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The January Issue of PaintballX3 Euro is live and free for your reading, liking, commenting, watching, listening, and rating pleasure. This issue features coverage of Leg #2 of the Moscow Iceball series, Belgium Winter League Coverage, Tons of Products and News, a Look at the amazing Arena Moscow, and much more. Check it out at HERE.

Vanguard Paintball, manufacturer of the Demon pro-level paintball marker, announced today they will relocate their marker’s production from the United Kingdom to the United States. This move comes on the heels of a dramatic increase in sales of the Demon marker following longtime professional player and industry veteran Frank Connell’s acquisition of the company. The redesigned, updated and dramatically improved Demon sets a new standard for efficiency and performance for professional grade spool valve paintball markers.

We are very excited for 2013, we have a ton of new projects to reveal, our first release is that we have expanded our standard  colors for our Regulator Grips & Tank Covers! Come see the entire Exalt Paintball line by clicking here.

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The Paintball X3 Team

John Amodea, Founder/Editor: John Amodea played his first game of paintball in 1985 in the wooded fields of Skirmish USA in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania. Three years later he was playing not only recreational paintball games, but traveling the northeast and competing in regional paintball events. In 1989 he opened a paintball field in Virginia called Virginia Badlands and shortly thereafter won a national title in the NPPL as a high level amateur player on the team Phantom Force. In 1991 John joined professional competition paintball team Bad Company, traveling around the U.S. and to places like Australia, England and mainland Europe on the pro circuit.

In 1991 John founded a magazine called Paintball Consumer Reports International (PCRI) which was instrumental in the development of safety in the paintball market and he has worked in paintball publishing ever since. In 1993 he cofounded Pev’s Paintball Supply, a retail store chain that now has more than ten locations around the United States. In 1996 John was voted one of the top 50 players in the world by Paintball Games International magazine. He is also the author of the Survival Guide series of paintball gun tech manuals and he has served as the paintball guide at About.com, one of the world’s largest information websites. In 2004, as editor of Paintball 2Xtremes Magazine, John was the main script writer for the magazine’s television show, Paintball 2Xtremes TV, which aired originally on Spike TV and later on the Outdoor Life Network (OLN). Myspace Page

 Brenda Seefeldt, Publisher: Brenda Seefeldt is a nationally published feature writer for several magazines and has served as a consultant to Paintball 2Xtremes Magazine for seven years. Brenda earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from North Central Bible College (now called north Central University) and or the past 15 years she has studied the youth culture in America, publishing hundreds of resources on that subject. 


Ami Helge, Editor, PaintballX3 Euro: Ami Helge is




Jeff Deubert, Senior Designer: Jeff has been in the paintball industry for nearly three years, all of which were spent as the sole graphic designer for Paintball 2Xtremes Magazine.  Prior to joining the PB2X team he spent five years with three companies, one of which was Mattel Toys (Tyco R/C Division), with the other two companies being small design studios in Central NJ & South Florida.  His passion is traditional print design and Jeff is also a sports junkie, so paintball is a natural fit for him.  Jeff currently resides in South Jersey with his wife Beth, three dogs, and baby son Justin.



Tim Larson, Photo Director: Tim Larson has been practicing the fine art of professional sports photography for more than 20 years. He currently owns Tampa Sports Photography and is Director of Riverbank Syndications, a television production and syndication company in Tampa, Florida. In addition to shooting paintball Tim has shot numerous sports including NCAA Football, NASCAR, NHL and MLB and Tim's photos frequent the pages and websites of magazines such as Sports Illustrated, Sporting News, ESPN and other media outlets like CNN and various newspapers.


Meagan Foster, Senior Photographer: Meagan Foster (or Meggie, Meg, Scooter) grew up in a small town in Florida and was raised on a horse farm.  She attended college in Daytona Beach and earned her degree in photography in 2007. After years of resisting her brother's requests to photograph paintball Meagan finally gave it a shot and fell in love with the game. Meagan loves to travel, take pics and meet new people, so say "hi" if you see her on the field.


Kat Thompson, Feature Writer/Photographer: Kat is a mom of six, with five boys and one girl. She's been a photographer for many years and has developed a passion for action photography. Her work has been featured in Paintball 2Xtremes Magazine for several years and her website, Katspix, is one of the most frequented sites in paintball. You'll see Kat out at the local So Cal fields almost every weekend and at most major paintball tournaments.


Gary Baum, Feature Photographer: Gary Baum has shot all forms of paintball all over the world for more paintball publications and companies than any other active photographer in his industry. He is one of the most familiar faces in tournament and scenario paintball in North America. He is one of the few paintball photographers that photographs every aspect of the sport from airsoft to paintball scenarios to major international tournaments

Gary is based in Southern California and has been involved in Paintball for over 20 years he has been photographing all types of paintball events all over North America, Latin America and Europe. He was one of the pioneers of paintball photography and is the owner of the largest paintball photography web site www.paintballphotography.com. His photos have appeared in all the major paintball publications and media.

 Tommy Marshall, Web Development: Like his brother Joey, Tommy Marshall has been involved in the game of paintball for many years, He's been on the shooting end of a camera at several major national events and he's been designing, developing and hosting websites for several years. Tommy currently attends George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. 



Chris Alessio Feature  Writer: Chris is addicted to paintball and he's not ashamed to admit it. Chris started playing paintball in 1999 at a friend’s bachelor party and was instantly hooked. A few years ago he graduated from paintball, to scenario paintball. It’s a little more hardcore and sometimes I don’t come home for days on end. I am also a former alternate for the SPPL team, California Gridlock, and founding member and Captain of the West Coast scenario team B.F.T. Chris was a regular contributor in Paintball 2Xtremes Magazine, covering the West Coast field and store scene as well as scenario paintball events.

We're looking for several people that eat, sleep and breathe paintball to write content for our website. Interest? Contact our editor by clicking HERE.

We are always looking for new writers, photographers and contributors. Please see our Writer's Guidelines HERE. If paintball and writing are your passions, we'd love to see how you can fit in with the PaintballX3 teams.

The Paintball World Cup Asia 2012 came and went and what an unforgettable event it was! The event was held at the indoor, air-conditioned and astro-turfed Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre on the ‘Isle of Legends’; Langkawi, Malaysia and was rated as ‘Paintball Event of the Year 2011’ by ProPaintball.com. The venue was a walking distance from the Langkawi Airport as well as the official hotel (One Helang Hotel), making the location super convenient to find and commute to.

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:

1- Mercenários

2- Megaplay

3- Catari

4- Los Hermanos

5- Raptors

1- Hellcife

2- Redpill

3- Lethal

4- Arsenal

5- Mercenários Black

6- Dangerz

7- Megaplay Fusion

8- All Stars

9- Team Bulldogs

1-  Arena

2- Rapozas

3- El Clan

4- Monster Ink

5- Nitrous

The last event of CSP 2012 season took place in Hacienda Tobalaba, Santiago, right at the foot of the snow covered peaks of the Cordillera de los Andes in Chile. The promoters Claudio Salinas and Miguel Lobos, owners of the field 2Nel and ZPTV, assembled 2 fields for this great event that gathered players from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Uruguay. To complete the Chilean cold, it had been raining for a week and the fields had a thin layer of mud on the grass. As everything has two sides, the good thing was that due to the “bad” weather, the snow on the mountains was thick and the players that planed to go skiing after the tournament would have a very good time. I must confess that only by looking at those mountains I felt colder.





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