Monday, July 29th, 2013
Highlights from the 2013 Millennium Series – Campaign Cup in Basildon, UK.
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Monday, July 29th, 2013
Highlights from the 2013 Millennium Series – Campaign Cup in Basildon, UK.
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Wednesday, July 17th, 2013
Report from our Ukranian Team – HULK – Who represented both their team and their country playing as Ukraine at the Nations cup at the Millennium Series Campaign Cup
“This weekend in Basildon near London took place the third stage of the European Championship Millennium.
In the championship we have traditionally taken the Nations Cup, which was presented by the country of Ukraine.
Ukraine’s team as the previous few years based on the players of team “Hulk.” Firstly, because it is the only Ukrainian team that performs at the Millennium, in the second – the players of this team together train and play in tournaments that promotes good interaction on the field and in the third – as the experience of the last four years, Ukraine has no other paintball team that would be better than the “Hulk” has performed at international tournaments (three sets of awards from World Cups past three years – a great proof).
As for the performance of the team, there are no unexpected surprises or did not happen, and the resultant performance predicted by us a year ago, in a similar report on the tournament.
The format of this season was formed four groups, which led teams of big paintball Quartet (Russia, France, Britain and Germany). All other countries, based on the rankings, took their places in groups and screening question was only about who will be the second. To the credit of our team, we did not give any chance to any Italians or Swiss in this fight, big beat and the first (4-0) and the second (4:1). With the French suddenly struck up the intrigue, after our team, successfully shooting breakout was able to win 2 out of 3 starting points. But the French, with the support of a large crowd and great performers of Pro Division, did not want to concede. The logical final score 4-2 in favor of the French.
Quarter-finals continued to set all fall into place, and the country – not “residents” lost battalion defense with an equally big score 4-1. Only Ukrainian team unfortunate mistake in the game 2 in 1 is not allowed to take at least one point. Since losing 4-0 to England we were eighth in Europe. It is noteworthy that in any game of the British did not remain in full force with extensibility, and in the last game and all three of us were! Indicating a good level of shooting of our players, but at the same time insufficient to make good decisions in the second movements.
As we have noted, Ukraine will not get into the top four as long as our team will not be playing in the top European division! There are promising players have the opportunity to train in a comfortable Reball center, but the level of competition is too low, that would fight on equal terms with the strongest European Quartet!
A similar problem was faced our team and in the club championship SPL. Very hard to play against teams from the top championships. When the season in full swing and these teams, experiencing fierce competition in their countries, while “on the move” may cause damage at any stage of the tournament.
Take, for example, a Frenchman who demonstrates probably the best dynamics of paintball in Europe. In fact, every third team in the top three divisions closed Millennium – the representative of France! With the current format of four teams in the group, each quadruple, on average, more than one representative of France! As a result – the game commands such as “Tontons”, which for sure will fall in the top ten of the world rankings this season!
Surely it is clear to all that the “Hulk” is lost on the French team in play offs
If in order, then, as in the previous steps we have not had a single game track.
Although all the qualifying games ended in victory, these outstanding fights and wins with the same final result of 3-2. It should be noted very high and well-balanced selection of participants SPL this season, as evidenced by the constant rotation of leaders and ranking in the top ten. On the way out of the group we beat “Dagnir Dae”, “Ugly Ducklings “and “ML Kings” Faced with the “Boost Air Rennes” in 1 / 8. Perhaps because of the injury of our snake forward, we could not find your optimal game for the first time this season, the biggest loser 4:1.
Despite the absence of even a theoretical chance of a prize in the division this season, an experience that gets the team is invaluable in the process of building a competitive team. Already all three players of Hulk youth team take part in team games, both on the domestic tournaments, as well as abroad, laying the foundation for future victories!
Thanks to everyone who supports us – the captain Iaroslav, coach Alexander Pristupov the best pit area in the world Oksana; companies «DYE» and «Autoradio”. And a separate kowtow to Vasiliy Panteleev, team “Cosmos” and the other Slavic brothers for their help on the fileds and in the pit area
See you soon on the fields!”
