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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.

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.

Billy Wing Reports on CCP #3 in Medellin, Colombia

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

CCP Medellin, Colombia

by: Billy Wing

Photos by: 100% Piantball

Last month I had the opportunity to travel with my Fiancée Melissa to one of the most beautiful cities in the world, at least in my opinion, Medellin, Colombia. To be honest I have fallen in love with Colombia as a whole. The picturesque Mountains, mild climate, great food, and close friends make it one of our favorite countries to visit. As a bonus, the PSP affiliate league, the CCP hosts top notch national events, which is the excuse I used to justify the trip.

The CCP hosted their third event of the year at the Los Caballos Bar just outside of Medellin. The location was so nice. The field and staging area were under a giant shade canopy so even during the midday sun you were always under shade and comfortable. 100 feet away was the Los Caballos Bar, a western restaurant that had an amazing menu, specifically their steaks. Many players found themselves trying to play with a stomach way too full of steak, and maybe a beer or two.

The event hosted 33 teams. More teams were begging to compete but to ensure a quality event that did not run late the team count had to be capped. The tournament had a host of special guests including the LA Ironmen’s Marcello Margott, and players from other top US pro teams such as Dynasty, Infamous, and DMG, as well as Industry figures Tony Perez and Chris Reahl.  If 10 top names in paintball make the time in their non-stop schedule to travel down to this event, you know I am not the only one who loves Colombia, and the CCP is doing things right.

The CCP barrowed the PSP Riverside field layout, which if you were in Riverside or watched the webcast, it is a fast field layout. The reffing staff was headed by Dan Perez, who did fantastic job keeping the play clean and fair. Thank you Dan for the hard work, and home made Guacamole Saturday night.

Every trip down to Latin America I see a noticeable improvement in skill level and talent. The teams just keep getting better and better. And there was no better example of this than in the Finals on Sunday. The grandstands were out of control for the final match as the game went back and forth between the San Diego Dynasty, and local Colombia team Way-out. Way-Out, using DYE guns and gear played with a tremendous amount of national pride and support, but ended up losing the very close match by only one point to possibly the top team in the world this year, Dynasty.

In the end I cannot say enough about this event and the effort the CCP put into their tournaments. I also want to thank the Duque family for being wonderful hosts, and making my fiancée Melissa and I feel so welcome and at home. We can’t wait to plan our next trip down to Colombia.

 

Sydney Explicit: Sitting in 1st Place in the Australian Super 7 Series

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

photos by: Painted Lion Productions & Super 7 Series

Team Name: Sydney Explicit

League: Australian Super 7s series

Rank: Currently tied for 1st place with one round to go

 

At the beginning of the 2013 season we strengthened our roster with 3 new players:

Nathan McDonnell from the retired Hostile Intentions; and John Robba and Mick Jones formerly of Sydney XFighters.

 

Our roster now consists of:

-Chris “Crispy” Bell (Captain);

-Nathan “Macca” McDonnell;

-John Robba;

-Mick “Plucka” Jones;

-Matthew Friedrich;

-Troy Friedrich; and

-Jake “The Snake” Spencer

February 2013 marked Round 1 and our first outing together as a newly refreshed team – we finished 2nd to Sydney SWAT.

In Round 2, May 2013, while Sydney SWAT did get the better of us, we secured a strong 2nd place.

While these results were positive, they weren’t exactly what we were after. Our desire was, and what seemed to us to be, that elusive 1st place. So, after some team meetings we decided to up our training sessions and intensity.

Come Round 3 and we all believe we are ready. At the end of Saturday’s prelims we were sitting in first place. The team is super pumped about this, but we all know paintball is a 2 day event. We still had a lot of work to do to make sure we would win the event.

Sunday came along and we started off strong. We faced XFighters and secured a 4-0 win.

Our next match was against our Round 1 and 2 favourite, Sydney SWAT. We would soon see if all our preparations had paid off. The match did not start off the way we wanted – SWAT was able to get away with a 3 point head start. However, we dug in deep and started to claw our way back with time running out on the last point. Our efforts gave us a 3-2 loss. We were a little disappointed (as you would be) but we still knew we had the goods to win.

We made it to the finals and were facing off against the NZ Clown Monkeys. We had beaten them in the prelims so, yes, our confidence was super high. And rightly so… we achieved a 4-0 win, however it was a tough match and both teams should be proud of their achievements and the way they played.

Outside of playing tournaments we’ve also been helping out with some of our local amateur players. We’re helping them with their skills at trainings and also teaching them and their teams to read field layouts at tournaments with great success. It is very rewarding having the up and comers looking to you for guidance.

Super 7s Masters (Round 4) is in November and we cannot wait! We believe we can win it and the series. We would like to thank everyone for their support throughout the year and hope to see you out there.

-Sydney Explicit

 

Play Like a Pro Video Series – Episode 2 “Tuck and Shoot”

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Marcello Margott of the Los Angeles Ironmen teaches us how to get sneaky G’s with the “Tuck and Shoot” technique on this episode of Dye’s Play Like a Pro Series.

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