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Sigh of Relief – STK Wins PALS Thailand

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

by: Daniel Woods, Captain of STK. 

photos by: RSH Media // Girl With a Camera

After a while you do start to think “are we ever going to win?” Not to say we hadn’t come close recently — we came 2nd months before at WCA in overtime. But it takes so much at and between each event, that to just fall short again and again starts to make you wonder.

Our PALS Thailand experience started this year like it has pretty much every time we set foot in Thailand… we struggled. On Friday, we lost all of our games. Nothing was working, we couldn’t make it to our spots alive, we couldn’t live even when we did make it out and we were getting penalties. Sometimes the team drives me mad… I know we can play better but we just can’t hit our peak. I’ve tried being enthusiastic and positive when it gets like that to bring us back… and I’ve tried screaming and shouting. It can be frustrating and it’s compounded by the fact that neither approach seems to work. I guess we just run on feeling and nothing helps to get that feeling going manually.

We lost our first 3 matches, the first one against Demonic was close. We went up two points and then they came back two points. The score was tied with under 20 seconds left on the clock. We got a penalty and awarded Demonic a swing point. Next we played Raskal, who dismantled us 0-4. Then we played Infernal. We lost the first two points, then won a point — I thought we’d reached a turning point, and then, another penalty.

The prelims were winding down, we had no wins, we were pretty certain we were going to be knocked out. I was Whatsapping friends back home my sad face.

The team poured in heaps of useful feedback. With it, we swapped up who was playing where and then everything just fell into place. We managed to draw out two victories against the toughest Perth Crisis we’ve ever seen in a 3-1 game, and the Xtioneers, 4-0. We played these games at our peak, and I remember feeling a bit frustrated that we’d just managed to hit it when it was quite possibly too late. Highlights for me were Farran consistently getting us a kill on the break, Stevie making it out wide, Timmy weaving up the middle and Nalds holding down the snake side.

But, with our meagre two wins we were just about resided to the fact we had to go home disappointed. As we were packing up, Amber informed us our point spread JUST enough to push us through the prelims and into the next round.

It was a relief, we all had minor hugs except Farran (he has a no-celebration policy).

Our first quarter final round game was against Crisis again. It was a long and tough match, but we were able to get up points and sit on our lead with the clock on our side. We won 4-1. And then we had to play Infernal. We were able to win our game against them as well, 4-0. This knocked Crisis out of the quarterfinal round and sent us and Infernal on.

Our semi-final matchup was against Demonic. By this point I think we had a strong grip on the field and our confidence had completely turned around from non-existent to feeling unstoppable. With some early break kills on both sides, there was a drawn out 3 vs 3 the first point, and after that we were able to stay on top of it and win 3-0, sending us through to the finals to verse Infernal again, who had defeated Aisawan in their semi-final.

In the pits before the game started, we shot some glances around suggesting “bring it in for a speech?” but instead just had some knowing-nods, a few high-fives and the consensus “nothing needs to be said.” Confidence was high and I felt proud to be part of STK.

And then we won and it was cool. I felt, relieved if anything. I think it’s the paintball cliche to say a win is relieving but it is! All that time between events practicing, the rollercoaster at the event itself, and then to come out on top… it’s good.

We had a lot of help at the event from Perth friends. Thank you everyone. And Papi, Amber and Devon. Howie, Scott, both Adams, Bubba, Jeremy, May, Mick. Sorry if I missed anyone.

Most importantly, we are getting further and further along with our partnership with Dye and the amount of support we receive from them is truly appreciated. Rambo trialled the Rotor R2′s at the event and loved it.

Thank you to our home field in Perth, WASP Paintball.

And thanks to the team for your commitment, time, money and friendship.

Armageddon IV New Zealand’s Epic Paintball Event 2015

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

And that wraps up another epic Armageddon weekend!

Thanks to everyone who made it to the 4th annual Armageddon Paintball Event.

This 2 day event has grown each year and now with an entirely different venue and now running under the Auckland Paintball Club umbrella, its not slowing down a bit.

