From leaked emails from the NXL Commisioner, it appears the NXL is working to bring back the All Star Game at the NXL Windy City Major. The return would mark the first time an All-Star game has been played since the end of the NPPL in the early 2010s.
EDIT: The National Xball League has confirmed that the game will be happening with the following details:
-38 Player Game
-Two Team Captains, Ryan Greenspan of San Diego Dynasty and Tyler Harmon of Houston Heat
-Teams to be coached by Todd Martinez of Heat and Kevin Bredthauer of Dynasty
-Draft style team selection on GoSports
-Team Captains and Coaches cannot draft their own players in the first five rounds
Over this past weekend, a rumor has emerged that Brandon Cornell of Edmonton Impact was spotted practicing wearing HK Army gear. Is this a potential sign that Impact and HK are imminent? We will continue to talk with sources close to the story and report as more information emerges.
Our sources are telling us that Axel Gaudin, one of the best players in Europe, may be signing with Edmonton Impact for the 2022 season. Axel is an incredibly talented offensive threat and would make a big impact quickly in Edmonton. Will he sign?
Per Mark Kressin, The frenzy of moves continue for the NXL's newest organization, as the Saints sign Justin Rabackoff for 2022. Justin is one of the best closers in professional paintball, and his creative style of play will complement the rest of the Saints powerhouse offense.
After spending a season with the Moscow Red Legion, Mike Waring will be signing with Tampa Bay Damage for 2022. The combination of Waring and Jacob Edwards on the Dorito side of the field should bring some much needed offense back to the Damage playbook.
Kyle Spicka will depart Edmonton Impact to join the Latin Saints and his former Impact teammates, Alex Goldman and Alex Rodriguez, for the 2022 season.
After previously playing with Baltimore Revo, both Mike Zuppa and Matt Darula have left the team. They are both going to be signing with Edmonton Impact, the apparent replacements for Goldman and Arod after they left the team last week for the Latin Saints.
More info on Revo coming soon.
The news has been confirmed by franchise owner Diego Santos, and Alex Goldman is the newest member of the Latin Saints. For Goldman, his move to the Saints brings experience and leadership for the young roster. In six seasons with Edmonton Impact , Alex Goldman won a staggering 13 events, and made the finals 22 of the 38 events he played with Edmonton during that time and placed in the Top 5 in 33 out of 38 events. Put simply, Alex has one of the highest win rates in professional paintball history among current active players.
In terms of the Saints, the addition of Goldman brings them one of the best snake players in the history of the game. We should see Head Coach Brandon Short deploy Goldman as the main offensive threat on the snake side of the field and for good reason. Goldman has elite speed and his patience within the snake has developed his style in a way that he can often be placed on an island by himself on the snake side.
With the pickup of Ceelos Cortez recently as well, it isn’t out of the question to see the wildly aggressive Ceelos in the snake 1 attack role, with the more patient and calculated Goldman playing behind him. Much in the same way we saw Impact deploy Goldman and Kyle Spicka to great success. This would potentially give the Saints one of the most potent snakeside pairings in the NXL pro division.
One factor I particularly love about Goldmans playstyle is his timing. While many players tend to favor getting into the snake early, Alex is elite in his ability to create pressure from all levels on the snake side of the field, whether it be the snake corner, or the 50 snake and everything in between. He is essentially able to calculate the level of risk instantly and make the best decision to keep himself in the game. And, in a position that often sees much lower survivability, this advantage has made Goldman one of the best players in the World.
In my opinion, this move paired with the signing of Alex Rodriguez and Ceelos will surge the Latin Saints timeline years forward and instantly make them a threat to make a deep Sunday run this season. They still appear to be lacking a veteran presence on the back line of the field, which could prove to be their entry barrier into the elite of the pro division. But I'm sure Diego will address this prior to event one in Florida.