The PALS event in Taiwan happened over the weekend of 08-24-13 and I had the opportunity to attend the event right on heels of PSP WCO.
PALS- Taiwan was hosted by Dynamic Paintball Field set in the city of Kaohsiung. The field is adjacent to the municipal sports/meeting complex and had great traffic from the public as they passed by. Regulation sized and utilizing SupAir bunkers, the field is world class by any standard, with in-pit HPA air fill, electronic scoreboard/timer and PA system.
Consisting of 2 divisions with an Open Mechanical Marker division and an Open Electronic Marker division. The event attracted teams from Malaysia and Guam and other players from Southeast Asia and USA. The competition utilizes a modified Millennium rulebook generally speaking is Race2-3 with buzzers at the gates instead of a center flag with ROF capped at 12.5. Professional reffing crew was flied in from Malaysia to augment the field referees making any claim of bias reffing moot.
Overall attendance was 16 teams, but what PALS- Taiwan lacked in size was made by organization and enthusiasm. Foreign teams/players were met at the airport by organizers and shuttled to the event hotel. From the hotel is a quick 15 min drive or a short walk to the Kaohsiung metro and then you are at the field. All the teams were provided onsite lunch with their entry as well as ice buckets to cool down during competition. Though Taiwan was hit by torrential rain the week before the field was good to play at event time.
Open Mechanical consist mostly of teams representing their respective High School, drawing from all over Taiwan and teams representing various fields in Taiwan. Mighty Owlz was the sole representative from Malaysia taking first place in the division.
Open Electronic is a more eclectic bunch with teams consisting of players from Singapore and USA, as well as teams from Taiwan, Malaysia and Guam. The competition was fierce as it showcased some great homegrown talents as well as some great teams in the Southeast Asia region. Team Singapore-Taiwan won the division.
I have played and attend many events in the US from the regional pop-ups to PSP and NPPL national events, PALS- Taiwan ranks up there with the best of them in terms of organization and the attention being paid to the players. Although the turnout was low for an international event, the constituent players really showcased the talents in the region as well as Taiwan. Speaking with the event organizers during and afterwards, they feel PALS- Taiwan is a beginning to bigger things and have great plans for hosting international events in the future, I can’t agree more.
For more Information: http://www.rocpaintball.org
中華漆彈推廣協會- Republic of China Paintball Promotion Association
高雄市立社教館漆彈場- Dynamics Paintball Field
活力四射漆彈活動隊- Dynamics Paintball
高雄市漆彈推廣協會- Kaohsiung Paintball Promotion Association