Bjorn form the Timberwolves handed over control over the event last year when he decided to move into other directions for paintball events. This was well received as rather that a single person organizing an entire weekend event, the work could be spread out within the APC comity. This meant we could put more into the event and do so easier and better than ever before.
A new venue was also opted to make for better gameplay, not that Widow Woods isnt an amazing field, its just that SAS Adventures is not as physically punishing and gave us more options for the game. Unfortunately on site camping was not an option with this new venue, but the incredible scenarios played made up for this. Plus Auckland is easy for accommodation so we were happy to change this from previous years.

Lets Play…

Day 1 was organized by Ollie and of course lived up to his reputation of advanced gadgetry and involving objectives. From previous years, we have learnt that simple is best when it comes to large scale games. Complicated scenarios are great, but with 100+ players, anything can happen. This years objectives were simple, 3 teams, each with 2 objectives and a base to defend. Destroy the other bases (signaled by Ollie’s automated electronic pyrotechnics) and capture electronically timed flag poles. Advanced yet simple. Just perfect.
Players moved around the field finding loot for extra points and had to avoid the tank with the unstoppable 50cal paintball gun mounted on top. Smoke and flares made for awesome atmosphere and the sportsmanship was tops with no complaints and all round high energy fun.

Day 2 was completely different and run by Tony, the owner of SAS Adventures. This guy knows his field better than anyone so its no surprise that he can make it work better than anyone else.
The scenario was Saving Private Ryan, where rather than a free roaming, objective based scenario, the players were lead through a linear push-back style attack and defend battle that spanned multiple ‘zones’. The background atmosphere was set with fireworks and special effects that added another level to the game. This was only topped by Tony’s awesome nerf rocket cannon, too much fun. This scenario worked well as the flow of fighting is controlled by the 2 teams leaders (NPC’s). They could control how fast the attacking force broke through the defenders and vise versa. This was the perfect way to play day 2 as it meant everyone got to shoot loads of paint, get heaps of kills and have tons of fun. A perfect way to wrap up the weekend.

Cats and Dogs?

A bit of bad luck with the weather, with all the planning in the world, there’s not much anyone can do about that. It was actually fine throughout most of the gameplay, in fact there was some really hot sunny patches. But unfortunately there were some mean downpoors in the morning on both days, which put a lot off people coming along a getting a day pass. In the end those people missed out big time, since when did a little rain stop WAR!

All the Ammo you can carry!

Well this is a tricky job for any paintball supplier. We have learnt from past events, it is impossible to satisfy every player at games like these when it comes to paintball quality. With mechanical, electros mag fed, pumps, pistols, there is no perfect ball that will shoot well in every marker. This year paint was supplied by Outpost 43 and Paintball Shop, meaning that each supplier could provide 2 grades of paint each so that everyone could find a ball that suited their gun. The paint was sold with ‘paint tokens’ where each player got 4 tokens with their entry. 1 token could be exchanged for 1 bag of 500 balls of their choice. This at first was a little confusing but after explaining to people that if they purchased a paint that simply did not like their gun, they could try a different ball next rather than commiting to an entire box. Once players got the idea, this system worked really well. This token system also meant that players could get more paint on the field, mid game without carrying cash. Brilliant!

Fresh Air

Auckland Paintball Club’s newly implemented HPA fill system worked perfectly. The new Nuvair fill stations were great and players could get a good 4500psi fill all day. This is one of the APC’s first major purchases and it show how well the club is growing.

Nom Nom Nom

Lunch is provided! This simple little extra is one of the things that helped form the Auckland Paintball Club in its current state. At every game the APC makes sure everyone gets some fuel and refreshments to keep you soldiering on. This is always included in the field fee. Armageddon was no different. It was a mission making all those burgers but totally worth it in the end, everyone loved the feed!

OP43 on Location

Of course Outpost 43 was setup with a pop-up shop fully stocked with all your paintball gear requirements. Thanks to everyone who swung by the shop and said hi! We dont do this to simply sell gear, we do it to promote the industry of paintball and to show people how fast this sport is growing. Cheers for your support!

See you in 2016!

Each year we learn a little more about how to run events like these. Next year can only be bigger and better. See you there!

Shout out to our sponsors, without them, event like these just couldnt happen.

