Sigh of Relief – STK Wins PALS Thailand

Posted on April 23rd, 2015

by: Daniel Woods, Captain of STK. 

photos by: RSH Media // Girl With a Camera

After a while you do start to think “are we ever going to win?” Not to say we hadn’t come close recently — we came 2nd months before at WCA in overtime. But it takes so much at and between each event, that to just fall short again and again starts to make you wonder.

Our PALS Thailand experience started this year like it has pretty much every time we set foot in Thailand… we struggled. On Friday, we lost all of our games. Nothing was working, we couldn’t make it to our spots alive, we couldn’t live even when we did make it out and we were getting penalties. Sometimes the team drives me mad… I know we can play better but we just can’t hit our peak. I’ve tried being enthusiastic and positive when it gets like that to bring us back… and I’ve tried screaming and shouting. It can be frustrating and it’s compounded by the fact that neither approach seems to work. I guess we just run on feeling and nothing helps to get that feeling going manually.

We lost our first 3 matches, the first one against Demonic was close. We went up two points and then they came back two points. The score was tied with under 20 seconds left on the clock. We got a penalty and awarded Demonic a swing point. Next we played Raskal, who dismantled us 0-4. Then we played Infernal. We lost the first two points, then won a point — I thought we’d reached a turning point, and then, another penalty.

The prelims were winding down, we had no wins, we were pretty certain we were going to be knocked out. I was Whatsapping friends back home my sad face.

The team poured in heaps of useful feedback. With it, we swapped up who was playing where and then everything just fell into place. We managed to draw out two victories against the toughest Perth Crisis we’ve ever seen in a 3-1 game, and the Xtioneers, 4-0. We played these games at our peak, and I remember feeling a bit frustrated that we’d just managed to hit it when it was quite possibly too late. Highlights for me were Farran consistently getting us a kill on the break, Stevie making it out wide, Timmy weaving up the middle and Nalds holding down the snake side.

But, with our meagre two wins we were just about resided to the fact we had to go home disappointed. As we were packing up, Amber informed us our point spread JUST enough to push us through the prelims and into the next round.

It was a relief, we all had minor hugs except Farran (he has a no-celebration policy).

Our first quarter final round game was against Crisis again. It was a long and tough match, but we were able to get up points and sit on our lead with the clock on our side. We won 4-1. And then we had to play Infernal. We were able to win our game against them as well, 4-0. This knocked Crisis out of the quarterfinal round and sent us and Infernal on.

Our semi-final matchup was against Demonic. By this point I think we had a strong grip on the field and our confidence had completely turned around from non-existent to feeling unstoppable. With some early break kills on both sides, there was a drawn out 3 vs 3 the first point, and after that we were able to stay on top of it and win 3-0, sending us through to the finals to verse Infernal again, who had defeated Aisawan in their semi-final.

In the pits before the game started, we shot some glances around suggesting “bring it in for a speech?” but instead just had some knowing-nods, a few high-fives and the consensus “nothing needs to be said.” Confidence was high and I felt proud to be part of STK.

And then we won and it was cool. I felt, relieved if anything. I think it’s the paintball cliche to say a win is relieving but it is! All that time between events practicing, the rollercoaster at the event itself, and then to come out on top… it’s good.

We had a lot of help at the event from Perth friends. Thank you everyone. And Papi, Amber and Devon. Howie, Scott, both Adams, Bubba, Jeremy, May, Mick. Sorry if I missed anyone.

Most importantly, we are getting further and further along with our partnership with Dye and the amount of support we receive from them is truly appreciated. Rambo trialled the Rotor R2′s at the event and loved it.

Thank you to our home field in Perth, WASP Paintball.

And thanks to the team for your commitment, time, money and friendship.

WOLF and AZTEK in Action at Fight for Asylum 4

Posted on April 20th, 2015

by: Patrick “AZTEK” Boulanger | Photos by: Sheldon Carless Photography

Over the weekend, Dye Tactical A-team was teaming up at PRZ Paintball, in Picton Ontario Canada, for the annual Fight For Asylum Big Game!

A record attendance took part of this 2-day event… with over 800 players joining or playing against Wolf & Aztek, who were equipped with nothing but the best in tactical paintball gear (Dye DAM and Box Rotor).

Both teams pushed hard all weekend to gain ground and points through a series of flags and missions.  Each day ended with a final battle format similar to what we experience at CPX Living Legends each year… making this event one of the most exciting game at PRZ to date!

If you haven’t experienced PRZ… it is simply one of the best paintball field in the world!  Imagine yourself playing at an authentic military asylum, with over 50 acres of land and 100,000 square footage of indoor play (including 3 massive buildings with up to 3-levels with staircases, hallways, a warehouse, a loading dock, boiler room, gym and industrial kitchen)… allowing for a multitude of tactical play, ambushes and ideal sniper locations.

