The main reason that has been given for banning force feds on electro pneumatic markers has been to limit players from jumping over the maximum 15 bps limit. Now, the big issue is the fact that even a Tippmann can do 17 bps without any kind of mods besides an E-Grip, pushing 25 bps with upgrades such as a Rampage board. Now even with the addition of allowing Q Loaders, it seems that the league has a bone to pick with players that use electro pneumatic markers. Why not police the 15 bps limit rather than punishing the people that use electro pneumatic markers? If a mechanical marker can bust the 15 bps limit, why should they not fall under the same rules that the players who use electros have to abide by as well? I consistently hear that this league is about tactics rather than gear, so why is it that the league seems to be afraid to allow certain types of gear? If the game is about tactics, than there should be no qualms about allowing force fed hoppers as the tactics will overcome whatever gear a player decides to use.
Many people could also say, "If the game is about tactics, then it should not make a difference what kind of hopper someone uses, so why should YOU care?" I don't know about the rest of the players in the league, but I have to save a good amount of money to pay for travel, paint, registration and other various costs of participating in the league. After spending the money on an Empire B, I really have no desire to pay for another hopper! I know I am not alone in this either, as others have expressed this feeling to me.
If the league has concerns on players hopping up their rate of fire, then the rules that attempt to enforce it should apply to all players, not just a specific kind of marker that the league seems to have a grudge against. Believe me, turning the screw on the front of my E Grip is ten times easier than removing the grips on my DM5 and trying to fiddle with all the little switches inside.
In conclusion, I propose a petition to this rule, of which I will be the first signature. Feel free to post and I will add your name to the list, also feel free to make another thread that supports the rule, I would like to hear what people on the other side of the fence say. Maybe if there is enough response on this issue, we can see change in the league for the better of all players.
1. Greg Dalby
3. Bralen Jackson
4. Kia Kamauu
5. Ninja Jones
6. Ion King
This post has been edited by G4: 19 February 2007 - 05:45 PM