Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Brutal Affliction: On a mission!

We recently caught up with one of South Africa's future star teams, Brutal Affliction, who recently played the second leg of the SARPL 5-man series. They had this to say:

Armed with the CS-1 and awesome new Jerseys we went out hard and made a name for ourselves once again. Playing through the preliminary round, losing only one game 1-0, we qualified to move straight into the finals, which unfortunately didn't go our way, ending up 2nd for the event. 

This is actually a great feat for the team, with both events this year ending 2nd, it changes the norm in the country and making everyone realise there is a new contender in the league.

From everyone at Brutal Affliction, we'd like to thank Planet Eclipse for their amazing support and confidence in us to put Planet back on top of the league in South Africa. There is only one direction for the team and that is up.

We love hearing from our teams and seeing their progression up the ranks as they write their paintball stories.

Keep up the good work boys.

Raskal Sports Appointed Planet Eclipse Asian Distributor

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Rebels in Spain....

Sun, beaches, paintball at the Coast of Spain, it sounds amazing right?
But wait- haven’t we tried that before? 

I know I’ve been around the Millennium series a lot longer than most of the players nowadays so I can understand the innocence; loving the idea of paintball at the coast of Spain. Me, I still remember holding on to a leg of a tent trying to make sure the Eclipse booth didn’t fly away, the heavy rain so hard it was not possible to play, the mandatory diving certificate for snake-players, the postponing of games to the next tournament cos of weather and last but not least- the 43 hour bus ride back to Scandinavia when the ash cloud was a fact. And no, all these things did not occur at the same tournament..
Yes I know the first Malaga was fantastic, unfortunately it was not like that every time.
So as u can understand the Barca event was an event with mixed feelings for me. I would love nothing more than it to be the best and sunniest event ever, but I had my doubts. It is winter in Spain.
We arrived Wednesday night and the weather had already started taking a turn for the worse. We had an insane wind that made our cottages shake, and the forecast did not look good for the rest of the weekend either.

During the weekend the weather stole our fieldwalking, cut down training or cancelled training, gave us over 2 hours delays and threw the net in the air more than once during games, but what can you do – you just have to focus on the games ahead, it’s the same for everyone. 

Thursday practice, Rebels practiced against RMG and it felt good using paint again, even though the training was cut down to 30 minutes. Not everyone was so lucky. At the field where the Norwegian national team were to practice, the net blew up and it couldn’t be fixed so their practice was cancelled. Since there is almost no chance of shooting paint before the first Millennium for the Scandinavian teams, Thursday practice is an important part of preparations.

The turf on the site was great, the same was (as always) the Eclipse techs, they didn’t have much to do, but just the fact that they were in the pits make the team feel safe and taken care of.

The Rebels guys were very excited before the tournament. Questions needed to be answered, had the reball practice this winter had paid off and how the new additions to the team would fit in. Only one way to find out :-)

Rebels started off against Phoenix St.Petersburg, and everything went according to plan. 4-0 win, and with a good feeling towards next game.

Next up was a hard opponent, Union Five Moscow, a great team with some really good Russian players. The game started well, 3-0 to Rebels, but then the Russians figured out Rebels gameplans and capitalized on that. When they finally started to figure out the Russian plays again it was a bit too late, the game ended with a 4-5 loss.

Last prelim was Assala Libreville , an old Millennium team filled with crazy guys who love paintball. In the last few years it looks like they prioritize practice before Jungle Juice and they bring a strong game. Assala and Rebels had exactly the same score so the winner would be 2nd in their group. They laid down some crazy good lanes and the fight was a good one, but Rebels won 4-3 in the end and was ready for the Sunday-club! Never get tired of the taste of that :-)

Sunday club and the Bad Boys Oss team was the drawn opponent. These young guys really bring everything. The game went back and forth every point. The last point the reffs called a 2 for 1 point swing, and the scoreboard said 4-4. It looked like both teams were happy that they could play another point in overtime proving that they were the best team, but after a lot of strange calls and disagreeing between the reffs they altered the scoreboard putting the score to 5-3 to Bad Boys.. It felt like a really tough and wrong call, but what can you do, all Sunday-club games are hard and they need to make it a bit less exiting next time.

If mother nature was on our side and a few small tweaks to the layout this could be an amazing venue for players and families with a few extra days thrown in down the beach for good measure, and the odd cocktail :-)

And then it was the airport issues.. 

Late last year Spain enforced a new gun rule saying everything that looks like a gun should be treated as one,so a lot of people got stuck at the airport for a lot of different reasons. There were flights missed, guns threatened to be destructed, expensive tickets and luggage bought, it was a total chaos.

