When HWG was holding its first Call of Duty tournaments, Suicide Squad was dominating the local scene. For over a month, their run was almost perfect and unchallenged that a competing team called DNM disbanded soon after and joined Suicide Squad creating a secondary team called SS Bravo.
Recently, a couple of members left SS to form a new team of their own, thus reducing the team back down to one. One of the results of former members leaving caught Team SS by surprise and their team leaders wanted to respond to some allegations that were made.
Per their request, here’s their interview:
[Co-Leaders Kyu (Cornelius Axibal) and Donnie; Captains, Ronnie Dalbianco and Fernando Dominguez, and members, Corey Messmer, and Chris Goss.]
Hardwired Gaming: How did you first form Suicide Squad?
Donnie: I met Kyu when we were playing Call of Duty 4 online. I was a leader of another clan called Solo Crew.
Kyu: Yah, we’ve played together for a while and they asked me if I wanted to join.
Donnie: Back in November of 2011, we were looking for a fresh start and decided to form Suicide Squad.
Kyu: Yeah, New Year, New Squad.
HWG: How do you guys do your recruiting/scouting?
Donnie: We’ve got online people who are looking out for players. We try them out with the whole squad to see if they can work with us.
HWG: Oh, so the whole team adds their feedback to say if the recruits stay or go?
Donnie: It’s not just the leader’s decision, the whole members decide and it’s usually the members who decide first before Kyu and myself make the final decision.
HWG: And how many members are there in SS?
Corey: About 27 is what’s listed on the website.
HWG: Can you divulge who your best players are?
Donnie: We don’t have a best player or players – everybody works well together, there’s nobody trying to outshine another.
Ronnie: Certain people work well with certain game modes or are better at Search And Destroy or whatever stuff like that. As a whole, there is no best player. We’re all a team together.
HWG: Will you guys be recruiting some more members?
Kyu: As far as I know, I think we’re about to close down in recruiting people.
Donnie: We’re not recruiting at this time, no. Unless there’s a player out there that catches our attention – but they would have to be a really outstanding player.
HWG: When we started the CoD tournaments, Team SS dominated for weeks, but lately, it’s been coming in second or third or not placed at all. Do you guys think that you could re-establish that momentum again once we have CoD tourneys again?
Kyu: I do believe we can.
Fernando: Right now, we’re there to have fun.
Corey: We’ve been pretty much flipping members, trying them out, making sure that they can work as part of the team. Once we get to the point that a new member can work out, then we’ll start working better as a team.
HWG: Besides the HWG tournaments, what other tourneys have you guys won?
Donnie: SS has won a few local tourneys in the East Coast near or around the Pittsburg area.
HWG: How often and how do you guys train together?
Donnie: Usuallly, a lot every day four or five times a week. Most of us work on strategy game modes, team work, and online communication.
HWG: I know you guys wanted to respond to my interview with your former teammate, Alex Velasco from Zero Accuracy – what did you want to say?
Donnie: All I gotta say, to set the record, both and Alex and Austin were kicked out of SS. They don’t work well together with SS and their immaturity did not work with the team because they were always trying to outshine other team members. And, they’re always throwing members under the bus if the match didn’t work out.
Kyu: Their action is always trying to not to work together with the team.
Donnie: They’d rather do their own thing rather than work as a team.
Donnie: He [Alex] was kicked out 3 or 4 days before the last CoD tournament and both of them [Alex & Austin] were kicked out at the same time.
Ronnie: My opinion on it is that there’s no reason for Alex to say those things about Donnie. Even if you don’t like somebody, you should always take the high road. If things didn’t work out, you shouldn’t call someone a bad name by saying he’s a jerk – its not cool. Any of us would have said it didn’t work out, we’re forming a new team. I mean, be professional about it.
Donnie: There is always bad blood between members who leave a former team – there are always jerks – haters are gonna hate, what do you expect?
Ronnie: To sum it up, we’re not going to dwell on it. We’re going to keep our focus and we’re going to go on with our team.
HWG: Going forward, what are your goals as far as entering other tournaments and strats?
Ronnie: To win everything.
Ronnie: To make everyone fear, “Hadouken!”
Donnie: We love our fans and we love our haters.
Kyu: Yah, our haters only push us to succeed even more.
You could watch Suicide Squad compete at our upcoming Call of Duty tournament coming up in July. If you want to learn more about this team, visit their site at suicidesquadgaming.com.