San Antonio X-Factor was one heart-breaking penalty away from progressing past the prelims at the last event in Chicago. They lost to the Ironmen in a loser-go-home, winner-move-on match, and got knocked out of the tournament.
This penalty went against Colt Roberts and even though he did draw the tournament-ending penalty, there is a sliver lining for X-Factor fans– Colt Roberts (ranked 28th), the highest ranked player on the squad, is playing some of the best paintball of his long career the past two events, and the greatest team to ever come out of Texas is playing the best paintball they’ve played in years. They’re slowly but surely starting to get the vibe back which took them to the top of the paintball world a few years ago.
The team’s new pick up, Mike “Ashton” Johnson (ranked 34th), is putting in solid work on the Dorito side, and proving he’s an asset. With the way the field is laid out for the Mid-Atlantic Open, Johnson and Roberts, along with Grayson Goff (ranked 46th), could prove the difference for X-Factor marching down the Dorito side. Also, Todd Morrow (ranked 30th) is doing a great job of getting clutch kills in tight situations.
The big struggles have come on the snake side of the field, where Billy Bernacchia (ranked 89th), who was picked up specifically to play the snake, hasn’t been able to find his rhythm. Mykel Kovar (ranked 57th) and Archie Montemayor (Ranked 67th) have been putting in work collectively over there, but it hasn’t proven enough to turn the tide.
One time All-Star Dixon Yang (ranked 101st), was out of the game for a while handling real life issues. He could prove a huge boost to the team if he finds the game he had right before his temporary retirement. He is much better than his ranking indicates. X-Factor just needs to find the right spot to fit him in the line-up.
X-Factor has been very open and honest with themselves about what they need to do to get back on the podium, and we could see the best San Antonio X-Factor yet in Maryland.