The Big Tuna
Why are you even reading this? This is the Big Tuna himself we are talking about. You have no chance against Ryan, if you somehow beat him, you will be truly immortalized in paintball history. I won’t even wish you luck, because you would need a miracle to win. Rumor has it that Oliver lost a 1-on-1 in practice against Ryan and instantly retired to Bali, but that is just rumor, you losing to Ryan is fact.
Billy The Kid
For more than 15 years, Billy has been putting fear into the hearts of every player he has competed against. Coming from a small town in Connecticut, he may very well be the best snake player to ever come out of the New England region. He spends a lot of his time at his local field, Matt’s Outback in Coventry Connecticut. When he isn’t beating up on the guys from NYX in the snake, he is outrunning and outgunning every player in his way. His elite level of speed, lightning fast snapshot, and veteran experience makes him one of the hardest pros to beat in a CoinDuel challenge. He is always happy to accept any challenge, and even happier to take your coin.
Hailing from the heart of cajun country in Slidell, Louisiana, Jesse has brought a high level of athleticism into this new age of professional paintball. In the early 2010’s Jesse decided to pack his bags and move to Texas for a chance to play professional paintball. Always a relentless attacker for San Antonio XFactor and widely known for his ability to make difficult spots, Jesse is a versatile player with a wide array of skills. Known for his kind demeanor and always one to interact with fans and players around the world, Jesse is sure to receive plenty of challenges at his home field. Be prepared if you decide to give him a challenge though, as many pros are lurking around XFactor Paintball Park, eager to take a coin from willing challengers.
What can be said about Justin that hasn’t been said already. He has consistently been one of the most dominant players in professional paintball for more than a decade. From a small town in Virginia, paintball success is in Justin’s blood. His father Steve is a legend of the game and paved the way for many of todays top pros.
One of the most energetic and positive stars in the professional league, Chad Bouchez has been at the heart of the Houston Heat organization since its inception. Originally from the small town of Indianapolis the Leopard King spent years grinding through the best players in the Midwest developing the wild and unpredictable style he is so well known for. He spends his time practicing at any field Houston Heat is practicing at. Chad and his teams have scored some of the fastest points in paintball history and if you challenge him, you will probably be known as the person who lost the fastest challenge in Coin Duel history.
Do you want to have a bad time? Try challenging Keith to a foot race or a snap shooting challenge and you just may get your wish. His snapshot is so fast that he actually has to slow it down when he is playing on GoSports so the cameras can capture it. His ability to play incredibly tight combined with his attack-at-all-times mentality makes Keith one of the most feared snake players in the league. He practices often at Central Florida Paintball and is always open to a challenge. As a gold coin holder, he will get first choice though. If he chooses a race, ask him if you are allowed to ride a cheetah, because that may be your only shot to win.
Nick Slowiak is a legend of the game and a fan-favorite of paintball players all over the world. From his humble start in Algonquin, Illinois he came up through the paintball ranks during a time where some of the toughest players in paintball history dominated the Midwest. Nick is one of the toughest players in the NXL, but he is also the nicest guy you will ever meet. Don’t let his kind demeanor and friendly advice get to your head though, he has been one of the most feared gun-fighters in the modern paintball era, as he was raised in the presence of the gunfighting legends on Chicago Aftershock. He is always up for a challenge and a good time at his local field, if you somehow manage to beat him, he will probably even share a beer with you and a few good stories as well.
Perhaps the greatest player to ever come out of Mexico, Arturo is a talented and athletic attacker who can play anywhere on the field. When he is not playing for Dynasty in the NXL, he is busy running the largest tournament series in Mexico, the Mexican Xball League. Time is at a premium for Arturo though, so your best chance of challenging him may require some creative planning. You can find him at Dynasty team practices around Southern California, and maybe you will be lucky enough to find him at his field Quimera Sports in Guadalajara, Mexico when he isn’t busy running the MXL. Arturo has played a pro NXL event with a broken hand, so he can literally probably beat you with one hand tied behind his back.
