Houston Heat Heads to Europe!
~ In partnership with G.I. Sportz, team joins Millennium Series ~
HOUSTON, TX - Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - Houston Heat, powered by G.I. Sportz Paintball, is heading across the Atlantic Ocean to play in the Champions Paintball League of The Millennium European Paintball Series for the 2013 season.
"We are honored to have the opportunity to play at an international level in the Millennium Series," said Houston Heat’s owner, Randy “Sarge” Smith. "We have great respect for the talent and level of competition involved in the league and are looking forward to the unique challenges it offers."
A year ago, Houston Heat announced its entry into the professional division of the Paintball Sports Promotions (PSP) league in the United States. In its inaugural season, the team took home three tournament victories, one second place finish and ended the year as the overall series champions. Entering the Millennium Series to play with some of the best paintballers around the world seemed a natural progression and one that the team’s owner hopes will be invaluable in taking the players’ skills to the next level.
Many of the team’s players are no strangers to the European league. Six of its 10 rostered players in PSP and its coach, Jason Trosen, have played overseas and greatly benefited from the experience.
Houston Heat’s European roster has not yet been finalized. "There’s a lot of great talent out there," said Smith. "We’re considering a number of options, both at home and abroad, to ensure all our players are a good fit with the Houston Heat family."
This announcement comes on the heels of the news that the team has re-signed its key sponsors, G.I. Sportz Paintball and DLX Technologies. “We’re thankful for our sponsors, G.I. and DLX, for supporting us with world-class paint, gear and markers," said Smith. "With their help, the guys get to do something they love - play paintball - and we’re proud to help showcase their brands on a world stage."
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2013 Registration to open Monday 11th February
We will open registration for both Division 2 and Division 3, for all 4 2013 events on Monday 11th February. Please visit www.millennium-series.com/teams.php?team=register for all information on registration and links to registration forms.
There are limited places within both divisions, so please register early to guarantee yourselves a spot!
Puget-Sur-Argens Mediterranean Cup - April 12th - 14th
The Millennium are pleased to confirm that the opening event will once again be held on the French Riviera at "Parc Saint James Oasis Village", Puget-Sur-Argens.
The venue is ideally situated in the French Riviera, close to major airports, Nice is approx 35 Mins, and with the towns of Saint-Raphael and Frejus just minutes away.
Several improvements have been made to the venue raising its standards to meet the levels expected of The Millennium. Accommodation to meet all budgets has been secured to ensure this event is as cost effective as possible for all participants, including very affordable on site accommodation making the need for cars unnecessary.
This year the town of Puget and surrounding towns are fully behind the event and will be promoting our presence throughout the area helping increase the profile of our sport.
All information will be released on our website shortly, including special deals on accommodation and registration details.
First 2013 event confirmation and location will be announced 10pm CET Wednesday 30th January!
Planned confirmation of the first venue of the 2013 season
As previously announced, today was the day we planned to confirm the first venue of the 2013 series. Despite leaving plenty of time for contractual completion before planning to announce the venue, we unfortunately are still waiting on contracts to be returned to us.
To avoid problems that we've had in the past, we will not confirm any details until contracts are completed and received back with us, as the risk is too much to take, not only for us but more importantly the teams and their planning.
We trust you all understand the reasons for the delay and we can only apologise for this. We ensure you that the information will be released at the earliest opportunity and we hope that to be within the next week. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Millennium Series 2013 Calendar
The Millennium Series is pleased to announce its preliminary schedule for 2013. We are currently waiting on some contractual completion in order to confirm and announce some new venue details but are confident that we can now release the below calendar to you, to allow for early planning for all;
2013 Preliminary Event Calendar
April 12th to April 14th - Mediterranean Cup (Venue to be announced 21st January 2013)
May 24th to May 26th - European Masters, Bitburg, Germany
July 5th to July 7th - Campaign Cup, London, UK
October - World Cup (Dates and new venue to be announced)
Following a very successful 2012 series, which included the biggest tournament event ever held in Europe, we are determined to continue this positive trend throughout 2013. We have been busy negotiating and securing a new and exciting venue for our final event of 2013 ... further details to follow soon!