Make sure to join Wolf and/or Aztek at a field near you as these two Dye Tactical soldiers have a busy and exciting  schedule of events in 2015.

Asylum Cup – Auckland Trip 2015

Posted on April 13th, 2015

 

by: Maca | Photos by GG Photography

On Friday, 6 March I travelled with my newly appointed H2O teammate Luke McFadden to Auckland NZ to compete in the Asylum Cup. Our flight leaving Brisbane was delayed by an hour so we didn’t arrive in there until 1am (NZ time), then by the time we made it to our motel it was 2.30am. With a couple of hours sleep we got up blurry eyed and headed to the field.  With the rest of the team, we did the field walk and discussed their game plans as they were fortunate enough to have arrived early on Friday afternoon.

Our first game on Saturday was against Clown Monkeys and we took the win 4-2. It was a great start for us. The next team we faced was Auckland Fraction. This game didn’t go as we planned – we took a loss 3-2. We were annoyed at ourselves as some points we played really well, and then others really bad. Our next match was against Expendables. These guys played really well and we weren’t on our game. We showed points where we would dominate, but then we would show points that were rubbish. With us throwing bodies away at the end of time we came away with a 2-2 draw. A draw is better than a loss though, right?

Soon after our game the weather turned bad and games for the day were cancelled. This was a blessing in disguise really.  We were able to head home, debrief, clean our gear and talk about what worked and what didn’t.  After some lengthy chats we came up with new game plans to try on Sunday.

Sunday rolled around and games kicked off at 8am. We were the third game of the day and we faced off against ADHD. This was great as a couple of our Aussie mates were guesting for them and we were keen to try out our new game plan. On them. The game kicked off and our plan worked! We took a 4-0 win. The next team we faced was Hijinx and we would face them twice this day.  We beat them both times and in doing so secured us the No 1 spot going into the final.

During the lunch break we went back out and re-scouted the field. We wanted to make sure that everyone knew their shots. We would be facing fellow Dye sponsored team Clown Monkeys in the final and they had been playing some very impressive ball over the weekend.

The final started off strong for us. We double stacked back centre and got early kills off the break from the snake side. Once we had control of that we took the first point. The second point played out exactly the same as the first point and we were now up 2-0. On the third point Clown Monkeys changed their game plan so we didn’t get kills off the break like we had done previously. They put up a solid fight but we still took the third point. The team’s confidence was super strong going into the fourth point and it showed as we took some early kills but Clown Monkeys weren’t giving up without a fight either! With gun fights erupting across the field they took a few of our players but we held out and secured the game with a 4-0 win.

We would like to thank our sponsors Paintball Addiction, Devon Stutz and Dye Precision for supplying us with the best equipment – our DMs and Rotors didn’t miss a beat all weekend. We look forward too seeing everyone at this event again in September.

Sydney Explicit Reborn / Australian Super 7’s Paintball Series Round 1

Posted on April 13th, 2015

by: Aaron McAulay – Sydney Explicit

In 2014, we finished out the season with a 3rd place finish at the Australian Super 7’s Paintball Masters, the final event of the year, and a 4th place finish for the series overall.

Nearing the end of the 2014, most of us were uncertain as to whether or not the team would be continuing into the 2015 season. We came away with a massive high after Masters and a desire to continue into 2015. A few weeks later, the high emotion from Masters faded and real life started to hit some of our family hard.

Some returned home overseas, others wanted to spend the next few years travelling and moving abroad, and some decided to focus more on their careers.
This was a devastating blow to the family after coming off such a high and amazing end to the season.

Sydney Explicit officially announced that the team had disbanded as of the end of the 2014 season.

2015 came. Mick ‘Plucka’ Jones and myself were talking with each other, and we both had offers to join the rosters of a couple of other teams. But we decided enough was enough, and 2015 was going to be the year that we rebuilt together a team. Not a team to play… But a team to win!

We contacted Mitch ‘Ginja Ninja’ Hackett. Mitch was an absolutely phenomenal player, but had been out of the game for over a year due to an injury, and was therefore in self retirement from paintball.

Steve Brown, the Captain of the newly disbanded Shenanigans was next on our list to contact. Steve was border lining on retiring, to spend some more time with his beautiful 4 year old daughter Kenzie, who has been diagnosed with Rett Syndrome, a terrible disorder that affects the neurodevelopment of girls almost exclusively.

We spoke to both Mitch and Steve and after much discussion and decision making, we were able to pull both onto our roster.

