The Power Of One - CS1

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Rebels conquering Norway!

The National Championship is a prestige-tournament, it is here we official crown Norway’s best paintball-team. It has some nice prizes from sponsors like Eclipse, Anthrax, Virtue, Dye etc, but it’s definitively the glory that weighs most for the elite teams. The possibility to make it official, they are the best team in Norway.

The tournament is built of 4 categories – Xball (the title that of course weighs the most), 5man (old school 5 man format), 1 vs 1 and 3 man. Everyone can participate in all the categories besides from 3 man which is only for new players who has never played a tournament in higher than 3rd (our lowest division) before.

The layout for NM (national masters) is always a secret before the tournament, walking the field is a skill that can separate the good from the best. The last 3 years we have been lucky to get the field designed by Paul Richards,but since he passed we had to find a new designer. And Nick Brockdorff (former pro player from Denmark) stepped up to the challenge :-) I can’t remember a field getting so good reviews, so it’s obvious that he did a great job.

Rebels wanted to play as much paintball as possible so they signed up for xball, 5-man and 1 vs 1.

First competition was the 1 vs 1, everything is a random draw, so a newbie can easily meet a pro in the first round. And it’s not always that the pro wins :-)

Kristian Helgerud was Rebels representative and he fought hard with an injured knee all day and pulled of the win after an exciting final against Solids Oiva Ranta. They had to go 4 rounds against each other to find a winner. Congrats Kristian!

Then the xball began… you could fell the tension and excitement in the air.  

Rebels first game was Rampage, a up and coming young team. Even for a team like Rebels, that have been around for some years, getting a new un-played field thrown at you makes you insecure when you’re used to walking, playing and grinding the field until you get it right. And, that’s exactly why at NM it’s always a secret field. The insecurity of the field made the game a bit more exciting than they wanted to, but Rebels won the game 4-3.

Next up was DC Devils, the field-owners of the tournament. They played well and Rebels were sometimes shot from places they didn’t see coming, win to DC Devils 4-3.  It’s always great to see the hosts play and also play well, since everyone who have arranged a tournament knows that to do that you don’t get your 8 hours rest or any of the other preparing things you want to do before a tournament, cos it’s a lot of hard work.

After a good night’s sleep, a lot of talking about the field layout, Rebels got more secure concerning lanes, roles etc and went to the field  with a good feeling.

Last prelim game was Rønholt Miners and the good feeling was justified, a win of 4-0.

Rebels came into the finals as number two in their group and that meant playing Drammen Solid.. Since Drammen Solid is reffing the regular Norwegian series, this is the only Norwegian tournament they are playing, so to beat Solid on Norwegian soil one have to play NM Xball.

Solid is a strong opponent and leaves no room for mistakes, but Rebels felt prepared and ready. It was long points between the two and Rebels was the strongest team. The score became 3-1 to Rebels when the time ran out.

In the final Xsportz was on the other side. Xsportz is a team with both young talents and “old” experienced players and have been one of the teams in top 4 this year. The game was filled with a lot of good gun-battles and ended 4-1 to Rebels  - so:

Congratulations Rebels, with the title of Norway’s best team 2015!

Rebels also played in the 5 man competition. They won 5 of 6 games in the prelims, but lost to Kristiansund Oilers in the semi. In the battle for the 3rd place they met Fight Back Design Factory team (my factory team) and lost 2-1. So, 4th to Rebels with a congrats to Fight Back Design taking 3rd from the winners of the xball division :-)

All in all Rebels is well pleased with the weekend, 2 gold medals of 3 and a 4th place is acceptable :-) And most importantly is the bragging right as the Norwegian masters of 2015 :-)

Congratulations to Rebels with the crown as Norways best team, winners of NM 2015

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 coffe in their booth. Cartel for making us look good. We would also like to thank: Fight Back Design, PBgear, RVS, JKS rør, Energima and Proteinfabrikken

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Black Karma - Season of Change

As we approached Badlandz Paintball in Crete, Illinois, we reflected on our journey over the past few years. As a team, we have had many fun adventures, trying times, and grown close as a family. We came to the UWL International Masters event to see if we belonged in the league we have chosen to compete in. We started out as friends who enjoyed this crazy, adrenaline filled sport of paintball, but made the decision to transition from Scenario ball to competitive Woodsball. 

