Archive for April, 2014

STK overcome their Achilles heel in Thailand

Friday, April 11th, 2014

I’m flying home from the first round of the PALS in Bangkok, Thailand. We finished third. This is has been our best showing in Thailand, with it typically being our Achilles heel. Despite this, it feels like a very disappointing 3rd place. In previous years, I’d felt grateful to just make it to the top 4. I don’t think I’d felt like we were playing good enough to win before. But this time we were and it just slipped away in one, hot, overtime point in the semi finals.

The prelims are tense at PALS with none of the teams being a walkover. The majority of our games were close with us winning 4 games and losing 2 to Xtioneers and Raskal. The same Raskal that was on the precipice of winning WCA showed up to play, and the 3 games we had against them throughout the tournament were definitely our most grueling.

Quarterfinals consisted of two games, with us facing off against Demonic and Raskal. We were able to smarten up our game plan from a definitive loss to Raskal in the prelims and come away with 2-quarter final wins, leaving us to face off against Asiawan in the semifinal.

We got penalties early in the match against Asiawan and quickly went down 0-2. Back at full strength, we were able to make a comeback and tie the game up at 2-2 and take the game into and overtime point. In this critical point, Rambo took a ball that bounced of another bunker early on, quickly followed by Farran and and Devon getting shot. This left Trav and I in a 2 vs. 5 against an Asiawan that smelt blood. We were able to slow them down for a few minutes but were eventually picked off, advancing Asiawan to the finals, which they won. This left us to verse Raskal again in the playoffs for 3rd and 4th.

It was a slow and technical match against Raskal again with communication and hiding being the key at the beginning of the points against their strong back gunners. We went up 2 points, and then they came back 2 points to tie the match with just under two minutes on the clock. We went into the next point knowing it would be the decisive point. Rambo was able to dink their dorito player on the hopper and draw a penalty, blowing out their dorito side. So Farran and I advanced down that side and we won the point with 5 seconds left on the clock, awarding us the 3rd place.

The infrastructure at the field was excellent and the event organizers were very helpful and accommodating having us over for our 5th Thailand event.

I’m glad we had Dye Ultralight gear as on Friday we played in 45 degrees and high humidity. Our DM14s were on point as usual and anything we needed, Dye was there to support us.

We’d also really like to thank Michelle who coached us all weekend and did a great job, as well as Milad, Preecher, Dennis, Amber and anyone else who helped us out in the pits!

We’d also like to shout out to our home field that some of us have played at for close to 10 years now — WASP Paintball in Perth, and our paintball parents, Brad and Christine.

- Dan Woods

STK Australia - https://www.facebook.com/STKAustralia

WASP Paintball - https://www.facebook.com/wasppaintball

Scary Mary for the photos -  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Scary-Mary-Paintball-and-other-Sports-Photography/129935233753937

SoCal Ghosts take Mt. Suribachi!

Friday, April 11th, 2014

In February, 1945, the United States landed on the small island of Iwo Jima. The island was part of the Japanese home islands and the Japanese forces that were defending it were prepared to protect it to the last man. Dominating the pork chop shaped island was Mount Suribachi located at the small southern tip of the relatively flat island. The Japanese were heavily dug in on Suribachi and had dug tunnels throughout the mountain.  The Americans assaulting Suribachi would take heavy casualties but eventually the Marines would raise the American flag at its summit on February 23rd, an event which was captured by combat photographer Joe Rosenthal and would come to symbolize America’s war effort.

On September 23, 2013 at Velocity Paintball Park in San Diego, Southern California paintball players came out to play on the 69th anniversary of that famous event.  This was to be no re-enactment though, this time the Americans could be thrown off the hill and the flag might never go up. The weather for the event was perfect with clear skies and temperatures in the 70s. While there would be a Japanese side and an American side, the teams would be further divided. The Americans were split between the U.S. Infantry, who started on the West side of the field, and the U.S. Marine Corps who would start on the East side of the field. The Japanese were split into the standard Japanese Infantry who started in the North side of mid field below the mountain and the Imperial Japanese Infantry who started on the south side of the mid field on top of the hill.

Each faction received an armband which had their faction’s flag on it.  The U.S. Infantry would have the American flag, the Marines their Marine Corps Flag, the regular Japanese Infantry would have the red “meatball” flag and the Imperial Japanese infantry would have the Rising Sun Japanese Battle Flag. The Generals for each faction carried a 3’ x 5’ flag on a large pole and had to have these flags on them while they were on the field. Each faction would be allowed to respawn in the same location as where they started which would lead to some interesting incidents.

