Cologne Hurricanes will play SPL2 in 2015
Following an incredible amount of feedback, nearly all positive, in the short time since we released the first details of the M500, we would like to clarify the following.
M500 is due to be fully rolled out by 2016 & will go through several improvements during our testing & consultations with teams & the industry. Whilst we intend to keep the format as simple as possible, we have no intention of dictating equipment criteria, loader size etc. We want this formula to be available for all without any requirement to buy new equipment or incur unnecessary expense.
We really appreciate the positive feedback & are very happy to take on board suggestions & ideas. Our aim is to have a formula that can be embraced by all.
M500, The Revolution
The Millennium Revolution
REVOLUTION = EVOLUTION
Revolution is evolution and all things must go through continuous evolution to survive, this is as true in our sport as in all things. It has been clear to all at The Millennium and the entire wider industry that the sport of paintball needs to adapt to bring back a greater skill element and more enjoyable playing experience.
Our solution will be exhibited on the CPL field in Puget as a tournament between four of the World's top teams. The rest of the event will remain on the traditional format until 2016.
Why change? What's wrong with Tournament Paintball?
The game has evolved to a point where the need to fire vast amounts of paint is becoming the norm. This is leading to a lower reward for skilful play, increasing team budgets at a time where recovery from the financial crisis is slow & an experience which is often becoming a negative to attract new players.
The Millennium has been listening to player comments and feedback as well as those of the industry & has wrestled with finding a simple & effective solution without taking anything away from what's great about our sport
Many parts of the current format are very good with the Millennium's original Race 2 concept being adopted world-wide. One of the reasons that Race2 was a success is the ability to easily adapt the format to players with different skill levels & budgets by simply changing the number of points played. We see no point or reason in changing this successful format, which has also made this an exciting sport to watch as a spectator, which has not been the case for many years.
Like other sports that involve continuous participation costs & equipment evolution, we must all remain relevant to the vast majority of grass roots players and the real world.
The Solution: M500
Using the current Race2 format but adding a limited number of paintballs per player per point. This number can be changed over time or by the player level/budget to achieve the best results for all. Our initial research leads us to believe that for The Millennium, this number works best at 500 balls/player/point.
How does it work?
Each player can access the field for each point with 1 loader (220 paint loaders) and 2 140 round paintballs pods. Before starting each point at the start base, players can switch pods between teammates. The game is then played using the normal Race2 format.
It's as simple as that
Lars Herzig - 2015 Media Coordinator
The Millennium Series is proud to announce that Lars Herzig will continue throughout 2015 to work as the Media Coordinator for us. This will be his anniversary 10th season for him on the job! Lars is the main contact for ALL media, especially the ones from within the paintball industry such as magazines, online forums, blogs, photographers, and DVD production companies.
Lars has been involved in paintball since 1991, playing with teams such as ALL STARS in Germany and has 20 years of experience in the paintball industry, first working as freelance editor for various German and European paintball magazines plus consulting for various paintball companies and later becoming chief editor of German magazines "XTREME" and "PAINTBALL 7". In 2000 he founded PAINT XTREME, nowadays one of the very well known European distributors for various brands.
With this background and his language skills we know of nobody better than him to make sure the media representatives of the paintball industry feel comfortable and produce the best content for the best Paintball Series in Europe.
For The Millennium, Laurent Hamet commented: "It's great to know Lars is part of the team again. We work for so many years now together - it wouldn't only be us, but most of all his customers, the paintball media, that would miss him. Being a player and a member of the industry himself, Lars knows what counts and his feedback is very valuable to the Board of the Millennium. We look forward working again with him to make sure the media is happy and produce the content we all want to see about the Millennium Series and Paintball in general".
All media interested in becoming a partner for 2015 should contact Lars as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org
Field Layout for Puget 2015 will be published Thursday, 26th of February ... and here we go: Layout is online!