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Old 11-15-2021, 06:25 PM #1
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New Orleans Hurricanes win 2022 Pro Spot

New Orleans Hurricanes Win Coveted Pro spot at NXL World Cup

Congratulations to the New Orleans Hurricanes for winning the National Xball League (NXL) Semi-Pro season title two years in a row and securing the coveted professional spot for the 2022 season. The team plays almost exclusively out of Gulf Coast Paintball in Slidell, Louisiana. The Hurricanes wear JT and shoot GI Sportz paint exclusively.

Only the Hurricanes are guaranteed to advance to the Pro league from Semi-Pro based on the 2021 season standings. The Hurricanes managed to make the top 5 every single NXL event this season, and that consistency paid off with an overall win in the season standings against possibly the toughest field of competitive Semi-Pro teams ever.

Team Captain Stuart Ridgel said, "This has been a long time coming, and every player on this team has sacrificed so much time and energy to make this dream a reality. We're incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to play against the best players and teams in the world next season. We know it will not be an easy task, but we're up for the challenge. We couldn't have done this without GI Sportz and JT. We have the best sponsors and gear in the game and couldn't be happier shooting GI 5-Star paint. Also, a big shout out to all of our fans; we're blessed to have your support."

Coach Mike Bianca added, "It would obviously be a mistake to disparage next season. We understand the difficulty in front of us, but we will approach it like we have every other challenge - with purpose."

Teams shooting GI Sportz 5-Star paint won every single Xball divisional season title from D5 all the way to Semi-Pro. If you play to win, join the Imperial Program for 2022, and GI will pay your paint bill outright every time you win a major NXL Xball event.
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Old 11-16-2021, 12:51 AM #2
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awesome for them, but they finished 4th, 4th, 2nd and 5th, not even winning an event this season. They are going to get absolutely smoked in pro and without a support system like AC Dallas had, things aren't looking good for them imo.

I hope they prove me wrong.
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Old 11-16-2021, 05:27 AM #3
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This news up sure does seem like a GI commercial.

It seems you can add PBNation to the list of companies GI has bought.
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Old 11-16-2021, 05:38 AM #4
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Who got dropped from pro?
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Old 11-16-2021, 07:11 AM #5
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This news up sure does seem like a GI commercial.

It seems you can add PBNation to the list of companies GI has bought.
Well John no longer works for PBNation and works for GI. Why wouldn't he hard sell one of his teams?
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Old 11-16-2021, 07:12 AM #6
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Who got dropped from pro?
Currently AC Dallas is on the chopping block unless another team decides to leave the pro division.

There are rumors of some teams not coming back next year.
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awesome for them, but they finished 4th, 4th, 2nd and 5th, not even winning an event this season. They are going to get absolutely smoked in pro and without a support system like AC Dallas had, things aren't looking good for them imo.

I hope they prove me wrong.
I think most teams that bump up into Pro have a rough go at it. It's hard to challenge established teams because you can maintain a high level of play for a long time in this game.

I think, for a first year team, they'll be better than expected. They have a pretty solid core and, if you count 2020, they are back to back SP series winners with a win at Cup last season.

They have proven to be the most deserving team to move up.

First year teams in the past 5 seasons:
2016, Uprising: 14/16
2017, PC Katana: 14/16
2018, NYX: 11/20 (expansion year)
2018, DMG: 12/20 (expansion year)
2018, Elevation: 14/20 (expansion year)
2018, MLK: 19/20 (expansion year)
2019, Aftermath: 15/20
2020, ac:DIESEL: 8/21* (2 event season)
2020, NRG Elite: 16/21* (2 event season)
2021, ac:DALLAS: 20/20 (all new roster from mostly D2/D3 teams)
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Should be interesting to see how they handle the jump
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Best of luck to them, they earned it.

I believe a few of these guys were on the New Orleans Warped Army team that played pro in the NPPL in 2013. They should be used to playing at a high level for a long time at this point.
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I think most teams that bump up into Pro have a rough go at it. It's hard to challenge established teams because you can maintain a high level of play for a long time in this game.

I think, for a first year team, they'll be better than expected. They have a pretty solid core and, if you count 2020, they are back to back SP series winners with a win at Cup last season.

They have proven to be the most deserving team to move up.

First year teams in the past 5 seasons:
2016, Uprising: 14/16
2017, PC Katana: 14/16
2018, NYX: 11/20 (expansion year)
2018, DMG: 12/20 (expansion year)
2018, Elevation: 14/20 (expansion year)
2018, MLK: 19/20 (expansion year)
2019, Aftermath: 15/20
2020, acIESEL: 8/21* (2 event season)
2020, NRG Elite: 16/21* (2 event season)
2021, acALLAS: 20/20 (all new roster from mostly D2/D3 teams)
You forgot LVL for 2020 as well who also had not won a SP event....finished 14/21 in 2020.
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Old 11-17-2021, 08:19 AM #11
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This news up sure does seem like a GI commercial.

It seems you can add PBNation to the list of companies GI has bought.
It has certainly pushed me away from here.

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I think most teams that bump up into Pro have a rough go at it. It's hard to challenge established teams because you can maintain a high level of play for a long time in this game.

I think, for a first year team, they'll be better than expected. They have a pretty solid core and, if you count 2020, they are back to back SP series winners with a win at Cup last season.

They have proven to be the most deserving team to move up.

First year teams in the past 5 seasons:
2016, Uprising: 14/16
2017, PC Katana: 14/16
2018, NYX: 11/20 (expansion year)
2018, DMG: 12/20 (expansion year)
2018, Elevation: 14/20 (expansion year)
2018, MLK: 19/20 (expansion year)
2019, Aftermath: 15/20
2020, acIESEL: 8/21* (2 event season)
2020, NRG Elite: 16/21* (2 event season)
2021, acALLAS: 20/20 (all new roster from mostly D2/D3 teams)
I think without some additional added vets it may be a challenge. Their style tends to move towards attack first, and that often gets eaten up pretty easily. But, AC did this complete opposite of that this year and did terrible, so who knows.

The biggest questions surrounding NO, is what sort of support system do they have in place? Is it enough to practice the level they need to?
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Don't be cryfaced that the only person posting anything on this ghost town is a Kore Employee. If you've got some news about your D5 team, post up!!

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Don't be cryfaced that the only person posting anything on this ghost town is a Kore Employee. If you've got some news about your D5 team, post up!!
I agree about seeming like a ghost town here, where did everyone go ?

Big congratulations to New Orleans Hurricanes! It takes so much work to stay at that level. Good luck guys
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