In 2005, following the departure of Tippmann Effect, nearly the entire current incarnation of that team left the sport of paintball in pursuit of careers or education. In early 2011, a wave of players that had played previously on Tippmann Effect (as well as several friends of the team and old sparing partners), steady began to return to the sport.
In late 2012 the idea to bring back Tippmann Effect came to fruition, gaining the sport of Tippmann Sports, Trade My Gun, Virtue, and NXE. The beauty of the current incarnation of the team is that nearly every player on the team had played together in years past. The cohesion among every player on this team is inexplicable. We share the same drive, passion, and focus necessary to succeed. The teams communication on and off field came very naturally and the bred a lot of confidence into our team.
During the 2012-2013 off season we were grinding hard straight through the winter, at our home field Trade My Gun Paintball Plex, in Laotto, Indiana. We’ve always made it a point to practice harder than we’ll have to play at tournaments. Throughout the entire off season our scrimmages were against other great Midwest Division 1 and Pro teams, rather than focusing on scrimmages with teams of our own division.
At the Huntington Beach event we really saw all of the hours and travel spent on practices pay off. We had a few hiccups throughout the prelims, but we felt pretty dominant even with the mistakes we made. We were the fourth seed going into Sunday. We made our way through Wicked and Chicago Damage Inc, losing to Hawaiian Heat in the battle for first and second.
Although the loss felt heavy at first, we really can’t be happier with our team and our performance at our first event this season. We’ve tasted our potential and we’ll be coming out harder and hungrier in the events to come. Tippmann Effect is here to represent Tippmann Sports, NXE, Trade My Gun, Virtue and most importantly the sport of Paintball.