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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.

DYE 2013 Millennium Series – Campaign Cup Video Released!

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Highlights from the 2013 Millennium Series – Campaign Cup in Basildon, UK.

Check out YouTube.com/DyePaintballVIDEO for more videos!

Featured Millennium Series DYE Teams:
-Toulouse TonTon
-London Nexus
-Offenburg Comin at Ya
-Poison Ivy
-Drammen Solid
-Durham DV8
-HULK
-Ugly Ducklings
-Lethal Bizzle
-RMG Bratislava

Nexus | Back 2 Back CPPS Champions

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

 

Another rainy day at the CPPS…

Out of the 6 tournaments we have played so far this year, 4 of them have been in the rain. In fact I’m starting to feel like I need to pack a snorkel in my kitbag.

Nonetheless we got down to business on a typically wet English Summers day for Round3 of the CPPS series.

Although its not a classic ‘Nexus-style’ layout, I feel we understand the nature of this field quite well. We gave a dominant performance on the day, winning all four of our group games, and the final against fellow pro team Birmingham Disruption, only dropping a total of 4 points in the day.

Flawless equipment goes a long way to making winning possible, and the DM13s, Rotors, I4s and CG Paintballs were just that.

I’d also like to congratulate the other teams who were successful with DYE CG paint this weekend; Bad Moji, who actually won two tournaments in two days with CG, Team Spank, who came 2nd in D2 using CG, Durham DV8 who continued their dominant form in the UK Masters, and OTP who also took a podium finish at the Masters event.

The next stop for Nexus is Milan, Italy, for the CPS series Round3 where we continue our preparations for the Millennium Series event in Basildon where we want to improve upon our 3rd place finish in Bitburg.

 

 

Dye Tactical’s Pete “Mr. U” Utschig Reports from North vs South Big Game in the UK

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

We sent Pete “Mr. U” Utschig across the pond to attend the largest scenario paintball game in the UK – North v South.  He came back with a bag full of empty clips, a massive kill count, and a new respect for the British paintball scene.

North v South

Defense Training Estate – Birmingham, England

Sunday, May 5th 2013

By Pete “Mr. U” Utschig

“3 days, 2000 players and 7,000 miles later I’m home from another epic adventure. Last weekend I set out to meet with the DYE Europe crew and Team Tactical Nexus. I was invited to be one of the South’s Team Generals in Englands largest scenario game, “North vs South”.

The game centers around Sundays major event which pits players from Northern England against players from the South. The three day event is advertised as a paintball festival, and that’s exactly what it is. Players from all over Europe come to camp, shop, party, and of course play paintball. To start things off, we played a little CQB.  Check out this video of me changing my DAM to Recon Mode:

 

Friday players and vendors set up and were treated to 20 vrs 20 mini games. DYE Europe, myself and a couple of the Nexus players set up a DAM demo allowing all the mini game players to take the DAM out for a run. The feedback was the same as always… “This gun is insane” or “Best gun I have ever shot”.

Saturday the game format broke the competitors in two teams.  One team was made up of only English players,  the other was the rest if the world. I got to play alongside long time friend and Northern team guest general, Greg Hastings.  Lucky for Greg, he was on my team Saturday because on Sunday he felt the sting of my DAM. Unfortunately for Greg, it was all caught on my Replay camera that he gave me.

Sunday was the big battle, along side Team Tactical Nexus we brought the pain train, completing all but one of our missions. As the day fell to a close, we ultimately were short on points and the Northern Team led by Jed Green and Greg Hastings were victorious. It was another welt filled weekend but the games were intense, the people were amazing and the camera footage is epic. I wouldn’t have had it any other way!!! Bloody Knuckles, Ironmen Style.

See you guys at Living Legends with the rest of the Ironmen!!!”

-Mr. U

Ash Chaplen of London Nexus Recaps about 2013 Millennium Event #1

Friday, April 26th, 2013

by Ash Chaplen

“Last season Nexus sucked. It’s not something I particularly enjoy admitting but it’s true. We had a young and fragile team, we didn’t win anything and we finished with our lowest ranking ever in the Millennium Series. There are plenty of things we can blame this on or use to justify this, some quite valid ones too, but at the end of the day London Nexus is about winning and as Captain it is my job to make that happen.

