Originally Posted by Mayo88
This is a good example of why Infamous and XSV use Axes, because any gun that shoots 12.5 bps is just as good as any other
Really? I always thought it had something to do with those sponsorship deals they signed, and the fact that they are being PAID to shoot those guns.
Gun wise, don't get your knickers in a knot. You'll see all sort of guns at the local level, "pro level" stuff, "mid level", old, new, it'll all turn up at one time or another. As the others have said, so long as you feel you can rely on your marker, and it is capable of complying with any rules regarding ROF caps and/or ramping you'll be just fine. The Shocker you've got should serve you nicely for the time being so long as you take good care of it.
As you move up through the ranks, you're likely to see more of the "high-end" guns and fewer of the others, I think that speaks more to the players' preference than the capabilities of the markers.
For your team, just play some events. Regardless of what they are, practice, pay your money and go play them. Don't worry about trying to be "ready" for that first event, just go and play it. Chances are you're going to get rolled anyway, the experience is what matters. That one day at the tournament will tell you more about what you guys need to work on than a month worth of scrimmages. You'll understand the tempo of the games, how to read the field, scheduling, scoring, etc. etc. You're ability to practice effectively will multiply several fold b/c you won't think you need to work on Skill X or Skill Y any more, you'll know for a fact that the team did Skill Y pretty well, but couldn't execute Skill X when the chips were down.
After that first event is out of the way, you can really start working on playing well and trying to win.
As for the paying to play Pro thing, you used to be able to do that, I actually knew some guys who did. Team Godspeed had a big-money, non-industry sponsor (one of their fathers or brothers or whatever) and payed to play Pro division ball back in the early 2000's. Of course, they got absolutely destroyed at every event they played. Shortly after they disbanded, the leagues made the Pro Division invite only, something we jokingly called "The Godspeed Rule" because it ensured that teams that didn't deserve, or couldn't earn a Pro spot could no longer just pay their way into the Pro Division.