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Iron City Classic Event Preview, Discussion, and Recaps!



One of the best weekends of paintball is upon us! It’s almost time for the Iron City Classic and players from all over the country will be converging on Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for a chance to take the Iron Throne.

This event is one of the largest draws in the paintball industry with 120 teams and more than 1,500 players attending the competition at Urban Assault Paintball. Professional players and amateur players alike will all be battling in a series of 8 preliminary games for a chance to earn a spot in the playoffs on Sunday. With 4 unique playing fields, this event offers an experience that no other event can match.

The Iron City Classic paintball competition was founded in 2017 by legendary player and industry rep, Tim Montressor. Working closely with his best friend Russell Jackson, they quickly built the event from a small niche competition to one of the largest single paintball events on Earth. Tragically, Tim passed away in 2020 leaving behind a paintball legacy that is unmatched.

The Iron City Classic Format



The format at the event is both traditional and unorthodox at the same time. Meaning, it calls back to the style of play from nearly two decades ago, and brings it into a modern field of play in a way we haven’t seen in a long time. Tim Montressor was a trailblazer in the modern mechanical paintball revival and his format is both challenging and fun for players.




Top Teams to Watch for.
With 72 teams competing Saturday and Sunday in the 10-man format, and 48 in the 5-man format on Friday, this is one of the largest events in the world. What is unique about this event is the inclusion of both professional and amateur players. This is akin to the older style events prior to 2003 that followed a similar format.

San Diego Dynasty
The current ICC champion comes into this years event ready for a repeat performance. They are returning much of the same roster as last event except for a few changes, most notably, the long awaited addition of a healthy Marcello Margott. Fans have been begging to see the entire Dynasty Xball roster on the ICC fields for years. Now, they will get that plus some of the best players from over two decades of championship Dynasty rosters. Fans will be delighted to see legendary names like Williamson, Squires, Kopcok, and Forster all donning the Dynasty Dragon once again.


Los Angeles Infamous:
Infamous comes into the event as a dangerous team. Travis Lemanski is always able to assemble elite talent of current and past professional players and this year is no different. With arugably the best player in the world, Archie Montemayor, and the rest of his all-star cast, Infamous should roll through the preliminaries and look to be a finals team. Their ultra-athletic attackers like Thomas Taylor, Harrison Frye, and Ryan Hall will be a good balance to their veterans like Cody Mickowski, Drew Templeton, and one of the greatest players of all time, Chris Lasoya.

Las Vegas Mirage
Arguably, one of the most experienced and prestigious rosters at the event, Mirage comes into Pittsburgh with all-time greats like Rich Telford, Brian Fow, and John Richardson. The elite level of marker skill on this team is undeniable with some of the most individually skilled players the game has ever seen. Most of these guys were playing at the highest level of the game from the 90s and into the golden age of paintball. Their experience is unmatched in this event. For fans looking to watch technical games and high-IQ movement, they will not want to miss watching this team.


Photo Credit: Michael Mohr, MMPhotography.



The All Star Game
New for this year will be the All-Star Draft Game. This game will take place on Saturday during the mid day break and will feature rosters that were hand picked by captains Alex Fraige and Ryan Moorhead in a live draft just a week ago. This game will bring back a concept we haven’t seen in competitive paintball for a decade or more and fans are chattering all over the internet with excitement.

The game will feature the best players in the games history, as well as top-level current professional paintball players in a best-of-three match. This game will give fans the answers to so many questions over the years about who was the best to ever do it. Our pick for All-Star Game MVP: Carl Markowski.

Meet Team Fraige:

Alex Fraige- Current Pro: Dynasty. Co-owner of Field One, Hormesis, Coin Duel. The best counter-punch player in paintball history.

Todd Martinez- Retired Pro: Aftershock, Dynasty. Current Houston Heat Head Coach. Multi-time World Champion

Rocky Cagnoni- Retired Pro: Avalanche. Paintball's first world-wide Superstar and the prototype for the modern front player.

Mike Bruno- Retired Pro: Aftershock. Former Head Coach: Aftershock. Multi-time World Champion.

Adam Gardner- Retired Pro: All Americans, Founder of Smart Parts, GOG, SP.

Chris Lasoya- Retired Pro: Avalanche, Infamous. Recognized as one of the greatest players of all time.

