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Tuesday, 04 December 2012 00:00

PSP MAO

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The fourth event of the PSP season has seen its fair share of venue changes and ups and downs in attendance. It makes sense that the event sandwiched between the very popular and well-attended Chicago and World Cup events would see some drop-off, as teams playing the divisional and less sponsored levels would opt to play those two if that’s all their budgets and time allow. This year’s event was moved away from Top Gun Paintball in south Jersey to OXCC in Maryland, just outside of the Delaware line. If you’ve never been to OXCC it’s one of the true paintball gems on the east coast, with a ton of property, plenty of parking, a pro-shop onsite and more than enough airball fields to host an event of this magnitude. Maybe that’s why this year’s fourth event drew so many teams and players. With 130 teams, 1500 players and 25 vendors, I’ll bet no one in the ranks of the PSP is disappointed with the turnout for this event.

Also on the upside I would count the very reasonably priced food offered as a small but nice amenity of this event. And lastly, the proximity of the vendor area to the fields kept traffic flowing in and around the vendor booths all weekend.

That said there were a few complaints about the distance between the parking lot and the fields, but GI Sportz ran a free golf cart shuttle to get you there and back. The other common complaint was OXCC’s location – it’s nearly an hour’s drive from any major airport and there are no hotels close. Still, I’d take OXCC over any of the recent fourth event locations.

If you’re not a player in the PSP and don’t live close to the venue, maybe none of this matters. With the truly excellent quality of the PaintballAccess.com webcast you can sit at home with a Latte, dry and cool as you watch every play on the main Pro field. Props to the PSP for another great webcast!

On the morning of day one (Friday) of the PSP MAO Open there was some rain—okay, a lot of rain, but amazingly the fields held up very well. Thick green grass is what OXCC offers and somehow even by Sunday there was still grass left.

The preliminary rounds saw LA Infamous and Tampa Bay Damage get off to 4-0 starts in the pro division. Houston Heat, the LA Ironmen, San Antonio X-Factor and Moscow Red Legion each won three of four. In Division One it’s been fun to watch the rebirth of Texas Storm—and once again they got off to a hot start winning all of their preliminary round games. Top Gun Union also won all of their early round games. AC402.com and Boom won their four Division Two games. Division Three, the largest division in the PSP saw three teams go undefeated in round one: Palm Beach Venom, Meadowlands Grind and DC Devastation. Imperial and Hit Squad ran the table in the preliminary rounds in Division Four.

Both Pro quarterfinal games were tight throughout with X-Factor taking down the Ironmen 5-4 and Houston Heat beating Red Legion 4-3. The semifinals were the end of the line for X-Factor as they were thoroughly and soundly beaten by a red hot Infamous 7-1. Houston Heat, after a really tough matchup against Moscow, had another battle on their hands against Tampa Bay Damage. As they did against the Russians, Houston Heat beat Damage by a single point, 5-4.

I’m not sure there’s ever been a tougher road to a PSP Victory than having to beat Boston Red Legion, Tampa Damage and LA Infamous, but that’s exactly what Houston Heat did in this tournament. In their final game of the event Houston Heat ended Infamous’ tournament with a 4-2 win to claim first place.

In Division One Sacramento Damage easily beat Texas Storm 5-1 to win their first event of the season after 12th, 9th, and 9th place finishes so far this year. Scottsdale Elevation continued their stellar play in Division Two this season, winning the PSP MAO, after a 3-1 victory over Palm Beach Vipers in the finals. DC Devastation, another up-and-coming (again) PSP team handled their business against Revo II to take home the first place trophy and prizes in Division Three. And in Division Four it was imperial dominating the field and beating AC Dallas 4-0 in the finals to claim first place.

Having been to dozens of PSP (and NPPL) fourth events this was easily the best I can remember in a very long time. Props to the OXCC staff and the PSP for another fine event. See you at the World Cup!

 

Standings (top 4 each division)

Professional RaceTo-7

  • 1st Houston Heat
  • 2nd LA Infamous
  • 3rd Tampa Bay Damage
  • 4th San Antonio X-Factor

Division 1 RaceTo-5

  • 1st Sacramento Damage
  • 2nd Texas Storm
  • 3rd T1 Topgun Union
  • 4th Avalanche

Division 2 RaceTo-5

  • 1st Scottsdale Elevation
  • 2nd Palm Beach Vipers
  • 3rd ac402.com
  • 4th Boom

Division 3 RaceTo-4

  • 1st DC Devastation
  • 2nd Revo II
  • 3rd Carolina Collision
  • 4th Daytona

Division 4 RaceTo-4

  • 1st Imperial
  • 2nd ac Dallas
  • 3rd Atlanta Breakout
  • 4th Playground Army

Division 3 RaceTo-2 

  • 1st HTX Houston
  • 2nd Gainesville Gridiron
  • 3rd DC Dev II
  • 4th Weedsport Killas

Division 4 RaceTo-2 

  • 1st Misfit Mafia
  • 2nd Allentown Outlaws
  • 3rd BombSquad
  • 4th LVPP.net

Pump RaceTo-2 

  • 1st Rockin Cocks
  • 2nd 1有老有慢
  • 3rd Murder Machine
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