Hulk wins again!

Posted on May 22nd, 2014

Almost a month after the first stage of the Championship in France, we headed to the second event in Germany.

The team has preliminary preparation for the tournament, having played in the first stage of the Cup of Ukraine in Lviv. Even then, despite the confidence of the team due to victory in all of our matches, it became clear that the field is very “sticky”.  With huge corridors and low variability in the line of attack, movement on this field was minimal. This view is confirmed in sparring leading up to the tournament in Bitburg , with a strong contender – team “Russian Roulette”. Unfortunately, due to force majeure, both of our American legionnaires missed their flight, and considering the compactness of our team at this stage, only four players can participate in practice.

Americans arrived only the day of the tournament, which significantly affected the quality of their game in the first game day. After spending 15 hours in an aircraft and not knowing the field, it was very hard to count on the high-quality game that we are used to. To confirm our concerns, the first match of the tournament with a Norwegian Drammen Solid ended in a 1-3 loss with 4 penalties.

In the next match, we needed a victory over representatives from Denmark, Ugly Ducklings Odense, otherwise we would not venture out of the bracket! All things considered, the resolute attitude and motivation, did not cease to amaze! Final score 4-2 in our favor and 4 penalties! Another penalty in Saturday’s match against Norwegian Ronholt Blast almost turned the match with an outsider group in lottery. A heavy 2-1 victory sent us to Sunday!

In the Sunday morning game, we met with the Moscow team Force Majeure. Solidifying our lead 3-1 and eliminating all players; we receive another hot gun penalty, giving us another nervous game! 3-2 final victory!

In quarterfinals, we met with the Scorpions from Milan. This team represent 5 countries, originally led by Maximus Lundquist. This match saw long points and traditional penalties, but we take the win 2-1!

In the semifinals, fate brought us to Amsterdam Heat from Holland. In the first stage, we met with the team and won convincingly 4-0. Not everything was so easy this time! After losing residence in the CPL division, the team has the ambition to go back and confirm their skills! Penalty for mashing in overtime is not allowed to pass on the Dutchmen! A well-deserved third place and we are once again in the finals!

Uncertain in their game in the first stage, the Roosters Ulm Germany overcame all of their rivals and reached the finals at home!

The first point of the final game has developed not very well for us. Alex Goldman left on breakout, and after ten seconds we lose Marcelo Margott. After 30 seconds we are down to a 2 on 4. After nearly a seven minute game, we are down to a 1 on 2 of which the 2 players began almost simultaneously running at his bunker. A close call by the judges declared shooting after elimination and they received a 2 for 1 penalty. Next game we started against only three! Hitting one of the contenders in the first 10 seconds of the game and keeping all our players, we have a good chance to win this game for the remaining 3 minutes of playing time. We successfully took advantage, knocking out all rivals with 40 seconds to spare. Given the specifics of the field, it became clear that the fate of the meeting will be decided in overtime, which we spent at a high level, leaving no chance for the opponent and keeping his team’s four players!

This is our second victory in Division 1 SPL. What a great feeling and the chances of getting into the next division at the end of the series!

We express our gratitude to everyone who helps and supports. Special thanks to our permanent partner “Auto radio”, DYE – the best producer of paintball equipment, “Polar Bears” team for help in the pit area, our favorite captain Iaroslav and coach Alexander Pristupov, as well as all of our fans.

See you on the fields!

Do you remember your first time?

Posted on May 9th, 2014

My name is Tanner McIver, I am 13 years old and I have been pit crew for Dye sponsored team Hard2Overcome for 3 years who my dad is team owner & captain based in Victoria Australia. Devon Stutz from Dye Asia even arranged for me to have my own Ultralite team playing gear with my name and favourite number. I love paintball and go with the team to every training and tournament, but because of the laws in Victoria I am unable to play paintball until the age of 18.

For over a year I have wanted to go to South Australia where the age to play paintball is only 10. So this year my parents agreed that they would take me over there to play for the first time for my birthday.

