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Overview
Leet closeup
Elite Crew
Team Terrorists
Origin Middle East
Voiced By Alain Aouad Game icon 730
Entity leet

We must drive them from our lands!
―Elite Crew[src]

The Elite Crew, sometimes referred to as the 1337 Krew or Leet Krew[1], is a Terrorist faction featured in the Counter-Strike series.

Official Description

Middle-Eastern fundamentalists based on world domination and other evil deeds.

Origin: Somewhere in the Middle East.

Focus: A fundamentalist Terrorist organization whose members believe that their evil plans will allow them to take over the world. Has carried out Terrorist attacks in more than 20 countries, killing more than 2,000 people. Targets have included the United States, the United Kingdom, France, and Israel. Major attacks included the 1989 hijacking of Fly Friendly Airlines Flight 983, whose pilot was executed on national television, and an attack on a Greek luxury cruise ship in which they killed all on board by poisoning the water supply.

Strength: Several hundred members, spread throughout the world. Political support from Libya and Syria and, since 1987, training, logistic assistance, and financial aid.[2]

In-game

In Counter Strike, the Elite Crew model originally consisted of a light-skinned man with a flat-top hairstyle wearing sunglasses, a green bomber jacket, fingerless gloves, tan pants, and brown boots. However, by 1.6, the model's skin became olive-colored, and the pants became brown.

In Counter Strike: Condition Zero, the Elite Crew model gained a complete overhaul that made it appear more Middle-Eastern. It now has a white turban with a headscarf wrapped around the head, sunglasses, a moustache, an orange shirt with a green combat vest, and tan pants with black boots.

Counter Strike: Source saw a return to the original style set forth in the original Counter Strike, but much more detailed. The model now has a goatee, a Bluetooth earpiece, and a more-detailed utility belt.

In Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, the Elite Crew now wear a larger variety of outfits including beige shirts, brick red shirts, and blue jeans. They also wear a variety of Middle Eastern headwear and sunglasses. These outfits were updated in the revamped version. However, the concept artwork still strongly resembles the appearance from Counter Strike and Counter Strike: Source.

Their hand model features tan bare arms with black leather fingerless gloves.

Appearances

Trivia

  • The original Elite Crew model from Counter-Strike 1.6 is a reskin of Gordon Freeman's model from Half-Life.
  • 1337 Krew and Leet Krew is a leetspeak version of Elite Crew.
    • Prior to Condition Zero, the Elite Crew in the faction selection menu was named "1337 Krew".
EarlyElite

An early pre-release "Pajama Clad Arab" player model, found in Half-Life 2: Raising The Bar.

  • The original name of this faction was "Durah Cell"[1] according to a user manual found in the game files, but was later renamed to Elite Crew.
    • The name Durah Cell is likely a pun on the battery manufacturer Duracell.
  • In Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Deleted Scenes, the members of this faction speak Arabic.
  • The Elite Crew was the first Terrorist faction available in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Beta.
  • The Elite Crew are tied with the Akunin and Guerilla Warfare for appearing in the most missions in the Deleted Scenes.
  • In Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, two model variants of the original Elite Crew have a Marlboro cigarette pack in their shirt pocket. The new models however, do not have any cigarette packs on them.
  • In Global Offensive, unused Elite Crew quotes mentioning hostages can be found in the game files.
  • In Counter-Strike: Source, if a player uses a flashlight and shines the light on an Elite Crew member's face, one can see his eyes behind the sunglasses.
  • In Counter-Strike: Source, the model has a Mobile phone resembling a Motorola Razr on its belt.
  • The Elite Crew were likely inspired by the various Jihadist extremists and Sunni militant groups in the Middle East, such as the Taliban, al-Qaeda, and ISIL.
  • In Counter-Strike 1.6, the Elite Crew is frequently used by professional gamers due to it having a small head and a slim body that make it a hard target.
  • Due to reason above, L337 were always portrayed as leadership figures or skilled players in derivative works made by Chinese fans.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 CS:GO - The Return of Dust II
  2. Ham, T., & Stratton, S. (2003). Counter Strike: Condition Zero (Prima's Official Strategy Guide), pp. 41. Roseville, CA: Prima Games. ISBN: 0-7615-4297-3