I have now been playing paintball for now more than 15 years with first international tournamet outside scandinavia around -93/94. I have been on the podium on international events more times than I remember from Amateur A ranks all the way to taking 3rd place in Paris Millenium ’05 in CPL. During this time I have seen a number of tournaments where teams step to the table and perform where others have lost even before the buzzer starts the game.
In paintball the real games start on sunday when you are getting to the semifinal stage. Until that stage you can have a number of different level teams against you in prelim games but on sunday the free ride is over. When you are getting to semifinal stage the teams are usually really close to each other in terms of skill and the deciding factor is often no more or less witch team is more hungry for the win.
I have never understood teams that are content to just gettin to sunday. C’mon what the hell is that all about? Sure you can have your goal to get to sundy first but after that you should be ready to push it forward and not just sit on your ass and be happy about it. At that point you dont have anything to loose just to win. Often those teams that just play their hearts out and go for the win are the ones that take the tournament favorite down. Its a coin with two sides if you have one strong favorite for the tournament. The favorite team is expecting nothing more from themselves than to win and if they are too confident about it or arent hungry enough then they usually end as runner ups.
So if you want to win you have to learn how to win and be hungry enough!