Dye donated some awesome prizes for deserving players!

 

Thanks to all our sponsors that helped with prizes and facilities! APC Donated 5 engraved glass beer mugs for top players.

 

A Special thanks to These guys who opened up their homes to players from all around the country.  The Design Store gave us some great vouchers, cheers!

AUCKLAND PAINTBALL CLUB

OUTPOST 43

PAINTBALL SHOP

DYE PAINTBALL

HONORCORE INDUSTRIES

ARMAGILLO PAINTBALL

THE DESIGN STORE

VILLAGE CHIROPRACTIC

Huge thanks from The Auckland Paintball Club and Outpost 43!

 

2015 Australian Super 7 Series Kickoff

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

by Nathan “Maca” McDonnell

The 2015 Australian Super 7s Series kicked off in February at Action Paintball Games Sydney. During the off-season Jarrahd Cosier joined our roster giving us 7 solid killers to help us in our quest to attain back-to-back Super 7s Championship titles. The 2015 season has adopted the Champions/Challengers divisions as played in PSP so a few teams have been able to step up into the top bracket.

On the Friday things were looking a little shaky for Nick Bancroft and myself. There was a tropical cyclone, Cyclone Marcia, north off the Queensland coast and it was playing havoc with flights. However, after a couple of lucky breaks in the weather we were soon on our way to Sydney. When we arrived we were greeted by our mates Marcello Margott and Aaron McCauly from Sydney Explicit, who kindly gave us a lift to the field. Once we made it to Action we met up with the rest of our team and it was now time to start the business part of our weekend. Walking the field, we quickly established that the field seemed to heavily favour the snake. Therefore, games were going to be won from the snake side. After forming a few game plans we headed back home to our lovely Gloria’s house for a massive team feed and also to sort our gear.

Saturday

We started out our day against Vicious Circle (these guys had just stepped up from Semi Pro division). The game started out strong for us as we got early kills off the break and took a comfortable 4-0 win.

Our 2nd round of the day was against Sydney SWAT. SWAT had brought over Justin Cornell to play for them. As usual both teams came out swinging from the first point. After some hard fought points we ended up with the loss at 3-2. This wasn’t what we wanted but we knew we would be facing them again in the finals (we always aim for the finals!).

Our 3rd match was against Relentless. After coming away from a close loss we were out to prove that we were still the team to beat and quickly chalked up a 4-0 win.

The 4th game of the day was probably one of the best games I’ve been apart of. We faced off against HK Reapers. The Reapers brought over Justin Schwarz for this round. From the first point the Reapers had their foot on the gas and quickly had a 3-0 lead on us. At the end of the third point we were all gathered in the pits going WTF is going on? After a quick change to the game plan we went back out ready to throw down and THROW DOWN we did. We took the next 4 points and won 4-3. We showed that we are a team that is never to be written off.

Fury was to be our last match of the day. These guys are another team that have stepped up to play in Pro and we quickly took another 4-0 win.

Sunday

Sunday’s matches would see us play Eastside Raw, Sydney Explicit and again, Vicious Circle.

Our match against Raw was quick with us winning 4-1.

Sydney Explicit caused us another upset as we took a 3-2 loss.

We won our game against Vicious Circle 4-0.

We were pretty annoyed at taking the two losses as this put us in third place for the finals play off.  However, this year Super 7s changed the finals format.  Instead of the finals simply being 1v2 and 3v4 it was now 1v4 and 2v3 with the winners of those games playing for First and Second, and the runners up playing for Third and Fourth.  So at the end of these prelims the top 4 players were:

1 – Sydney SWAT

2 – Sydney Explicit

3 – nVs

4 – HK Reapers

So we were still a chance for the top spot.

Finals

Everyone knows finals are a different style of play. The field is still the same but it becomes more mental.  Sydney SWAT had defeated HK Reapers securing their spot in the Grand Final.  With that in our minds, we were about to face off against Sydney Explicit for our chance to get into the Grand Final.

The match started off strong, as we all expected, with both teams taking turns at the lead. We were able to catch a couple of lucky breaks and take the match 3-2 giving us the chance to face Sydney SWAT in the Final.