Not only will 2013 see at least one new venue introduced into the series, but we will once again, in collaboration with the EPBF, give national teams the chance to compete in EPBF International competitions, held during our events. Further information will be made available in the coming weeks through the Millennium, the EPBF and your National Federations.
We look forward to welcoming you to the 2013 series. Keep an eye on our website, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter where further information regarding venues and registration will be available soon.
The Millennium Series Champions Paintball League Winners 2012
Winners: Art Chaos Moscow
"The 2012 season's objective was irrevocably set by the 2011 CPL victory: this was for the whole team like being on a one-way street whose name could not be any other than “Victory Lane”.
The result of the 2012 season is all about very hard work, about learning our lessons, and then about even harder work. It was no easy way, and this is the reason why we have banned the word "easy" from our vocabularies. Now we are already preparing for the 2013 season: the objective is set. Irrevocably!
The season's victory is a collective victory: on one hand the team - and on the other all those who did support us and who deserve our warmest thanks: the owner of the team – Sardar Sardarov, our sponsors: Arenda Avto, DLX, GI Sportz, Stako, KM Straps & HyBrid Foto."
2nd Place: San Diego Dynasty
"San Diego Dynasty and Edmonton Impact would like to thank the Millennium Series for a great 2012 season. While it's a long way for us to come, the awesome fans, the quality of the reffing, the overall event quality, and the quality of the other teams make it great fun for us. It's a great opportunity for us to play with our friends from Edmonton Impact instead of against them, and it's a lot of fun for both teams. We would especially like to thank Empire Paintball and Planet Eclipse giving us the necessary support to make the trip across the pond. We'd also like to thank Guerrilla Air, RPS, CP, and MAXS for their support. We really enjoy our time spent in Europe playing the Millenniums, and part of what makes it so special is the support we get from the fans and the other teams. You can always keep track of what we have going on by following us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/DynastyPaintball or on our website at www.DynastyPaintball.com."
3rd Place: Toulouse Tontons
"For our 20th season (15 in pros since 1997), we would like first to thanks the spectators for their support and all the players for their dedication. We would also like to thank our sponsors: Dye with the best marker and playing gear, GI Sportz for the amazing paint, Supairball, Energy Paintball, Virtue, Armotech, Project K, Paintball Store and Xpaint.
The Tontons Flingueurs are by far the most successful European paintball team in history. The 2nd worldwide oldest team still playing in pro category and we will be training hard with one goal: to win the Millennium CPL for the 6th time."
4th Place: Ramstein Instinct
"Since 2009 we’ve played the Champions league after we won the SPL in 2008. This year we finished 4th place overall with two podiums (Bitburg 3rd and Paris 2nd) and a lot of exciting matches against Art Chaos Moscow. We want to use this opportunity to congratulate Art Chaos for the title of the overall winner, you deserve it!
For us it's the best result ever, especially when we lost a few good players during the off-season. Even in February we were not sure if we would have enough players for the series. Due to this fact we added Archie Montemayor and Billy Bernacchia to the team. They were more then helpful for the team. We are really proud that we played strong with a bunch of young and talented players. The Millennium Series season and the German league are over. Now we go into the off season, we will practice hard, integrate new players to the team and prepare for the next season!
If we can say thank you to somebody we want to mention all the Refs! You guys did an amazing job. In the heat or in the rain you always give your best for us, the players. Thank you for this hard and ungrateful work! Thank you Archie Montemayor and Billy Bernacchia for your help through the season! You are great players, buddies and a perfect addition to the team!
Our last words are dedicated to our sponsors. Without them we were not able to play at such a high level: Stefan “Maiwi“ Maiwald, founder and owner of Ramstein Instinct, CEO of 2DIE4 Paintball. Richmond, Shawn and Steve from G.I. Sportz. Thank you for the awesome G.I. Paintballs. Ledz and Eilidh from Planet Eclipse. Our new Instinct GEO III Team edition markers work perfect. Thank you for the great guns! Tobi and his crew from TANKED. We got some great Jerseys this year, your Jerseys rock! VForce for the perfect goggles and Globesouldiers for the nice goodies. Thank you Jeroen and your crew from GoBeyond Photography, thanks for all the great pictures!
