PaintballX3 Magazine July 2012 - Page 32

-cow Red Legion also had a final preliminary round 7-0 shutout against Seattle Thunder, creating the perfect bookend games for a perfect 4-0 preliminary round for the boys from Russia. Houston Heat also shutout their first opponent 7-0 and their second as well. Their only preliminary round loss came to Dynasty, who was still ticked at their loss to the Russians. Seattle Thunder, Omaha Vicious and Chicago Aftershock each had three or more preliminary round losses in four games and all would be finished at this point. matchup versus a very strong Tampa Bay Damage. The game came down to the wire as the Red Legion was able to pull off the win in a low-scoring 3-2 game. So the finals were set. It would be an undefeated LA Infamous versus Moscow Red Legion with only one preliminary round loss. It was clear this weekend that the best two teams in this tournament were squaring off for a shot at first place. This wasn’t a case of a team barely making the quarterfinals then getting hot. These two teams looked the part all weekIn the other side of the pro bracket end long. For anyone that was at this it was LA Infamous putting up four event or watched the live feed, you straight wins. Their only truly tough know this was a brutally tough game. game came against their Los Angeles Both teams battled for ground off peers the LA Ironmen. After losing the break and both teams battled their opening game to Infamous, to push the other back. Points were Tampa Bay Damage won their next long and hard to come by but when it three games, easily advancing to the mattered, as the clock wore down, LA next round. And with just two wins Infamous was up by a point. Congrats in four attempts, the LA Ironmen also to Infamous for their 4-3 hard-fought advanced. San Antonio X-Factor, Up- victory in the PSP Chicago Open pro ton 187 Crew and Chattanooga CEP division. were finished after just four games. Division One had a nice mix of The pro quarterfinals saw Dynasty well-established tournament names and the Ironmen squaring off for the in teams like Static, Texas Storm, RNT right to advance to play the higher All Stars, Avalanche and the New Jerseeded Infamous. Although Dynasty sey Jesters—and some very strong looked sharp after their opening relatively new teams, established in game loss to the Red Legion earlier, the last 4-5 years—teams like Grad they didn’t have enough left in the Moscow, San Diego Pirates, Fuzion tank to beat the Ironmen, losing 5-4. and Reckless. From square one there In an equally tough matchup it was were three teams that looked like Tampa Bay Damage just getting by they were ready to battle—Texas Houston Heat 6-5. Next up it was Storm, Grad Moscow and Fuzion, Damage and the Ironmen getting each of whom won all of the prelimiready to step up against two teams nary round games. Wolfpack was the with only one loss between them go- only other team with at least three ing into the semifinals. prelim wins, with their only loss coming to Fuzion. The rest of the pack LA Infamous continued on their roll in had two wins in four games or less. Of the semifinals taking out the LA Iron- that group Mayhem, CPX Distortion, men with an easy 4-1 victory. Moscow and Topgun Union would make the Red Legion had a much more difficult cut.