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1st Place NXL - Dynasty
The teams participating in the PSP tournament series headed east after the Phoenix Open, arriving in South Carolina for the third year in a row, to play out their games at the PBC Sports Park in Rockhill, just south of Charlotte, North Carolina.
Wednesday afternoon saw a Captain's meeting for the X-Ball teams, along with their registration and on Thursday morning, the games began with the X-Ball prelims round starting on the fields. The plan for the week would include 5-man teams as well, though they weren't scheduled to begin play until Saturday morning. NXL teams would play eight games each on Thursday, Friday and Saturday with the twelve teams of the closed pro league participating. Meanwhile, twelve teams from D1 XBall would also be taking to the field, the same number of teams which played at the Phoenix Open. The other XBall division as well as five-man saw an increase in attendance for the second leg of the PSP series. Up from twenty-seven, 34 teams played in D2. D3 saw a jump from 23 to 37 teams. In the five man competition with two divisions, 22 teams showed to play for D3 five man, up from the Arizona number of 17, while ten more teams played D4 for a total of 43 teams.
NXL teams hit the field bright and early on Thursday morning with overcast skies and the chance of rain, with temperatures in the seventies and eighties forecasted for the day. First up was Oakland Infamous, leading the pack after their victory in Arizona, facing off against Avalanche. They won 7-5 over St. Louis. Following their game, Boston Red Legion, who came in second at the Phoenix Open, played against Aftermath, winning 8-6. Continuing through the morning X-Factor beat out Chicago 8-4 and finally for the morning games Ironmen beat the Philly Americans by just a single point, 7-6. Four games would follow throughout the afternoon with the Dogs meeting Dynasty, Tampa Bay playing against Oakland, Chicago taking on the Russians, Avalanche going up against Edmonton Impact and Aftermath meeting X-Factor at the end of the day at 5 o'clock.
Meanwhile on the other XBall fields, D1, 2 and 3 teams were facing off against each other in their preliminary matches. By midday on Thursday, CDR, Vicious, mayhem, and Damage were lining up to be contenders in the D1 bracket. In D2 many of the teams were playing strongly, with tightening races already becoming apparent. D3 teams were limited to just one of their divisions hitting the field on Thursday morning, though by the end of the day, every team had played two games each.
Wrapping up the day on Thursday, the NXL games ran with Dynasty taking down the Dogs 9-3. Oakland Infamous continued their winning streak with a 6-5 victory over Tampa Bay. Boston Red Legion took down Chicago 7-6 and Impact beat Avalanche 9-6. The last game of the day saw X-Factor who lost to Aftermath with a 3-6 final score as the sun set on the fields in South Carolina.
Friday started out with rainshowers, but they were quickly gone by the time that games began. On the NXL field, Oakland Infamous dropped to Philadelphia Americans with a 6-9 score. Dynasty and Boston battled with an 8-7 win going to Dynasty, the game winning point coming in with just 24 seconds left on the clock. Los Angeles Ironmen beat out Edmonton Impact with a 6-5 win and X-Factor beat the Seattle Naughty Dogs 9-4. Finishing up the morning rounds, Tampa Bay took down Avalanche with a 9-4 game. The afternoon games began with 80 degree weather, clear sunny skies and Chicago taking the game over Aftermath 7-6. Los Angeles Ironmen took down Oakland with a 9-4 game. Seattle Naughty Dogs dropped to Boston in overtime with a final score of 6-7, Philly beat Impact 6-5 and Dynasty dropped to X-Factor, 9-4, their second win of the day. Meanwhile on the Divisional XBall fields, games continued in the preliminary rounds and the 5-man squads started arriving, getting ID cards and watching games through the netting, anxiously awaiting their chance to play on Saturday morning.
The NXL got started at 7:30 in the morning on Saturday with a game between Philadelphia Americans and Avlanche. Philly won 9-4. In the second game of the day Dynasty dropped to Aftermath 4-5. Los Angeles Ironmen continued their dominance of the event with a win over Tampa Bay 9-1. Seattle Naughty Dogs won over Chicago Aftershock 8-6 and Oakland Impact lost to Edmonton Impact 7-8. In the afternoon Boston Red Legion won over X-Factor 9-4. Philly won again for the day with a 9-4 victory over Tampa Bay. Dynasty came back from their losses to triumph over Chicago 9-2. Ironmen beat Avalanche 9-2, securing their fifth win of the tournament. The last NXL game of the day went to the Dogs with Seattle Naughty Dogs taking an 8-7 win over Aftermath.
The Divisional X-Ball teams hit the fields in the Ocho finals, with teams on the edge battling for the right to move on and play the top teams in the quarterfinals. The quarterfinals similarly served as a "win or go home" knock-out round with the surviving teams making up the semifinalists and finalists.
Five man teams fought it out in their preliminary games on Saturday with the hope of progressing on to the next round of competition that would take place on Sunday. The weather had held for the duration of the event, but would take a swing on Sunday, with rain forecasted and a high of only 61 degrees rather than the 80+ temperatures enjoyed Thursday through Saturday.
First out the blocks on Sunday was the NXL second round of games. Los Angeles Ironmen took down Oakland Infamous with a 9-5 game going to the Ironmen. Dynasty took down Boston Red Legion 9-5. Philly continued their winning trend with a 9-1 game over Infamous. X-Factor dropped to Dynasty with a 5-9 game. In the afternoon of Sunday Ironmen took down Philly with a 6-5 win going to Ironmen. Last game before the final round went to Boston who beat out X-Factor, 9-5.
D1 X-Ball games continued into their semi-final rounds with RNT Allstars beating Damage and Vicious taking down TX Justice League. D2 teams New Jersey Jesters took on Warped Army and came out ahead by 5 points, while Raiden took down the Shock Kidz. D3 X-Ball's semi-final rounds were complete with Dark Carnival PBC on top with a 5-0 game over Team Unlimited. RNT Speed beat out Raiden Black with a 5-1 game.
Five man semi-final games saw Stinger Factor and No Limit on top after their games with TPA Riot and Boom in the D3 division. D4 teams RNT Kidz and Total Karnage Kids beat out Cross-Eyed Paintball Grey and Affliction to move on to the winner's bracket of the final round.
Finals rounds for the five man competition saw Stinger Factory and No Limit stalling during their first D3 final game against each other, but Stinger Factory successfully came back strong to secure their win, No Limit came in second place. Boom lost their first game against TPA Riot, but rallied to win the second two games, affording them third place, TPA took fourth. The D4 teams battled for supremacy during the afternoon of the day, RNT Kidz lost their second game against Total Karnage Kids, but came back to win the next one, giving them first place, the Kidz in second. Affliction took third after their wins over Cross-Eyed Paintball Grey.
Finals for the X-Ball games put RNT Allstarz on top over Vicious in the D1 bracket. Damage 1 took third place after their win over TX Justice League. D2 saw New Jersey Jesters in first place after their win over Raiden. Warped Army took third after they beat out Shock Kidz 6-5. D3 X-Ball saw another close contest between RNT Speed and Dark Carnival with a 5-4 win going to RNT Speed for first place. Team Unlimited won out over Raiden Black for third and fourth place, respectively.
Last game of the day was Los Angeles Ironmen taking on the boys from Dynasty after their two wins each in the NXL semi-final round. Dynasty played strong throughout the game, handing the Ironmen their only loss of the tournament with a score of 9-3 and securing a Dynasty win for the Mid-Atlantic Open.
From here, the PSP will head to Chicago in June for the third leg of the series.