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Old 03-08-2020, 08:17 PM #1
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LA Ironmen win first national event in a decade! Defeat Russian Legion in NXL


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The 2020 NXL Las Vegas was one of the most exciting pro paintball tournaments in years. The finals started off in less than ideal conditions late in the day and the low sun would play a factor limiting visibility, especially from one side.

Russian Legion came into the NXL pro finals as the heavy favorite against the LA Ironmen. Russian Legion won events as recently as last year while it's been over a decade since the Ironmen won a national event. Many people even predicted a blowout finals with Russian Legion steamrolling the Ironmen. The LA Ironmen shocked everyone and won the first three points.

The Ironmen managed to stave off Russian Legion and hold onto their lead for the entire match and emerged victorious on the shoulders of stand up performances from LJ Parish and Alex "Arod" Rodriguez.

Final score: 7 to 5
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Old 03-08-2020, 08:20 PM #2
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I believe Arod will also win the golden barrel for most kills in the event.
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Old 03-08-2020, 08:21 PM #3
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congratulations Ironmen! you guys played unreal. Been a long time and was really cool to see you win again
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Old 03-08-2020, 08:21 PM #4
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Congrats to Ironmen, was a solid win for them.
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Old 03-08-2020, 08:22 PM #5
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What a finals! Arod was insane all weekend, and wow did Nick Slowiak come back with a vengeance after getting cut from Xfactor. I'm stoked to see an energised Ironmen finally taking an event.
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Old 03-08-2020, 08:24 PM #6
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What an entertaining tournament.

The Ironmen's last win was when Oliver Lang was still on the team.
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Old 03-08-2020, 08:27 PM #7
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Arod wins the golden barrel for kill count leader and Most Valuable Player of the event.

I am so happy for so many guys on the squad and coach Todd Martinez.

And possibly most of all Nick Slowiak. #justiceforSlowiak
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Old 03-08-2020, 08:28 PM #8
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What an event, way to go boys.
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Never been a fan of the ironmen, but I gotta say, watching them win this event out of no where has been, was absolutely unbelievable and breathtaking. So cool seeing a new group of guys take 1st place. They were playing unbelievable. Hell, tmg outlaws went up 4 or 5 points on them just 10 hours ago.
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Congrats to the Ironmen, and to the NXL for such a great tourney ... most of the games were just incredible.
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Probably the best tournament I’ve ever watched
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Nice to see some parity come back to the league (did it ever exist?). Felt like so many teams had a good shot at this. Was fun watching the teams adjust to the layout and adapt. Congrats to A-rod and Todd.
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Arod wins the golden barrel and golden tank.

I am so happy for so many guys on the squad and coach Todd Martinez.

And possibly most of all Nick Slowiak. #justicefornick
Nick winning this tournament after the offseason is nearly as cathartic as watching Ryan Moorhead win his first world cup in 2018.

What a great story for the Ironmen
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Unreal event and an unreal finals. I’m so stoked to see the shield have a win and this is an exciting start to 2020. I’m also glad TBD had a much better showing this event than they have in awhile. More competition in the top 10!
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Old 03-08-2020, 08:57 PM #15
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11 years ago, I can still remember their last win. Amazing!

Congrats Ironmen. Arod is a beast of an addition!
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Congratulations Ironmen and ty for such an exciting game to watch. I was stunned to look at the semis and see the Ironmen and RL we’re both going to the finals.
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Unreal event and an unreal finals. Iím so stoked to see the shield have a win and this is an exciting start to 2020. Iím also glad TBD had a much better showing this event than they have in awhile. More competition in the top 10!
Indeed - Revo was really good, all the Texas teams were competitive, LVL was fun to watch. I love that the "lower" teams have assumed an aggressive posture (hey guys - it's a LOT cheaper to practice this way too). Need NXL to keep putting up layouts that provide opportunity.

It certainly makes for better viewing.
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I am so happy for so many guys on the squad and coach Todd Martinez.

And possibly most of all Nick Slowiak. #justiceforSlowiak
Congrats to all

I poked a ton of fun at Nick for going to Ironmen on all forms of social media. And truthfully I didn't give Ironmen much of a thought in Vegas. They are playing outstanding. Tip of the cap to Todd and the Ironmen for a hell of a weekend and Finals against the Russians.

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Yeah, I have to give it up for LVL and AC Diesel ... both of teams showed they were hungry and didn't show any fear out there. I was impressed with how both teams played.
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Congrats to all

I poked a ton of fun at Nick for going to Ironmen on all forms of social media. And truthfully I didn't give Ironmen much of a thought in Vegas. They are playing outstanding. Tip of the cap to Todd and the Ironmen for a hell of a weekend and Finals against the Russians.
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Just good paintball. Glad to see Nick on a team where he can spin every point and they win

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