Mercenarios Paintball Store held the third CSP tournament of the season at Tagaste Ecopark in São Paulo, Brazil, a beautiful hotel with a great structure for paintball tournaments. It had been raining for two weeks and the beautiful well-tended gardens and sports fields were muddy and soaking wet. On Thursday the facility was being prepared for the public and players and by the end of the day everything was ready: staging area, Dye scoreboard, grandstands, field, compressors, and everything else needed to run the event. APPA’s Chris Raehl and PSP ref David Baker were already in Brazil and Ryan Greenspan, from Dynasty, was still having trouble at the Dallas airport where he should get his connection to São Paulo. His flight had been cancelled after spending three hours in the plane waiting for takeoff. In the end he had to spend the night in Dallas and would arrive in Brazil on Friday, late for his clinic.
On Friday morning players were registering while David Baker started his now famous ref certification clinic, which by the way is changing the level of CSP tournaments, providing high level referees in all six countries. Meanwhile, Ryan’s other flight was also very late and he arrived at the field, changed clothes and sterted his clinic.
As the player’s clinic finished, we started the Empire Top Gun, a one-on-one, one-minute game tournament that every year provides a lot of fun for the players at CSP Brazil. In this competition the public can’t say anything to help and often a player in the field loses track of his opponent making them lose precious seconds. The early applause went to a player named Maron, a sneaky paintball snap-shooter who could silently pursue his adversary and eliminate him with only one good shot. But his skills were not enough to keep him alive until the final round. Daniel Cabal ended with the trophy and a brand new Axe provided by Empire.
On Saturday at 8AM the games started with the Amateur (D4) division teams Arsenal and Lethal, both from Rio de Janeiro. Lunchtime was like a party… teams, refs and staff all eating and chatting in the restaurant, forgetting about field rivalry. Soon after lunch it was D3 (Open) and D5 (Novice) turns. The air supply was perfect and the judges were awesome (according to PSP ref David Baker), so the games were played easily, fast with no stress or arguments.
Sunday morning started with a hearty breakfast at the field hotel and at 8 o’clock the games started. As the tournament went on, Hellcife would get farther away from the other teams in the Amateur division while Arsenal, Redpill and Lethal followed almost in a tie. Those four teams made it to the semi-finals. Redpill played Arsenal in a game that ended in a tie, what automatically led them to the overtime. This was the most boring overtime game ever! Both teams were over careful and wouldn’t move. Finally Redpill scored the point! In the other bracket Hellcife defeated Lethal. Lethal then played Arsenal winning and ending in 3rd.place. Redpill and Hellcife presented a great show to the public but Hellcife, which had won all the games in the prelims, reinforced it’s superiority and won the Champion trophy in the Amateur (D4) division.
In the prelims team Rapozas had conquered its post in the final round by points. Team Arena had to face the Argentinean champion El Clan in a very dynamic and emotional game. The Argentineans had their families, wives covered in their flags, with babies in their arms, all cheering for them – beautiful to see! Team Arena defeated El Clan and played with team Rapozas in the final. Showing a lot of talent, Arena won the final game and got the title of Champion of the Novice division.
Then came the time for the eagerly expected Open Division semi-final. Team Mercenarios had gone through the whole prelims without losing a single point and granted it’s place in the Final. Mercenario’s opponent would be decided in a dynamic and nervous game between the Peruvian Katari and the Brazilian Megaplay. Megaplay won and the crowd went wild in the super final game against team Mercenarios. The public had a kind of parallel competition on the grand stands that sometimes had to be contained by the staff when they got too enthusiastic. Team Mercenarios kept the same pattern of the previous games and won by 3 points to 0 in this awesome Race-to-3 competition, deserving every inch of the Champion Trohy of the highest division in CSP.
The awards were in a nice salon at the same hotel and basically all players remained there to find out who would win the Animal Player trophy (the best individual move of the tournament, chosen by the referees). Well, that prize went to Gaúcho, for the amazing speed he could develop crawling from the base to the snake at the start of the points. The team captains elected Deedee as the Best Referee.
It was the best tournament ever made by Mercenarios Paintball Store and probably the best CSP ever. According to David Baker, this was the best ref team he’s ever seen in South America and those guys are ready to ref in any other part of the world, in any other tournament. This means a lot to the CSP owners as a lot of effort and money have been invested in the judges training and teaching since last year. We believe there are no good tournaments without good referees.
CSP deeply thanks Empire, RpS, Axe, Dye, Proto, Tippmann, Spyder, Sup’Air Ball, JT, NxE, BT, Play Paintball Brasil and Mercenários Paintball Store for the trust and sponsorship, our staff from Mercenários Store that worked almost non stop for several days to make everything perfect, under the lead of Tony Huamani, my husband and partner, the refs that transformed the event into a real success and of course, the players, for without them there would be no tournament, right?
OPEN – D3:
4- Los Hermanos
AMATEUR – D4:
5- Mercenários Black
7- Megaplay Fusion
8- All Stars
9- Team Bulldogs
NOVATOS – D5:
3- El Clan
4- Monster Ink