The Tactical Ironmen from Dye and the SoCal Ghosts found themselves on the same team but on opposite ends of the field. The SoCal Ghosts also brought out their two PUG Tanks and assigned one to each side. In addition the Juggernaut, a player in special armor who carried two markers tied together surrounded by three rocket launchers, also roamed the field. The tanks could be taken out by two grenade or LAW rocket hits within a minute of each other while the Juggernaut could be taken out by one grenade, one LAW or a paintball hit to a very small section of his lower back, the only place on his person that was without armor.

At the sound of the horn the teams took off for their objectives. There were props on the field like maps, radio codes, and radio boxes to collect. The Marine’s had to get the Marine Corps hymn and sing it for a referee. The Japanese though, in running down the hill, thinned out their defenses on the top of the hill.  As the overall objective was to capture the hill, this gave the U.S. teams a golden opportunity. They pressed the hill hard and quickly overran the scattered Japanese defenders capturing the top of the hill before the window opened to allow the tanks and Juggernaut onto the field.

The game was reset and restarted with the Japanese now staying a bit closer to the hill.  The Japanese infantry at the bottom of the hill found themselves quickly in a dangerous position. On one side, the American Infantry was pressing hard and already captured their General’s flag. The American General could be seen on the field with the American Flag in one hand and the Japanese “meatball” flag in the other.  On the other side of the Japanese Infantry were the American Marines.  The Marines were also quickly surging into the Japanese position.  Before long, the last Japanese player was eliminated from the field.  However, the Marines and U.S. Infantry didn’t realize that the players they were seeing facing them were on the same team.  For a brief moment, American Infantry and U.S. Marines were trading paint but after a few moments the mistake was realized and both units turned to the South and began assaulting Mt. Suribachi.

The Japanese seemed to be ill equipped to deal with the American armor allowing it to cause a considerable amount of damage while the U.S. forces caused the Japanese tank scooting and dodging barrage after barrage of American rockets. The second game took much longer but again, the American forces carried the day and raised the flag again on top of the hill.

After a quick break for lunch both sides traded places. The American infantry now started at the bottom of the hill in the middle of the field and the Marines started on the top of the hill. All props were once again in play and at the sound of the horn the U.S. forces pressed hard with help of their tank. The Japanese infantry general lead a Banzai charge against the U.S. tank and quickly fell, leaving his flag behind right on the props in that area. The American tank called for his infantry to come forward but by that time the woods behind him were full of Japanese infantry laying thick suppressive fire keeping the American infantry in their bunkers just yards from their props. While the flag was retrieved the props remained.

On top of the hill the Marine’s held their ground and used the dominating terrain to keep the Japanese attackers at bay.  Meanwhile, the American Infantry below recovered from the Japanese assault and, after capturing the Imperial Japanese infantry flag as well, kept Japanese forces from putting together a coordinated assault against the Marines. As time ran out, the Americans retained the hill.

The day ended with a more traditional game of capture the flag with those players that were still around. Overall it was a great day of paintball and once again the American flag flew high and proud over a pile of rocks in San Diego California.

Hulk Wins Millennium #1!

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

The main task of the team for the season in 2014 – winning the SPL series. The first stage was to be illustrative and answer the question. Is the team in a state to achieve their goals? The answer is yes! Hulk passed its first test in France. In the group stage it was clear already that the team has great potential and can gain during the tournament.

After winning the first two games with the same score 4:1 against Copenhagen Ducks and Ronholt Blast, our team solved the problem with early access to the next stage of the tournament. The third preliminary was interesting in terms of testing a strong contender. FiveStar Lleida team is set as a serious problem for this season, as evidenced by the existence of such authority in the roster as Nicky Cuba, Damian Ryan, and Kevin Rudulph. The match was very interesting and rich, the teams exchanged alternately between points. A key moment in the match occurred when the score was 3-2 in our favor, 40 seconds before the end of the game, we were four to one. Player, out of despair ran out on our snake, in our opinion was eliminated by our player, who also shoots him. As a result, strange decision by the judges, they gave the point to  the opponent and moved the game into overtime. Overtime was a contender for the 3:4 final score.

