Monday, March 9, 2009

Random Red Sevens

Bben running back to the starting frame with ice cream

Bben looking at the mess he has created...chocolates in the pods.

Zach showing off his teeth after eating chocolate biscuits.
Zach and Ryan trying to looking mean... Zack is holding onto Edi's green goblin Ego 9.

Hmmm...why are we so happy? Must be the strawberry milkshake...

Eclipse Ego 8 vs Ego 9

Red Sevens clinched 4th position in MPOC Leg 2

After 2 days of gruelling competition, 18 games in total, 19 boxes of paintballs... Red Sevens finally clinched the position of the "first loser", 4th position in the Malaysia Paintball Official Circuit (MPOC) Leg 2. Usually refers to the 2nd position, the "first loser" title goes to Red Sevens for not taking any prizes home and spending as many paintballs as the podium finishers. Day 1 of the competition saw all Division 3 teams playing 4 games each. Without breaking our usual curse of losing the first game, we lost the game to Marauderz and went on to win the next 3 games against Hoodlum, Apache and Lund69. The day ended before lunch break and luckily, we were on our way back to the hotel before the thunderstorm arrived. As the usual saying goes "MPOC will not be the same without any rain..."

Day 2 - and the team has to go on full throttle to build on the good results in Day 1 . We were scheduled to play a total of 6 games in a span of 2 hours...which make people wonder what is wrong with the scheduling??? (point of consideration no.1) Never mind that... Day 2 was a little more challenging, we had games with our sister team, Damnation, Dark Angels, Urban X, Holydivers, Ghost Destructo and Eastsiderz. The end result...won 4, drew 1 and lost 1. We went down 5 points in the match against Damnation. Kudos to them...

Edi has to leave for Singapore after 2 games in Day 2... his absence was clearly missed when we had little option to play a double dorito game. After the qualifying rounds, we were in the 4th position and into the top 16 round. This leg had 19 participating teams, top 16 teams qualified for the next round. One team never show up on the 2nd day and lost all their points. So there were actually 18 participating teams...and to only drop the last 2 spots for a top 16 round was simply "money wasting". In Leg 1 of the MPOC, there were 15 participating teams and 12 qualified for the next round. In this leg, we had 18 teams and 16 teams qualified!!! All you need is to win 2 qualifying games in all 10 games to qualify...come to think of just doesnt make sense. This is not considering the fact that there is still a quarter finals, semi finals, finals, 3rd/4th placing game that teams have to go through. Which the latter two game was supposed to be the best of 3 games but it never happened. The final game was played in the dark... perhaps if this was the case for next leg... where there are more than 18 participating teams, perhaps we should just stick to the top 12 teams to qualify or perhaps consider using paintballs that glow in the dark (point of consideration no. 2).

In the round of top 16, we were grouped with Urban X, Dark Angels and PPS Syndrome. We top the team with 9 points and proceeded to the quarters and for the third time we had to meet Dark Angels and Oscar Legio X and Ghost Destructo. We came in 2nd and before we knew it...we were the top 4 teams in Div 3. This was also the first time that we have gone so far... a top 4 finished was indeed pleasing until we had to face Team Bellicose in the Semis. I am starting a new paragraph because this happens to be the most exciting part of the whole tournament.

Firstly, they had an ex or current (I am not sure) Div 1 player starring for them... which makes me wonder if there was any screening done. As far as I know, any player who have played in Div 1, are not allow to play in Div 3... okay....never mind that...its all good. Then came the game of indecisiveness and cheating... its okay to cheat in paintball.... as long as you are not caught by the ref, you just play on and get away smirking on your "wrong doings". So you have done the right thing... and that is to cheat but dont get caught, cheating even in a feature in the NPPL Championship Xbox its okay to cheat a little in paintball.

What I am pissed about was the fact that this was done under the noses of 3 referees and none had seen him cheat! WOW! Surely a good cheater... To make the referees took back their calling from a normal tradeoff to a "1 for 1" with his protest was the pinnacle... Come on be fair will you? ... you dont call a player out and after his protest changed it to a "1 for 1". What is this? Where is the decisiveness? (point of consideration no. 3) While all these were ongoing, the flag was hang too! And of course, we respected your indecisiveness and the game was eventually decided in a 1 on 1. We lost the game. We respected your decision but not the results. If that dishonest guy had claimed that he had shot my player first, well okay.... but in the midst of his complain, I shot him out too. So where is the 1 for 1? Its a simple tradeoff...

The tournament was concluded with a 3th/4th match against the JB Syndicate and they won the game gracefully.

Thanks to all who have supported us during the MPOC, special mention goes to Daniel from Lemon Ruski, the bispectacle player from PPS Syndrome (sorry I dont know your name but you have been cheering us on), Reuben from Hoodlums for arranging for our transportation back to the hotel, Rudi the scorekeeper who came to us and congratulated us on our "winnings" though we didnt really won, you guys have given us continuous support and all the belief... Cheers!

Until next MPOC? maybe not...