Houston VcK: The Road to Becoming a Professional Paintball Team

By Charles Dean

Paintball team profile video on Houston Vck and their road to becoming a professional paintball team in 2014.

Filmed by Cam Edwards and Charles Dean. Edited by Cam Edwards.

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Source: SocialPaintball.com, Houston VcK: The Road to Becoming a Professional Paintball Team

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Interview with Baltimore Revo, Going Pro at PSP Chicago

By Charles Dean

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For the third event of the 2014 Paintball Sports Promotions season, a new pro team will be entering the ranks of the Challengers division. That team is Baltimore Revo. These guys started as a divisional team back in 2007, and in 2009 played their first national event in Division 4. They placed 2nd in that event, and ever since have been making the climb to pro.

With the void left in the Challengers division by Texas Storm, the announcement of Baltimore Revo was the buzz leading up to Chicago. Everyone is wondering what to expect from them, so I caught up with Henry Sentz of Baltimore Revo to find out what the team thinks about the big move.

Charles: Did PSP offer the spot to Revo, or did you inquire once you learned of Texas Storm leaving the pro division?
Henry: We’ve been trying to get into the PSP Challengers Division since it started, and they (the PSP) took the Jesters over us. Revo was next in line as the next D1 team to move into the pro ranks, and once we learned about Texas Storm disbanding, we called PSP. We don’t like what happened to Texas Storm and we would have rather started fresh at the beginning of the season. But we won’t turn down this opportunity.

C: Are you bringing any new players onto the team when you move up to pro?
H: No, we’re a homegrown team. We’ve tried to bring in ringers in the past and it hasn’t gone well. We play best as a team.

C: What does this mean for the Revo organization?
H: It’s a huge milestone, we’ve always wanted to take the team pro. It’s a huge accomplishment. So far we’re taking the same sponsors with us, but we are hoping the sponsorship gets better. This just means we’ll work even harder to make sure we keep our pro spot.

C: Are you going to prepare for events differently?
H: Yes, a lot more drills. Now we’ll be playing race to 7 and have a penalty box. We’ll have to do more situational drills to prepare for that. We already practice hard as a team, and usually go through about 50 cases 2 days a weekend. The most important thing is preparing ourselves mentally.

C: What other changes are you expecting from the team moving up into the pro ranks from D1? How are they different?
H: As I mentioned, the mental prep will be different and how we drill. Gun skills are better. It’s was a big change from D2 to D1, and we expect to see a big change stepping into pro. It’s a different style of play…a slower style. All of the teams are good at that level. We’re looking forward to the possibility of playing Art Chaos and Infamous in Chicago to see where we stand against Champions teams.

C: Do you currently practice any pro teams?
H: Not this year, last year they we practiced with Upton 187 and Trenton Top Gun. We’re expecting to line up some pro practices in the days before Chicago. DC Devastation, Philly Energy, and Avalanche are teams close to us that we practice with regularly as well as other divisional teams in the area.

C: What do you thing the biggest challenge in regards to changes will be for Revo?
H: Going to 10.2 balls per second from 12.5 will be a big change. There will be a lot of trial and error for us. We shoot a lot of bodies off the break, and it remains to be seen if we can still get those kills on the break shooting a slower rate of fire.

C: Do you expect the team to do really well and make it into Champions this season? Or do you feel like you will spend this season in the Challengers bracket building experience for 2015?
H: We’re looking to bump up into the Champions bracket and we are capable of it. It’s just a matter of how fast we pick up on the style of the play and making the necessary mental adjustments. It will be a learning year as well, but we’ll be pushing the limits to make the move into Champions.

C: Would you like to thank anyone in particular for helping you guys get to where you are today?
H: I’d like to thank our sponsors, Rick Hartman, Paintball Adventure Park, GI Sportz, Planet Eclipse, IM2 Studios, Murdertron, Exalt, VForce, Raza, GB20 Designs, and Social Paintball.

Source: SocialPaintball.com, Interview with Baltimore Revo, Going Pro at PSP Chicago

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AXBL-Lite Event 2 Scores and Photos

By Charles Dean

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Here are the AXBL-Lite Event 2 results plus a preview gallery from Cameron Hagen. To see more photos visit Cameron Hagen Photography and Marcos Barradas Photography.

