Since Dallas, Trenton Topgun Union has been knocking at the door of the Champions Division; the West Coast Open marks their debut. While they’ve struggled with consistency of playing style, at times looking like an aggressive powerhouse and other times a slow defensive-minded team, Topgun has the pieces in place to do some damage at Riverside.
Although the West Coast Open will be Topgun Union’s first event in the Champions Division, veteran talent bolsters their roster. Steven Lasher earned his stripes with Los Angeles Infamous, Hamen Chapman won events with Russian Legion, and Ryan Martin came up with Dynasty and played last season with the Los Angeles Ironmen. Lasher and Martin have accounted for the bulk of Topgun’s kills on the snake and dorito sides respectively, while Chapman has proved to be both a consistent gun off the break and a game-closer.
The key for Topgun this weekend will be the amount of productivity they can get out of the other nine players on their roster. Cyril Akita is smart and methodical “1,” a first attacker, but at times struggles with getting up the snake before his counterpart. Chris Schehr has played great this year out of insert positions and it should be interesting to see whether his improvisational and creative moves will fly in the Champions Division. Lance Hardwick, who came up with SD Aftermath, and Jamie Ezell will need to do work out of the back to allow Martin and Lasher to get up and the field and get kills, and put Topgun in a position to win games. While Topgun will certainly need solid production out of their three seasoned veterans in order to have a chance at all, the production of the rest of the roster will determine whether they can become a true contender.
Topgun takes a staff of at least six to each event, so they should be prepared to deal with the stresses of Champions Division play. The team has been around for a while—granted with a high turnover of players through the organization—and was the most consistent top-four finisher in Division 1 the past two seasons, so it should be interesting to see how their game translates to the big stage.
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!