So at 4.30am Friday 4th April, Dad, Mum, my younger brother Kayden and I hit the road for our 800km trip to Adelaide where I would get to play paintball. To make the 10 hour trip go faster I slept as much as I could and watched DVD’s and what seemed like forever by 2.30pm we had arrived at the motel. After a short rest dad asked me to get my gear ready for the morning as we were going to go out for dinner in Adelaide and wouldn’t be back until late. As soon as we got back to the room that night I went straight to bed knowing the sooner I went to sleep the sooner I would wake up and play paintball.

We woke at 7am and headed off to the field which was only 10 minutes away. I was excited and helped dad set up the markers which until today I have not been able to touch. Dad set up his DM13 that he used all last year for me, and once the other people arrived we went onto the field and I got to shoot my first paintball over the chrono.

I hopped in with the players doing drills and practiced crawling in the snake and popping up to aim across the field. Then my dad took me aside and had me practice laning off the break at a small target he had set up down the other end of the field. After a while he then got me to run and gun at the target as if I was going out to a corner bunker. Dad made me do it on both my left and right hand so I would be used to shooting with both hands later in the day, and it was really fun shooting loads of paint but I couldn’t wait to shoot at other people.

After a short break and a drink I was asked by the players training to shoot a lane from the centre back bunker to the snake entry and they would try and make it into the snake. It was so cool shooting everyone as they tried to get into the snake and I used a lot of paint which was great.
I also got to shoot dads DM14 a bit which is a sweet looking marker and everyone else kept asking to have a go of it while dad was gun teching for people.

After a short break and reloading my pods and tank we were ready to play some 3v3 games. I was so pumped and dad asked did I want to play with him or against him, so I said I wanted to play against him as I wanted to shoot at him.  Off the break I ran to the snake and crawled along and popped up and started shooting at who ever I could see. My heart was racing as I got my first ever “G” and to watch the ball hit the player and break was great, then suddenly I got shot in the goggles. We played a couple of more games and I got to shoot people before being shot.

Next game was even more fun as I popped up to see my dad shooting at the guy in the back bunker and I shot him in the middle of his goggles.  My dad started laughing and walked off and then I realised there was only one player left in so I got up and ran down the snake and bunkered him, which is something I have seen my team do so many times and it was such a buzz, but the biggest buzz was shooting dad in the face.

We went back to the pits and reloaded and this time I went onto Dad’s side. I played snake again and had a ball bounce off me which hurt more than the ones that broke but still was not that bad. In fact as the day went on and the more games I played the less the paintballs hurt as I was having too much fun. It was cool standing alongside Dad and playing paintball with him. In the end I had the best day ever playing a great sport I can’t wait to play again and again.

When we got back to the motel to meet up with mum and my younger brother I went and had a shower and couldn’t wait to check out all of the hits on me. Mum just smiled and shook her head as I proudly pointed them out and told her about each one. Both Dad and Mum said I couldn’t stop talking all night about the day. That night I slept so well and we left early once again to return home, but this time I slept lots more on the way back.

I want to thank my parents for taking me to South Australia to play paintball, and thank everyone that was at the field who allowed me to shoot them and it’s a day I will never forget. A big thanks to everyone on Hard2Overcome for all the text messages and support. And thank you to Devon Stutz and Dye for helping the team get me this cool Ultralite gear, it’s so comfy.

Dye team Moonwalkers win the first FPL!

Posted on May 6th, 2014

March 22-23, 2014. The FPL “Federal Paintball League” was the first event of the year, in the city of Bahia Blanca, Buenos Aires. The tournament had two division D4 and D5 with 8 teams per division

D4 Teams

Moonwalkers – Extasis – FTZ Crew – Overdose – Zorros – Redemtion – El Clan – Walking Dead

D5 Teams

Renegados – El Clan Army – Voodoo – TNT Crew – Tomacos – MCTV – TWD – FTZ Shadow

 

The event begun on Saturday with a Pro-Clinic from the hand of Marcello Margott, passing all his knowledge to the new players that attended the event. The prepared everyone for the battle they had ahead. With the clinic finished, the tournament began with the D5 division. All went smoothly and without any delay on day 1. Day 2 begun really early in the morning with the games from D4. The fist match was the Dye team Moonwalkers up FTZ Crew featuring Marcello Margott. After a close game, it ended in a tie.

