Oct 27, 2010

Tippinators Purchase ATWL

Tippinators Purchase ATWL

The two time ATWL champion Tippinators paintball team have purchased the Atlantic Tactical Woodsball League (ATWL). The Tippinators, who have refereed the ATWL the past two seasons, were excited and acted quickly when the opportunity to purchase the league presented itself.

Bruce Johnston, Tippinators Captain, said “Taking over the league [ATWL] is the next logical step for us, since we have been heavily involved in the league and produced a number of scenario games in the last few years.” Johnston continued “This move feels right, Tippinators and ATWL is a good fit.”

The Atlantic Tactical Woodsball League was founded by Shaun Langille in 2007. The league is loosely based on the highly successful Special Ops - Scenario Paintball Players League (SPPL). Matches are 20 minutes with three capture points on the field. Points are awarded for each minute capture points are held. The remainder of rules were simplified for the first season. Langille said, "We wanted to keep the spirit of the SPPL in the ATWL, but more importantly wanted to get the league off and running with player enjoyment as the first priority."

The Tippinators paintball team was formed in 2005 and has, “raised eyebrows for several reasons.” said former Special Ops Paintball employee Jordan Ricks of Salt Lake City Utah. “Members of the Tippinators speedball team are experienced woodsball players. Walking on to a speedball field in camouflage with mechanical Tippmann paintball guns is tantamount to walking into Washington, D.C. and raising the Maple Leaf over the White House. People either laugh at the audacity of the joke or they believe that one has lost touch with reality” Ricks concluded “The Tippinators represent the best aspects of the sport and are great role models for young players.

When asked why he decided to sell the ATWL after four successful seasons Langille said, “While I loved every minute of my time running the ATWL, I decided to step away to spend more time with my two year old son and family.” Langille continued “Leaving this league is one of the hardest things I have had to ever do”.

Chris Landry the ATWL head referee for the past two years said, “The change in management can only mean a better experience for the players.” Landry continued “Our organization has a skilled team of players with experience running some of the best competitive and recreational events in the Maritimes.” Landry concluded “We will take our experience from running the Halifax City Open, Bustin Balls for Charity and RISK to make the ATWL even better.”

The Tippinators are picking up where Langille left off, the team is ramping up for 2011. “I know the league is in the best hands I could ever place it. The players enjoyment will continue, and grow under the Tippinators ownership.” Said Langille.

“The word Tippinators has become synonymous with honesty, integrity, fair play, embodying the very best this sport has to offer.” said Brent Cunningham of Tippmann Sports in Fort Wayne Indiana. “We know the Tippinators will represent the sport of paintball with class and professionalism.”

“Our first order of business will be to contact the existing team captains and field owners to ask what they would like to see in 2011.” Johnston said “I have big shoes to fill to try and do as good a job as Shaun. I know that we will make him proud.”

Woodsball players in Atlantic Canada will continue to have a competitive league for the foreseeable future thanks to the Tippinators purchasing the Atlantic Tactical Woodsball League. “The Tippinators will make every effort to create the most enjoyable woodsball experience for players in the Maritimes.” Johnston concluded. “The ATWL is here to stay.”

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Oct 17, 2010

CP Mersey Road TF2

~ Photos from TF2 ~ Photos from TF2

A Scout, a Soldier, or a Pyro which is your favourite Team Fortress 2 character? Paintball players in Atlantic Canada had the opportunity to bring the online characters played by millions all over the world to life in the last major scenario game of 2010.

CP Mersey Road: Team Fortress 2 scenario game produced by the Tippinators Paintball Team played on October 17th at Mersey Road Paintball in East River, Nova Scotia.

“Team Fortress 2 is a team-based first-person shooter multiplayer video game developed by Valve Corporation” said Austin Flaherty of the Tippinators, “the popularity of the game made it a natural choice for a scenario”.

CP Mersey Road: Team Fortress 2 is focused around two opposing teams competing for common objectives. The teams are Reliable Excavation & Demolition (RED) and Builders League United (BLU), who are meant to represent two corporations that between them secretly control every government on the planet.

