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Hulk Recaps World Cup 2013

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

In the United States, World Cup comes to an end. World Cup is held annually in October outside of Orlando, Florida. Cup hosted more than four hundred of best teams from all 50 states and 35 countries. Thereby setting an absolute record for the competition which has been running for more than 10 years.

In addition to good weather and excellent organization of the event, we were also pleased to see:

1) Organizers went back to the standards of the field size of the 2010 season, which corresponds to the current European standards.

2) Revival of the 10man format, one of the oldest in the world of paintball formats.

Among the huge number of participants were two Ukrainian teams, Hulk Kiev and Freestyle Kiev. Hulk played in two formats. As usual in Race to 5, and new to the team, but not to the world of paintball format, 10 – Man.

The format of 10 man is distinguished by several features. First, there are no restrictions on the level – the player of any class from novice to Pro can be passed to rookie tournament. The field is much bigger than 5man. Most importantly, coaching is completely forbidden. All this makes the game much “slower”, but each player takes an independent decision and the teams with the problems in communication stand no chance of winning.

Team Hulk was able to adapt quickly enough to the game in this format and was able to win all six qualifying games, receiving the highest rate in the tournament – 96.5! For comparison, the next highest-ranking team scored only 82.16. After overcoming another preliminary round of the competition, which has become more difficult to win (Hulk is only one point ahead of his nearest rival, the U.S. team «PPS SFO») Hulk fell in the final group , consisting of four teams .

Pleased to note that in the final group, was one more representative of the post-Soviet space, the command Desperados from Russia. The remaining two teams “Tour deForce” and “Annihilators” represented the United States. In 10man players competed from such famous teams as Russian Legion, Ironman, CEP and others.

All participants in the final four were worthy of each other! Only the “Annihilators” with the help of a number of pro players could win all the matches. The other teams won and lost with varying degrees of success, very densely settled down in the final standings. Only a point separated second and third place! Fortunately, it was Hulk that took second place in the World Cup 2013! Desperados taking fourth.

Four sets of medals in the four years of participation in the World Cup. The first medal for Ukraine in the format of ” tens”. These are great achievements with which the team returned home from Orlando!

We would like to express our deep gratitude to the sponsors of the team; information – Autoradio and to DYE for the awesome equipment!

Also many thanks to the permanent leader and team captain, Iaroslav. Coach Alexander, and the permanent leader and inspirer of the pit team, Oksana. Thanks for all their hard work, as well as to all those who supported our team throughout the season!

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.

HULK Fight for Ukraine at 2013 Millennium Series – Campaign Cup

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Report from our Ukranian Team – HULK – Who represented both their team and their country playing as Ukraine at the Nations cup at the Millennium Series Campaign Cup

by: HULK

“This weekend in Basildon near London took place the third stage of the European Championship Millennium.

In the championship we have traditionally taken the Nations Cup, which was presented by the country of Ukraine.

Ukraine’s team as the previous few years based on the players of team “Hulk.” Firstly, because it is the only Ukrainian team that performs at the Millennium, in the second – the players of this team together train and play in tournaments that promotes good interaction on the field and in the third – as the experience of the last four years, Ukraine has no other paintball team that would be better than the “Hulk” has performed at international tournaments (three sets of awards from World Cups past three years – a great proof).

As for the performance of the team, there are no unexpected surprises or did not happen, and the resultant performance predicted by us a year ago, in a similar report on the tournament.

The format of this season was formed four groups, which led teams of big paintball Quartet (Russia, France, Britain and Germany). All other countries, based on the rankings, took their places in groups and screening question was only about who will be the second. To the credit of our team, we did not give any chance to any Italians or Swiss in this fight, big beat and the first (4-0) and the second (4:1). With the French suddenly struck up the intrigue, after our team, successfully shooting breakout was able to win 2 out of 3 starting points. But the French, with the support of a large crowd and great performers of Pro Division, did not want to concede. The logical final score 4-2 in favor of the French.

