Archive for August, 2013

*NEW* Proto Dyetanium Lens Options

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Finally, DyeTanium Lens Options are available for all Proto Goggle Systems!

Upgrade you Switch ProAxis, Switch FS, Switch EL, Switch FP, and Full Coverage FP Goggles with one of FOUR brand new Dyetanium Lens Options:

-Northern Lights

-Smoke Bronze Fire

-Blue Ice

-Fade Sunrise

Available online or ask your local DYE Retailer

Team BOLT Competes in Pro-Shar Cup (SFD) – FINAL

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Pro-Shar Cup (SFD) – FINAL in Rostov-on-Don

by TEAM BOLT

Teams in the tournament:

D1:

B.O.L.T. – Krasnodar (888)

LendLord – Rostov-on-Don (763)

Rusich – Volgodonsk (759)

ZLO – Rostov-on-Don (728)

Skif – Taganrog (645)

Molotov – Rostov-on-Don (576)

Absinthe – Krasnodar (529)

Humstars – Astrahan (457)

Our Team:

1. Boris Kukhlev # 23.

2. Alexander Kovalenko # 77.

3. Roman Kovalenko # 8.

4. Anton Kirman # 10.

5. Anton Sokolov # 90.

6. Alexey Bayunov # 96.

7. Victor Kosko # 3.

Match day. 8am. Our team of fearsome warriors managed to come together using every means of transportation imaginable. Incredibly, everybody was on time but we were not without casualties: two of our finest players were unable to make it. Nor were we all fit for duty, a few having woken up at 4am and driven all the way from Krasnodar for the event. Our spirits were once again lowered when we saw our first match was to be none other than Rusich, our main rival and a team with a tough reputation.

With this lingering negativity we hastily gathered our equipment and began the first game. We began by losing the first two rounds but managed to pull ourselves together and claw back to a 2-2 draw, showing the progress in experience the team has made over the last year. In the fifth and final round the disruption of our formation began to show and we ended the game with a close 2-3 loss.

Seething with frustration we decided to change our formation with a focus on the lower flank for the next game against Skif. This tactic proved fruitful and we pulled off an easy 4-2 win.

We further perfected the tactic in the final game of the group stages and beat Absinthe 4-0.

In the semi-final we were put up against the unbeaten team ZLO, a strong team using experienced mercenairies. We lost the first two games but once again managed to pull back to a 2-2 draw and using the momentum, and by changing our focus on shooting straight from the banner we secured our entry into the final!

Final: B.O.L.T vs Rusich

Having lost the fist game against this team we were all the more determined to take first place in the tournament. Our opponent was certain to have a trick up its sleeve and it was clear they had changed their tactics and once again we were 2-0 down. We decided to use our strategy of shooting early form the banner, one that proved successful against ZLO. Clawing our way back and using more than our fair share of ammunition we managed to secure a 2-2 draw when the time ran out. In overtime we were dead tired having played the entire tournament with only 5 players! In the final game we were left after 30 seconds with only 1 player against their 4. A twist of fate proved the Gods were favouring us that day. One of the opponent players placed a hand on his head as a sign of being out of the game, and suddenly shot our final player in point-blank range. After much discussion the referees gave us a technical victory: we were Pro-Shar champions!

“The Best at What We Do” – by Daniel Holliday of Tampa Bay Damage

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

The Best at What We Do

-Daniel Holliday #23

At the beginning of the year we felt all eyes were on us to see if we would still be top contenders after losing all our non-Florida players. So It would come to no surprise that at the start of this year we had a lot to prove to our sponsors, fans and most of all ourselves. The entire team felt confident returning to our core roster with Bryan Smith coming back and our longtime friend Raney Stanczak.

In 2013 we wanted to 1, cut down the roster to a size where the best players play the most. 2, prove to everyone in the paintball media that even though the majority of Damage players are not considered “loud, self-hyping players”, we still know how to win. Lastly, we wanted develop our existing players skill level so they could play anywhere on the field. I think it’s fair to say we’ve accomplished this.

After three 2nd place finishes in a row and 1 horrific 6th place, we all knew that the West Coast Open was a deciding factor of whether Tampa Bay Damage would still be a top tier team. Everything was going well for us the first day of prelims and we won both of our games with ease. All we needed to do now was beat one of the new challenger’s team to seal our spot on Sunday and that would free us up to have a practice finals session against Edmonton Impact.

Despite the paint shooting awesome out of our DM13’s, we just played bad the entire day. I honestly thought before our last prelim game against Impact that we would be out if we didn’t beat them. Luckily this was not the case, I was told in the pits before the preliminary Impact game that it did not matter won or lost. So it did indeed look like we would get our free finals practice against impact as the game had no bearing on whether or not we moved onto to the semi-finals.