The game was set around a multiple king of the hill variant. Team RED or team BLU had to capture all the key points on the field before they could attack the opposing team base directly.

One of the simultaneously best loved and most hated parts of the game was the engineer operated, indestructible, motion sensitive, sentry turret used throughout the day. Once a team captured a key point they could call in an Engineer to set up an automated turret to hold the key point for five minutes.

~ Photos from TF2 ~ Photos from TF2

The turret created by the Tippinators, Mark ‘Tin Man’ Miller, was carried onto the field in a small duffle bag and assembled in minutes. Copper pipe, cotter pins, safety netting topped with two Tippmann 98’s remotely operated from inside the netting by a referee / engineer.

“What began as an interesting 'thing' to have at the game, became a tool for the refs to change the momentum of the game.” said Miller. “When one team was being dominated, the turret was called in their area. This allowed the protected team to move forward.” Miller concluded

After a full day of paintball neither Reliable Excavation & Demolition nor Builders League United could be declared a victor. The final would be decided by total time each team held the key points around the field. After the key point refs had reported, it was official RED - 65 and BLU - 105.

“We elevated the bar for scenario events” commented Flaherty “This one will be tough to top, but we can’t let the players down. 2011 will be even better.”

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Oct 15, 2010

Tippmann Challenge 2010 Video

Josh 'Cornbread' Boiduk interviewed at 2010 Tippmann Challenge from Paintball Mirabel. A few of the Tippinators can be seen in the action shots from around the field.

Read more: http://www.tippinators.com/index.php/videos/285-tippmann-challenge

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Oct 9, 2010

Anthraxx Break Out In Atlantic Canada

Players saved the most intense paintball battles for last event of the season. The season long battle for the 2010 Atlantic Tactical Woodsball League (ATWL) championship was decided Saturday October 9th, at Overkill Sportz in Mount Uniacke Nova Scotia.

Game one was characterised by ferocious fights at choke points, with maximum amount of paint in the air. Exploitation of small weakness on both side resulted in multiple changes of flag station possession. Game one ended with what appeared to be a slim victory by Anthraxx.

A short pause to pod and air up was all that was needed before the teams hit the field again, this time starting at opposite ends. The Mercenaries knew that they had no choice but to win game two convincingly in order to have any chance to win the Championship. Anthraxx was prepared for the Mercenaries onslaught, and were confident they could hold their lead until the final horn.

Game two was a stark contrast to the first. Both teams rushed forward off the break then settled into a game of creeping and making selected shots. Where game one was fuelled by pure adrenaline, game two was a game of nervous anticipation and constant movement.

The final horn resulted in a Mercenaries win. With each team winning one game and finished with comparable points for of flag captures both teams nervously waited for the final results to be calculated.

League owner Shaun Langille met with Head Referee Chris Landry for clarification on the penalties assessed. Landry was barraged with questions when he left the meeting by players looking for a hint at which team was victorious. Landry’s reply “Guys this one is coming down to the wire. I have no idea who won.”

An agonizing 20 minutes passed before Langille emerged and called the teams in for the announcement. The final result:
435 points - Anthraxx
390 points - Nova Scotia Mercenaries

Screams of joy erupted from Anthraxx at the news all of their hard work for the season paid off, and they had won the Atlantic Woodsball League Championship for 2010.

Head referee Chris Landry of the Tippinators was impressed with the finals. “Today I saw more examples of teamwork and gentlemanly play from both teams that I have seen in a long time.” Landry concluded “The teams played hard, they came out to have fun, and it showed on the field. It was great paintball to watch”

In his closing remarks after another successful season Shaun Langille said, “I want to thank the players, Empire, Kee action sports and the Tippinators for a fantastic season of woodsball.” Shaun summed up the season by saying, “It was exciting to see new league champions, Anthraxx played hard and they deserve the win.”

The final standings for the ATWL season are:
Anthraxx - 2010 ATWL Champion
Nova Scotia Mercenaries
Mersey Road Predators
Iron Legion
Halifax Maniacs

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