Quarter-finals continued to set all fall into place, and the country – not “residents” lost battalion defense with an equally big score 4-1. Only Ukrainian team unfortunate mistake in the game 2 in 1 is not allowed to take at least one point. Since losing 4-0 to England we were eighth in Europe. It is noteworthy that in any game of the British did not remain in full force with extensibility, and in the last game and all three of us were! Indicating a good level of shooting of our players, but at the same time insufficient to make good decisions in the second movements.

As we have noted, Ukraine will not get into the top four as long as our team will not be playing in the top European division! There are promising players have the opportunity to train in a comfortable Reball center, but the level of competition is too low, that would fight on equal terms with the strongest European Quartet!

A similar problem was faced our team and in the club championship SPL. Very hard to play against teams from the top championships. When the season in full swing and these teams, experiencing fierce competition in their countries, while “on the move” may cause damage at any stage of the tournament.

Take, for example, a Frenchman who demonstrates probably the best dynamics of paintball in Europe. In fact, every third team in the top three divisions closed Millennium – the representative of France! With the current format of four teams in the group, each quadruple, on average, more than one representative of France! As a result – the game commands such as “Tontons”, which for sure will fall in the top ten of the world rankings this season!

Surely it is clear to all that the “Hulk” is lost on the French team in play offs :)

If in order, then, as in the previous steps we have not had a single game track.

Although all the qualifying games ended in victory, these outstanding fights and wins with the same final result of 3-2. It should be noted very high and well-balanced selection of participants SPL this season, as evidenced by the constant rotation of leaders and ranking in the top ten. On the way out of the group we beat “Dagnir Dae”, “Ugly Ducklings “and “ML Kings” Faced with the “Boost Air Rennes” in 1 / 8. Perhaps because of the injury of our snake forward, we could not find your optimal game for the first time this season, the biggest loser 4:1.

Despite the absence of even a theoretical chance of a prize in the division this season, an experience that gets the team is invaluable in the process of building a competitive team. Already all three players of Hulk youth team take part in team games, both on the domestic tournaments, as well as abroad, laying the foundation for future victories!

Thanks to everyone who supports us – the captain Iaroslav, coach Alexander Pristupov the best pit area in the world Oksana; companies «DYE» and «Autoradio”. And a separate kowtow to Vasiliy Panteleev, team “Cosmos” and the other Slavic brothers for their help on the fileds and in the pit area :)

See you soon on the fields!”

HULK Continues to Dominate the Ukrainian Paintball Scene

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Warm summer days and a great venue anticipating a great time full of paintball.  All event long the stands were full to watch the exciting games happening at the tournament.

Long before the tournament, paintball Ukraine had news spread through the termination of the legendary Ukrainian team “Kiev Bears”, which defended the honor of Ukraine in international tournaments at the beginning of the last decade. The most significant achievement of the team in the last five years has been the Champion’s title in Ukraine and the Ukrainian Cup victory in 2012. Team “Hulk” expresses its hope for the resumption of the team in the near future!

As for the tournament, the proposed scheme in this year’s game allows teams to top tier in the group stage, easy to adapt to the field, to experiment, to vary the composition, in order to be in top shape to approach the decisive games of their division.

This, in fact, our team worked on the first game day. Due to the presence of 10 performers, it was important to give everyone a chance to prove themselves on the field of play, try different extensibility, and to assess the possibilities. Despite the experiments, three confident wins over teams of lower divisions and first place in the group.

On Sunday, at the time of the semi-finals, we met with one of the strongest teams of Ukraine in recent years – Kiev Express. This team traditionally plays well, especially on their home field, and we needed to win this tournament and thoroughly consolidate its leadership position in the ranking. In this confrontation, we were stronger, with a landslide victory 5-1.

In the final game, our team took up with another member of Kiev, the team “ZZ Top.” Unfortunately, since participation in the PSP, held in Chicago in parallel, the team played without their leader, the best player in the world last season, Alexandr Berdnikov.