Next we played by the well-known opponent of last season , Drammen Solid. Not an easy match, but quite convincing victory 4-2. In the quarterfinals, a convincing victory over Amsterdam Heat, who in 2012 played in the CPL, 4-0.

In the semifinals, we met with substantial effort ML Kings. Three American Pro players and Slava Shturmas are able to compete with any team, including the CPL, so we did not have any illusions regarding the prospects for an easy victory in this match. We knew that the winner would be the one who made fewer mistakes. As expected, the match was incredibly tense. First, when the score was 3:3, ML Kings did not realize their numerical advantage and the game ended by the time. In overtime, Alex Goldman, in three to three game, unsuccessfully ran for the bunkering and, unfortunately, brought a penalty. What happened next, other than a miracle will not name. Last remaining in the field, Marcelo Margo was able to pull a seemingly lost match by hit three players of the opposing team. Total incredibly nervous 4-3 victory!

In the final, besides Hulk, made it very strong Swedish team, Falkoping Mashive.

It is worth noting a good game Marcelo, who at 3-2, won a 1 on 2 to win the match. 4-2 victory in the final of the Hulk !

Team made the first step towards achieving our goal! Ahead of hard training and a lot of intense matches!

Grateful for the achievements of our team, our sponsors and companies DYE, which produces the best paintball equipment on the planet and Autoradio for the media support. And of course the team would not exist without the support of Captain Iaroslav and hard work of our coach Alexander Pristupov.

Also many thanks to the pit area, Oksana , Galya . Special thanks to Tanya Nikolaeva and Sasha for their tremendous contribution to our victory. Oksana, happy birthday this victory dedicated to you!

 

Shoot. Kill. Win.

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

I have been counting the days down until the first day of paintball season. It might sound crazy but it gets my heart racing just thinking about 2000 players getting ready to do battle. Last season the  Ironmen unleashed the DAM on the world of tactical paintball. Backed by the insane firepower and accuracy of the DAM along with the addition of 2 new Tactical Ironmen, the motivational  and strategical specialist The Wolf and South Africa’s heavy weapons artist Bryce Thompson, the Tactical Ironmen were unstoppable. We went undefeated  leading our sides to victory at every major tactical event including Living Legends , Skirmish ION, Michigan Monster Game, Tippman World Challenge, Decay of Nations and Wasaga Beach.
This year the Squad looks equally as strong and we are looking to stay undefeated. This season we have been armed with some great new equipment from DYE, including new high definiton lenses that make help seeing though the darkest of forests a breeze.
Our 2014 season opened at OTP (On Target Paintball) in New Jersey. I picked Bryce up in NYC and we were off to OTP. The field was a tactical players paradise. There were three man made forts that were heavily defended by bunkers and equal amounts of woods. On hand were 500 players, mostly groups of tactical teams. I enjoy these games because the quality of play is usually really high. Tactical teams move and communicate together, they fight like a force, and unless you bring your A game they are going to eat you up, the teams at OTP were no exception. The battles all day were intense and  judging  was exceptional with the local PSP Divisional teams providing highly motivated reffing not affraid to get in there and pull players out despite the amount of paint in the air. The staff at On Target Paintball was top notch the air stations were up and filling to 4500 all day and the game ran great. When the smoke had cleared and stories were told I headed back to the city with a big smile on my face and a bunch of welts and bruises of course.
This season make sure you “#FollowTheShield” not only on the DYE site and instagram but also on the field. We are looking to recruit new Tactical Ironmen and if you join us in some epic battles you might just walk away with a Ironman Shield on your shoulder.
Next stop Castle Conquest, watch the highlight video from last year, here——> Tactical Ironmen – EMR Castle Conquest
Pete Mr.U Utschig Ironmen

The MILP Tournament series is on a roll in 2014!

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

The MILP Tournament series is on a roll in 2014.  Their second event of 2014 held at Camp Jordan Arena in Chattanooga drew an impressive 41 teams!

Congrats to Dye team HOUSE OF PAINT FOR Taking 1st Place in D4!

Nitro took first D3 received 5 I4 goggle systems

Chattanooga CEP took second (d3) shooting and wearing DYE!

PR1ME D5 took first place D5 received Dye T-Shirts

Congrats to all participants.  For more information on the MILP check out https://www.facebook.com/minorleaguepaintball

Photo credit Michael-day.net

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