Who truly is the best paintball player in the world? To answer that question PBA looks across six different measures of paintball performance, and then weights each statistic with its appropriate level of importance.
One thing is certain; consistency is the key to the Top Gun title. In order to find yourself in the #1 spot you need to be good at everything and score well in every stat. You need to stay alive, you need to shoot lots of opponents, win points, and not get too may penalties, if you get them at all. Basically, you need to be an all around badass.
We’re 3 events into the season, with two more to go, the race for the 2013 Top Gun is extremely close; the top five are separated by only 3 points. Also, the top 2 players haven’t received any penalties this season and which is really helping them secure the top spots.
Here are the top five players leading the Top Gun rankings through three PSP events so far:
#1 Marcello Margot – Los Angeles Ironmen – Overall Player Ranking: 77.07
Across the board, Marcello Margot is contributing for the Ironmen, even though the team has struggled to move past the semifinals. He’s hasn’t been flashy, but he is a workhorse over on the D-side. Margott is winning gunfights. He’s tied for 4th in overall kills and sitting 8th in G-Rating. He hasn’t received a penalty all year, rarely dies early, and takes the field for the majority of the Ironmen’s points. He almost won the Top Gun title last year when he played with Moscow Red Legion, but lost it during the last event of the year, the PSP World Cup, to his teammate Alexander Berdnikov. Only time will tell if he can stay on top this season.
#2 Kyle Spicka- San Diego Dynasty – Overall Player Ranking: 76.78
One of the best success stories of 2013 belongs to Kyle Spicka from San Diego Dynasty. He’s emerged as one of the most aggressive and consistent front snake players in the league after a few disappointing seasons with the Ironmen, where he was plagued with inconsistent performances, and a lack of self-confidence. He came over to Dynasty this season, and immediately helped them win the first two events of the year; his first two wins as professional. Since Dynasty has been winning this season, and beating up on many of the teams they play, Spicka’s Win Rating is very high, actually the highest in the league.
#3 Dave Bains – Edmonton Impact– Overall Player Ranking: 75.42
Hands down, Dave Bains is a monster on the field; there’s a real reason he developed the nickname “Beast” in the beginning of his pro career ten years ago. He’s a beastly gunfighter and brings a high level of intensity to any team he plays for. Because the fields have been set up for fast, aggressive play this season, with a limited amount of back bunkers, Bains hasn’t been playing as many points this year as the rest of the players in the top five; his Points Played Rating is the lowest of all the leaders. But he has helped Impact win points when he does play, and has the highest Winfluence in the top five.
#4 Damian Ryan – Los Angeles Infamous – Overall Player Ranking: 74.30
Damian Ryan is a one-man army this season; he’s playing the best paintball of his career. He’s always been a weapon, but his game has developed to the points where he’s good in pretty much any spot on the field, during any situation. He plays well down points, down bodies, up the center, in the snake. With his signature skull facemask, hyper aggressive mindset, and highlight reel moves, he might be the most entertaining player to watch right now. His 111 confirmed kills this season is second only to Konstantin Fedorov, who has an unbelievable 118 kills. Scariest thing about Damian Ryan is we probably haven’t seen him play his best paintball yet.
#5 Jason Edwards – Tampa Bay Damage – Overall Player Ranking: 74.07
There’s a reason every one of Jason Edwards’ peers respect his talent and his drive, Jason Edwards was born to play paintball. Thing is though, not a lot of people believed it when he was coming up, but over time he made them respect him by remolding his body and becoming one of the best back players in the modern game. Jason is dominating in his gunfights this season, and is tied for 4th in total kills with Margott, and is in 4th in the G-rating. Also, not surprisingly, his survivability is the highest among the top five.
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Mark your calendars for the 4th event of the 2013 PSP season, the PSP West Coast Open, brought to you live from the AB Brown Sports Complex in Riverside, CA, August 16th – 18th, by Paintball Access.
Can Upton 187 Crew and the Ton Tons fight out of the Challengers Division? Will Houston Heat win their second tournament of the year? Can Dynasty make it to the finals 4 events in row? Find out the answers as the best paintball players in the world fight it out at the PSP West Coast Open!