Friday, July 12th, 2013
The Millennium series 3rd leg takes us to a unique corner of England. Basildon, Essex. Where the fake-tan girls are as orange as the fruit, and the gym-happy men clearly missed the importance of legs day. They must be doing something right though, as every year we have been in Basildon the weather has been amazing.
Interesting locals aside, I actually quite enjoy this event. Partly because you aren’t playing lucky dip when choosing food on the menu, partly because its only an hour from home, but mainly because its a well run event, and although its the smaller event in terms of team numbers, the Nations Cup event adds an extra bit of fun for everyone.
The continued theme of having no traditional back-centre bunker on the field has given everyone a new challenge this year, and it’s interesting to see how teams have approached this. Some have thrived and others haven’t. This field was no different, and most matches saw the bravest players on each team playing in the complete open space where the back centre should be. Trying to not blink first against their opponent.
The Pro division is getting tougher by the event as teams continually up their game. With the strongest team line up in the last 5 years teams cannot afford to make any mistakes, as there is a queue of quality opposition waiting to take advantage.
London Nexus committed this ultimate sin, coming out flat against Infamous in the first game and then letting a 4-2 lead slip against Marseille Icon to leave them heading home much earlier than planned. Toulouse TonTon fared a little better. Qualifying for the quarterfinals 2nd place in their bracket after losing to Frankfurt Syndicate on Friday afternoon. That would be as far as the current series leaders would go, losing a hard fought match against the impressive Art Chaos Moscow.
In the SPL prelims, semi-pro team Drammen Solid stomped everyone 4-0 and carried form through to a 4th place finish come Sunday, losing out to fellow DYE team Offenburg Comin At Ya who took 3rd to maintain their hopes of earning an automatic promotion spot to the Pro division next year.
Drammen Solid told us how they felt the event went for them,
“Even though a top 4 placing is good in the tough SPL division, it feels bad to loose both the semi final and the battle for 3rd. In the semi, Hellwood got the best of us in the beginning of the match and scored 2 quick points. We stepped it up a bit, but it was too little too late and we lost 4-2. In the battle for 3rd, Comin at Ya had watched us well in previous games and beat us quickly 4-0. Congrats to Comin at Ya on another top finish. We will return stronger in Paris and we’re looking for that win!”
In D1 Scorpions Milano continued their impressive run of form taking 2nd at the event and moving into the top spot in the series standings. They now made the top 4 at 6 of the last 7 Millennium events – only missing out in Bitburg last year.
Scorpions Team Captain said;
“Winning the head to head against London Defiance, allowed the team to achieved the top position in the Division 1 overall ranking. Getting the team even closer to their main goal promotion in to the SPL. With final results of second, third and second places in the previous events of the Millennium Series, the team is now preparing for the last event in Paris. GO GO SCORPIONS!!!”
D2 saw Bitburg champions Durham DV8 march all the way to the top 4 again, but the home win was not to be. However they now sit 2nd over all and are looking good for promotion to D1 next year – not bad for a team who has never made it to Sunday. DV8 seem to be benefitting from the Clint Moore | Art Of Winning training program!
Poison Ivy just missed out on another podium finish with 2 of their games going in to over time and one game running out of time. Never the less the Girls are still flying high in 3rd overall the highest position for a all female paintball team in a long time.
Division Three saw the Ugly Ducklings2 and Lethal Bizzle both came through the prelims 4 & 1, with Lethal Bizzle then powering through the knock out rounds and defeating the top-ranked team Apocalypse Brussels in the final to take an awesome home win!
The Nations cup provided an impressive showing of its own, with 16 European nations fighting out for the chance to be Champions of Europe. As the sun was setting on Saturday evening, just the usual suspects remained – France, Germany, Great Britain and Russia. Featuring players from the top teams in country, there were familiar faces from Nexus, TonTon, Vision and Comin At Ya. All the finals were very tight games, with national pride on the line Great Britain faced up to Russia for a repeat of last years final.
Shooting the awesome DYE CG Paint team GB took the fight to the Russians, but ultimately ran out of time with the match finely poised at 2-1. The Brits are getting closer to regaining the crown the Russians took from them last year, but will have to wait until 2014 for the next opportunity.
