List of professional paintball teams

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This is a list of notable professional and semi-professional paintball teams that have played in a professional tournament. A professional paintball team is one that plays paintball with the financial, equipment or other kind of support of one or more sponsors, often in return for advertising rights. Several professional teams have different names in different leagues due to franchising and sponsorship issues.

Professional tournament teams[edit]

North American Leagues[edit]

  • Art Chaos Moscow
  • Chattanooga CEP - Started playing professionally in 2011. Sponsored by DYE Precision and DXS/Procaps paintballs.
  • Chicago Aftershock[1]
  • Edmonton Impact - Includes players Ryan Moorehead, Justin Cornell, and the Yachimec brothers; the team won their first professional division PSP event in 2010[2] at the PSP Phoenix Open. As of 2011 sponsored by Planet Eclipse and DXS Paintball
  • Houston Heat - Players Include Bouchez, Slowiak, Monville, Dizon, and Woodley. It is a combination of former Chicago Aftershock, Moscow Red Legion, and Distortion players, Houston Heat (not to be confused with the original Houston Heat of the 1990s).[3] Won first place in only their second event as a unified team at the 2012 PSP Phoenix Open. Went on to win 3 total events out of 5 in 2012, placing 2nd in a 4th event. Won the PSP World Cup and Series title in their first year as a team.[4]
  • Houston VcK - 2013 PSP Division 1 Series Champions, now compete in the PSP Challengers Division
  • Los Angeles Ironmen[5] - DYE Precision's factory team.
  • Los Angeles Infamous - Owned by Kee Action Sports [5][6] - As of 2011 sponsored by Empire Paintball.
  • Omaha VICIOUS - Started playing professionally in 2010. Sponsored by Empire Paintball, and RPS paintballs.
  • Russian Legion - The premiere team from Russia, they are sponsored largely by Valken/Sly paintball. They shoot the Macdev Clone GT and use GI Sportz paint.
  • Sacramento XSV - As of 2011 is sponsored by Empire Paintball.
  • San Antonio X-Factor
  • San Diego Dynasty[5] - As of 2010 is sponsored by Planet Eclipse, paintball team with the most professional wins. Now sponsored by HK Army as of November 2012.[7]
  • Tampa Bay Damage - 2012 PSP world cup winner.[8]
  • Upton 187 cRew- upTon 187 cRew is out of Fox4 Paintball in upTon MASS, Coached by Dave painter, owner of Fox4 Paintball. 187 cRew will be starting its professional career in the 2012 PSP circuit and is sponsored by Empire Paintball and Planet Eclipse.

Past Professional Teams

  • All Americans
  • Bad Company
  • Baltimore Trauma
  • Bushwackers (Anaheim)- Defunct
  • Chicago Farside
  • Chicago Legend
  • Dallas Elite - Defunct
  • Detroit Fusion - Later became Detroit Revolution
  • Detroit Revolution
  • Detroit Strange - Later many players formed Tampa Bay Damage
  • Entourage
  • Indianapolis Mutiny - Left the NPPL in 2012 to compete in division 1 PSP
  • Jacksonville Raiders
  • Las Vegas LTZ - Defunct
  • Los Angeles Fatal Swoop
  • Oakland Assassins - Defunct
  • Miami Effect - Later became Infamous
  • Miami Rage
  • New England Hurricanes - Defunct
  • New Jersey Jesters - Relegated Back to Division 1 for poor performance in 2013 PSP Challengers Division.
  • New York Xtreme - Defunct
  • Oakland Blast
  • Philadelphia Americans - Defunct
  • Phoenix United - Defunct
  • Sacramento DMG - Relegated Back to Division 1
  • San Diego/Escondido Aftermath
  • San Diego Legacy
  • Santa Barbara SLAM - Played in the late 80's early 90's throughout California. David Hanson, Paul Santana, Scott Martin, and others. Now defunct.
  • Scottsdale Elevation - Left the NPPL to compete in Semi Pro PSP. Eventually moved to Division 2 PSP
  • Seattle Naughty Dogs - players later went on to form part of Seattle Thunder
  • Stockholm Joy Division
  • Triple Tap-Defunct(competed in both NPPL and Millennium European League)
  • Ultimate - Defunct

European Leagues[edit]

Australian Leagues[edit]

  • East Side Raw - Sponsored by PB Superstore & Exalt Paintball.
  • Sydney SWAT - Sponsored by Paintballshop[citation needed]

Asian Leagues[edit]

  • Infernal Thailand
  • Xtioneers Malaysia
  • Raskal Malaysia
  • Datis Iran
  • Demonz
  • Team KU Japan
  • Macdev Ronin
  • STK
  • Nemesis Legion Malaysia
  • Lanun
  • MacDev Outlaws
  • HeartBreaKers
  • We Are Legion