The competition was intense at the event. Teams flocked to the venue from throughout the United States, Mexico, and Panama. Our 5-man team progressed up through the preliminary rounds with a perfect record, no doubt in part to our awesome HDE attire and Black Karma Geo 3.5's. In the finals, we lost a well-earned win in the last few seconds of the match to some fierce competitors. We left the UWL International Masters with 2nd place win in 5-man Division and a desire to train more for next season so we can claim the title. This is definitely a format where we feel “at home,” and look forward to many more competitions. 

A week after the UWL event, some of our younger (and less weight challenged, I might add!) teammates competed in the last event in a series of Beginner Speedball Tournaments at Paintball is Good in McCalla, Alabama. Competitive Speedball is definitely outside of our comfort zone, but this helped us see a different perspective of play than we are used to. After progressing through the tournament throughout the year, our boys made us proud and brought home 1st place. Thank you, Planet Eclipse, for your continued support. We can always count on your gear to perform flawlessly at our events, no matter what the conditions are. 

Next up on our calendar, November 6th-8th, is the annual MPP Game of Thrones event at Bearclaw Paintball in Fayetteville, Tennessee. As in previous years, there will be two beach landings: one to start the game, and one at night lit by three huge funeral pyres. The vendor list grows each time we check, and I’m sure Planet Eclipse will be there. Stop by our Kompound and try our cobbler! If you have a favorite recipe, let us know on our Facebook page and we might make it. All you have to do is show up and enjoy. Hope to see you there!

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Make a Wish Foundation.

Extreme Pros Paintball and Make a Wish Foundation came together to grant one kids Paintball gear wish. He wanted a Geo3.5 so Make a Wish Foundation bought one from Extreme Pros and other paintball equipment to surprise the kid with. Below are some pictures of James with his new equipment:

Love helping out Make A Wish Foundation. Make A Wish makes kids happy. In this crazy world - helping a kid who's sick is an absolute pleasure! James - get better soon and hope to play with you on the fields. Keep a positive attitude. Everyone is praying for you! Special thanks to Planet Eclipse, Ninja Paintball, Dye Precision, HK Army and my staff for coordinating this opt. (Special thanks to Rachel - You Know Who You Are !)

Saturday, 10 October 2015

CS1 Review Video from YourPBfriend

The guys over at YourPBfriend had posted up a couple of CS1 Reviews...

The first is their 'Ultimate CS1 Gun Review' coming in at over an hour long. Covers pretty much everything on the CS1.. Definety worth a watch...

The second is a unboxing and first impressions of the CS1 seen from lots of different people..

Thanks for making the effort to make the video guys...

Pop over to the YourPBfriend web site for more: 

Monday, 5 October 2015

Cheeky Raskals only won the SPS !!!

With the lack of paintball tournaments in Malaysia for nearly 2 years, Team Raskal had to travel abroad to continue playing and representing its sponsors, namely Planet Eclipse, Gelkaps Sports, Extreme Power Sports, Virtue, Exalt, Skirmish Asia, Potosan Corner and Xtion Paintball. Team Raskal participated in the Thai Paintball Official Circuit  - TPOC and Singapore Paintball Series - SPS both which incorporated the PALS Series legs as well. 

Team Raskal’s 1st leg of the SPS didn’t go too well due to a depleted line up coming right after the TPOC event in Bangkok. Team Raskals came away with 2nd podium placing for this event. The next SPS 2nd leg which was also the PALS 2nd leg in Singapore saw them do battle with the PALS regional teams from Thailand, Philippines, Australia, and Singapore. After a very close and hard fought Finals of the PALS Singapore event, team Raskal lost in a very close game of 2-1 to team Infernal of Thailand. Raskal nearly took the Finals game to overtime in the 4th point but was late by only 3 steps from the buzzer before full time kicked in. So this was another 2nd podium placing but under more competitive circumstance.

However with further intensive training in preparation for WCA, team Raskal with its full team line up played the last and final leg of SPS on Sept 5th - 6th. Raskals powered their way through all their preliminary 6 games and only dropping a total of 4 points. In the finals, team Raskal played the very much improved local favourites and overcame them in a thrilling game of 2-0. This win finally  gave team Raskal their deserved Champions trophy and also the Overall Champions of Singapore Paintball Series 2015 and for the 2nd consecutive year.

