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NASHVILLE, TN: April 10, 2000: Atlanta FX held off some of the best teams in amateur five player paintball to win the Atlanta Five Man Challenge, the first of seven World Paintball Federation / ZAP Tour tournaments hosted by Paintball Atlanta on April 1st  and 2nd , 2000. Atlanta FX captain Eric Axley led his team to victory with consistent, solid play against such
opposition as Team Live Wire, 2Xtreme, Florida Predators, and the Saberwolves. With this win, Atlanta FX earned an expense paid trip to the WPF/Zap International Masters in New Orleans on October 6-8, 2000, and 200 WPF circuit points towards the World Ace championship title.

In the novice division, Legion of Doom turned in an impressive 1st place victory to win 200 points in the WPF Nov Ace circuit. For their victory, Joe Chang, captain of Legion of Doom and his teammates earned $1,000 in electronic goods from Electronic Express, a JT USA team sponsorship package, and marble-finished plaques from Morgan Awards.

Refereed by members of Team Extreme and WPF trained officials, the Atlanta Five Man Challenge provided participating teams with a new standard of officiating excellence for competition paintball. Every WPF tournament official is required to attend classes that emphasize fair but aggressive judging while overseeing the safety of both players and spectators. On the
final day of competition, the referees singled out team Livewire from Mississippi for its respect, courtesy and sense of fair play by awarding them the  Custom Products and Benchmark Team Sportsmanship prizes.

The event host site, Paintball Atlanta, operated by Joe and Melody Fortin, has been hosting tournaments and operating games for over 10 years. This experience was invaluable in the design and development of playing fields which were a balanced but challenging combination of woods and speedball.

The WPF World Ace and Nov Ace Circuits are a series of competitions consisting of six WPF regional tournaments, independently produced wildcard tournaments, and local league competitions. The circuits culminate at the WPF International Masters, where circuit leaders compete one last time for that year's titles. The amateur team that wins the World Ace title
receives a full year's sponsorship from ZAP Paintballs, National Paintball Supply NJ, Scott USA, National Paintball Supply SC, Tippmann Pneumatics, Indian Creek Designs and Worr Game Products. The novice team earning the Nov Ace title
receives paint, and equipment prizes worth over $3900.

The teams finished in the following order:
1st: Atlanta FX, GA
2nd: 2 Xtreme, GA
3rd: Team Protech, GA
4th: Team Live Wire, MS
5th: Gunmen, FL
6th: Team Wildfire, GA
7th: Diablo Saber Wolves, TN
8th: Florida Predators, FL
9th: Wicked Clowns, KY
10th: Adrenalin, OH
11th: Hyperion, FL

1st: LOD 1, KY
2nd: LOD 2, KY
3rd: Aftermath, GA
4th: Team Beer Nuts, GA
5th: Steely Eyed Gunmen, MO

Interested parties may find out more about the WPF and the WPF World Ace circuit online at Inquires should be directed to the WPF, PO Box 40985, Nashville, TN 37204, phone 615-383-6533, fax 615-383-6067. Contact Chip Herbert ( for team information, Sam Caldwell ( for promotions and press, Jim Lively ( for sponsor and trade show information.

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