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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!

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.