speak, members are encourged to always call on fellow Crew members first when looking to do a job and watch each others backs when not working. We see one of our own having trouble from others we're straight in to help, 'cause that's what families do. Publish all you create on the social wall to allow other c rew members to try them out and rate them well.
                    Join us and let the other crews know that not only is the Reaper coming, but he's carrying a bleedin' big gun.
                    • 2Fad3Don February 22 2014, 4:41pmReplyFlag
                      The "REAL AND IDEAL" / [RAIN] Crew are now recruiting for PS3.

                      Put simply, we are a RACING CREW. I'm looking for ACTIVE players who are Racers and Creators. Deathmatchers are welcome as well for Free Mode and Head to Head purposes as we are actively creating DM's and looking for new talent to play with or against. If you think you're good at racing come see what we do even if you're not looking to join. All competitors and applicants welcome. My theory is you have to play with the best to be the best and I am always recruiting. I promote based on how active and/or beneficial you are to the crew. *We only accept people with headsets and mics* If you recruit assets, I promote you. Our OG Crew Members are my Commisioners as they are proven loyal to the cause. They are the ones responsible for actively KICKING BAD PLAYERS who interfere with our reputation. IF you are interested in any of this feel free to msg me on SC or on PSN. I am the leader of Real and Ideal or [RAIN] Crew and my PSN ID is "E1f_Tr-Ns13nT" but I go by Elf for short. Our upcoming goals are bracket racing and crew custom designed playlists to showcase our talent. If you think you're the best, come find us. Keep it real R*
                      • DeadDreadLockon February 21 2014, 6:30amReplyFlag
                        Are you tired of free roaming with people who do not have skills to kill and move? How about being apart of a crew whos leader is not only childish and immature, but unfair as well? If you are a serious GTA V gamer can play with a crew that is one of the top 80K crews on GTA V for a reason, then feel free to contact me directly. I am the leader of Dead Dread Lock and I am actively leading by example. Our goal is to attack leader-boards and crush anyone who stands in our way. We do not allow cheating of any kind, nor do we stand for disrespect towards our brothers and sisters. We do not expect you to always be in a server with us nor play with us each and every day. For we all have lives and this is just a video game for entertainment purposes. But we do expect you to take no prisoners when you do play and gain as much RP as you can. Please do not be afraid to ask for help and most of all have fun. Thank you for taking the time. See you on the leader-boards.
                        • Damned1on February 20 2014, 7:26pmReplyFlag
                          XBOX players Only. 360 Knuckleheads are recruiting. We are an older group. 20+. We play for fun. We don't take it to serious, but if you need help ranking up, and getting money, we will have your back and help out the best we can. We share any money we can through Store robberies, and Armored Truck Robberies. We do missions, side missions, and free roam. We always have each others back, and just love to mess around, because we are knuckleheads.
                          So if this sounds like the crew for you, feel free to send a request. See you out there.
                          • ChiDawggoPon February 20 2014, 6:55pmReplyFlag
                            Recruiting! "Mid-West Side Hustle" is all about the mid-west, U.S.A. New to the GTA 5 crew list. I'm Chi-Town born and raised and hope Rock* will finally have Chicago represent the next GTA game! Holla back and lets make "Mid-West Side Hustle" 1000 strong.
                            • chopacoon February 19 2014, 8:50pmReplyFlag
                              Outlaws Mc is recruiting for the Prospect Chapters
                              it all about loyalty & Respect the Brothers
                              • Brimstone-48on February 19 2014, 11:26amReplyFlag
                                Veterans MC. Is recruiting. Join the best 99.9% need not apply.
                                • Greedy1200on February 16 2014, 2:56pmReplyFlag
                                  ********RIVERSIDE OGz NOW RECRUITING*********
                                  The fastest growing Crew on GTA right now is recruiting! Tired of playing with a crew with no mics or running around aimlessly in free roam? Looking for a crew that likes to do missions on hard mode, participate in crew vs crew missions and actually work as a crew. Join us copy and paste the link below

                                  • MilkyBugleon February 16 2014, 9:50amReplyFlag
                                    Join the Rasta Donkeys its the best crew ever.

                                    • LAp1mpon February 14 2014, 3:53pmReplyFlag
                                      we are a small crew which has 10 member's we are looking for new blood. The rule's are you must have a mic, no racism, no squeakers and our crew color is red. crew car is sultan rs. our crew is called the blood raiders. our crew tag is (6969) lol message me if you want to join on xbox 360.
                                      • Nigel2012on February 14 2014, 3:32pmReplyFlag
                                        ShadowWarriors2014 Has Open Enrollment I Only Have A Small Crew, And I Am Looking For More People To Join Me, Everyone Is Welcome
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