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WPF's St. Louis Open
2000

Landslide Wins the St. Louis Open,  Confused takes Novice title.

By James R. "Mad Dog" Morgan Sr.

 It was with great determination, and a whole lot of mud on their shoes that allowed almost 40 teams from seven states to come to Milstadt Ill in order to compete for the St. Louis Championship, Sponsorship, Prizes, and free entry into the 2000 Zap International Masters.

 The St. Louis Open is the third of the six regional events which lead up to the climax of the World Paintball Federation 200o Tour, the Zap International Masters (to be held in New Orleans on the 5-8th of October.  The two events at Atlanta and Los Angeles are history, and with St. Louis gone, you'd better be quick to sign up for the remaining three (Top Gun in NJ on 10-11 of June), (Paintball Adventures of Denver on 22-23rd of July), and (Splat Action of Portland OR on August 26-27)

 In the St. Louis Open, Players faced not only the other players, but the torrential rain of the night before made all the fields a messy, muddy, quagmire that limited movement on some fields, and made keeping dry and clean an absolute impossibility.  Heck, I wasn't even playing and I looked like I had gone 3 rounds with a lady mud wrestler.  And although it never rained, Those players unfortunate enough not to take precautions paint found that the 100 percent humidity wrecked havoc of on paint.

 About 40 teams showed up, with a few no shows.  They all got to play six preliminary games on Saturday on the four fields.  Fields one and two were speedball fields, with 3 and four being very open woods fields. (Field three had major mud puddles with which everyone had to deal with.)  But in the end, the The top 4 teams of each of the three novice divisions made it to the semi finals and nine teams from the amateur division would meet in the finals.  Here is the scores

 On Sunday, Field 4 was dropped, and they played on only fields one, two, and three.  All games were 10 minutes, with the following scoring via WPF Rules:
Flag Hang - 50 points
First Flag Pull - 20 points
Opposing Player Eliminated - 4 points
Team Member Still Active at Games End - 2 points

There were very few 100 point maxes in this event, and many teams  played hard.  The two cinderella teams of the Open would be Confused from Tennessee and Supernatural from Wisconsin.  Both of these teams showed up with no sponsors or team uniforms and gave a great performance in the mud.

Prizes: 
1st place Amateur:
Free Entry Zap Masters
10 Cases of Zap Pro Series Paint
2 rooms for 3 nights at the Travel Lodge in New Orleans
$1,000 cash for travel expenses
and of course a trophy for the five team members

2nd Place Amateur
Free Entry Zap Masters
10 Cases of Zap Pro Series Paint
2 rooms for 3 nights at the Travel Lodge in New Orleans
trophy for the five team members

3rd Place Amateur
Free Entry Zap Masters
10 Cases of Zap Pro Series Paint
trophy for the five team members

4th Place Amateur
Free Entry Zap Masters
5 Cases of Zap Pro Series Paint
trophy for the five team members

Rookie/Novice Prizes
1st place
$1,000 Gift Certificate for merchandise one of the Web's largest electronics dealer: Electronic Express
Trophy for all five team members

2nd place
$750 Gift Certificate for merchandise one of the Web's largest electronics dealer: Electronic Express
Trophy for all five team members

3rd place
$500 Gift Certificate for merchandise one of the Web's largest electronics dealer: Electronic Express
Trophy for all five team members

4th place
$400 Gift Certificate for merchandise one of the Web's largest electronics dealer: Electronic Express
Trophy for all five team members

 


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