Last but not least we thank our girlfriends/wives for missing us nearly every weekend! See you all next year in the CPL again!"
The Millennium Series Semiprofessional Paintball League Winners 2012
2nd Place: Polar Bears Tarko Sale
"Polar Bears team was founded 4 years ago and this Millennium season became the first European tournament in Polar Bears history. We are very proud that we have reached all the goals at the best event in Europe - Millennium Series. We have won not only three 1st places over the season, we ended 2nd overall and got a lot of new friends and mates. This season was really hard for us - we met a lot of strong and famous teams in the SPL and all our matches were difficult.
We want to thank everybody, who helped us during the matches, our spectators who supported us on the tribunes, our coach- Maxim Preobrazhensky and our sponsors: MAXS and Draxxus."
3rd Place: Dogs D Amour Thessaloniki
"Another long year has come to an end and once again we find ourselves left with bitter sweet emotions. On the one side we are happy with the memories made in this years Millennium series, Europe's most competitive paintball series. There were many strong games and exciting moments over this difficult season. However, more importantly, we are left with the bitterness of once again missing out on a promotion spot to the Champions League. This time, missing the cut by the smallest of margins, 2 series points.
The goals set this year for the team were very different from previous years. After coming from a series of wins, both in domestic and international events the bar needed to be raised. This would be done in an attempt to become the best team, not only in the Balkans, but one of the best in Eastern Europe. The team decided to boost its roster with new and talented players from Greece and Cyprus. This brand new Dogs D'Amour 2 squad fought a long season in division 2 placing 14th position over all even though the players themselves did not have much time to bond as a team. This was a hint of the positive results that are expected of this young team.
The organising and planning for the upcoming season are already taking place, a season in which Dogs D'Amour vow to take what is rightfully theirs… a spot in the CPL.
We would like to send out a massive thank you to our sponsors. Without them it would not be possible, we recognise that many of our great results come from shooting and using the best gear that is available. Planet Eclipse for sponsoring us with our Dogs D'Amour Ego11's and Geo3's. They are the most reliable markers on this planet. GI Sports for providing us with some of the most brittle and straight flying paint, period. Stako Paintball for our super light air systems, Virtue for our awesome spires, Anthrax custom jerseys and Jani Andersson for our pictures. And of course last but certainly not least, PBCY Paintball and DNA Paintball for offering that home field support."
4th Place: Offenburg Comin At Ya
"The 2012 season has been a rough one for Comin At Ya. Losing players at the beginning of the season, and injuries during the season was a hard challenge for the team, but with the support of our sponsors, and the hard work of the team, we took the challenge, and established the team more and more. The 2nd place in London showed us that we are on a good way, but the 8th place in Paris also showed us that there is still a lot of work to do.
4th place in the overall ranking is good for this year, but the goal for 2013 is to rise up to the CPL again. We will work hard in the off season, and we are already looking forward for the Millennium Series next year. All this is only possible with the awesome help from Sven, Kiki and Matze from Dye Germany, and Denis from Paintball Kiosk."
The Millennium Series Division 1 Winners 2012
Winners: Izmir Collision
"After a dominating season in Division 1 this year, we finally reached our goal of promotion to the SPL for the 2013 season! It’s been a great year and winning our league proves just that. Big ups to the EuroRefs, there is no doubt that the job they do gets too little credit. Also thanks to all players, vendors and organisers for making it happen. A special congratulation goes out to RMG Bratislava coming up from Div.2 with us last year and getting a 3rd overall with no reffing points. See you guys in the SPL next year!
A special thanks to our owner Kerem Barkul for giving us the opportunity to play competitive paintball at the highest possible level!
Looking forward to 2013!"
2nd Place: ML Kings Prague
"ML Kings would like to thank MAXS, Draxxus, and MacDev for the brilliant support they provided us throughout the season. With their help and a lot of hard work we accomplished our goals for 2012. We look forward to seeing you in 2013 in the SPL!"
