Archive for April, 2011

SK Moscow – London Nexus 25.03.11 (Paris) – Prelims

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

The SK Moscow crew put together this video showing their battle against London Nexus at this past Millennium Paris event.

Upcoming Big Game in Argentina

Monday, April 11th, 2011

  • Date: April Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd
  • Inscription: Friday 22nd 8 am to 22 pm
  • Location: PaintWar Unquillo, Provincia de Cordoba – Argentina
  • Organizing KSK Paintball Team, Shadows Paintball Team and Paintwar
  • Expected: 300 to 400 players
  • Coordinates: coordenadas -31° 13′ 44.547″, -64° 20′ 10.2228″

Keith Brown of Tampa Bay Damage reviews Huntington Beach

Friday, April 8th, 2011

I was getting ready for Huntington Beach, one of the most prestigious paintball events in the world, when I learned that heavy rain delayed my flight almost an hour, from 6:15 to 7:10. I would have thought this would give me an extra 45 mins before I would have to leave my house; little did I know leaving 5 mins earlier would have helped me actually make my flight. I arrived at the airport 40 mins before my flight, causing a small issue, I was not able to check my bag but I could still make the 7:10 flight. That won’t work, as all my gear is in my bag. I had to change my flight to a layover in Atlanta. So of course it would cost me money to change my flight. I started hoping my gear would get there if I take the connecting flight from Atlanta to LA.

Arriving Two hours later than everyone, I found myself hoping everything would be fine, especially if my gear showed up.  My fears were confirmed when I was forced to wait until the next day for my bag to arrive at the airport in LA.

Having practice at Camp Pendleton on Friday was a very interesting as I was playing with all borrowed gear against Aftershock. We only played 3 points as a squad but I still felt very confident about our game plan even with our new pick up, Scott Kemp. My gear would not show up until 7:00pm that day. I was relieved and ready for the 10:00am game against XSV on Saturday.

We would end up dropping our first game in the match to XSV, but being the team that we are, it would not throw us off our game. The next game was a very drawn out point resulting in a stalemate. Knowing we would need to win the next point we broke-out conservative, a plan we would use for the rest of the event. We won that game, and then had to play a 1v1 to settle the tie. Brian Smith shot the XSV player with one shot to the face.

Moving on to our next match against Vendetta, we knew we needed to step it up beating them in 2 straight games. We did.

Coming in to our last match we knew we had to win 2 games in order to make it into the next round. Using the same break out as in the XSV game, we were confident we could win with our gun skills. We took the first point with ease. Keeping things simple, we would use the same game plan again. Unfortunately, our second game was very slow and we lost. We knew how important it would be to win this third game, so we used what worked for us before and played conservative like the other point.  We were up on bodies and things looked good, but we made too many mistakes and penalties that would resulted in X factor taking the win and moving on to the next round.

We were knocked out in the prelims which isn’t normal for us. Every mistake we made could be fixed with hard practice. Keeping our heads up, we will be better prepared for our future events. Overall we had fun, but we are a very competitive team and fun comes with winning!

London Nexus in Paris 2011

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

The 2011 season started back in late October when we held tryouts for new players to strengthen the London Nexus squad. Six players made it through that weekend and earned the chance to spend the offseason fighting for a place on the Nexus roster. After months of hard work, six had become three, and we were heading to Longchamps race-course in Paris for the opening Millennium event of the season.

The winter break has given us time to work on some other cool projects too. We’ve been to events, and ran pro schools in Greece, Portugal and South Africa!  My favorite project for the 2011 season is our partnership with CustomPB TV – Kent and the guys will be following us all year so you get to see the ins and outs of life on a Pro Paintball team!

On Thursday we had the chance to practice on the CPL field against TonTon, who have definitely picked up right where they left off at the end of last season. It was a tough practice and it gave us plenty to think about going into the prelims. It’s definitely good to get beat sometimes, as it makes you rethink your plans and stops you being complacent.

There are no easy draws in the CPL, every team brings something different that you have to deal with. We had a tough opening game against SK Moscow, but we managed to pull through with a solid 5-3 victory. This gave us a huge lift, especially for the new kids playing their first Pro event. On day two we continued to be dominant with two 5-1 victories over CPL newcomers Outrage from France, and German team Instinct. We qualified top of our bracket, and were ranked 2nd overall going into Sunday.

Sunday can often seem like an entirely new tournament. Teams that just scraped through can suddenly wake up and play out of their skin, while teams who went through on cruise control can come unstuck. In our case, we didn’t get in control of the game against Breakout and lost 5-1. We picked up some penalties which cost us points too. You can’t expect to win pro matches if you aren’t controlling the game and you are making silly mistakes.

We head home from Paris pondering a missed opportunity to take a top four finish. There are plenty of positives to take with us, and we know that going into the second Millennium event in Bitburg, Germany we have the potential to be on the podium.

A huge thank you goes out to DYE, Bricket Wood Training ground and Celtic Paintballs for their continued support, and to everyone
who was there to cheer us on. Also to Erik Chateau and Photomonkey for the awesome photography. Next stop, Bitburg!

Ash Chaplen, London Nexus

Loic Voulot from TonTon – ‘Le Projet K’

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Last weekend, Le Projet K visited Lille in the north of France to do a Clinic at P8nthouse. The indoor field with turf was the perfect place to accommodate the 20 players. We spent the two days practicing, doing as many drills as our bodies could handle, and at the end of it all, there was the chance to win a brand new Rotor in the 1-on-1 contest!

Everybody had a great weekend, and the players all have a lot of new techniques to take away with them.

Thanks to Amelie Mercier for the pictures and all the staff from P8nthouse !

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