Reading about halfway through the "What needs to happen" thread that Nadagast made, I felt that we had to talk about something else.
And why they are important.
Anybody ever remember CS in its early beta stages? When it was still just a nobody mod? Who carried that through, who recommended that to their friends, who created the servers that people can go to? That's right, the clans.
I'd go so far as to say that the NS clan base is the single most important entity to acknowledge, simply for what they do.
Most clans consist of a few people who bite the bullet together and purchase a server. You have the clan members filling up the server at first to attract the casual pubber, you have the clan members creating the servers, you have the clan members who are the most fervent in spreading Natural Selection to the masses and the most diehard when it comes to player expansion.
Take a look at the Steampowered stats page. Natural Selection has the lowest ratio of servers to players ratio. It's a problem, a big one. While you never need as many servers as players, you have to acknowledge the fact that clans in NS contribute a big part of the servers currently available right now.
I'd like to say that right now, I am a pubber, I don't participate in scrims or matches that clans engage in, but I realize what the actual, legitimate clans do. The way the clan base is like now, pretty soon we'll have an almost nonexistent clan base, and that means less servers, less players, and less expansion. It's always the clans who carry games from their crucial early beginnings to their mainstream success. Granted, Natural Selection is pretty entrenched right now in terms of player base, but the clans are still a very important part of the Natural Selection community that needs to be acknowledged.
Please, think of the clans, seriously.
RAHHH!!! BUFF SKULKS!