PSP Chicago Open Recap

865We’ll have hundreds of photos and the full story in the next edition of PaintballX3 Magazine (July 15).

Although they placed in the top 4 at every PSP event last year, Edmonton Impact had not actually won a PSP event since the March 2010 Phoenix Open four years ago.   Several unexpected roster changes in the off-season left many wondering if Edmonton Impact would continue to be a top performing team, or would need a season to re-group.  The roster changes, the relentless Chicago weather, the history of coming so close but not securing the win – nothing could hold Edmonton Impact back from conquering Houston Heat in the finals to win the 2014 PSP Chicago Open.  Congratulations to a very deserving team on a highly anticipated victory!

Moscow Art Chaos and Houston VcK were able to top the Challengers Division and are moving up to the Professional Champions Division starting with the West Coast Open in Riverside, California August 8 – 10, 2014.  On the flip side, proving no one is safe from relegation, 2013 World Cup Champions San Antonio X-Factor as well as Chicago Aftershock will be relegated down to the Pro Challengers Division for the PSP West Coast Open.  Challenger teams must finish in the top two at the PSP West Coast Open to be eligible to compete in the PSP Champions Division at World Cup.

The stakes are just as high for the Pro Champions in the West Coast Open however as the bottom two finishers in their division at the West Coast Open will not be able to compete in the Champions Division at World Cup.  You can watch the drama unfold from the grandstands at the Riverside event August 8 – 10 or live online through PaintballAccess.com’s webcast.

180 teams from around the world competed in nine divisions of the PSP Chicago Open at CPX Sports Park in Joliet, Illinois last weekend.  We would like to thank the staff of CPX Sports Park, our wonderful sponsors and vendors, the tireless efforts from our crew, referees and staff as well as the many fans who braved the weather to watch the best paintball teams in the world compete against each other.  We look forward to seeing each of you at the upcoming PSP West Coast Open held in Riverside, California August 8 – 10, 2014!

Congratulations to the 2014 PSP Chicago Open Podium Finishers in each division: Continue reading

REVO The Newest PSP Pro Team

revo2From the Team’s Facebook Page: After 4 1/2 years of battle our way through the divisional ranks fighting more and more each season to reach the top level of paintball we finally get our opportunity! As of today Baltimore Revo has been officially invited to join the PSP pro challengers division we are very thankful for this golden opportunity and we are ready to work harder then ever to be the top team! Special thanks to Rick Hartman without him none of this would have ever been possible. Also a big thanks to GI Sportz for the best shooting paint in the game and the amazing amazing gear. Also a big thanks to Planet Eclipse for the best shooting guns on the market. Check us out at PSP Chicago open battling it out against the top pro teams in the world.

APL Cancels Windy City Event and Re-evaluates Remaining Events

APL_Logo_PNG3From the APL’s Facebook page: Due to last minute unforeseen circumstances the APL is forced to cancel its Windy City Event. Our host field in East Dundee, IL had planned to have the APL event in their parking lot area like what has been done in the past. That area is not actually owned by the field and falls under the jurisdiction of the East Dundee Township. As such, it requires approval from the Township which was requested and applied for months ago. The field just got word back that they will not allow the fields to be set up in that area which in turn forces the APL event to be cancelled.

“The worst thing about this is the timing. Cancelling an event at all is not good but doing it last minute is the absolute worst” says APL Staff. “We are working with all of our stakeholders to minimize financial impact in regards to flights and other arrangements.“

All future events are on hold while we re-evaluate the sustainability of league.

Our staff is reaching out to all the teams and vendors. If you have not heard from someone from the APL please contact our office at 877-752-4775 or email info@pbpromotions.com

San Diego Dynasty: 2014 PSP MAO Pro Champions

maopspSan Diego Dynasty triumph over Edmonton Impact in an incredibly close match to become the 2014 PSP Mid-Atlantic Professional Champions!  This is Dynasty’s first PSP win since last year’s Mid-Atlantic Open event.  Edmonton Impact placed in the top 4 at each and every event last season.  After adjusting to off-season roster changes, this event proves that they will continue to be a major threat for that 1st place title.  Chicago Aftershock impressively finished in 3rd place with their best PSP performance since 2010 and Tampa Bay Damage improved from their previous event where they fought off relegation in Dallas by coming in 4th overall at the MAO.

Houston Heat and Moscow Red Legion each earned their spot back into the Champions Division after battling it out in the Challengers Division all weekend long. Proving no one is safe in this extremely talented Professional Division, 2014 PSP Dallas Champions Los Angeles Infamous and the international star-studded roster of Moscow’s Art Chaos were both relegated down to the Pro Challengers Division and will have to work their way back into the Champions Division at the 2014 PSP Chicago Open.

Perhaps the greatest storyline of the event comes from Division 1′s DC Devastation.  They won Division 3 at the 2012 MAO, won Division 2 the following year and stepped up to win Division 1 this year!

