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Hulk wins again!

Thursday, 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!

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!

 

2013 Millennium Series Wrap-Up

Monday, October 7th, 2013

The final event of the season is where all the story lines are concluded. Each teams year-long adventure draws to a close, and for a lucky few, there is a sweet reward at the end of it all; a podium finish, a promotion to the next division, a series title, maybe even a big fat check.

by Ash Chaplen

photos by: Erik Chateau & Ole Kroger

For London Nexus, our season finished exactly as it began in St Tropez back in April – with a win over Marseille Vision. Those victories book-ending a season of ups, downs and near misses. After failing to make the top 4 in St Tropez by the smallest of margins, we came back stronger in Germany and put ourselves on the podium, only a narrow defeat in the semi finals at the hands of Houston Heat denying us the chance to play for the win. Then after the disappointment of not even playing on Sunday in London we regrouped in Paris to take a strong 3rd place finish, stealing 4th place in the series standings from LA Infamous in the process. On the home front we dominated the the UK National league – losing only 2 matches all season on our way to the National Championship.

Despite the beginning and end of the season having a familiar ring to it, Marseille Visions season was its own roller coaster. The 2012 Semi-Pro champions played some great paintball all season, but just couldn’t turn good points into match wins. After 3 events and no Sunday appearances they were flirting with relegation back to SPL. It was not until the final event of the season that they found the consistency needed to be a contender at the pro level. With their captain and talisman Lyonnel Parra dominating off the break and Damien Grauvogel constantly closing out the close points, Vision marched into the top 4 like they had been there all season.

The real success story of the season belongs to Toulouse TonTon. They made big plans for 2013, committing to both the Millennium Series and the PSP – the only European team to do so. And boy did they step up to the challenge, after winning the 1st event almost at a canter, they were on the top step of the podium again in Germany, after one of the most entertaining, if not controversial, finals seen in Europe for a long time. A minor blip in London meant they were noticeable only by their absence from the podium, before returning to the finals in Paris, wrapping up the European series title in the process. Add in the French National Championship, and them being one of the favourites to take the Challengers title at the PSP World Cup and you have a season most teams and players can only dream of.

Meanwhile, in the Semi Pro division, Offenberg Comin at Ya were securing their place among Europes elite for 2014. With consistent performances all year long they were sat in 3rd place gong into Paris. With only two teams gaining automatic promotion they needed a strong finish in Paris and a little fortune too. They were handed a gift when one of their main rivals failed to reach the ‘Sunday Club’ but they still had to work their way in to the finals to be certain of the promotion. Taking 3rd place in Paris they were able to edge out Hellwood Paris for the promotion spot and they will return to pro division for the first time since 2010.

The DYE Teams were rampant in the Semi Pro division, with so many teams trying to maximise their season standings. GK Boost Air Rennes, RMG Bratislava, Falkoping Mashive and Ugly Ducklings Odense all secured a place in the seasons top 10.

In Division 1 Scorpions Milano took their year long fight for the series title to the very last game of the season. After battling it out with London Defiance at every event the two teams were almost inseparable all year long. After trading the lead in the series standings the same two teams found themselves facing each other again in Paris. With both the event and series titles there for the taking in the same game, its the type of situation you want to be in as a paintballer. On this occasion Scorpions had to settle for 2nd place, but they will be promoted to the Semi Pro division for 2014, and the boys from Milan will be back even stronger next year.

As the finals were being played out, the success stories were coming in from all divisions. In Division 2 Durham DV8 secured their promotion to D1 with a 6th place finish – having never even made it through to Sunday before the start of this season, the lads from the North of England teamed up with DYE for the 2013 season and employed the coaching expertise of London Nexus’ Clint Moore and his Art of Winning pro-school. The combination was met with instant success – making Sunday at the first event was followed by a win in Germany. A podium finish at their home event in London put them on course for a top 3 finish and the secured their position in Paris. They also picked up the UK Masters series title along the way and are already working hard for 2014.

In one of the most unfortunate near misses of the season, all-girl team Poison Ivy narrowly missed out on promotion to D1. The girls from Norway have put in some serious practise time this year and it was paying huge dividends on the field. Taking no prisoners with their sharp break-shooting and methodical play they finished in the top 10 at every event, with a fine 2nd place to Durham DV8 in Germany being the highlight of the season. However with only 3 teams earning promotion to D1 and despite finishing on the same points as eventual 3rd place team Diasporia Vilnius the girls were denied 3rd place on the basis of pre-season ranking. Despite the disappointment, the girls are still celebrating their best season ever, and they know what they need to do to take the next step in 2014.

Congratulations to all the DYE teams, who made a combined total of over 20 podium appearances, 4 event wins and 3 promotions in 2013. Also a huge congratulations to the CPL series champion – the Toulouse TonTons.

Team HULK Representing Ukraine at Nations Cup & Millennium Series Paris-Chantilly

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Story by Team HULK

From 13 to 15 September, in the last stage of the European Championship, Millennium Paintball held a grand event – the World Championship, which was attended by 24 national teams from different continents.

The eight seeded teams ( they are the same – the best teams of their continents) – USA , Canada , Russia , France , Germany , Great Britain, Iran and Malaysia are automatically put in the 1/ 8 finals where their rivals were expecting .

Our team started with the qualification, where rival was to be the Greek national team, but because of absence, Greece received an automatic loss, and our team came in top eight.

At the stage of eighth Ukrainian, our team got a difficult opponent, one of the best teams in Europe, the German team, represented by two teams of pro- division. In spite of this, the Ukrainian team was able to demonstrate his best game and won the confidence of Germans 4-1, which was a particular sensation. The Belgians also created a sensation by beating the best team in Europe, the Russian team 4-1!

In the final quarter of Ukrainians went to a familiar rival, the French national team, with which our team played in the group stage of the European Championship. A few lingering gameness Ukrainians do not have enough experience only to realize their numerical advantage and bring the match to win! Ukraine has lost, but lost her dignity and the game was worthy of respect, even fans of the French team! The final eighth place in the world among teams; let us look to the future with quite a degree of optimism!

At the last stage of the championship no serious problems are not solved. Position in the ranking does not augur well for the prize, exactly as the relegation zone was not close. The task was to go as far as possible in the standings on stage.

On the first day, the game was made up of a minimum, and the team with two wins almost secured a way out of the group. Do no harm, thus, did not work. The command «Hellwood Paris “, thanks to defeat us had left the group and was not able to keep second place rating, which allowed them to qualify for the Pro. With a team of «Warsaw United” a similar story. Our victory over them did not give them the opportunity to leave the group and get a chance to stay in the division SPL next season.

In the 1/8 finals we crossed with the team “Freestyle” from Russia. We have played with them this season, and in a very intense match, losing in the course were able to win 0-3 4-3.

This time, unfortunately, did not. The match turned out to be interesting, but many penalties in our team was not allowed to put this game in the category of very interesting! Six penalties for four games and losing the team «Hulk.”

As a result of the season, the team is located exactly in the middle of the standings. This is an appropriate occasion for reflection and restructuring in the team for next season!

Thanks to everyone who supported us, sponsored, and helped! Separate bow to our permanent partners the DYE Company and Autoradio.

RMG Bratislava Highlight Video

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Big thanks to HTMMediaChannel for sharing this great Highlight video of RMG Bratislava – SPL Millennium Series team as they fought their way to the quarter finals at the 2013 Campaign Cup!

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