Dynasty, the worlds most winingest team in paintball history, has been around the world from north to south, east to west and brought home trophy after trophy. One of the places that have been untouched by the Midas touch of Dynasty was Mother Russia. That changed in July. HyBrid Foto was invited along to document the historic invasion of the Russian paintball scene.
The day after the London Millennium event found team members Alex Fragie, Ryan Greenspan, Ian Trainer, Blake Yarber, and Yosh Rau winging their way to Moscow. All arrived at some point in the day on Monday and was met by the RXL (Russian X-Ball League) organizers. Just after they were taken to their flat where they would live for the week-long adventure, they were taken out for the first of many food experiences.
The team was not alone. Blake Yarber’s father along with Ian Trainer’s father, Jeff, accompanied the Fab Five on the trip. In order to help the team on their expedition they had a wonderful hostess, tour guide and translator, Tatiana Nikolaeva. For the first three days the team and entourage would tour various parts of Moscow to see the historical places and culture. Tuesday and Wednesday were spent visiting the GUM Store, Red Square, GUM store topped off by a luxury cruise down the Moscow River. Tatiana took the team around to some of the best sights in Moscow.
On the historical and famed shopping Arabat Street, Dynasty would experience the sights of artists, performers, and street vendors along with a couple of familiar logos, Hard Rock Café and Dunkin Doughnuts. Red Square brought to life the images that they had only seen in photos, videos and textbooks. Alexander Gardens and the changing of the guards outside the Kremlin at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier was yet another amazing memories for years to come. One last stop on the sight seeing tour would be the famed Gorky Park. Sight seeing was over and it was time to get down to work.
For the next two days clinic participants would be put through the paces and would learn the ways of the Dragon. Each would take in turn to teach a skill or an exercise. Everything from sliding, snap shooting, running and gunning. The first day would find participants’ training through two four-hour passes in the warm Moscow summer day. Day two would give players a chance to apply what they had learned. Under the careful eyes of Dynasty, players would get tips, correct things that were wrong. Each day before the training began, in between the trainings and of course after the training there would be, yes you guessed it, more food and specialties for the guys to enjoy.
Two days of sight seeing, two days of clinic and now it would be two days of hard-core paintball action as Dynasty, with the help of a few friends, would participate in the RXL event. Imagine how it would feel to be able to play with Dynasty in a real tournament. Dynasty made that image come to life as they allowed a couple of players to join them for the event. One of the extra players would be a player that just two weeks before beat Dynasty in Chicago, Sergei Solnishkov of Houston Heat joined the team as well.
In true Dynasty fashion they would take home winners trophy to add to their huge collection of wins perfectly displayed for all to see. Just to play with Dynasty is any Dynasty fan’s dream come true but to play with them and win the event is a memory that will last a lifetime
The youngest member of the Dynasty entourage, Ian Trainer, said that their trip to Russia was unlike any paintball journey he has ever been on before. ”Definitely one to remember. It amazed me how we started off at such a low point, but put everything aside and won the tournament. People don't understand what it was like, yet” A behind the scenes paint-umentary of their adventure is being released soon and will allow fans and viewers alike to be able to experience the life of Dynasty in this world wind trip to Russia. Follow Dynasty on their Facebook page. The week was over and everyone began to depart. Dynasty would be off to their next adventure as they circle the globe playing paintball, teaching paintball, and just plain living the paintball way of life.