3rd Place: RMG Bratislava
"Team RMG Bratislava would like to thank the Millennium Series for a great 2012 season. This tournament means a lot to us, because it is an event where quality games, top condition fields, professional reffing and great competition meet together. Keep doing well Millennium! We also want to thank MAXS Family, MacDev, DXS Paintball, Sly Equipment and Paintball Action Park for their support which helped us to perform at top level. In the last years we have moved from 5men through Div2 and Div1 to SPL, achieving podiums at each level. SPL is a bigger fish to fry and that’s how we like it. It’s great to know that we will meet our friends from Izmir and ML Kings again, they did a great job this year and they deserved their 1st and 2nd place overall. Last but not least we would like to thank our fans, close friends and families for being there for us when we needed it. Well let’s have a great winter season, wish you all Merry Xmas and Happy New Year:) Hit like if you love paintball http://www.facebook.com/TeamRMG"
4th Place: Gold Coast Dijon
"We won our place in Division 1 last year and this year we earned our place in SPL….. it's amazing !!! Our efforts, training, patience, passion, but also fair play ended up really paying off.
We would like to warmly thank the Millennium Series team for the perfect organisation of this event.
We would also like to show a lot of affection for all of you who supported us this year. The players for the many constructive games we played together, the pits, the coaches and the trainers without whom all these contests could not happen and all our fans. To sum up, it was a real pleasure to participate in the Millennium Series events.
A special thanks to G.I Sportz, Sport Attitude, Arc Evasion, the Illico Painto Association, the B&B hotels. Thank you all for making it possible !
Provided our resources allow us to keep going, we will proudly represent our region Burgundy, our town Dijon and why not you (!?) in Division SPL next year. Sponsors and partners, we are looking forward to hearing from you ;-)"
The Millennium Series Division 2 Winners 2012
Winners: Aggression The Hague
“High expectations. Others had them, we had them as well. We really wanted to win the Paris event and others expected us to do so or at least to end up on the podium again. But we all know it didn't happen: in fact, we didn't even make the podium. We missed it by ONE spot, we were THAT close. But hey, you win some, you lose some... What we didn't lose, was what mattered the most: that spot at the top of the overall ranking, making us Division 2 European Champions and promoted to Division 1! We had to fight for it the whole season long and experienced some real nail biting moments, but eventually all the hard work, the training, the sacrifices and the ongoing passion for the sport really paid off. Division 1 here we come!
Of course we wouldn't have made it this far without a lot of love, help and support. We’d like to thank TAC-Paintball for helping us wherever and whenever they can, Bob Long for the G6R markers that shoot laser beams, Celtic Paintball for supplying us with the paint that gets you on the podium everytime, RAZA for the excellent jerseys, Ninja for the best air system there is and dssp8ntball.com for all the love and ongoing support. To all the fans and supporters we would like to say once again: thank you for all the support and help! Hope we count on all of you next season!
We also would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Scorpions Milano and NPP Valenciennes with their 2nd and 3rd place in the overall ranking and promotion to Division 1! We are looking forward to stepping it up a notch in Division 1 next season and battling it out once again!"
2nd Place: Scorpions Milano
"It has been a great season for Scorpions Milano!! Finally our dreams came true!! It has been a very busy and difficult year for the team with a lot of training and hard work in order to achieve good results. Nothing would have been possible though without the help and support of Maxsimus Lundqvist, on and off the field!! He made the team train hard and helped us becoming great players!! This is why we want to thank him for everything!!
We are also extremely happy the team has an on-going collaboration with Dye, which has chosen to represent us in Italy! And the best way to show them our gratitude was by winning the Italian Championship, the CPS event in Milan and last but not least the Millennium Event in Paris!! Also, from next year the Scorpions Milan will move up to the Division 1!!!
We want to thank all our friends and supporters that followed us throughout the whole year and our 'big boss' that did not let us miss anything!! All this is making us feel like a professional team, so thank you all!! Also, a big thank you goes to the Dye Family for the great DM12 Guns, the Dye gear and the amazing Paintball Dye CG!! Thank you to our main sponsor Camo Sport S.R.L. for the support! Thank you to our friends and sponsor Globe Soldiers!! See you next Year in Division 1!!!"
MAXS for equipment, MacDev for markers, Draxxus for the paintballs and Sebtek for its support.
Thank you all!!"