Saturday night the team’s morale and confidence had never been higher despite Bryan Smith not being able to play as he became ill and had to be taken to the E.R. the night before our finals day. I really thought he was going to be a big contributing factor for us at the West Coast Open. Nevertheless we spent our entire lives proving people wrong and we were ready to put anyone into the dirt if they got in our way of winning.

Finally we admit to the truth, we are the best at what we do.

Oddly, winning the West Coast Open brought more relief than excitement; it reinvigorated our passion for the sport and completely dissolved that burned out feeling of constant travel and time away from our families. I am happy and excited that we won but unfortunately this feeling only lasts for about 6 weeks until we prove ourselves one more time at World Cup.

When you win World Cup, the feeling doesn’t just last a few weeks, it lasts a lifetime.

On behalf of the Damage organization I’d like to say thank you to all the great people and companies that have stuck by us throughout the years and made this whole dream a reality -

Protex, Social Paintball, Raza, Virtue, and of course Dye Precision.

Daniel Holliday #23

Be sure to follow Damage on Facebook.com/TampaBayDamage and at www.TampaBayDamage.com

August Friday Giveaway Winners!

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Another month, another set of awesome prizes given away from the Dye & Dye Tactical Facebook Pages for a few lucky fans.

Mikal Cull – Winner of 8/23′s Friday Giveaway, he was the first to correctly track down all of the Tampa Bay Damage logos on www.DyePaintball.com!  Great job man, and another congrats goes out to Damage, 2013PSP West Coast Open Champions!

Tom Owoct – Winner of 8/9′s Friday Giveaway, he put together one awesome Dye Paintball Package, including Mike Paxson’s Beard, WOLF’s Glare, and Marcello Margott’s Mad Skillz.  We wish we could put together that kind of package for you man, but hopefully the C13 Jersey + other goodies will be enough.

Lucas Luedtke – Winner of 8/9′s Friday Dye Tactical Giveaway.  We asked what the best Proto Goggle system on the market was, and Lucas told us exactly why he loves the Pro Axis mask, which may or may not have included a Predator reference.  Nice work man, enjoy your new goggles.

Be sure to follow us on instagram @DYEPaintball and @DYETactical and like us on Facebook.com/DYEPaintball and Facebook.com/DYETactical for contests every Friday!

 

Big Win for Dye Tactical – Wolf & Mr. U at Wasaga Beach: Alien Aggression 3

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Riding to another Big Win in Wasaga

by Pete “Mr. U” Utschig

photos by Wasaga Beach Paintball

The Tactical Ironmen are 7-0 on the season.  The only bad thing about being undefeated is that at each event the pressure keeps building, it easy to get to the top but staying there is the hard part, actually not that hard when your armed with a DAM.

This weekend I joined fellow Tactical Ironman and motivational phenom The Wolf. Our mission was to lead the Human Team “the blue squad ” to victory over the Alien Invasion at Canada’s premier scenario game held at Wasaga Beach Paintball. Close to 2,000 players showed up for the one day battle.

The Wolf and I had our hands full with the deck staked against us. The alien team was ready to rumble with the Canadian powerhouse team the Norther Gunman leading the charge. Wasaga Beach is a amazing event with the staff and refs doing a superb job keeping the fields pristine and the play fair.

Points were changing hands all day with the Aliens holding a lead most of the day, but we all know that the Ironmen are not going out like that. At one point early in the day I found myself in a very precarious situation, like I usually do. I had gotten way too far up the field leading a charge and was alone against about 70 angry Canadians. As my bunker was getting pounded about as hard as my heart was beating I heard a loud thump, guessing it was the first guy coming to bunker me I spun quick only to see another DYE Camo clad blue warrior joining me in my bunker. Not only was I surprised someone else had the balls to enter the battle with unthinkable odds but I was even more surprised to learn my teammate was only 12 years old. Together with our DAM firepower we started to destroy the enemy force.

This seemed to be the theme for the day, Thomas aka the Shadow followed me through every charge, crawl, and firefight. We gave it out and without a question we got it back too. When the smoke settled and the points were tallied the Ironmen and Humans reined supreme!

The Wasaga Beach crew did a amazing job as young and old stayed for the awards ceremonies. DYE graciously donated a ton of prizes, Wolf awarded the oldest combatant at 65 a brand new pair of i4s. But the real winner of the day was Thomas the Shadow who earned his Ironmen patch in front of the cheering crowd. The Shadow is now part of the Tactical Ironmen.

I wanted to thank everyone at Wasaga Beach paintball especially Christine and Larry for putting together a great event. I can’t wait for next year!

Make sure you check out all the video footage from this amazing event. 7-0 and still undefeated I think the numbers speak for themselves if your not on the DYE Tactical side, you’re probably on the losing side. World DAMination!

Pete “Mr.U” Utschig

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