The Grand Final was exactly the same as the semi with both teams making the big moves to try and win it. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be our day and we walked away with a 4-2 loss.

Congratulations to SWAT for taking the win.

We would like to thank everyone who came down and supported us over the weekend. We really appreciate it. We’ve now got our sights on and looking forward to Round 2 The Dye Cup, in May.

nVs wins another intense fight!

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Round 2 of the Australian Super 7s series was held in May at Action Paintball. 10 teams were all vying for the top spot in the Professional Division. We knew that if we didn’t bring our A game we were going to be in for a tough weekend of paintball.

We started on the Friday with a walk of the field. After coming up with a couple of game plans that we were happy with, we called it a day and went back to make sure all our gear was prepped and ready for the weekend.

Saturday morning rolled around and we were the first game of the day. We were up against SYDNEY EXPLICIT. Explicit had brought over Devon Stutz from Dye to play with them. We started off well coming away with a 3-2 win. Our next few games were against NZ Clown Monkeys, Shenanigans and East Side Raw, all of which we also took the win. Our last game of the day was against STK. This was going to be our hardest game of day 1 but also a good test to see if all of our training after the first round had paid off. It was a fast-paced game with both teams taking quick points and throwing everything at each other. At the end of time we came away with the win at 3-2.

On Sunday we had four games to play before finals. We were up against Apparition, Uprising, Relentless and Sydney SWAT. Having taken only wins up to our SWAT game, we knew we would be playing off for 1st or 2nd in the Finals. SWAT had brought over Blake Yarber from San Diego Dynasty, and this game was to be our hardest game for day 2 before Finals. It was also going to decide whom we would play off in the final as STK and SWAT had both suffered losses while we remained undefeated. Given our on-field relationship with SWAT, this was going to be the grudge match of the weekend, especially for SWAT as they tried to keep their finals hopes alive. After some long drawn out points it ended in a 2-all draw. This meant we would be facing STK in the final for 1st or 2nd.

The Final.

What a game this was. The end score absolutely does not reflect how tough the match actually was. Both teams came out swinging from the blocks. We were able to get an early 2 point lead. We swapped ends where STK were able to take the next point – they weren’t going down without a fight. After quickly regrouping we were able to take the next 2 points and come away with the 4-1 win!

In closing, we would like to thank everyone who came down and supported us in the pits or just by cheering for us over the weekend. It really helps us a lot. A big shout out goes to our sponsors Devon Stutz, Dye Precision and Paintball Addiction. Our gear performed flawlessly all weekend and without you guys none of this would be possible.

Round 3 will be held in August and we’re aiming to keep up the good work and bring home another win.

Dynamix back on the podium!

Monday, April 14th, 2014

The boys from South Africa are back on the podium! After a dominating season in 2013, winning both the SARPL series and World Cup Asia, the team showed that they’re not slowing down and are as focused as ever. Proving so by winning the annual Sweetspot event hosted by

Blades and Triggers. Craig Marley from Dynamix gave us a rundown of how the event went for them:

Sweetspot 2014 was hosted at the Blades and Triggers paintball range in Boksburg.  It ran both 3 man and 5 man formats with two divisions for each, open and elite.  Dynamix entered in the elite division in both formats despite normally sticking to the 5-man format.

The 3 man was a lot of fun, the guys just got to go out and enjoy a day of “not so” serious paintball.  At the end of the day the two DNX teams entered placed 1st and 3rd. The 3-man was well run and we enjoyed the opportunity to play on Blades and Triggers turf field.

Sunday brought about the 5 man elite and the turnout didn’t disappoint, with 7 teams showing up to play.  The field layout was a tricky one to gauge but despite dropping two games in the prelim rounds, coming into the knockout rounds the team had warmed up to the challenge.  In the finals we came up against fellow BNT team Apocalypse (who also hadn’t dropped a game throughout the day). DNX managed to win the final 1-0, leaving Blades and Triggers with 3 teams on the podium.

A huge thanks to Blades and Triggers for the great prizes that they sponsored and the fantastic event they hosted. Thank you to Dye for the great gear we have the privilege of wearing. DM14 for the win!

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