Carl Markowski- Retired Pro: XSV, X-Factor, Aftershock. The fastest man in paintball.

Kevin Rudolph- Current Pro: Infamous. World Champion and one of the best support players in the NXL.

Frank Connell- Retired Pro: All Americans, Dynasty, Avalanche. Multi-time World Champion.

Ryan Greenspan- Current Pro: Dynasty. Has the most wins in pro paintball history.

Billy Ceranski- Retired Pro: Aftershock, Image. Current President of GI Sportz. Multi-time world champion

Corey Field- Current Pro: Thunder. One of the longest tenured players in the league.

Tom Cole- Retired Pro: Bad Company. Current President of the NXL Pro Paintball league.

LJ Parrish- Current Pro: Ironmen. One of the most aggressive attackers in pro paintball.

John Dresser- Retired Pro: Farside, Evil. Longtime head of PBNation.com, the largest paintball website on the internet.

Meet Team Moorhead:

Ryan Moorhead- Current Pro: Heat. The most versatile player in the world and multi-era World Champion.

Chad George- Current Pro: Heat. Recognized as one of the best snake players in history.

Jon Richardson- Retired Pro: XSV, Infamous, Image. One of the best minds in paintball history with a knack for huge moves.

Todd Adamson- Retired Pro: Aftershock. Recognized by his peers as one of the best back players in history.

Archie Montemayor- Current Pro: XFactor. One of the best paintball players in the world and a brilliant mind.

Richie Maliszewski- Retired Pro: Image. One of the architects of the modern style of aggressive play and inventor of the run-through.

Rich Telford- Retired Pro: XSV, Ironmen. Multi-time World Champion and one of the best back players to ever play.

Yosh Rau- Current Pro: Dynasty. Co-owner of Field One and Top 5 in overall wins all-time. Most poised player to ever play the game.

Rusty Glaze- Retired Pro: Infamous, XSV, Dynasty. Retired Head Coach: Dynasty. Arguably the smartest strategist in paintball.

Billy Bernacchia- Current Pro: XFactor. One of the best athletes paintball has ever seen.

Spesh Robinson- Retired Pro: All Americans. The "speshilist" is one of the most versatile players in history. Multi-time World Champion.

Alex Martinez- Current Pro: Xfactor. Owner of XFactor Paintball Park and one of the longest tenured pro player in the world.

Matty Marshall- Retired Pro: Ironmen, XSV. The voice of paintball, and paintballs first Worldwide Ambassador of the game. Multi-time World Champion.

Andy Kopcok- Retired Pro: Infamous. Multi-time World Champion and relentless attacker known for dissecting the opposing team.

Will Arroyo- Retired Pro: Ground Zero. An ambassador of the game and multi-time World Champion.

Remembering Tim Montressor's Legacy.

As we prepare for the weekend of festivities and action ahead, it’s important that we all take time to reflect on who Tim Montressor was as a paintball player, ambassador of the game, and human being. His aura of positivity and love for the game and all those around him was evident to all who met him. Tim would always take time out of his day to talk to players who wanted advice, share stories with friend and stranger alike, and always do his best to put a smile on your face.

He will be remembered this weekend with a memorial unveiling and I’m sure his spirit will be with each and every player to walk onto the legendary fields at Urban Assault. From the entire ProPaintball staff, we thank Tim for all he did for this game we love, and we will never forget the light of Tim’s spirit that will never be extinguished as we all carry it onto the field.


A Weekend of Fun and Community.

Above all the competition is the idea of paintball players from all walks of life coming together to have fun and create lifelong memories. Tim’s goal for this event was always to foster a paintball community centered around positivity and fun. We look forward to seeing you all at Urban Assault Paintball in Pittsburgh this weekend for the Iron City Classic, July 31st – August 2nd.

You can watch the event live, all weekend, on the GoSports website.
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This is a condensed version of the full article, which can be read here:

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I went yesterday and this event is huge! Great turnout with hundreds of players.