Despite this, the team “ZZ Top” which placed second in the ranking of Ukraine, had a decent resistance, despite the modest final score 0:5

Victories in the three stages of the Cup of Ukraine, the team of “The Hulk” with 300 points thoroughly entrenched in first place in the rankings of the Cup of Ukraine on 30 points ahead of its closest competitors, the command “ZZ Top”

Looking forward to a successful performance in Europe, we want to thank our excellent pit – Oksana’s; captain Iaroslav; coach Alexander Pristupov, and our wonderful sponsors, the best equipment provider – Dye and our media sponsor – “Autoradio”.

Special thanks to DYE and all the fans to see you soon on the fields!

HULK Tells Their Story from Millennium Series Event #2 – Bitburg

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Team HULK blogs about their recent trip to the Millennium Series – Bitburg May 24-26, 2013:

photo credit: HEADSHOT Paintball & Life Magazine

“As on the first leg of the Millennium, our country, Ukraine, had only one team representing them at this event.  HULK is the only team that can have a positive effect on the level of development of paintball in Ukraine, and that is why we take our jobs so seriously.

It is no secret that the Millennium Series, for many years, is the second strongest league in the world, getting more competitive each year.  The CPL division for example is no longer dominated by the team “Art Chaos” like last year, after the first two legs this year they have not made the podium.

As for our team at the second stage, we did not have any easy matches. Not only that, but we also had problems with our visas and for this tournament we could only come with five players.

On the first day we played a game with a team from our neighboring state, “Warsaw United.” Calmly controlling the game and taking the lead 3-1, we lost concentration and made a number of forced errors, including a penalty for deadman talking, leaving the field without hand on head, etc. Opponent equalized and we had to spend a nervous game that would bring the match to 4-3.

In the second match we played with the podium team of the first stage and, looking at the front of say, the winner of the second stage in Bitburg, a British team “London Tigers.” The first two games were in favor of the British, but then we regrouped and were able to even the score in a matter of seconds before the end of normal time. In overtime, losing two players from breakout and having problems with the gun, we were still able to achieve a positive result, becoming the only team to beat the “Tigers” in the tournament.

Despite the two wins, a modest difference in the two games did not allow us the luxury of losing in Saturday’s match. And our opponent, former permanent “resident” of CPL team from Stockholm, “Ignition” to leave the group also hosts a victory.

As in the match against the Poles we are confident and controlled the game for three and a half minutes before the end of the match were 2-0. But in the next game we were again “visited” by penalty immediately after breakout and we gave point less than a minute. With the score 2-1 in our favor, and 2.5 minutes of playing time, the game evolved in our favor, as long as 15 seconds before the end, we did not get another penalty for deadman talking and the opponent has pressed the button. All this did not happen without the controversial decisions of the refs, but in fact we had to play overtime, in which a number is not correct decisions led to the fact that four of our players lost the two rivals. Lose with a score of 2:3 and full equal in points with the “Stockholm Ignition», which is the result of a personal meeting, left the group. And we, unfortunately, as in the first stage, did not have a single point to enter the next round of the competition!

At the end of the second stage we can talk about the realities of this season, and its regularity. Objectively, the team is unlikely to qualify for a prize in the division SPL. 19 and 18 places on the first two stages left only theoretical chances of success. The team is actually strengthened compared to the previous season, where the case was a disastrous match, which could result if not dry, then 5-1 is not in our favor. This season we can talk more about the game and the failed problems with discipline than about not ready for the game in general. For 5 official tournaments this season, we never lost with a difference, more than the 1 point. In some matches we did comeback in the 3-4 points. But, again, a large number of penalties and the lack of 100% concentration throughout the game do not give us the confidence to beat their rivals on the European stage.

We still have to improve our game and to make good use the experience to achieve the coveted victories in the future!

We would like to thank the guys from “Kosmos” and other teams for help with in pits and coaching, as well as to all those who produce our project continues to exist and develop, namely Iaroslav and Oksana, coach Alexander, DYE for the equipment, as well as our friends and partners – Autoradio!”

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