Crew Cut: Crew Business and Killer Squads Large and Small
Check out how Crews are putting the new Business Update vehicles and attire to good use, plus more squads hitting the 1,000 member mark as well as ones that intentionally prefer to stay lean and mean - plus some standout Crew videos, Instagram pics and more.
BUSINESS IN THE FRONT
Team building at the Maze Bank Tower fountains. Clockwise from top left: xVxDarkjedixVx shows off the dread, white and blue of xVx-The Agency-xVx (AGNT); Destinsenvy and some of the RIOT Clique with their display; it's a white party for ShaolinBeast and the M0NSTARS (STAR) CrewSirShoup's Glock Shooting Sport (GSSF) Crew demonstrates the knuckle and air thrusting toasts, as well as their suits 'n' rides.
Los Santos has seen a rise in sharp dressed Crews displaying their more sophisticated tastes, with players taking full advantage of all the elegant attire options in The Business Update. Looking fresh, lots of Crews took to Snapmatic to show off. As you can see above, quite a few had the same idea to take advantage of the fountains in front of the Maze Bank Tower to display their customized new rides along with their other spoils - while this selfie by MARCUS_STROM of the Th3ClownZ (TH3C) Crew shows members of his gang stepping things up with signature top hats. Anonamix and the always entertaining Traffickers (TRFK) Crew put in work as well showing off the new Business gear in the 8th installment of their crazy Grand Theft Thursdays video series entitled "Business As Usual".
The Australia Illuminati (ORDO) Crew, who were featured along with sister Crew the Illuminati MCC (IMCC) in our last Crew Cut, sent us the below footage of the new Grotti Turismo R racing against the some of the best the Supercar class has to offer. These Crews have been busy auteurs as of late, also releasing an epic Demolition Derby (which prominently features the Roosevelt from the recent Valentine's Day Massacre Special) as well as their weekly "Show and Shine" events, which showcase the Crews' hottest rides. Meanwhile, if you're curious how intimidating some of the new 30 masks look in the heat of battle, this action-packed Free Aim Deathmatch between the JAMESTOWN RANCHOGANG (JTRG) Crew and the United Blue Nation (XUBN) Crew should do the trick.
GRAND CREWS CAPPIN’ OUT
Recently we highlighted Crews that moved almost instantly and effortlessly into the 1,000 Member Club thanks to fan association with their YouTube channels or long time presence in the Social Club community. The trend of capped-out Crews continues as many more have clawed their way to capacity, promoting themselves via the Noticeboard and out there on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and elsewhere.
Despite being named after a Chief Keef song, 3hunna Sosa Squad (SOSA) headed up by RushKush may be in immediate need of a name change now that a “3hunna” member count is no longer applicable. Long running Italian GTA fan site / YouTube channel GTASeriesVideos (GSVS), known for their clever ‘Lifeinvader Look Back’ series and other great videos, and the boys in blue from the original FIBS Most Wanted (MSTW) Crew led by Nimble92 have gained considerable size since we last reported on them. Sporting four additional support Crews for both the Xbox 360 and PS3, as well a central HQ. FIBS membership base has now grown to over 3 K not unlike the byPureGaming (BPGC) Crew who now have not one… but nearly six fully stocked thousand member divisions! It also appears Los Santos will have no shortage of heroes or villains with the Batman Squadron (BTMN) topped out and the Decepticons LS (DCEP) having beefed up all three of their divisions to full capacity.
LEAN AND MEAN
With all the focus on 1,000 member mega-Crews rising to prominence in recent weeks it’s also important to remember that there’s plenty of proud, intentionally smaller squads out there that deserve respect. Remember that Crews are what you make of them – they can be either a tight-knit group of long-time friends you like to get into GTA Online action with on the weekends, or they can be a massive conglomerate and community of players brought together by common interests and associations. Here are just a few of the notable Crews we’ve spotted closing ranks and keeping it exclusive.
Free-aim masters Slaughterhouse (XSHX), a 26 member Crew that's been putting it down consistently ever since Max Payne 3, are currently sporting the 4th spot for overall world Crew ranking amongst all player-made Crews in GTA Online Team Deathmatch. With an impressive K/D ratio of 2.32 it’s easy to see why pro performers like MAKAVELI are proud to rock the XSHX Banner. Another highly competitive "Legit and Loyal" Crew keeping it under 50 are veterans II_LEGION_ll who are currently ranked 2nd in the world standings amongst player-made Crews with an overall K/D of 1.86 in Team Deathmatch. A quick glimpse at their Crew feed reveals that vigilant Crew Leader Metrolock pays close attention to the bottom line whilst still actively tracking Feud wins in Max Payne 3.
Going to an even smaller set, newcomers T-O-Killer Accademy (TOKA), led by Mini-Rambo, are another carefully cultivated clique seeking capable and active players. Currently housing 20 members but willing to expand, their motto states that they're only for "PRO" players and don't aspire to ever have more than 75 members at most. With a consistent K/D ratio of 2.32, they appear to be dead serious about maintaining their edge. Taking the small Crew competition to Racing, 420 - The High Crew (4THC), headed up by Qeythos, aren’t just blowing smoke. With less than half the member count of TOKA under their belt they still rock a strong 621/907 Race win ratio - proving that old adage that good things do come in small packages.
Loyal Royals. The Royal Warlords (ROYA) Crew ride or die in this highlight reel.
Crew Leader ghost360frost is live and direct, showing off his true to life Online character and the official ROYA hoodie on Instagram.
On YouTube, we happened upon the Royal Warlords (ROYA) Crew. Putting down roots in Los Santos since October, ROYA have a penchant for debaucherous Crew music videos and cataloguing their adventures on their official Instagram page. With a Crew motto of "Loyalty Is Everything... Death b4 Dishonor" these guys are a tight knit group - whether it's squaring off against instigating Crews in the featured highlight vid above or repping with their official real-world ROYA hoodies.
The irrepressible Ganja Outlaws (WEED) are at it again. Check out their coordinated time lapse video above, set to "California Soul", along with this hazy highlight clip of their Team Deathmatch exploits and a preview of their Weed Farm shoot out created Job.
We're always on the lookout for new squads to feature, awesome Crew based activity, videos and pics to highlight, and beefs to cover, so give us a shout to mouthoff if you have something exceptional going on that you think the world needs to see or hear about and also share it with the Social Club community here in the comments.
Also keep a lookout on our Twitter feed for some new Crew vs Crew battles to go down - streaming live at our official Twitch and YouTube channels in the coming weeks - along with special editions letting some GTAV soundtrack artists battle it out across Los Santos which should be fun to tune in to (more details on that soon).
Let us know if you've got scores to settle of your own by hitting us up at CrewChallenges@rockstargames.com. Be sure to provide us with your Crew page link, preferred platform and a little dirt on why you think your dispute should be broadcast to the world.