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in the Infamous/Chattanooga game he kindly barrel tapped the guy in the back after mowing down the player in front of him
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Powerhouse stepped up the game on fill stations last minute.
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in the Infamous/Chattanooga game he kindly barrel tapped the guy in the back after mowing down the player in front of him
I really hope a clip of Lasoya stabbing that guy with his barrel makes it on social media. That was the funniest damn thing I’ve seen in years.
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Powerhouse stepped up the game on fill stations last minute.
Just my opinion, but I disagree. The stations were filling at 3000psi or less for half the day. Both my games on Hyperball I had a 3000psi fill and a 2400psi fill for a 10 man game. I appreciate their effort and they resolved the issues by Sunday, but they had to shut down half the stations to make it workable.
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Just my opinion, but I disagree. The stations were filling at 3000psi or less for half the day. Both my games on Hyperball I had a 3000psi fill and a 2400psi fill for a 10 man game. I appreciate their effort and they resolved the issues by Sunday, but they had to shut down half the stations to make it workable.
We had the same issue on Hyperball. Could only carry 7 pods because of the lack of air. For some reason they had their 2nd compressor down. Not use if it was having issues or what.
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Just my opinion, but I disagree. The stations were filling at 3000psi or less for half the day. Both my games on Hyperball I had a 3000psi fill and a 2400psi fill for a 10 man game. I appreciate their effort and they resolved the issues by Sunday, but they had to shut down half the stations to make it workable.
Did the field not have compressors running? That seems like more of their issue than anything else...
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Did the field not have compressors running? That seems like more of their issue than anything else...
Powerhouse appeared to have been chosen to offer on-site air services but may have volunteered as well, just speculating. They had PH branded stations and big compressor units at the field. But Im not 100% sure otherwise, out of memory, I think last time around the NXL truck provided the air but I could be wrong.
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Powerhouse provided the fill stations (which were a top notch design that they are currently prototyping from what they told me when I spoke with them). The field provided the compressors and only one of them was working on Saturday, hence the air issues. That's not on PH at all.

All that aside, I thought it was a great event. I spent Sunday in the Infamous booth helping out and got to see the boys celebrating after their big win.

I thought the most interesting part was the way the final game went down. The rain held off the entire afternoon. Then 10 seconds after the final game went to time, the skies opened up and it down poured. It's almost as if Tim was watching down on everything and letting the event play out.
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Thanks fish, yes the fill stations and compressors were supplied separately.

Powerhouse did what they could with what was supplied to them from my understanding.
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Thanks fish, yes the fill stations and compressors were supplied separately.

Powerhouse did what they could with what was supplied to them from my understanding.
That is understandable then. The guy working at the fill stations was super nice and he seemed to be doing everything in his power to make things work well.
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PH had their top tier employee there! I don't recall his name but he is always spot on when it comes to servicing our regs at nationals. This time he was all over that area and even cleaning off the fill station what seemed like every minute! Props to him!

We also had air problems but the same can't be said for everyone as we saw a team had their own compressor set up in their team trailer over passed the the hybrid field. While we were all getting 3k fills they were probably getting 5k haha. Smart thinking! Really fun event and glad I was a part of it!
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PH had their top tier employee there! I don't recall his name but he is always spot on when it comes to servicing our regs at nationals. This time he was all over that area and even cleaning off the fill station what seemed like every minute! Props to him!

We also had air problems but the same can't be said for everyone as we saw a team had their own compressor set up in their team trailer over passed the the hybrid field. While we were all getting 3k fills they were probably getting 5k haha. Smart thinking! Really fun event and glad I was a part of it!
That would most likely be Jeff tending to everyone’s needs.
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I was able to watch a few games over the weekend and I liked how a lot of teams were still using emeks and gmeks even though the CS2 now has the mech frame available. Pretty co to see the lower end guns being used. There were definitely a lot of people using mech CS2s but from the games that I was able to watch most teams shooting PE seemed to be using emeks.
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I was able to watch a few games over the weekend and I liked how a lot of teams were still using emeks and gmeks even though the CS2 now has the mech frame available. Pretty co to see the lower end guns being used. There were definitely a lot of people using mech CS2s but from the games that I was able to watch most teams shooting PE seemed to be using emeks.
Im curious how many people are using modern mechanical (Planet Eclipse and DLX//SP) versus classic mechanical (Autococker and Automags) versus Electros at 5.5bps.

There has definitely been a decline of classic mechanical markers at the ICC.
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I hardly saw anyone actually using an autococker. I'm not sure that I saw a single Automag coming off a field.
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