In other divisional results, Rack City Klutch beat out Stratton Oakmont Bears to win the Division 2 title and Chicago Warped were able to beat Absolute Chaos to win Division 3.  PR1ME 2 won Division 4 after defeating SA Notorious while Asylum TrueBallers were crowned Pump Champions after winning against Lockout.  In the RaceTo-2 Format, Jersey Storm beat Rhythm for the D3 title and Chicago Aggressive Black took out SLK to become Division 4 RaceTo-2 Champions.

All of this action happened at the Outdoor Xtreme Chesapeake City (OXCC) Paintball Park in Maryland and everything from the Champions field was broadcasted live to thousands around the world through the PaintballAccess.com webcast. The PSP would like to thank all players, fans, sponsors, staff and OXCC for bringing the tournament paintball world together once again at the 2nd stop of PSP’s 2014 circuit.

Next up is the massive PSP Chicago Open held at CPX Sports Park in Joliet, Illinois June 19 – 22, 2014. This event will sell out rapidly for teams as well as grandstand/VIP tickets – so be sure to claim your spot as soon as registration opens! Stay tuned to PSPevents.com and Facebook.com/pspevents for registration updates!

Congratulations to all podium finishers at the 2014 PSP Mid-Atlantic Open:

Professional Champions

1)   San Diego Dynasty

2)   Edmonton Impact

3)   Chicago Aftershock

4)   Tampa Bay Damage

Professional Challengers

1)   Houston Heat

2)   Moscow Red Legion

3)   Houston VcK

4)   Trenton TopGun Union

Division 1

1)   DC Devastation

2)   Revo

3)   New England Avalanche

4)   Portland Uprising

Division 2

1)   Rack City Klutch

2)   Stratton Oakmont Bears

3)   New England Avalanche II

4)   Louisville Asylum

Division 3

1)   Chicago Warped

2)   Absolute Chaos

3)   Project Mayhem

4)   KPS Paintball

Division 4

1)   PR1ME 2

2)   SA Notorious

3)   Damage Control

4)   NJ Jesters Kids

Pump RaceTo-2

1)   Asylum TrueBallers

2)   Lockout

3)   Pull-N-Cock

Division 3 RaceTo-2

1)   Jersey Storm

2)   Rhythm

3)   Palm Beach Viper Kids

4)   Bad Intentions

Division 4 RaceTo-2

1)   Chicago Aggressive Black

2)   SLK

3)   Storm Riders

4)   Khaotik

PSP MAO – RaceTo MAXX format

829We’re bursting at the seams! The PSP continues to grow in popularity. We added an extra field in Dallas due to demand. The upcoming MAO event will be the largest second event of a season since 2005! But success has created a new problem. The traditional Race To structure limits the total number of teams that can participate at a PSP tournament. Even at the best locations there is often a limit to the number of fields the league can set up. If this trend continues we will need to either turn teams away-which we do not want to do-or find a more efficient way to use the fields and space available.

In an effort to explore possible solutions the PSP will be introducing PSP RaceTo MAXX on a limited basis at MAO. D3 RaceTo-4 & D4 RaceTo-4 will have the first opportunity to compete using the MAXX formula. PSP RaceTo MAXX does not alter the RaceTo format in any way. The teams affected will still be competing in RaceTo-4. What MAXX does is it allows more efficient scheduling which in turn should make it possible for more teams to compete in their chosen version of RaceTo on the same number of fields.

           

How will it work? Simply put, four teams will share a field at the same time with two matches running simultaneously with the two pairs of teams taking turns. Teams A and B run a point and then teams C and D run the next point so that they are alternating points. When one pair of teams finish their match the next two teams will enter the pits and prepare to begin their match regardless of the status of the other match being played. The MAXX fields will have separate pit areas for all the competing teams. For example, this means there will be a Home Pit A and Home Pit C separated by a chrono station on one side of the score table, and Away Pit B and Away Pit D on the other side, each pit with their own separate pit boards that maintain separate match/game clocks for each match. The main board on the field will display the information for the point that is about to start (during breaks) or the match in progress (point being played). If a match’s break clock reaches 30 seconds when the other match is still in progress, it will stop at 30 seconds. Once the other match finishes, the 30 seconds will start rolling so the teams have 30 seconds to get to their start stations.

           

Once a match ends, we put a 5-minute break clock on that match’s scoreboard while the other match continues. The previous team moves out, and the next team moves in. There will be an on-deck staging tent directly behind the match pits so teams can pod up, gear up, get guns working, etc, in the on-deck tent prior to their match and just carry their set-up stuff into the match pit when they’re up to play.

           

Confused? Concerned? Don’t worry. There will be additional PSP staff to assist the MAXX teams. In addition, all the competing teams will always have at least two minutes between points, never less. In fact, depending on the field teams may have extra turnaround time between points making it easier to get ready. Competing teams will have their own pit for the duration of their match and the on-deck teams will have a separate tented area to stage for their matches.

           

The PSP thanks the participating teams for their cooperation. It is our goal to provide the best possible tournament paintball competition and we are confident that MAXX will allow the league to grow without impacting the quality of our events.

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