With only myself, George Bruton and Shaun Hasell returning for the 2013 season our off-season was busier than normal. We had to find a winning formula, and for us that was to ‘put the old band back together’. Having played with his friends on Consilium Dei, Neil Campbell was keen to get back to the business end of tournament paintball, and after succeeding in his personal mission to return Marseille Vision to the Pro division, Clint Moore couldn’t resist taking on another challenge – putting Nexus back on the podium. We have also picked up Mike Bath, a local ‘paintball kid’ who showed good promise over several practises last season and is continuing to develop within the squad.

Finally we had to add a spark, a proven talent with the engine and desire to drive us all on. After exploring a few ideas we contacted Ironmen captain Marcello Margott, he was really keen to get onboard and shortly after it was all signed and official. Now, in past years we have avoided taking non-UK based players as we have tried to focus on local talent. However the unfortunate truth is that there are not enough UK players who are consistently out there letting their ability do the talking at the deep end of tournaments right now. There are players out there who are earning their stripes in the divisional ranks though, and we know who they are and we monitor their progress more closely than you might think.

So, with our old-look team re-assembled we headed to the south of France for the first Millennium event of the season. I had a good feeling about the team, but with all the changes in the Pro division over the off-season it was more difficult than ever to predict how things would shake down come Sunday afternoon.

Marcello flew in a day early so he could join us for a Wednesday practise with Vision and TonTon, it gave us the chance to try some rotations with him and other players in different spots. By the end of the afternoon it felt like Marcello had played with the team for ages, our styles fitted well and the mutual understanding between players was getting better with every point. Taking a lot of positives from the day we headed to the event to get down to business.

We started our prelim games well. Welcoming Marseille Vision back to the pro ranks with a dominant 5-1 win, then following that up with an even more commanding 5-0 victory over Rammstein Instinct. Our final prelim game was against Outrage Valence, where again we took no prisoners and posted a solid 5-0 win. I’ve never seen another team look genuinely shell-shocked after a defeat before, but the Outrage guys admitted that they had no answer for our attacking play and were just blown away. Finishing up the prelims we were top of our group and had the highest points difference of all the CPL teams.

Sunday is a whole new tournament. It’s a total cliche but its true. You have to forget the other games and find that extra something, and then find even more if you make finals. We had drawn a tough game against Polar Bears Tarko Sale, a strong Russian team just promoted from the semi pro division but loaded with talent. We knew it would be a good test for us and one we would have to overcome if we wanted to progress. Polar Bears took an early 2-0 lead, punishing us for penalties and some lazy play. It was a wake up call, this wasn’t going to be an easy cruise to 5 points. We regrouped and dug a point back, then traded points back and forth until the score was 4-2 Polar Bears. A long 3on3 followed in the next point which we were able to grind out to win, then we took advantage of a penalty on Polar Bears to tie up the match at 4-4. Everyone had dug deep and we had put ourselves right back in this match. We had the momentum and started the next point solidly, only to get a penalty and lose our whole dorito side. Although there was little time left on the clock, Polar Bears put our remaining players to the sword and closed the game out.

We were out. Penalties will hurt you at any level in paintball but against a top level team they are almost impossible to recover from. Our dominance in the prelims counted for nothing, we’d be watching finals with everyone else.

I don’t think I’ve ever been congratulated so much after losing. Its quite surreal, I hate losing so much and unless you can stand on the podium and shove that trophy in the air and thank your sponsors it doesn’t feel like a good weekend. Yet people tell me “you guys played great, very strong, like the old Nexus” but obviously we have some kinks to iron out still. What I am really excited about is that the chemistry in the team is awesome, and we will only grow stronger on and off the field. So this is no flash in the pan, we are going to be right there in the mix all season.

Congratulations to our fellow DYE team, Toulouse TonTon, for taking first place on home turf. As they showed, the DM13s and CG paint are unparalleled in their fields.

For us we go back and work even harder in preparation for the next round of the Millennium Series, in Bitburg Germany. You’ll also be able to catch us at the next round of the CPPS in May, as well as the NvS UK Big Game where we will be playing along side Pete Mr U Utschig for the southern team.”

Ash Chaplen

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