Monday, June 11th, 2012
Read a short biography about one of the newest Ironmen, Alex Rodriguez.
Monday, June 11th, 2012
Read a short biography about one of the newest Ironmen, Alex Rodriguez.
Friday, June 8th, 2012
Man does time go by fast…
It has already been 2 weeks since I made it back from Cali, Colombia for the second CCP event. It’s been over a year since my last trip to Colombia and I was excited to see my friends from Low Profile, Wild Dogs, Way Out, Tsunami, and all the other teams that compete in the CCP. Colombia has a good size tournament scene. With more and more US players making the trip to compete and teach, as well as Colombian teams starting to travel and compete in the US, the playing level has really begun to advance. The CCP is a great event series because they cater to the teams so well. Each team is assigned its own designated staging area. And the field is well run with games staying on time pretty much all weekend. The CCP is also very selective with the venues they choose. Good food, and beer sponsors were brought in, and large pool was open to the players to relax in after their games.
Normally I spend my event hunched over a table providing tech support for players, but this trip I was lucky enough that Low Profile, one of DYE’s sponsored teams in COL had room on the roster for me. So in between gun repairs I was able to jump on the field and play. I have to admit the language barrier got the best of me when I was not able to understand the refs the first day, and ended up with a penalty or two. Low Profile and I ended up in third for the event. On Sunday the finals came down to a match-up between another DYE team, Wild Dogs and Tsunami, stacked with Guest players from one of DYE’s sponsored teams in Ecuador. Tsunami scored the first point in a long drawn out game. After that the pressure was on Wild Dogs to score again before game time ran out. But Tsunami’s defense was wired tight this weekend and they were able to hold off the hard pounding attack of the dogs for the final 2 min, and win the Tournament.
I want to thank Fast Ducks and Low Profile for the amazing hospitality they showed me on my visit to Cali. And thank you to the CCP for thinking or all the little details that made for a great event. I hope to be back in August for the next event to try and take the title from Tsunami.
Wednesday, June 6th, 2012
At the beginning of the season we showed a healthy promise. Coming into Division 2 as rookies and reaching the finals in the first event losing to Republik CMX. Onwards to the second leg again we gave a good performance in the prelims. But lady luck gave us a slap and handed us the exit card in the Quarter Finals. There was a consolation as the league leaders did not turn up for that round and us making the Quarter Finals gave us the overall lead by a whisker.
Fast forward to Leg 3 where the organizers had the Malaysian Open in commemoration to the National Youth Day celebrations. That gave a huge bump in prize money. An unorthodox 2 in 1 tournament so to speak. We played our games straight forward with no fancy game play. Methodical was the keyword here and it served us well through the prelims on Friday all the way to the elimination stages on Sunday.
We won 4 out of 5 prelim games dropping only 4 points. Come the Quarter Finals we sunk the competition by not dropping a single point. Somehow our closest rival in the league standings (Republik CMX) did not manage to advance through the Semis. In the semis were Tune Talk Lost Boys versus Votolocos and Grammaton Clerics versus Jellyfish.
This event mattered so much as we wanted to keep the teams momentum up as the as the team has big hopes for World Cup this year. So with great resolve we dispatched swift victories against Jellyfish. Again nothing fancy, just laning and zoning effectively off the break and bumping up one bunker at a time strangling the Jellyfish’s defences.
Not to our surprise Votolocos came out tops in the Semi-final match so this will be an amiable but no less serious Final match-up. We know each other well enough to call each other by name thus the game plans we fairly straight forward. The first point came and went in a minute or so with effective zoning off the break. From there onwards it was a sweep and mop with their Doritos collapsing and we overwhelmed their defences.
The next point was a bit of a chaos, both sides losing a body off the break but we managed to punch through the centre and snake to polish their corners. The ref dished out a penalty to Votolocos for some infringement and they had to start with 3 men for the next point. Pity them but that is paintball and marshals are very strict and consistent throughout the weekend. The last point was very swift we caught one off the break and polished the rest with overwhelming fire-power. With that we took the points and top the table in Division 2.
Overall the event was well organized. The weather was tolerable by our standards and the Marshalls were on point and always on the alert. Worked well for some and might not have worked well for others. Our victory was sweet as it’s our first Gold and boosts our confidence and yet humbling to reflect what we went through since the season started. Thank you to the organizers, Dye, Alpabunker, crew, friends and family for the support. Last but not least thank you God for showing us that paintball is not all about winning all the time.
From Team Grammaton Clerics
Tuesday, June 5th, 2012
Last weekend we were in Malaysia for the Malaysia Open. This was such a great all round trip. I feel like with the amount of time we’ve spent in Malaysia now over the years that we are starting to understand the culture and really appreciate the food.
