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STK brings the heat to the Super7 in Sydney!

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

We went to Sydney on the east coast of Australia a few weeks ago to compete in the first leg of Australia’s national series, the Super 7′s. The last time we played in this league was 2009. It was great to come back to it. The infrastructure and refereeing was excellent. We really enjoyed the event.

We won all of our prelim games except against SWAT, who we drew.

Our weekend started with us going down two points to Explicit, but Farran ran through and got 4 G’s in the third point and we were able to run away with it from there. We had a couple of other close calls in the prelims, but thankfully we were able to close those games out. Our weekend grew to a climax with our second last match of the prelims against nVs. The winner of this game would go onto the finals.

Our game against them felt good; we’d worked out all the kinks from the prelims and we were working as a machine. We had a good fight against them and won 3-2.

Our final preliminary game was against SWAT – but we’d both already made it through to the finals, so we used the opportunity to feel them out. They had our friend “Oat” (ex-Infernal/Xtioneers) playing for them and Kyle Spica of San Diego Dynasty. We made sure our break-shooting was on point and injected as much chaos as we could into our game plans to try not give anything away for our finals match. We timed the match out at 2-2. We went onto the finals for a rematch.

The finals started well for us, with us making our break-shots and followed shortly with us closing the first point out. The next point, we both lost bodies on the break, and the game whittled down to a 2 vs 3, with just Travis and Farran left in either corner. They stayed cool and burnt off about 8 minutes from the game clock before being edged out by SWAT. So the score was 1-1 with 1:30 left on the clock. The next point we were able to make our initial kill on the dorito-side off the break and then caught some subsequent players filling out to that side. With about 30 seconds left, it was just Kyle Spica left in a 5 vs 1. He still managed to catch two of us, but we were able to eliminate him and Stevie sealed the deal, hitting the buzzer with 8 seconds left on the clock.

Winning felt great, and the environment at the Super 7’s was accommodating, professional and… premium. It also had a huge prize pool. I’d recommend playing these events to any of our PALS friends.

Maybe a little bit before the event, people were saying things like “show them who is the best in Australia.” Playing paintball, there has been no shortage of people I’ve come across who have these self-proclaimed titles or that have over-inflated egos. Success in paintball is so fickle. And I often find these self-proclaimed heroes are just frustrated with the game because they are always trying to justify themselves or live up to something rather than just enjoy the experiences. And really who cares? If you think you’re good then just keep it to yourself. Your performance can speak for itself. I guess where I am going with this is that I’m not interested in asserting titles.  All I can say is that going full circle and being back at the Super 7′s after keeping the team together for this long — it feels good to say that it hasn’t all been for nothing.

We’ve had a few months with our DM14’s now and we love them even more. Thanks to Devon and DYE for their continued support going into the 4th year of our sponsorship with them. And to our paintball mum and dad, Brad and Christine.

