Scouting Report: Moscow Red Legion

With ten wins and 3 World Championships, Moscow Red Legion is the most successful PSP team ever, but they’ve struggled in the first half of the 2013 season. It’s been another rebuilding year for Legion, after losing their first attackers on both sides of the field at the end of 2012, they’ve had a hard time filling those positions with players who attack consistently and efficiently. In 2012 they had Axel Gaudin  and Marcello Margott as the “1s”, but his season no one has really emerged as the dominant, go-to attacker on either side.

After getting relegated down to the Challengers Division at the Mid Atlantic Open, they’ve developed an effective new one squad approach, blew the field away, and won every game as they fought their way back to the Champions Division. The only team who gave them any trouble at all was San Jose Royalty, who they beat in the semi-finals. They went on to beat Trenton Top Gun in the Challengers final.

Rookie Kevin Coulm (ranked 32nd) is looking like he can play the snake well, which is what the team desperately needs. They also have Mykel Kovar (ranked 42nd), formerly of San Antonio X-factor, as a snake player as well, and he can be effective when he’s on. Veteran Kirill Prikhidni (ranked 16th) is always a solid productive member of the team who isn’t scared to attack and plays well in every situation.

Denis Golev (ranked 14th) was hot and cold last season but is looking a bit more consistent now, and last year’s Top Gun winner Alexandr Berdnikov (ranked 13th) is playing his typical amazing paintball, though his ranking isn’t as high as it was last year.  2012 Rookie of the Year winner Jason Wheeler (ranked 83rd) isn’t playing as well as he did last season, but it still contributing.

No other team puts in as much time as Red Legion, as they normally come out to event two weeks before the tournament and get non-stop practice in everyday during the run up to the event.

The whole Red Legion squad is looking for redemption at the PSP West Coast Open, the last thing they want to happen is to play flat and end up back in the Challengers Division for the most important tournament of the year, PSP World Cup, which is the next, and last, stop on the tour in 2013.

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.

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