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1. IDK
2. ac Minions
3. APEX Predators

D4 Race to 2
1. ac Minionz
2. SA Notorious
3. Southern Hostility

D5 Race to 2
1. Carnage
2. Louisiana Royals 2
3. Texas Made Players

D5 Race to 2 (3-man)
1. Texas Arsenal
2. Official Devastation Black
3. Lubbock Elite

Young Guns Race to 2 (3-man)
1. G-Kidz
2. Archangels 2
3. North Texas Shockwave Red

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Source: SocialPaintball.com, AXBL-Lite Event 2 Scores and Photos

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Pro Team Texas Storm Disbands, Fire at Home Field

By Charles Dean

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After hearing rumors of Texas Storm disbanding and Avid Extreme Sports park having a fire, I immediately reached out to the team and field owner Ryan Gray to find out what was going on.

According to Ryan, on May 4th, and the same weekend as the PSP Mid-Atlantic Open, a brush fire erupted and engulfed 230 acres of recreational playing fields at the Avid Extreme Sports complex in Guthrie, Oklahoma. This had caused the field to shut down due to the damage of the playing fields. Since then, Ryan and his staff have been working around the clock and have reopened an approximately 5 acre portion that is now available to recreational players.

The financial impact of losing a large portion of income to down time, the cost to rebuild, and the future loss of income because the number of players the field can service has been exponentially decreased for the foreseeable future. This has caused Ryan to make hard decisions. He is able to focus on rebuilding his field and taking care of his family. Ryan has disbanded PSP pro team Texas Storm for the remainder of the 2014 season. This decision did not come lightly. Ryan has spoken with each player on the team to let them know what’s going on. He told me the team understands and supports his decision and that the bright side is that the players will have no problem finding teams to play with because of their abilities.

Texas Storm last played in the PSP Pro Challengers Division. The hole left in the division will undoubtedly be filled by a D1 team that will need to move up. Which team will step up is yet to be announced by the league.

I know everyone in the sport and within the industry wants to help. I asked Ryan what he needed from us as a community and paintball family. Right now he simply needs some time. Being at the field 16-18 hours a day since the fire occurred, Ryan is still in the middle of assessing the damage and what needs to be done to make a full recovery. He told me that scenario players and locals have reached out to him and asked if they needed help and right now as much as that’s appreciated, they have their hands full at the field. Ryan said he will reach out to the paintball community when and if he needs anything from us. He appreciates the support of Texas Storm and Avid as a staple on the Texas and Oklahoma paintball scene.

If you really want to help right now, when you talk to them or see them, let the players of Texas Storm and the staff and families of Avid Paintball know that we’re here for them. I think the best thing to do if you live near the field is tell people to go play paintball at the facility. Ryan has been a huge supporter of paintball and the Texas and Oklahoma paintball scene for many years, and we’ll be sure to support him and his family with whatever they need to rebuild. Knowing Ryan for over a decade, I know he’ll bounce back from this quickly.

Visit the field’s website at www.avidextremesportspark.com for more information about the field.

Location: Avid Extreme Sports Park, 2651 East Seward Rd Guthrie, OK 73044 – Phone (405) 282-0110

Source: SocialPaintball.com, Pro Team Texas Storm Disbands, Fire at Home Field

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2014 AXBL Event 1 Photo Gallery

By Charles Dean

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X-Factor Paintball Park in San Antonio, Texas was the venue for the season opener for the AXBL series this past weekend April 12 – 13, 2014. The Planet Eclipse Open hosted 64 teams ranging from Young Guns, Division 5, Division 4, and Division 3 as well as 3 and 5 man formats.

Social Paintball was on hand to film the event and our cameras were rolling!

Event Standings:

3 Man: Division 5 – Race to 2
1st Place: Ravage
2nd Place: Teamfactoryfactoryteam
3rd Place: Louisiana Royals 2

Young Guns – Race to 2
1st Place: Archangels 2
2nd Place: North Texas Shockwave Red
3rd Place: O.D.K. 3

5 man: Division 5 – Race to 2
1st Place: Abilene ADDicTeD Too
2nd Place: Carnage
3rd Place: Texas Made Players

Division 4 – Race to 2
1st Place: ac Minionz
2nd Place: SA Notorious
3rd Place: Outlaws Destruction Krew

Division 3 – Race to 4
1st Place: ac Minions
2nd Place: ac 254
3rd Place: F.H.V.

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Source: SocialPaintball.com, 2014 AXBL Event 1 Photo Gallery

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