DYE’s European teams take to the field with the flawless DM13, combined with the unparalleled DYE Rotor and I4 goggle systems and shooting the supreme DYE CG Paintballs.
Wednesday, June 26th, 2013
Created at the end of 2010 by former players from SPL, the Paris based team Generation Kill , gives everything to insure the victory.
When training 2 to 3 times a week all along the season the team are making multiple sacrifices for victory. In our first season GK won the 1st place in the Parisian Regional League in the SPL format (Like PSP with 4 points), and came 2nd place to Vision Marseille during the French National Championship. Then finally to end that season GK players decided to enter the last leg of the Millennium at Euro Disney, they entered Division 2 given that it was the highest division left unlocked, and finished the season there with a 1st place victory.
In 2012, they got the opportunity enter into the Millennium series in SPL (Semi Pro League), under the name Boost Air / GK, and received crucial support from Dye Europe providing them with incredible gear, guns, and the amazing Proto Advantage paint for training and the best paint ever; DYE CG paint for our tournaments.
Even with great support, the launch of the season was really complicated stepping up to SPL. However the players worked hard to compete with the quality of their opponents all along the season which made the event results get better .
At the end of the 2012 season, the team GK succeeded to reach the 8th place despite really difficult brackets throughout.
During the 2012 season GK also participated a private tournament series; The War Town Series, and they reached joined 3rd place with CPL teams, Camp Carnage and Marseille Icon. Unfortunately for GK only the point average made the difference.
In 2013, team GK re-entered the French National scene and won 2 leagues. First they won the Regional Parisian League, and then the French National Championship without a single defeat in 17 matches in SPL format.
Also this season they chose to enter The War Town Series again, and take their revenge on Carnage and Icon by beating them, and finally won the private series, reaching the 1st place without a single defeat.
Starting from the 8th place in SPL for the Millennium Series, the team GK is trying to confirm its success on the European scene by getting to the top of the series.
Unfortunately the first event in Puget (France) GK struggled to reach the quarter final, and had no success. GK was beaten by London Tigers. Leaving the team 8th position on the scoreboard overall.
The second event in Bitburg (Germany) GK had serious difficulties during the prelims. Struggling to keep a strong spirit on the field, they were close to losing their confidence. However after the prelims they reviewed their failures, and took the good decisions to ensure the success of the tournament.
After the prelims GK was transfigured, and beat Force Majeure Moscow 4-0, then fought another French team Bad Element and ended with a 3-0 win making them qualify for the semi finals putting them against Freestyle Moscow, and won yet again with a 4-0 victory.
Then came the finals in which GK was confronted by London Tigers and lost 1-0.
Tigers were playing really strong and efficient on both sides of the field.
GK lost the Dorito side players after a penalty, and also lost their Snake insert player directly off the break, leaving just 2 players alive; one in the snake 50, and one in the snake corner.
Tigers were luckier with 4 players alive. 2 on the snake side, in the corner and in snake 1, the two others on the dorito side.
Unfortunately for the Tigers playing on the dorito side, they were shot as they moved up by the two GK players remaining on the field leaving it down to a 2v2. Both teams did a good job of locking each other into their bunkers, so good that after the 10 minute fight the match ended in a draw. The draw led the semi finals to a 1 point semi final. Unfortunately for GK the situation remained the same, seeing its dorito side eliminated on penalties off the break, but this time Tigers were much more efficient and crushed the remaining GK players in a blink of an eye, then going on to take 1st place of the SPL division to Force Majeure.
At the end of the Millennium German event, GK took the 3rd position on the general ranking. Now all the team is working hard to maintain itself on the podium.
All the players in GK want to thank Dye Europe so much for its amazing support. The DM13’s shot straight, and the Dye CG always broke on its target. We are sure this combination is one of the reasons for GK’s success.
Also the team wants to thank its field partner Eastwood Paintball.
Wednesday, June 12th, 2013
European Masters 2013
Poison Ivy is having a phenomenal season in the Millennium Series, one of the most competitive series in the world.. Coming off a 2nd place podium appearance at the most recent event, Bitburg, the best female paintball team in the world reflects on being so close to gold… they could taste it. In the mean time, beer will do.
by Ingen Kommentarer
Photos by: RSH Media
Only a month after the Mediterranean Cup we were eager and ready for the next Millennium in Bitburg, Germany. After a 6th place we felt that we had proven to ourselves that we can reach our goal continuing the hard work and dedication within the team. So that’s exactly what we continued doing.
