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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.

2013 DYE PSP West Coast Open Video

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Congrats Tampa Bay Damage for winning the 2013 PSP West Coast Open!

Check out YouTube.com/DyePaintballVIDEO for more videos

Featured DYE Teams:

-LA Ironmen

-Tampa Bay Damage

-Toulouse TonTon

-Chattanooga CEP

-San Jose Royalty

-New Jersey Wolfpack

 

Produced by: DerDer Productions

Edited by: Nick Cucuzza

Official Apology from Team TonTons for PSP West Coast Open

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

8/22/13

Fabrice “Tavarez” Colombo

Press Release: TonTon Apology

Firstly, I would like to apologize on behalf of the entire “Tonton” team for the events that took place at the PSP West Coast Open, and I need to express that it has all been blown completely out of proportions.

The TonTon team has existed for more than 21 years, and we have been playing at the highest level for most of this time. This year we have decided to put all our efforts into playing the most challenging and difficult paintball league in the world, the PSP.

For us, playing the PSP means a lot of sacrifice, and this has only been possible with thanks to our sponsors, especially DYE, for whom we have the greatest respect.

The fact we are a team from Europe, the efforts we have to put in on a personal and financial level in order to play the PSP are enormous. We have had to put our jobs and family lives on hold to enable us to compete at this level, and for us to live our passion.

Considering our “Pro” status, that some people may consider our team “Privileged”, and even with the help from our sponsors, we still cannot meet the financial demands to play, but we do manage to compete.

For example, we must fit within our budget to travel a week before every event to work on the layout. This means that with the five PSP events, we spend one and a half months of the year in the USA. Plus bringing into account the cost of hotels, transport and food etc etc, our costs do mount high.

We also have players from 2 different countries, and that even the players themselves who do live in France live far away from each other too.

Therefore, we have a reduced roster in order to fit this within our budget, and be able to play a entire season of PSP.

Secondly, on a personal level I have played for 2 years with the Philly Americans, and I know all too well how many sacrifices have to be made in order to play at a professional level, and in order to be able to play with and against the best.

After our “descent” into the Challengers divisions at the last PSP event, we really wanted to fight our way back into the Pro division and play the PSP World Cup 2013 in the Pro division. So we doubled our efforts in order to make this happen.

But not to the point where we would do anything ‘illegal’ to make this happen. We are not that stupid, to sacrifice all that I have mentioned above by cheating.

Our philosophy is and has always been to train harder, in order to be the best, NEVER to cheat.

I know, by experience, that whatever the nationality, there have always been suspicions towards Pro teams. And even more when an American team comes to play in Europe, or when an European team comes to play in the United States.

History has taught us that. Just look back, what were then just ‘rumors’, when Dynasty was dominating the Millennium, or when Joy Division was playing the NPPL….. In the end, the reality of these rumors was the level of skill of these teams on the field, and the fans that support their favorite teams that made the “myths”.

This sometimes leads to passionate debates, and exaggerated comments on any “incident ” about a team. This is part of the game, part of the sport, part of any sport. And in this way, it is also part of paintball.

As a Pro paintball team, we know this can happen in good and in bad “incidents”. And on this note, what pro player or pro team, has never been in this kind of situation?

The more you are exposed, the more you become vulnerable to these kind of outbursts.

That’s just the way it is.

So I digress, moving back to the basis of this letter, during our game against Aftershock, at the start of the 4th point, we had 4 guns that were shooting hot over the chrono. There is no doubt about it.

These are the FACTS and what really happened, and can be verified is on paintballaccess.

The first marker to be checked was Loic Voulot’s gun, he was chrono’d between 300 and 310 FPS. He received a minor penalty.

The second marker belonged to Axel Gaudin, whose gun chrono’d below 300 FPS.

The third marker belonged to Frank Chambon, and he was chrono’d at 317 FPS and he received a major penalty.

The fourth gun belongs to Karl Samuelson and was chrono’d at 304 FPS(he received a major in the confusion).

As for me, my gun was chrono’d at 307 FPS, and i received a minor penalty.

Loic Voulot’s marker was then re-checked and HIS FIRST SHOT ONLY was chrono’d at 323 FPS and later his gun was re-checked again at 352 Fps.

This was due to a Drop-Off (an o-ring was torn in his regulator) all the shots fired with Loic’s marker after the first shot were below 300 FPS.

We verified our markers pre-game with the pit chrono, and this chrono gave us a totally different read on ALL of our markers.(Below 300 FPS as the rules stipulate).  Our mistake was to not verify this with a second chrono.

Because any player with a little bit of tournament experience knows that you can get different reads of a chrono, depending on the angle you shoot upon it.

This does NOT excuse the fact that we were shooting “hot”. It is 100% our own fault, because we did not double-check our markers.

Especially for the marker that shot 352 FPS ON THE FIRST SHOT ONLY, even though all the other shots with this marker were below 300 FPS, there is no excuse.

We weren’t paying enough attention, or maybe we were too “involved ” in the game. This is un-excusable at our level.

When I read on the internet that we use cheater modes in our markers, that we have “suspicious ” habits of shooting into the grass before games, and that we shoot entire lines of “missiles”, I say: NO.

The PSP and the referees, brought in a Dye Technician during the gun check, who took apart all markers that were shooting hot. They concluded that:

All our DM13 were stock (boards, parts, settings).

The DM that was chrono’d at 352 FPS ON THE FIRST SHOT, had a regulator problem, one o-ring used.

None of our DM13 guns were modified to have an increase in velocity during the game.

None of our DM13 guns had a “cheater” Mode.

We would like to thank Lane from the PSP for his press release on this.

Other players, including pros, have been caught with a marker that shoots over 300 FPS. Some have even been caught shooting A LOT HIGHER than our markers, and probably had the same problems that we had.

Even our opponents: Aftershock had 2 markers that were shooting over 300 FPS during our game. Our mistake is to have 4 markers that shot over 300 FPS at the same time, and 1 of those markers shooting very hot on the first shot. It is an unfortunate error on our part, and we have been penalized with minors and majors during the game for this.

But we do not want to serve as scapegoats because we are Europeans in an American competition.

We did NOT ‘cheat’ intentionally, and we do not use cheater modes in our markers to get our victories. We have sacrificed and invested too much, both privately and professionally, and we respect our sponsors (we thank them for their support) too much, to throw it all away in such a stupid and unconsidered way. We have made a human mistake and have lacked responsibility. Nothing more. There is no plot to gain an unjustified advantage. We would like to give our apologies to the spectators, our fans, the players, and to the referees. The referees have a difficult and thankless job, really much more difficult than ours, and we respect them for it.

We are Pro paintball players. Paintball is our passion.

-Tavarez, Captain of TonTon

 

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

2013 PSP Chicago Open Video

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013


Check out Dye’s latest video from the 2013 PSP Chicago Open at CPX Sports!

Featured Dye Teams:

-LA Ironmen

-Tampa Bay Damage

-Toulouse TonTon

-Chattanooga CEP

-San Jose Royalty

-New Jersey Wolfpack

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