When I used to be in this division back in the day and was leading a lot of stuff,
I used to have a set of goals that I would try and accomplish for myself and the clan overall.
I know these things are basic stuff that anyone would be able to do it, but drawing back on my experiences I would recommend having these goals in mind and accomplish them step by step.
I realize Opal is the leader here and I am not trying to trespass into anyone's territory.
I have decided that my main game is SC2 and I would like to assist Opal in his resurrection of this division.
I have talked to Opal a little bit and I realize that he already has all these things in his mind but I wanted to let others and Opal himself know in writing what I think would be ideal to get this division back on its feet.
Before anything, we must also realize how scene is a lot different from what it used to be in the past for those who might think otherwise and believe that it can be great as it used to be. I myself would rage over people who say the game was dead but it isn't dead but it has lost a lot of players and popularity since then. No denying that.
The Situation : There is no denying that the game has died a lot compared to what it was back in 2013-2014. That was when SC2 was at its peak and had the most players. A lot of users back then were really much about competitive ladder games rather than user map games like Tower Defense and stuff. It also had to do with the fact that the leaders at the time (Tris - HA! Never knew he would become a commander. He was only a *mere* brigadier general when I first joined around 2011) and later on Cory/Twodrunk (took the rein from Tris after he became too busy with SC2 itself) who recruited mostly out of the competitive players who were focused on ladder games. That was what it was all about at the time and I realize that how it was foolish. We could have recruited on the Arcade side but it never fit with our bigger picture of making OD competitive enough to challenge stronger clans at the time in the SC2 scene.
Knowing all this, I think these goals could be taken to achieve a somewhat of a resurrection.
I think it is very important to state the purpose of the clan like any other organization would do. Knowing and having a purpose would mean we can direct our efforts to the things we need and not the unnecessary stuff. I think Opal can lay this for us and I won't jump the gun and say stuff for him because I only really did talk to him for a day. Having one means a lot. It would mean those who newly join us can have an idea of what the hack OD is trying to do within the SC2 territory.
This is a no-brainer. A country cannot be run unless you got people. Without the people, no use having a clan. Because of the people populating the clan, that is how the clan can exist. I think Opal is doing a great job. I only got to recruit 48 players during my time in OD before I went away. He's alrdy done half of that within the span of a week. Props for him. Go go OPAL!!
Once we got the people, it's good to have some kind of council and the core people that run this place. Just like how OD in itself has this huge community, we need our own for the division. The core members are those who dedicate a lot of shit for the clan. This was actually Terra's idea back in the day when SC2's division was ran mostly by single individuals or a few. Once the core individual left, the clan usually had big slumps or just got obliterated (I can say this as a fact because Terra told me SC2 lost it's division standing after a month and a half after I had left. It mostly had to do with the fact the people who were running the show left with me not because I told them to but because they saw no point in staying in a clan when the person who they like all have left). This is exactly why we need some sort of council and a lot more core members in case of a shitty situation where things start to look grim. It's inevitable at the moment that SC2's division would die instantly without Opal's efforts and those who help him as well. It's a fail-safe switch? Not sure if that's the word but you guys know what I mean. Don't place all your eggs in one basket as you AMERICANS would say xD
4. Build up a competitive ladder team
This would mean we would be able to clan war against other clans in this regard. This would also mean practice games with other people and this automatically leads to people joining the clan and having an active clan where everyone is playing with each other and getting to know each other. BONDS THEY CREATE BONDS AND THIS MEANS THEY WOULD STAY IN THE CLAN AS THEY MAKE NEW FRIENDS WITHIN THE CLAN.
^ About this part, I can help without much effort for Opal. I was GM and I am sure I can make it back into NA GM within a month. I can guarantee you that. My SC2 skills are god-like because I am Korean. GG.
(on a side note, I am still in contact with a lot of the good friends I made while being in SC2 OD. We don't game anymore but I talk to them on Facebook and such)
Make the damn clan sustain if you have gotten everything above right. Find ways to sustain it and find dedicated members for the clan. No use having a strong clan for 2 months and have it die out because the leadership became stale and nobody wanted to be with them or something.
Okay I wrote this in a hurry but these are some of my food for thought. I will write up some more for the clan and anyone can ask me for advice and such.