The week started with me meeting up with my good friend SANDO to find some delicious Malaysian food. I went to Jalan Alor with her, and I had probably the best chicken wings I’ve ever had in my life from Wong Ah Wings, as well as 4 other dishes. The following night most of the team went to a Mamak store for dinner. We ordered at least 16 dishes and it cost 90RM, which is maybe $30 AUD.
We started playing on Friday. We had two games, the first against Infernal from Thailand and then the new Demonz team, which consists of mostly players from last years championship team, Datis. It’s a good test to come up against a powerhouse team first match. If you do well, you have a little extra confidence because there’s no “the worst is yet to come” to worry about for the rest of the prelims.
We had a back on forth came against Infernal, and finished the game a tie at 3-3. It was really hot and quite punishing. We shot 8 boxes of paint and they shot 9. We felt pretty confident after the game despite the tie.
Next up we had Demonz. We were able to control the game and won 4 -0.
Saturday it was really hot. We had to play Demonz Red, Ronin and Blade. We slowed down a bit and made a few careless mistakes, which left us with losses against Demonz Red and Blade. We weren’t too disheartened though, as we knew our game plans were OK, and that the team was good, it was just poor execution costing us and I think overall we were confident we could snap out of it for the top 8 games.
We made it through to Sunday in 5th position, and had to play Nemesis, Demonz and Raskal to progress to the top 4. Nemesis came out strong and got 2 points up on us quickly, but we were able to figure them out and come back with 4 unanswered points. We played Demonz again, and I really feel that their game plan just didn’t match up with ours and we were able to beat them 4-0 or 4-1, I can’t remember. And finally we played Raskal and had another win. We were playing well.
We entered the top 4 having to play Infernal to progress to the playoffs for 1st and 2nd. They were playing outstanding, and we also attracted a few penalties making it even harder. Ultimately we lost the close points against them — a 2 on 2 and a 1 on 1, which sent them through to the finals (which they won) and left us to playoff for 3rd and 4th against Datis.
This Datis game is one of the most memorable I have had in a while — the game started with Datis going 3 – 0 on us in just a couple of minutes. With them only needing one more point to win the match, I remember being in the pits and telling the guys to just not go down like this. We came back to win 4 unanswered points, sprinting the buzzer in each time to preserve the clock. It was pretty exciting to live that!
And that left us with 3rd place. Our Dye DM12′s shot ball on ball and our playing gear held up fine on the rough playing surface. Team Blade from Australia also helped us out coaching on the sidelines… Thanks! Lastly, we would like to give a BIG thank you to WASP Paintball in Perth, Western Australia, who provided so much support and a top-notch playing field to practice on.
The only thing left to do on our last day was eat, so Rambo and I went out with Sando and had another food adventure.
Monday, June 4th, 2012
Having the opportunity to compete in the Malaysia Open, Team Infernal of Thailand found themselves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. A Member of the team recaps the event and the challenges they had to overcome before the event.
Here we are in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia getting ready for the Malaysia Open. Before arriving here, we only practiced on the field layout two times, losing the last practice, dropping the morale of the team a bit low. However, considering the fun and thrills with our friends, it was still worth it.
Our first day at the field and things were already going downhill. We arrived after the sun had gone down, which meant no walking the field. We had to start the event with what we brought from home… minimal field training and only one sub player. On top of that, the list of teams was filled with top ranked teams from the Australian STK to Iran’s best players in Demonz Red.
The tension was building up every minute as we waited to start our first game. After watching a few matches, we finally started our first game, where we would face STK. The match with the Australians ended 3-3, giving both teams half a point. We knew the following games would be just as difficult. Next, we played Demonz Red twice beating them both times, however lost 0-4 to the Macdev Ronin afterwards. Our last preliminary game was against Raskal, who we would beat 4-0, moving us to the quarterfinals with ease.
With teams divided into two groups, we were set to battle Demonz Red, Blade and Datis. We managed to beat Demonz Red 4-1 and Ronin 4-0, leaving us to battle Datis for our toughest game of the day. Datis started the game great, leading us 3-0. However, we managed to make a comeback, winning 3 straight matches to tie the game at 3-3.
The semi-finals would be our first match with STK since our tie in the prelims. The young and aggressive Australians made for one of the most enjoyable and memorable matches of the event. We won the match 4-1 pushing us to the Finals, where we would once again face Demonz Red.
The finals went just as planned. Being able to have 5 guys alive on the break every game helped us score 4-0 with 3 full minutes left of game time.
Looking back, this whole tournament was truly memorable. The entirety of the event was world class and the players we faced have progressed so much. Despite getting lost in Malaysia everyday as we tried to go around town, the whole team had so much fun and we don’t regret and second of it.
A BIG thanks to Dye Precision for sponsoring us with the best gear and marker on the market and to Pro Paintball in Malaysia/Thailand who have both been long time supporters of this team. Also, thank you to the Malaysian people who made us feel so welcome in their country.