Team Raskal would like to express their grateful thanks to Jane and Ben for organising the Singapore Paintball Series and for their support and hospitality shown towards them and to all their sponsors for their continued support and encouragement especially Ledz of Planet Eclipse, Gelkaps Sports and Extreme Power Sports. Team Raskal shall be back for its next challenge for SPS 2016. Thank you everyone.

The Emortal Army marches on …..

Pictures courtesy of Red Turtle Media, Eye4you Photography and Kelvin Ngui Photography

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Bounty Hunters....

The Bounty Hunters scenario paintball team started as a small group of family and friends playing in the woods on the property of one of the family members, near Greenville, KY. In 2009, the group decided to start playing as a team, and the Bounty Hunters scenario paintball team was born. Six members participated in the team’s first event in February 2010 at Bear Claw Paintball in Fayetteville, TN. Since that time, the team has expanded to eighteen members from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Alabama, and has traveled to events in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana.

The 2015 season began on a chilly March weekend in a familiar and cherished place: Bear Claw Paintball, for the “Starship Troopers” game, presented by MPP Games. The Bounty Hunters fought on the side of the Roughnecks who were invading the Arachnids home planet of Klendathu. 

Saturday’s action began with the Roughnecks needing to establish a landing zone and take six objectives, including taking their own base, within the first hour. One group of Roughnecks, including the entire Bounty Hunters team, headed to the high end of the field and took three objectives while encountering moderate resistance and taking few casualties. However, objectives became harder to take as the Roughnecks advanced further into Arachnid territory. The Arachnids were able to control much of the field and complete many of their missions partly due to a tunnel system that allowed them to ambush advancing Roughnecks from behind. By the end of the day, the Arachnids had a comfortable 1000 point lead.

On Sunday, the Roughnecks took a page from the Arachnids’ book by using tunnel passes to enter the tunnels and circumvent the Arachnids’ defenses to run missions. Coupled with the bulk of the Roughneck forces pressing on the Arachnid base, this turned out to be an effective strategy. A few groups, including a few Bounty Hunters, effectively used the tunnels throughout the day to complete missions and cut into the Arachnids’ lead. As is often the case at Bear Claw, victory would be decided by the final battle.

In order to defeat the Roughnecks, the Arachnids would have to defend key objectives and protect the Brain Bug. However, the Roughnecks continued to press the Arachnids and, within a few minutes, captured the Brain Bug. A few Bounty Hunters manned both floors of Ft. Warden while the remainder of the team made up a line down the hill from the fort. Several Arachnids were able to outflank the line and surround the fort. Just as it looked like the fort would be taken, the line was re-established allowing the Roughnecks to eliminate the remaining Arachnids in the Bone Pit and surrounding the fort. This was the turning point of the final battle as the Roughnecks were able take all of the objectives in the last few minutes.

The Roughnecks had put the finishing touches on a fierce comeback, but would it be enough to take the win? The final score was so close that it was re-counted three times. In the end, the Arachnids came away with a 4100-3800 win.

In the months following Starship Troopers, Bounty Hunters made three trips to the Indianapolis area, including Indy Paintball Battleground in Greenwood, IN for  “Command & Conquer: Redemption” in April and “Outbreak!” in June, and White River paintball in Anderson, IN for “Beaches of Normandy” in July. The team also played in Go’N Postal #2 in May and Go’N Postal #4 in August at Paintball Asylum in Louisville, KY. The Bounty Hunters took part in victories at four of the five events.

Bounty Hunters are proud to be sponsored by Planet Eclipse and Paintball Asylum, and we are excited to use Eclipse products. Several of our players have been impressed with the Etek 5 with OLED board. Players have praised the soft shot and quiet sound signature, which has allowed them to lay down heavy fire without giving away their positions. The OLED board has made programming a breeze.

Up next on our schedule is MPP Games’ Game of Thrones IV, November 6-8 at Bear Claw Paintball in Fayetteville, TN. This is the main event on the Bear Claw schedule and will feature two beach landings, one during the day and one at night. The night beach landing is truly a sight to behold. If you make it to the game, feel free to try out the team Etha or Etek 5.

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Thanks to Michael “Tinker” Bell for the Pics....