STK’s emotional roller coaster at WCA ’13

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

I felt a lot of promise for us leading up to WCA 2013. We managed to recover from our misstep at the start of the year, closing out the PPL series with 3 consecutive wins, a 7man win and a big international win mid-year at the second leg of the PALs (and $6k prize money if I need to remind you, omg).
In retrospect now though, there were some chinks in the armour. I’d developed a consciousness of who was better than others on the team. Whether my opinions/inferences were valid doesn’t matter because this kind of thinking is totally destructive in paintball. I lost sight of building the team and saw it more as a finished product entitled to do some winning. Some of our players improved more than others this year. I think I lost a bit of humility this time and for the first time I felt frustrated that I had to perceive some players as less capable on the team. I could have been more coaxing and nurturing. But rather I enjoyed playing strong at training. In previous years I’ve felt that if I’m consistently playing well at training, something is wrong. Usually the team is so good that it’s hard to be good week in week out.
But these are just my musings and perhaps not even relevant. Maybe we could have won WCA even with my new-found attitude. Actually, we went through WCA pretty standard. Finished the prelims 4-2, a normal kind of position for us to go forward on. On Saturday, we played a game against Beeswaxers and lost, only to come back 15 minutes later in our first top 8 game and win 4-0 against them. I felt good about that, but it wasn’t a team effort. We played the same 5 guys the whole way through. I’d softened to the “starting five” approach, which I now think was perhaps a mistake.
Following this, we had to play Infernal and then Datis. Infernal beat us 2-4. Datis beat us 1-4. I wish I could say we lost outright, but WE WERE PLAGUED BY PENALTIES. The majority of the time, I feel the reffing is great at PALs events. But there were some outright weird calls going on. Like, I got a bounce off my head, pointed to my head to the ref right next to me, and he just instantly pulls a penalty? I wasn’t even hit in the first place, and second, I didn’t even shoot/move/do anything after I got the bounce on me other than ask for paint check. Of the 11 points we played against Datis and Infernal, only in 3 points we didn’t get a penalty. Something was really wrong with the reffing because I seriously hope we are not stupid enough to legitimately get that many penalties.
Regardless, this sent us onto the quarter finals to play Datis. We had about 0 confidence at this point. It felt like we couldn’t even blink without getting a penalty. Stiffla even sat himself and didn’t even play a point because he felt like he couldn’t get into the game without getting a penalty. And that was it. We went down 1-4 to Datis and missed out on a top 4 finish at WCA for the first time. I feel disappointed. And I did feel bitter. But I think some good can come from it like it did at Thailand at the beginning of the year. If satisfaction is the death of desire, then this is about the farthest point from being satisfied that we can be. I can also say now that the evidence is insurmountable that STK doesn’t win on individual players being good. We win when we are a team.
If I want more from players I’m just going to tell them rather than scoring them against each other in my head. I’m going to be totally transparent in my thinking and go back to the “family” mindset. That’s my off-season goal anyway. Having no hierarchy has got us this far and slipping from that has given us nothing.
Click here to see STK in action at WCA! –>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJgKfCTZLzs

Dynamix take 1st at World Cup Asia in Langkawi!!!

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Dynamix have had a very successful year with a dominant performance in the SARPL series in South Africa. However, being the
competitive team that they are, they weren’t satisfied with success in their local series and decided to head over to Malaysia for
the World Cup Asia event so they could test their metal against the best teams in Asia. This was their first event in Asia and the
team went over focused and well prepared, they ended up winning the event!! Craig Marley from Dynamix gave us this report:

After a tiring 27 hours of travel from South Africa,
the team finally landed in the beautiful Langkawi
We were greeted by the pleasant and friendly Dye staff,
Devon and Ellen who handed over to us 2 Big Boxes of
Dye goodies with one of them being the all new powerful
DM14 along with the new Formula 1 Purple C14 gear – Purple Power! :)

Our first day we dominated all our prelim games.
We rocked with the new DM14′s straight out the box.
The feel of the gun was very different to the DM13
giving us more gun control and accuracy when laning.
Due to the new positioning of the fore grip and no
Microcline, making it easier to swop hands.
The gun is very smooth and gave us good air efficiency.

In the semi’s we played against Lost Boys, it was a tough
game but we ended up beating them 3-2 with one second left on the clock.
Our next game against Datis we beat 4-1. Which took us to the finals facing Rascals.

What a fight! penalties were flying everywhere. We were down 3-1,
only to dig deep and never give up! We won 4-3!!

 

Thanks to everyone that helped and to all our friends, family
and supporters sitting on the edge of their seats waiting for the scores

Much love

Very importantly, Thanks to Dye for the great gear and the best gun ever – DM14!!
And thanks to South Africa Blades n Triggers and Haviannas.
Also thx to STK for all there help, was also good to see all the Dye teams working together,
One big happy family ;)

Check out the video of the final:

Epic Win for STK at the Malaysian Open – MPOC – PALs Malaysia

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Malaysian Open, MPOC, PALs Malaysia

by: Devon Stutz

photo credit – Scary Mary & Dez

Three tournaments, one event, $30,000 cash pay out.  MPOC Pals was a pretty sweet deal, with Division 1 through Division 4 all with the chance to win stacks of cold hard cash.

