Quad Tactical Tournament – Oregon Players Cut Their Teeth
One day, one Swamp, one bomb, 12 teams, 31 games and one hell of a good time. No bitching, no moaning, no wiping, no cheating, no clown outfits, no ego’s, no politics, just solid, light hearted competition and pure paintball.
In this sport, if you seek play that mimics the intensity of a Slayer song, or strive to reach the inner crescendo of tactical paintball, look to the Quad Tactical Tournament.
The Quad tactical Tournament is just as it sounds, Quad, meaning 4 man teams and tactical, meaning games based ultimately upon strategy and team work. Each 4 man team is comprised of 3 entities, 1 Heavy Gunner who can carry an unlimited amount of ammo for firing and re-supplying teammates, 1 Medic who can heal two members of their team and carries a pump or pistol, and lastly 2 Rifleman who are limited to 200 rounds, but can be re-supplied. Each team is given 7 minutes to attack or defend an objective.
This last Saturday, March 5th 2010, Some of Oregon’s best tactical scenario players cut their teeth on a new event that will undoubtedly change the face of our scene. We asked for it, it was delivered to us on a silver platter, and let me tell you, those who were there, and those who traveled from near and far, ate that event up.
Everything a tactical player would want to see in a tournament, we saw. Sitting on the sidelines, players lined the netting closest to the first objective as players from both teams met in a close quartered meat grinder. It was obvious in this competition, fear, was left at home as we witnessed players make moves like their lives and lives of their team members depended on it. Hands down, it was the most fun paintball to play and watch that I personally have experienced. ESPN has always covered various Speedball tournaments. That coverage will have nothing on this and I’m sure Hellfish Videos will make that evident.
OK Company fielded 3 teams. OKC Whiskey, OKC Nick Nolte and OKC Kilo:
OKC Whiskey: Frog, Toasty, Arturo & Captain A.
OKC Nick Nolte: Sc Phantom, Vicente, Easy & Blitzkrieg.
OKC Kilo: Bogart, Sertcam, DeerKiller & Murdoc.
Going into this event OKC knew they needed to pack big lunch, because the participating teams were comprised of seriously talented players. With names like Moongobbies, Walkons, Central Oregon, Crossfire and others rounding the list, not taking one of those teams serious would be losing mistake.
In the Company’s first round, OKC Kilo played first and was drawn to the third game in a best of three series by Team Crossfire who surely were there to win. Kilo moved on to the second round. Playing against Crossfire was an eye opener and we look forward to finally teaming up with those gentlemen at SG41. great job guy’s.
Second to go was OKC’s Nick Nolte. Again, in a hard fought battle against a team fielded by the Walkons, OKC is drawn to the last game in a best of three series. They won the first match, lost the second, at the start of the third I truly thought they were going to lose the series as two players were eliminated in the opening seconds. The opfor armed the bomb and had eliminated 3 members when SCPhantom charged and in a close quartered house. SC eliminated the opposing force who occupied it, disarmed the bomb and won the round, which took them to the second round.
OKC Whiskey was the last to take the stage. They started off strong in their first game, but ended up losing after some close quartered combat on defense. Their second game, they had to win. With an initial rush they all reached the outer walls of the objective. Pushing and pushing, they tried to breach the defense that surrounded the objective doors, but were unfortunately able to pull through. OKC Whiskey was eliminated in the first round by a team fielded by Team Walkons and Friends.
In the second round of the competition OKC Kilo and OKC Nick Nolte faced off against each other in a civil war. Intense is the word to describe this series. In a best of three series, OKC Kilo ended up on top, barely squeaking by two consecutive victories. It was said by many, that those two games were hands down the most fun to watch out of the tournament. Although only one OKC team went through, it was obvious both deserved to be there.
The third round of the competition wielded three teams, a team from MGB, Walkons and OKC Kilo. Each Team played each other and the two teams with the best records moved to the finals. After three amazingly tough games, OKC and MGB moved on. My hat goes off to the Walkon team who held strong and kicked butt all day. You guys were awesome and I have no doubts that group will be seen again in the top three next event.
The finals were OKC vs. our brothers of the North, MGB. One game mode, played twice, offense and defense. Attackers had to retrieve and deliver hostages and defenders had to stop them. The first game OKC Kilo was on Defense. We started off bad. We go too spread out and weren’t able to communicate an OPFOR who breached our line and swooped in behind us. MGB Ironhide eliminated two us and made a move for the hostages. He grabbed two, but was only able to get on delivered as OKC Bogart eliminated him and a hostage while they were on the move. Once healed, OKC swooped in and were able to re-define our defense line and eliminated the OPFOR.
The second and final round. OKC Was on offense. We had to at least get one hostage to safety to tie the game, two to win or eliminate the opposing force. Right off the bat, We rushed up hill and half mooned the objective. We pushed closer and closer until finally entering the maze where the hostages were held. We snagged two and quickly delivered them. But we weren’t out of the storm yet. We heard word that one hostage was eliminated, so we went hunting. After some intense fights, OKC was able to find and eliminate OPFOR as they strategically moved in around us.
The write up of the matches don’t give the game justice. Each team that played, win or lose, played hard, intense and with honor. This community is proud and humbled to have been part of the first Quad tactical series and look forward to the continuation of the series. Our hats are off to everyone competed, you all made the games great. Even though there was a winner, I think it’s fair to say that our scene truly won the day.