Moonwalkers went to the semi-finals undefeated and had to play against FTZ Crew one more time. A tough gameplay from both of the teams resulted in a tie and an overtime game. But after a major penalty was assessed to FTZ Crew, they had to enter with 3 players and Moonwalkers take their place in the finals, winning 3 – 2 in overtime.

Final Standings

D4

1st Moonwalkers

2nd Zorros

3rd Redemtion

 

D5

1st Renegados

2nd Voodoo

3rd El Clan Army

Dye DAM dominates ‘Soldiers of Fortune’

Posted on May 6th, 2014

WOLF and AZTEK stopped by Soldiers Of Fortune last weekend for “Day Of Redemption” (a Fundraising event where proceeds go to Sick Kids Hospital & Brain Tumor Research).  One of the local players (member of the Corpse Paintball Team) had life saving brain surgery at Sick Kids Hospital, twice, 4 years ago. Today he is a normal, happy and avid paintball player.  The event had a great turn out and raised $1700 at the field and $6500 online.  Several players and paintball companies such as Dye Paintball donated to this event.  The Dye DAM dominated the field across its smalls towns and wooded area and led General Scarpz and the blue team to a victory. But at the end of the day, the event was a perfect example of camaraderie amongst both teams.

 

Armageddon 2014

Posted on April 28th, 2014

After 3 awesome days of catching up with over 160 paintballers from around the country and scaling the brutal terrain of Widow Woods many times over, my bed has never felt so good.

What an epic weekend it was! Thanks to Bjorn and Ollie from the Auckland Paintball Club for such awesome games. Great effort and many hours of hard work and planning well spent. The atmosphere was incredible and the company was amazing. It was so great to see so many different people from Kaitaia to Queenstown come together and get along so well due to one common interest, Paintball!!!! Its great having so many like-minded people all there to enjoy a great event and have a great time doing what we all love!!!

Paintball is what makes many of us tick. Large events like these really show the popularity of the sport in New Zealand. This is what will really help it grow here and put us on an international level. The event has grown rapidly since 2012 and can only get bigger. The support from so many people was top notch this year meaning much better facilities were available with even bigger plans for next year.

We painted the forest pink and green!

Day 1 was a team-based day; your 3 teams comprised of 3 squads all battling out to be the winner of the day. The day itself was broke into 2×2 hour blocks. It was fought over some tough terrain but was fierce and adrenalin filled battles all the way. Many teams went toe to toe over objectives and the two most fought after objectives were the ‘BARREL’ and attacking Team MSW. The ‘BARREL’ objective started at the base of hill in amongst the middle of the speed ball field and had to be taken to Widows Peak which took the yellow team an hour to claim off the red team and fight them and the MSW team to get to the very top. The attack on Team MSW was also a tough fight where each team had to climb through trip wire, dense bush and plenty of fire from this experience team who had a base below Widows peak and plenty of paint and fire power to keep team away, not only that Team MSW would hide in the bushes and wait for unsuspecting team to walk past and be surprised with some well-earned knife kills!!! It was a great spin on last years game day and having over 140 people scattered throughout the field was awesome to see.

Day 2 comprised of two large teams Green Team and Blue Team battling out with Ollie’s gadgets. Starting at opposite ends both teams ran out as the horn went to gain field advantage! On top of that there was a ton of team based missions to be completed on the day. Such as lining up the laser system to set off the air strike , take out the ‘tank’ with a bazooka , escorting the tank through the middle of the field , holding down electronic boxes to gain points also keeping a close eye on enemy air drops of players behind you and lastly a 5 man speedball game while we are in the field fighting it out. This game day went on for 5 hours straight and was good hard fight with both teams doing their best to come out on top.

Overall it was a great success and had many satisfied and hungry players for the next Armageddon.  Once again Armageddon as an event has grown from strength to strength and continues to attract players from all over NZ, and will continue to create new game days, create new props for games and find new ways to create a greater experience for players every year.

We have to again thank Dye for their prizes they provided once again, it made the players day receiving them, and for your guy’s ongoing support of paintball in NZ. Your support helps draws players attention that companies like yourself would be happy to jump on board and support local events even as far away as New Zealand. The last thank you goes to my man Devon, for all your help man its awesome.