Former European Professional Teams Now Defunct[edit]

  • Consilium Dei Zurich
  • Chilli Peppers Riga
  • Budapest Bullets
  • Budapest Pornstars
  • Stockholm Joy Division
  • Antwerp Overdrive
  • Oslo Menace
  • Offenbach Comin At Ya
  • Stockholm Ignition
  • Vision PPC Grenoble
  • Manchester Kellys
  • Manchester Shockwave
  • K2
  • Influence Montpellier
  • Moscow Caste
  • Moscow Phoenix
  • Helsinki Cyclone
  • Orebro Powertrip
  • UK Predators
  • VOLTAGE

Former Professional Teams Now Defunct[edit]

  • Bad Company (NPPL)
  • Baltimore Trauma (NXL) - This was the first team in history to win 4 NPPL events in a row, which they did during the 2004 season. They were a team based out of the East coast and mainly a grass-roots team. The team filled with young players bumped up in divisions as they picked up high profile players such as Rob Staudinger and a couple of others. The Carolina based team went on to compete in the NXL and won the world championship in 2005, besides their accomplishments on the pro circuit, they did great things for paintball in the Carolina's with the Gridlock program who was a force to be reckoned with in the division 1 circuit.
  • Bushmasters, CA (Lively, NPPL)
  • Bushmasters, Fl (Lively, NPPL)
  • Bushwhackers (NPPL, PSP)
  • Dallas Elite (NPPL)
  • Detroit Fusion - (NPPL) Later most all players left to form Detroit Revolution
  • Detroit Revolution - (NPPL)
  • Detroit Strange (NPPL, NXL)
  • Enemy (NPPL)
  • Farside (NPPL)
  • Fatal Swoop (NPPL)
  • Florida Annihilators
  • Florida Terminators
  • Ground Zero (New York Xtreme) - Winners of the Pro Division in the first ever Skyball Paintball Tournament which was held in the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[9]
  • Houston Heat - Reincarnation in 2012 PSP Pro
  • Image (NPPL)
  • Jax Raiders (PSP)
  • Jersey Authority (NPPL)
  • Joy Division Paintball - First European team to win a NPPL cup
  • Las Vegas LTZ (Xball)
  • Lockout
  • London Shock
  • Miami Rage
  • Naughty Dogs (NPPL)
  • Navarone (NPPL)
  • New England Hurricanes - As of 2010, moved down at their own will with different roster to the PSP Division 1 RaceTo-5 level. Disbanded before 2012 season.
  • Newport Entourage [10]
  • Oakland Blast - currently in hiatus as of the 2012 season.
  • Phoenix United (USPL/NPPL)
  • Philly All-Americans - As of 2010 now defunct [11]
  • Revolution (Former Detroit Fusion players after the Fusion / Extreme game fixing scandal at Pittsburgh NPPL)
  • San Diego Aftermath (PSP)
  • Scottsdale Elevation (USPL/NPPL)
  • Sudden Death
  • Texas Storm
  • Tour de Force
  • Triple Tap-Defunct(competed in both NPPL and Millennium European League)
  • Ultimate (Xball)
  • Wild Geese

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ nick slowviak"Friday PRO paintball rumor report". Pro Paintball. March 5, 2010. Retrieved 16 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "PSP Phoenix Wrap Up". Pro Paintball. 24 March 2010. Retrieved 14 April 2010. 
  3. ^ "Houston Heat, New PSP Pro Team – Players Include: Fedorov, Bouchez, Slowiak, Kniazev, Monville, Smith, Dizon, Solnishkov, and Woodley". Social Paintball. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Houston Heat Wins the 2012 PSP World Cup and 2012 PSP Series Titles". Social Paintball. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c "Pro Paintball Practice Schedule for March 13th & 14th". Pro Paintball. March 12, 2010. Retrieved 16 March 2010. 
  6. ^ "Infamous Empire Paintball!". Empire Paintball. August 30, 2010. Retrieved 30 August 2010. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Dynasty Signs with HK Army". Social Paintball. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  8. ^ http://socialpaintball.com/2012/02/25/top-5-plays-of-the-2011-psp-world-cup-finals/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ "Ground Zero Gold takes Pro". WARPIG.com. March 21, 1998. Retrieved 2 January 2011. 
  10. ^ "Newport Entourage, the new kids on the block". Pro Paintball. 16 December 2009. 
  11. ^ "Naughty Dogs take Impact". Pro Paintball. April 30, 2009. Retrieved 16 March 2010.