Event Wrap-up: E1 – THE DBS OPEN
When: March 22nd, 2008
Where: DBS Outdoor.
Nine beginner paintball teams from all across the Northwest found out what it is like to compete in an organized paintball tournament this weekend. It was a day that many of them had been waiting for, and I bet just like when I played my first event, many probably stayed most of the night in anticipation… double checking their gear, thinking about what else they need to bring with them, and all around just wondering how they would stack up to the competition.
For those of you that don’t know the Survivor Series is a 3-man tournament series that takes place in Snohomish, WA. It is geared towards players that are looking to play in an organized event that not only features many things that national level events have, such as live scoring, a highly experienced staff, or amazing playing fields, but that is geared towards fun. This is way we all play, and our commitment at each and every event is to ensure that everyone has a good time.
The morning started off a little chilly at about 35 degrees when I arrived to the field at 6:00 AM. Luckily, as the day went on, things warmed up and we ended up with a beautiful day. On behalf of the event staff, I would like to say thank you to Nelson paintball. The paintballs for the event was fabulous; although towards the end of the day teams that stored their paintballs in direct sunlight found that it became slightly bouncy. I advise all players to store their paintballs somewhere cool, and out of direct sunlight. As paintballs are heated up the ball becomes softer, making it more likely to bounce. This is also an effective trick if your paintballs are too brittle! Slightly heat brittle paintballs and you find that it makes it through your gun much better.
This event was host to one division, a beginner division. The division had nine teams that can be found here (http://www.paintball-players.org/cgi-bin/showteams.cgi
) on the team list. We did have two teams that moved up from the Young Guns divisions: Outbreak & Guns4Hire. All teams in the division came out to compete and ready to play, and we would like everyone to know that we appreciate it, as it is crucial to a smooth event.
At this event we did many things to assist the players and keep the event going smoothly. In the morning we opened up a bag of each type of paintballs for sale, and allowed players to size up the paintballs to their barrels, test the paintballs to see how brittle it was, and generally make a better decision on which paintballs to buy! At the entrance to the field we put up a netted 10 x 10 pop up and had players for the next game chronograph their markers and had their markers checked for bounce. This made it so there was virtually zero down time on the field. Also, starting this event, we utilized the APPA’s live scoring system. Because of this all scores have been recorded and can be double checked by all players.
The scores for the event can be found:
Prelims consisted of a single round robin, where each team would play eight games. Games started at 9:00 AM sharp. The first game of the day set the pace for the games to follow. The top four teams from prelims would move on to play in finals. The top four teams were Outbreak, Team ForestFire, Two Tone Army, and Sudden Death. These top four teams would play another single round robin to determine their place in the tournament.
Before I reviel the winners, I would like to take a minute to thank all of our sponsors. With out them none of this would be possible. Doodlebug Sportz, Nelson Paintball, Smart Parts, NXe, and Bloodworks. They truly are the best in the business and I highly encourage and request that you check them out. Links to their websites can be found on the right hand side of page.
In the end Outbreak took home the gold with 22 points, Team ForestFire in second with 17 points, Two Tone Army in third, and Sudden Death in fourth. Congratulations to all the teams that played in the event and I look forward to seeing everyone on May 24th!