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World Cup, Orlando Florida
October 25 update
Aftershock wins pro 10 man. Jax Warriors win back to back 5 Man World Cup championships! Brass Eagle takes 2nd in Amateur A!
In the 5 player competition Avalanche took first place Pro, with The Jacksonville Warriors winning the Amateur A title. Car-Fonics took first place in Amateur B. Team Brass Eagle is ecstatic with their first appearance in the finals - pulling 2nd in Amateur A.
The much awaited Robbo vs. Oh one on one challenge has been postponed by mutual agreement until the Vegas NPPL 99. It seems Robbo was a little too busy winning the tournament with Aftershock to have time for the challenge match.
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1998 has seen some changes in what kind of gear is allowed at NPPL events. At the Portland event insurance restrictions did not allow the Shocker Turbo mode or Reactive Trigger function of the Automag RT. Portland was also the first NPPL event to allow no cutting of the masks. For the World Cup, the tournament rules have been modified to allow paintguns which enhance firing rates beyond individual "intentional" pulls of the trigger, as long as they are not full-automatics and do not fire more than 8.75 shots per second. All goggle/masks used must be brands/models which have been tested by independent laboratories to verify that they conform to the ASTM standard. They may not be cut down. See the complete wording of the rule modifications here at the official World Cup Homepage. While at previous events, and at present, Scott maintains that their internal tests indicate that their goggles and masks comply fully with the ASTM standards, independent lab tests were not completed prior to the tournament, so their goggles were not allowed on the field. In order to minimize the inconvenience to sponsored teams and customers, Marty Tripes from Scott supplied teams and players who normally wear Scott products with JT Spectra goggle systems.
In years past, the World Cup has consisted of game fields at Paintball World, and arena (Hyperball, Sup'Air, etc.) style fields and vendors tents next door at "Old Town". This year, Tournament promoter Jerry Braun has moved all facilities into Paintball World, clearing sections of forest, and building new fields. According to NPPL prize coordinator Jim Anderson, the move made a lot of financial sense. Any improvements to the Old Town location were temporary, while moving everything to Paintball World means that the site can be built and improved upon year after year. Like 1997, the 98 Cup fields consist of jungle fields, a Hyperball field, and an improved Sup'Air Ball field. The newly improved Sup'Air system, which was also featured at this year's Zap International Masters uses cloth air hoses and electric blowers to provide constant inflation to all of the field's bunkers. For the 10 player competition, the Sup'Air field was moved out onto the grass behind Old Town providing a larger field layout.
Vendors arriving in style