In addition to paintball most of the girls on the team are students, and May is the busiest month with final exams coming up. However, that doesn’t stop us. In preparing for the European Masters in Bitburg we got in several reball practices, and one NPL event (Norwegian Paintball League) and one outdoor paintball practice, so we felt well prepared.
We all agreed that the nations cup was going to be mostly for fun, and that our focus should stay with our team (Poison Ivy) and our common goal to reach the top.
Finally we arrived in Germany with high confidence that this is our tournament.
Our first meeting with Germany was the bad weather and the rain pouring down; it was raining so bad that we had difficulty seeing the road in front of us. But when we arrived in Bitburg, the sun came out as ordered. Thursday consisted of registration, scheduling, field-walk, dinner, and making game plans.
Friday: The first thing we had to do this morning was to get in the car and pick up our last player Benedicte at the airport. She had her final exam on Thursday, but that did not prevent her from attending the tournament anyway. The pickup went smooth and of to the field we went.
First game was at 2:10 pm against Scalp ME Saulx les Chartreux 3, and in good Poison Ivy tradition we lost 0-3..which was pretty annoying. Next up was at 3:30 pm against another all-female team, Paris Camp Lady Carnage, we won that game 4-0 and felt that we were back on track. The day as Poison Ivy finished with one win and one lose. The five norwegian girls on the team played three more games that day as the Norwegian national team. They finished up pretty late, so all we had time for was a “quick” dinner and then straight to bed.
Saturday: One more game in the preliminaries at 10 am against Nancy Armada. We won 4-1 which placed us as #1 in our group, and moved us on to the important Sunday club.
The Norwegian national team also played two more games this day, and ended up winning the whole thing, and became European Champions 2013! The girls were on fire
Sunday club: Once again we managed the first step in to the tournament, now the real fun was about to start. First up this rain full day was the last-16 game against Orphans Dolgoprudny. Won 4-2 and made it to the quarter finals. By winning this game we had to play the next game against our friends and fellow Norwegians; Rebels Borgerskogen, who we consider to be a really good team. We knew that this game was not going to be easy, and only one of us could make it to the semi-finals.. We surprised ourselves (and others..) by winning convincingly 3-1. And for the first time in the history of Poison Ivy we had actually made it past the evil quarter finals at the Millennium and moved on to the semi finals!!! In the semi’s we met Lucky 15s Staffordshire, which proved to be a difficult match where we went on to overtime.. It ended with another win for us, 3-2. This meant FINALS!
The final we lost against a really good team Durham DV8 0-4. It was no doubt who deserved that first place. They proved better than us. Congratulations to Durham DV8 for taking 1st place! You guys deserved it!
When looking back at the tournament and our performance we are SO proud of how far we have come this year. Nothing is better than getting results when you work as hard as we have done this year. Because of the 6th place in France and now the 2nd place in Bitburg we are currently ranked 2nd in the overall ranking of 2013 at the Millennium
Second place is good, but for us nothing is good enough before we reach all the way to the top. So London watch out! Poison Ivy is hungry for revenge
A lot of people to thank, so here we go:
Our amazing sponsors!! DYE paintball for providing us with amazing gear, including Dye Reflex Markers AND Dye DM13′s, i4 Goggle Systems, Dye ROTOR Loaders and the awesome Dye CG paint.
RSHmedia for the best media coverage in the world of paintball, you guys are awesome! Claim the world ? Play paintball!
Our home field, Sniper paintball in Drammen, for letting us uses their awesome indoor reball center whenever we want. Last but not least Rockstar energydrink!
A huge shout out to our pit-coach Knut, thank you for helping us out during the weekend!
And thanks to everyone else who helped us out in the pit or with other things during the weekend, you know who you are and we love you <3
Last but not least, thanks to all of you that belive in us and supports us. We love you too <3
XOXO – P.I.
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