Some of the guys decided to stay for some holiday-days to explore Spain, but Eirik and Sigve had to get back to work so they were to leave on Monday. They had heard some rumors from the day before so they arrived over 2 hours before to be in time for delays too. It was a lot of angry paintballers queuing around, no one knew anything, people got different information. Despite the planned it wasn’t enough, they got sent through the safety check , but when the plane left before they were checked through all the places and they got sent back again. The airport personnel and the crew of the different airlines were not very cooperative. After a lot of time they had to buy a new ticket for the night to get home for school and work :-(

The preparations towards Bitburg have already started, getting in some good practice at the field against Solid and Blast and reffing the first Norwegian League tournament
The Rebels want to thank our sponsors for having our backs and believing in us: Planet Eclipse and Virtue Paintball for awesome equipment, Anthrax for rocking cool jerseys and coffee in their booth. Blitzed Media for making us look good. We would also like to thank: Fight Back Design, Energima ,Actionshop, RVS, JKS rør and Proteinfabrikken.

And a  thanx to everyone who helps us out in the pit, especially Simon and Edvin.
Love from Kristine Myhre Andersen

Saturday, 21 May 2016

UPL in Vegas Baby !!!

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.  Well that’s how the saying goes, unless you were one of the lucky players that played paintball at the recent United Paintball League (UPL) regional event.  Then you have all of the memories that paintball creates to take home with you.  With no guilt either. 

The UPL Regional Open was held at Vegas Xtreme Paintball in Northern Las Vegas, which is about a 15 minute drive from the Vegas Strip and all of the entertainment it has to offer.  The event hosted forty five D5, D4 and D3 teams from all over the Western United States.  These teams competed for over $14k in cash prize money as well as gear from Planet Eclipse and Empire.  Ultimately as with any event there are only the lucky few teams that can call themselves winners, but it seems as if the UPL treats all of the teams like winners.  With amenities like tents and tables available to the teams they were able to stay out of the sun and the rain that came through on Saturday.   Apples, oranges, and bananas were laid out on ice.  Sports drinks and ice water were also available for free to any players in attendance.  Planet Eclipse and Empire had techs standing by to keep the players markers in top form.  

On Friday night the UPL hosted a Players party at Blondie’s Sports bar off the Vegas Strip.  The UPL worked out a deal to offer players 20.00 all you can drink beer and shots. It is a wonder that anyone showed up to the first games on Saturday.  

Teams had a great selection of paint to choose from.   There was Formula 13, Empire Evil, Empire Ultra Evil and Critical Stealth paint available. With paint as low as 35.00 per case this event is relatively affordable. 

Food was available to players throughout the entirety of the event.  Pop’s Tacos and Native Blends were on hand dishing out delicious tacos and healthy Acai bowls all weekend. 
Media coverage for the event was provided by Spantastik, 1904 Photography, Raw Fotos, English Rose Photography, Get Shot Photo, and Royal Films. 

Tech Support was provide by Planet Eclipse which the teams appreciated and took full advantage of knowing they could get their guns serviced when needed.

The format of the UPL is unique because it allows teams to complete all of their matches in one day.  This allows players to limit travel time and the expense involved with traveling for an event.  
Games ran smoothly and ahead of schedule despite the delay caused by the rain on Saturday.  The event concluded on Sunday.  Once the dust settled the following teams took to the podium.  

D5 Race To 2 
1st Gummy Bears
2ns SLC Immortals
3rd Suicide Squad

D4 Race To 2
1st Lockout
2nd LVPP Outkast
3rd Northside Union

D4 Race To 4
1st Scottsdale Elevation
2nd Northside Militia
3rd Mayhem

D3 Race To 4
1st Los Angeles Collision
2nd Northside Army
3rd Los Angles Platinum Red

If you are looking for an affordable tournament series that was built by players for players look no further than the UPL.  The next regional event is June 11th-12thRegister your team by going to today!

Saturday, 14 May 2016

NPL (Dutch Paintball League)

While on one side of the river hundreds of cyclists were racing for the finish line in the Giro, on the other side a little over two dozen teams gathered to play the first leg of the Dutch Paintball league (NPL). Two unique events taking place only a few miles apart from each other in such a small country. Two completely different sports with one having media choppers covering the event, thousands of viewers on the sidelines and an entire city being locked down and the other attracting by passers, loyal supporters, friends and family. You’d assume one would overshadow the other, however that was certainly not the case. 

The first National Paintball event of the year was a big success with more teams then ever showing up and competing in four divisions on two fields. After years of not seeing much growth in the participating teams we finally see a change, a change for the better. The shops, fields, teams and players are working hard to improve the competitive paintball scene and improvement is what we got.

Planet Eclipse was not only well represented at the NPL but also provided several teams with the high quality equipment they require to win. Here are their results:

Pro division
1st  Amsterdam Heat
2nd Bad Boys Oss

Semi Pro
2nd Team Unknown

Division 1
1st PDN disciples

Thanks to Yilkee Photography for the pictures:

The Emortal Army is strong in the Netherlands !!!