Josh Bailey was next on our snatch list. Josh resides in New Zealand, and plays with the newly sponsored Dye team NZ Clown Monkeys. The Monkeys had played the last 2 years of the Super 7’s Series, and Josh was an absolute killer on the field. The Clown Monkeys had decided that for 2015 onwards, they were going to focus solely on the NZ scene. Naturally he was a perfect fit, and we snatched him up and onto our roster.

The last player on our contact list was the almighty Marcello Margott of the L.A. Ironmen. Marcello came to guest for us at Masters 2014. So we contacted Marcello once again, and asked if he would be happy to make the distant trek to the “Land Down Unda” as he would say it, and play with us for the 2015 season.

We had rebuilt our family, and announced to the world a new and reborn Sydney Explicit.

“When I saw those 5 first names on that roster for Round 1, I didn’t see bunch of players coming together to play. I saw a team and I said to myself, this is a team that is going to win this year.” – Souse Khoury.

We came into 2015 with a new line up, a new mindset, and a new mentality. We came into this new season confident in this new family of ours.

We had kept in touch with Devon Stutz from Dye Asia. Devon has been a part of the Explicit family for the last 2 years, so naturally we had been keeping him updated with had been happening. We resigned with Dye Paintball, and Devon was an absolute trooper for the amount of time we had remaining until Round 1 of the 2015 Super 7’s Paintball Series.

4 out of 6 of us practiced together the week before the event, and we were gelling and performing very well at practice. And then came round 1.

I picked Marcello up from Sydney Airport early on the Friday morning, and we headed out to Action Paintball Games where the Super 7’s Series is hosted, and met up with Browny and Josh who also had just flown in that morning. We collected our new gear sent to us by Dye Paintball, walked the field, and talked about some ideas on how we were going to play it out. It was an amazing layout.

Saturday morning started, and we were the very first match of the day.  We took our first few matches of the weekend with ease. Some 4-0 and 4-1 games, but these were just matches that we were winning off of individual talent, and we were still finding our core footing together as a team.
This certainly was highlighted when we came up against the new Pro team Vicious Circle, where we narrowly edged off the win 3-2 after a tough fight.
Sydney S.W.A.T. our 4th match of Saturday. They had brought over Justin Cornell of Edmonton Impact to guest for them. It was a hard out grind, but they took out the win against us 3-4. These 2 matches were a huge wakeup call for us, which caused us to get into a group meeting and pull ourselves together.
HK Reaper Crew was our final match on Saturday. We had pulled our heads in and stomped out the Reapers 4-0 after they threw away a 3-0 lead against nVs.

Sunday came, and there was a newfound spark in us. The trust in our team was beginning to form and show in our games. We came into Sunday with 4-0 games again, and finally decimating our fellow Dye sponsored team nVs 3-2 after an amazingly hard grind.

By the end of the prelims, this put us tied for 1st place with Sydney S.W.A.T. for wins, but 2nd place because we had 12 less body points than S.W.A.T. This meant we were playing nVs who were currently in 3rd place, in the semi-finals. This match did not go our way. We had another massive grind out against them, but they came out as the stronger team that game taking it out 1-3.

We played in the finals against the HK Reaper Crew. This was a match we were not going to make easy for them whatsoever. We had already taken them out 4-0 in the prelims, and we finished out the event with a 3-1 finish against them in the final.

We finished out our first event for 2015 with a 3rd place finish, and $1000 richer. We had so much fun for the 1st Round of the Super 7’s Series, the field was amazing, the paint shot absolutely brilliant, and the organisation of the event was spot on.

With only dropping 2 out of 10 matches that we played all weekend, we know we have what it takes to be the best in Australia, with the full confidence that all of our amazing Dye Paintball gear will help take us all the way to 1st place.

A big thank you to Michael Whybrew, John Caruana and Pete Russell at Action Paintball Games for hosting the Australian Super 7’s Series and for all the amazingly hard effort you guys put into organising and running the Super 7’s Series, and also a huge thank you to Devon Stutz and Dye Precision for the amazing gear you guys have provided us with.

See you on the field at Round 2 for the Dye Asia Cup.

Aaron McAulay – Sydney Explicit

Armageddon IV New Zealand’s Epic Paintball Event 2015

Posted on April 8th, 2015

And that wraps up another epic Armageddon weekend!

Thanks to everyone who made it to the 4th annual Armageddon Paintball Event.

This 2 day event has grown each year and now with an entirely different venue and now running under the Auckland Paintball Club umbrella, its not slowing down a bit.

