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Old 01-04-2020, 08:47 AM #1
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Arrow What was the best part of paintball in 2019? Products, teams, players, events?

What were some of the notable paintball products that were released in 2019? What could you not wait to use when you found out about it? Who went above and beyond this last year? Or any that woefully underdelivered?

Were there any great events in 2019 that raised the bar? Or simply what was the best event you attended or you heard about this year? How about any exceptional fields?

Were there any teams (pro, divisional, rec or scenario) you think deserve more recognition for their efforts?

I'm looking for your input. I've been asking people in the industry and I want to ask you guys too. Who killed it in 2019? Or what's your favorite new piece of gear from 2019? And what are you looking forward to in 2020?


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Old 01-04-2020, 09:09 AM #2
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Best Product/Brand 2019: HK. They really aggressively expanded their product line and added some really cool PL guns, as well as took a bunch more of the paint market from GI and others and seemed to pretty consistently offer great value in all their products.

Best Event 2019: Iron City Classic, This event is honestly just unmatched. It has the biggest names across paintball's history, incredibly fun playing fields, and the best atmosphere of any event in the last 10-15 years since NPPL. Just hope they are able to fight and counter the phantom menace that is speed wars. Seems that people want to ruin the format again by racing to build the fastest gun again and don't really understand the core of the format.

Best Team Experience 2019: Aftershocks resurgence. Absolutely loved watching and playing against the historically stretched Shock lineup in the mechanical circuit. So many legendary players showing us young guys that all the athleticism, youth, and aggression can be beaten with pure grit and experience.
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Old 01-04-2020, 12:16 PM #3
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Best Product=MG100. Inexpensive, Fun, Options

Best Team=NYExtreme. These guys make the league fun

Best Videographer=Simon. Although limited, you can usually hear a cocker.
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Old 01-04-2020, 04:20 PM #4
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Best Product=MG100. Inexpensive, Fun, Options

Best Team=NYExtreme. These guys make the league fun

Best Videographer=Simon. Although limited, you can usually hear a cocker.
TIL dumping a hopper of paint in some as some weird claim when you beat another bottom feeder team "makes the league fun".

Worst trend: Tie between the hopper dump thing, and super tight joggers on guys who shouldn't be wearing super tight joggers.
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Old 01-04-2020, 04:23 PM #5
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Worst trend: super tight joggers on guys who shouldn't be wearing super tight joggers.

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Old 01-04-2020, 04:29 PM #6
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Best event would be ICC for me, it was absolutly amzing and i cant wait to go back this year, the air is just lighter, yes its competivatve but its also so loose and fun.

best year would have to go to RL, they dominated the Euro NXL and were so consistant for the US as well, overall i think they had the most success

best product? that is hard for me, but id say the CMD (i think it was early 2019, or was it late 2018? either way its the first mask i actually loved since the i3Pros
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Old 01-05-2020, 12:57 AM #9
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Old 01-05-2020, 03:17 AM #11
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TIL dumping a hopper of paint in some as some weird claim when you beat another bottom feeder team "makes the league fun".

Worst trend: Tie between the hopper dump thing, and super tight joggers on guys who shouldn't be wearing super tight joggers.
13th is more middle of the pack than a bottom feeder.
It was fun until every copy cat D3 scrub had to imitate the hopper dump.

When you let Mr H make fashion decisions you are bound to look like an idiot.

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Old 01-05-2020, 10:30 AM #12
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Team that deserves more credit: Uprising played great all year.
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Old 01-08-2020, 01:16 PM #14
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2019 wasn't too bad, a lot of new cool products came out, a lot of overpriced items that are just ripping people off.
For me, the best unsung Marker is the Empire Syx, its disappointing that it didn't get the recognition it actually deserves, and no, complaining about its look doesn't count.
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Old 01-08-2020, 01:40 PM #15
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When you let Mr H make fashion decisions you are bound to look like an idiot.
Dude dresses like a 14 year old hype beast.
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Worst trend: Tie between the hopper dump thing, and super tight joggers on guys who shouldn't be wearing super tight joggers.
I don't even know what jogger pants would look like. Are we talking about those swishy track pants from the 90s'? At any rate, it sounds like a thin material. How do they hold up to wear and tear?
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Old 01-08-2020, 02:09 PM #17
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Old 01-08-2020, 02:15 PM #18
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2019:
was pretty solid for the mech world

Freeflow made a big push (Calibers, Clutches, Chris Cole Cockers)
Inception released new products (hinge frame, new versions of the bolt, reg, stella xl back).
Adrenaline releasing mech shockers
Nummech releasing gas through mag/cocker frames, mag and cocker bodies, Cocker trigger plates and sears
Planet Eclipse pushing the emek, MG100, M170R
Shocktech realeased some new cockers aswell as an extended reach option
Powerhouse releasing a new tank reg
Boston Paintball releasing a private label version of the power house reg with color options


If i had to pick a single person that killed it in 2019 it would have to be Simon.
He was able to travel and do live streams at major events, was able to release several new products/revisions and provide amazing customer support.

If i had to pick a 2nd person it would be Buddy Baur with Freeflow.
He has been able manage the pre-orders for large runs of cockers. The Caliber run blew it out of the water and i don't think he knew what he was getting into with that one. However, he has managed to fill orders, keep the quality high and keep customers happy while also servicing older markers. He has been revising parts and moving forward with new designs. I know Buddy has put a lot of time into building the brand into what it is since the resurgence in the last year.

Looking forward to seeing what is to come in the this year from all of the companies.
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Old 01-08-2020, 02:18 PM #19
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I recently returned after a 15+ area break from the sport, so I don't have too much to add about equipment.

However I have been catching up on all the Pro-Events I missed, watched basically from 2016 to the 2019 World Cup on Go Sports.

The filming, camera angles, and replays got so much better the last year. Matty and the entire Go Sports crew do an incredible job and I can't wait to start watching the new events live this year.

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Can say my favorite team to watch in the 2019 was the Russian Legion.

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Old 01-08-2020, 05:24 PM #20
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The Emek came out in 2018 though...
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Old 01-08-2020, 06:02 PM #21
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So many good products came out for the mech world in 2019. ICC was the easy pick for the best event. 72 teams dropping money for an event that was not going to happen for another 7 months in 19 minutes.

I have a feeling the 2020's are going to be a fantastic mechade.
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