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2010 Phoenix Open
March 19-21, 2010
Phoenix, AZ


Edmonton Impact - Race to 7, Pro, First Place
Entourage - Race to 7, Semi-Pro, First Place
Palm Beach Venom - Race to 5, D1, First Place
Boom - Race to 5 D2, First Place
Assault - Race to 4, D3, First Place
MPS Kids - Race to 4, D4, First Place
Golden State Pirates - Race to 2, D3, First Place
Dallas Lethal - Race to 2, D4, First Place

The 2010 PSP season kicked off in what has become it's usual launching point - Phoenix, Arizona. This year teams came from around the country to compete on the grass fields of the Glendale Youth Soccer complex, on the outskirts of Glendale, Arizona. Following standard format, the site opened to the public the Thursday before the event, allowing time for check-in and giving teams a chance to walk the fields before game time.

The competition in Arizona drew out 106 teams, 76 in the X-Ball traditioned Race To 4, 5 or 7 games which, as their name implies are games which are won when a team reaches the set number of points - each point being earned by grabbing the center flag and hanging it at the opposite end of the field at which point the teams break before re-setting to their starting positions.

The Race To 2 games, with their smaller point goal, drew out 30 teams and were played like traditional 5-man with a best 2 out of 3 games format, 21 of which were classified as Division 4, and 9 in Division 3. The Race to 20 teams played preliminary round games each, the scores from which ranked them for advancement further in the tournament.

Division 4 games - the starting point for Race To 4 and higher formats kicked off with 5 teams, each playing 4 games in the prelims, while Division 3 bought out 20 teams. D-2 saw 23 teams and D1 had 8. Ten semi-pro teams competed and there were 10 in the top division - the pros.

With the number of D4 teams battling it out in Race To 2, 6 of them moved up to play 3 rounds of ochofinals before 3 more rounds of quarterfinals, selecting the final four teams that would compete in the semifinals, where the top four D3 teams went directly. The semifinals matched first ranked team against the fourth, and the third ranked team against the second. Playing the best two out of three games, the winners went to the finals to play off for first and second place, while the losing two teams were matched to play for third and fourth. For Division 4, the finals saw Dallas Lethal beating Atlanta Breakout for first with two quick scores, while Nu Skool Wrecking Crew Kids and Friendly fire each took a point before the Crew grabbed the final point for the third place finish. For Division 3, Texas OutBreak finished third by taking two points in a row from Puppy Control. The first place trophy went to Golden State Pirates with two points in a row over Chicago Wise Guys.

For the higher Race To formats, Divisions 3, 2, Semi-Pro and Pro played a quarterfinal round with the amateurs playing 2 games each and the the pros and semi-pros playing a single game. After ranking sorted the teams to the top four teams in each division competed in semifinals, first against fourth and second and third against each other - winners and losers facing off in the finals - the exception being D4, where the small size of the division simply advanced the top two teams to both semifinals and finals.

In the finals round MPS Kids beat out Tampa Bay Vengeance for first place in D4, with a 4 to 1 game. In Division 3, Coalition grabbed third place over Topgun Union with a 4 to 3 game, while Assault took first place against Hellcats with a 4 to 1 victory. In Division 2, racing to 5 points, VcK finished third over Noble 5-3, and Boom took the first place trophy by beating Nu Skool Wrecking Crew 5 to 1. The third place finisher for Division 1 was DBS Kidz with a game that went to the clock, finishing 4 to 3 against L.I.F.T. First place went to Palm Beach Venom after their 5 to 2 victory over Total Karnage Orlando.

In the Race To 7 games, the third place finisher was San Diego Aftermath who beat SK Moscow 7 to 3. Entourage finished first by defeating RNT Allstarz 6 to 4.

The pro finish saw Chicago Aftershock taking down LA Infamous 7 to 5 for third place. In the winner's circle, it was Edmonton Impact with a 7 to 4 win over Tampa Bay Damage.

From Arizona, the PSP will be heading to what could be called the heart of tournament paintball - the Chicago Open, for years the center-piece of NPPL and PSP competition is returning to its home field, Rennick Miller's Badlandz paintball field June 24th through 27th. The tournament will run alongside the Chicago leg of the Ultimate Woodsball League series, with PSP playing on the modern grass fields and UWL in some of the most famous wooded fields in tournament paintball history.


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