Bjorn form the Timberwolves handed over control over the event last year when he decided to move into other directions for paintball events. This was well received as rather that a single person organizing an entire weekend event, the work could be spread out within the APC comity. This meant we could put more into the event and do so easier and better than ever before.
A new venue was also opted to make for better gameplay, not that Widow Woods isnt an amazing field, its just that SAS Adventures is not as physically punishing and gave us more options for the game. Unfortunately on site camping was not an option with this new venue, but the incredible scenarios played made up for this. Plus Auckland is easy for accommodation so we were happy to change this from previous years.

Lets Play…

Day 1 was organized by Ollie and of course lived up to his reputation of advanced gadgetry and involving objectives. From previous years, we have learnt that simple is best when it comes to large scale games. Complicated scenarios are great, but with 100+ players, anything can happen. This years objectives were simple, 3 teams, each with 2 objectives and a base to defend. Destroy the other bases (signaled by Ollie’s automated electronic pyrotechnics) and capture electronically timed flag poles. Advanced yet simple. Just perfect.
Players moved around the field finding loot for extra points and had to avoid the tank with the unstoppable 50cal paintball gun mounted on top. Smoke and flares made for awesome atmosphere and the sportsmanship was tops with no complaints and all round high energy fun.

Day 2 was completely different and run by Tony, the owner of SAS Adventures. This guy knows his field better than anyone so its no surprise that he can make it work better than anyone else.
The scenario was Saving Private Ryan, where rather than a free roaming, objective based scenario, the players were lead through a linear push-back style attack and defend battle that spanned multiple ‘zones’. The background atmosphere was set with fireworks and special effects that added another level to the game. This was only topped by Tony’s awesome nerf rocket cannon, too much fun. This scenario worked well as the flow of fighting is controlled by the 2 teams leaders (NPC’s). They could control how fast the attacking force broke through the defenders and vise versa. This was the perfect way to play day 2 as it meant everyone got to shoot loads of paint, get heaps of kills and have tons of fun. A perfect way to wrap up the weekend.

Cats and Dogs?

A bit of bad luck with the weather, with all the planning in the world, there’s not much anyone can do about that. It was actually fine throughout most of the gameplay, in fact there was some really hot sunny patches. But unfortunately there were some mean downpoors in the morning on both days, which put a lot off people coming along a getting a day pass. In the end those people missed out big time, since when did a little rain stop WAR!

All the Ammo you can carry!

Well this is a tricky job for any paintball supplier. We have learnt from past events, it is impossible to satisfy every player at games like these when it comes to paintball quality. With mechanical, electros mag fed, pumps, pistols, there is no perfect ball that will shoot well in every marker. This year paint was supplied by Outpost 43 and Paintball Shop, meaning that each supplier could provide 2 grades of paint each so that everyone could find a ball that suited their gun. The paint was sold with ‘paint tokens’ where each player got 4 tokens with their entry. 1 token could be exchanged for 1 bag of 500 balls of their choice. This at first was a little confusing but after explaining to people that if they purchased a paint that simply did not like their gun, they could try a different ball next rather than commiting to an entire box. Once players got the idea, this system worked really well. This token system also meant that players could get more paint on the field, mid game without carrying cash. Brilliant!

Fresh Air

Auckland Paintball Club’s newly implemented HPA fill system worked perfectly. The new Nuvair fill stations were great and players could get a good 4500psi fill all day. This is one of the APC’s first major purchases and it show how well the club is growing.

Nom Nom Nom

Lunch is provided! This simple little extra is one of the things that helped form the Auckland Paintball Club in its current state. At every game the APC makes sure everyone gets some fuel and refreshments to keep you soldiering on. This is always included in the field fee. Armageddon was no different. It was a mission making all those burgers but totally worth it in the end, everyone loved the feed!

OP43 on Location

Of course Outpost 43 was setup with a pop-up shop fully stocked with all your paintball gear requirements. Thanks to everyone who swung by the shop and said hi! We dont do this to simply sell gear, we do it to promote the industry of paintball and to show people how fast this sport is growing. Cheers for your support!

See you in 2016!

Each year we learn a little more about how to run events like these. Next year can only be bigger and better. See you there!

Shout out to our sponsors, without them, event like these just couldnt happen.

Dye donated some awesome prizes for deserving players!

 

Thanks to all our sponsors that helped with prizes and facilities! APC Donated 5 engraved glass beer mugs for top players.

 

A Special thanks to These guys who opened up their homes to players from all around the country.  The Design Store gave us some great vouchers, cheers!

AUCKLAND PAINTBALL CLUB

OUTPOST 43

PAINTBALL SHOP

DYE PAINTBALL

HONORCORE INDUSTRIES

ARMAGILLO PAINTBALL

THE DESIGN STORE

VILLAGE CHIROPRACTIC

Huge thanks from The Auckland Paintball Club and Outpost 43!