Jul 21, 2012

MXL Event 2 Moncton, NB

Tippinators at MXL E2 Photos
The CXBLs, Atlantic Conference, MXL Moncton, Event 2 the Tippinators for the first time would be playing three full xball matches in one day. To make things a little more challenging for the team, the weather at Event 2 on June 14, 2012 at Mission Paintball in Moncton, New Brunswick was forecast to be hot and humid.

The day started cool but heated up to the mid 90s by mid morning. All players were relieved when at mid day a light rain started and the heat broke, momentarily. The shower was short lived, when it ended the humidity jumped into the 90s. Through the day the temperature plus humidity meant the players were using cases of water as fast as they used cases of paint.

The Tipps gave it all they had with an eight man roster, but came up short all day. The games against 2011 MXL Champion Newfoundland Wreckhouse and the 2012 undefeated Fredericton Aggression turned out the same. In each case the Tipps came out on the short end of a 14-0 score.

Tippinators at MXL E1 Photos "Event 2 showed how hard teams train in this league. You can't for a second think lady luck will play any part in an xball match." said Tippinator Dan Lapham. "To walk away with not one but two goose eggs is probably one of the hardest realities to face in this sport."

Lapham continued with a smile, "Considering the team's roots there may be only one solution for us in Charlottetown at E3. We are going to arm ourselves with 20oz CO2 tanks, unmodified Tippmann 98s, 24" barrels and a guile suits."

The third game of the day was a rematch from MXL Truro Event 1 against Moncton Disturbed. The Tipps squeaked out a win at E1 and were ready for another good game in Event 2. The game was a back and forth battle with neither team able to take the advantage until the second half.

It was a highly entertaining back and forth battle with the final score 7-5. The Tippinators came up short for a third time but when shaking hands there were smiles all around both teams. The Tippinators had no wins and dropped to the basement in league standing but everyone had a great day of paintball.

The Tippinators want to thank Chris Pyke and Matt Dale from the RXL Bedford Maniacs. Chris and Matt really helped the team by guesting with the Tippinators for two games. With the short roster the Tipps needed the help, Pyke and Dale came through. Thank you for your help guys, you are now honorary Tippinators and welcome to play with the team anytime.

There is an axiom in Bushido Code - It is more honorable to fight using a weapon with flaws than to complain of a defeat and say it was not honorable to use such a weapon. Fortunately for the Tippinators this axiom was not the case. The Tippmann Crossovers once again ran flawlessly with the GISportz Four Star Paint. From the cool morning air making paint brittle to tougher shells cause by increases in heat and humidity, the Crossovers shot case after case with no issues.

Tippinator Bruce Johnston put the events of the day in perspective. "We commend the top teams in the league who spend a considerable amount of time on practice and self improvement. Their commitment to the game has translated to success on the field this season." Johnston continued "We will face all three of these teams at the next event. We will give each of these teams everything we've got, and we have fun doing it."

With one event left the season the Tippinators are playing for nothing more than pride. To a man the team is looking forward to Event 3 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Tippinator Chris Landry's attitude is echoed by the rest of his teammates "The math says we wont take 1st place, but we'll be damned if we're not going to have fun going down swinging."

Jul 4, 2012

Crossovers Break Into Tournament Paintball

Tippmann Crossover The Tippinators Paintball Team from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, are very proud to be the Canadian Factory Team for Tippmann Sports. As such the Tippinators are asked to test prototype markers and give real world feedback to the design team at Tippmann.

Tippmann Sports has produced high quality paintball markers like the 98, SL68, Pro Carbine, A5, Phenom, and FT-12 for over 25 years. These markers are some of the most rugged and reliable on the market. Now Tippmann ruggedness, reliability and quality have been put into the first paintball marker designed for any style of play with the all new Crossover.

The Crossover a sleek, lightweight, center feed marker that embodies woodsball durability with tournament speed and agility was most recently tested by the Tippinators. The marker is smaller than any other made by Tippmann and is of comparable size to other tournament markers.

After the testing was complete, the team received an order of Crossovers just in time for the start of the tournament season. The Tippinators planned to put these first production run markers to the ultimate test and to be the first team to take the Crossover into rigors of league xball.

Crossover In Action The fast pace of each point, and the chaos in the pits between points, over the course of a 50 minute xball match puts stress on seasoned players, and proved equipment. The Tippinators planned to take the untried Crossovers into competitive xball play after only one practice to get familiar with the new markers.

Canadian Xtreme Paintball League’s Atlantic Division MXL Event 1 held on June 23rd, 2012 at Armymans Paintball in Truro Nova Scotia was the first opportunity for the Tippinators to give the Crossovers a real test.

Tippinator Ken Gardiner a six year xball veteran of the CXBL, AXBL and MXL was impressed with the performance of the Crossover. "I have had the opportunity to have used a wide variety of markers from all of the leading manufacturers over the past six years. This year I was handed a Tippmann Crossover right out of the box with only an adjustment to fire mode and rate of fire." Gardiner said "The marker chrono’d consistently within 7 fps and ran smoothly, point in and point out, for the entire day."

The markers preformed magnificently for the entire team. CXBL event paint for the 2012 season is GI Sportz 4 Star Tournament Grade, in the past the Tippinators would not be able to shoot such brittle paint in their high pressure 98s. Ten players used Crossovers for the day, shooting a total of 22 cases of paint without an issue. Every Tippinator who played with a Crossover was impressed with the markers performance.

Chris Landry Battling with a Crossover Gardiner summed up the feelings of the entire team, "The performance of the marker allowing me to make eliminations early in points, shoot tight lines and hold lanes to lock down zones. The Crossover performed as well, if not better than, markers valued at over $1000."

The Tippmann Crossover’s first step into the world of tournament paintball was an unqualified success. Tippinator Captain Bruce Johnston offered a different insight into the Crossover, "If this marker can keep an average player like myself in the game a little longer, I shudder to think what a truly talented player would be able to do with a Crossover in their hands."