For me, the trip started as many do… waking up early to make it to the airport then sort everything out at the check-in counter. By the time I arrived at the hotel to meet with everyone from STK it was about 9pm. I was tired and wanted nothing more than to go to sleep.  We didn’t play until the afternoon the following day which I was stoked to hear about.

Prelims were not easy, but it made the team fight and work together to make the cut.  We ended up 3-1-1 and would play Datis in the Quarterfinals. Datis was the only loss we had in the prelims, and they beat us 4-0. Its was a real eye-opener for us because before that game we had not been shut down so much. Most of the points were over in 30 seconds, a breakout then game over we lose the point.  This time around we wanted some revenge. It was a really close match and STK ended up with the win and moving on to play Nemesis.

Nemesis is another team we played in the finals and ended in a tie game. All of the guys on Nemesis are great players whom I have known for years… but I wanted nothing more than to smash them in to the ground and move onto the finals.  That is exactly what happened and we ended up winning 4-0 to advance to the finals.

Now it was just time to wait and watch who we would play in the finals, either Xtioneer or Infernal. I was really hoping it was going to be Infernal because they are another Dye team and also deep down I wanted a rematch from the final we played against them at World Cup Asia that ended up with them winning.  Xtioneer would prove to be too much for Infernal on this day, however.  Infernal vs. STK for the final match of the event.

I have been playing with STK for the last three PALs events and we have come close to winning but have never been able to get there. We’ve been close, but close doesn’t mean anything except that you played good but you’re still a loser.  Looking into the eyes of everyone on the team, I knew that my boys were ready and wanted the win. No one looked scared or unsure if they could win this thing. Our confidence was high, and going into the finals off a 4-0 victory was gave us some momentum.

The finals started out in a close first point which STK won, but after that it was back and forth. It was a super close game, with a tie score of 3-3 with just 22 seconds of game time left. Being a team full of fighters intead of playing the 22 seconds smart to go into overtime, we wanted to win it and seal the teams fate and first major win. We had a quick little game plan talk and we went for the win. We went out and scored a point in the last 22 second winning the match 4-3 and the event!!

I will be getting myself ready for the next event, and I know that every person on STK will be also. That win has come and gone, but in the end it’s all about how good you are on that one given day in paintball… the past is just the past.

I would like to thank Dye for giving me the chance to do what I do, STK for being the team they are, Brad and Chirstine for everything who are just as if not more important than any player on the team, Michelle, WASP Paintball for everything they do for the team, also all of the pit crew who helped. A big thank you to Chris who helped in the pits and also did a great job picking up our pods from the field and also Jas for being there to help and also put up with TDD (Dan Woods).

-Devon Stutz


Thanks to Scary Mary and Dez for the photos!

Scary Mary – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Scary-Mary-Paintball-and-other-Sports-Photography/129935233753937

Dez – https://www.facebook.com/pages/residentevilchefcom-paintball-photography-in-Asia/302594771406

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Infernal & STK: 1-2 Finish at 2012 World Cup Asia

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

PALS never fails to put on a spectacular final event, with one of the classiest venues and extreme PR initiatives in paintball, the 2012 World Cup Asia on the island of Langkawi, Malaysia was a major success to say the least.

Dye is proud to announce that two of our flagship Asian teams, Team Infernal of Thailand and Team STK of Australia, met in the finals in Division 1 and brought both the gold and silver medals home to their trophy cases.  Both teams rolled through the prelims and kept their momentum going up until their epic finals match, which ended 4-2 in Infernal’s favor.

Infernal and STK not only competed at WCA, but also had the privilege of competing for the Inter Continental Cup, a division of it’s own that featured some of the most legendary teams in paintball like TonTon and Dynasty.  Despite the intense competition, Infernal finished strong with a fourth place finish, adding yet another accomplishment to their long list of success in the world of competitive paintball.  Congrats guys!

Infernal: WCA Champions Division 1, 1st overall in the PALS Series, and third runner up at the Inter Continental Cup

Facebook.com/InfernalTeam

STK: WCA 2nd Place Division 1, 2nd overall in the PALS Series

Facebook.com/STKAustralia

For more information on World Cup Asia visit www.paintballworldcupasia.com/

Photo credit goes to: Mary Walker

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