We tried to get in touch with Smotrov but the KGB said the most current model of their Russian Paintball Terminator is back in Russia for maintenance. Leonid is perhaps one of the best examples in the world of a true professional paintball player. He trains almost every day of the week, and dedicates his life towards being one of the most feared paintball players on Earth. Calculated, precise, and accurate, Smotrov has continued the legacy of elite paintball players coming out of Russia and is perhaps one of the most individually skilled players in the world. The real challenge with Smotrov may be getting an audience with him; he trains at the private facility utilized by Russian Legion. That may be in your best interest though, as you would have no chance in beating him anyway.
Marcello is the quintessential pro; he is approachable, friendly, highly skilled at the game, and his IQ is among the best in paintball history. Born and raised in the paintball hotbed of Southern California, he rose through the ranks and became a professional player at the age of 15. Marcello frequently travels all over the world for clinics and coaching, which will allow him to be challenged in many different regions. However, it will be hard to beat one of the most fundamentally skilled players in the NXL. You may think you will be the one to beat Marcello for one of his coveted gold coins, but don’t forget, this guy literally wrote the book on how to play paintball. If you decide to visit him at his home field of Victory Paintball Park, you may have to fight off a pack of dragons to earn the chance to challenge him.
Thomas is one of the longest tenured pro players in the league and was a part of the first wave of what a truly game-breaking, aggressive front player can be in professional paintball. Known for being a huge risk-taker that has made some of the most iconic moves in paintball history, he got his start in a small town in Washington State and rose to the top of the paintball world, gracing magazine covers for over a decade. You can find him at his field Impact Action Sports in Oregon, where he has built some of the best airball fields in the country. Whether it is a foot race, or a straight up 1v1, Thomas will be hard to beat. He learned to gunfight from arguably the best gunfighter ever, Rich Telford, and his combination of speed and athleticism makes besting Thomas quite the task for any challenger.
Joe is one of the hardest workers in the NXL and his path to the pro division was as uncommon as it was impressive. Joe truly sacrificed so much in order to achieve his dream of becoming a pro player and now he is one of the most consistent support players in the pro division playing for San Diego Aftermath. You know when you play Mario and you collect a mushroom and he becomes Super Mario? That is what happens when Joe Barrett consumes a pockacado from his bag. I would highly suggest you try and challenge him before this happens, because once it does, he is nearly invincible. You can most often find him at Davis Paintball in Davis, CA, but the field is owned by a Black Coin Legend, so tread lightly.
A long-time pro player, and owner of Seattle Thunder, Corey grew up playing for the Naughty Dogs on the brutal battle grounds of the pacific Northwest learning from some of the games best back players like Rocky Knuth. His dedication to the game is relentless and from his field Diamond Hill Paintball in Harrisburg, Oregon, he has dedicated his life to growing the sport of paintball and bringing up players through the ranks. His knowledge of the game may be his biggest weapon and his willingness to teach will be the true trophy you will earn if you challenge him for one of his gold coins. Corey is a 1-on-1 specialist and one of the best in the NXL at winning them, so he may be the true best of the Northwest when it comes to challenges.
The voice of paintball for over 25 years, Matty Marshall has dedicated his life to growing the sport of paintball and has helped turn it into the polished product it is today. As the story goes, Matty has earned a single beard hair for every player he has beaten in a 1-on-1 over the last 3 decades in the sport. If you have never seen Matty, he makes Grizzly Adams look like a 2 year old child, which is probably what you will cry like when he beats you and takes your coin. Matty was one of the leaders of the wave of players that revolutionized the game in the late 1990s and early 2000s and his influence on the sport is undeniable. You will have to win a gold coin before you can challenge a legendary pro like Matty, but maybe you should just save yourself the time and toss him your silver coin at the next NXL event you attend.
Henry exemplifies what it means to grind your way to the top of the paintball mountain. He grew up in the small town of Middle River, Maryland just outside of Baltimore, and was the founding member of the Revo organization. From Division 5, all the way to their current status as one of the top teams in the NXL Pro division, Henry was there to lead Revo every step of the way. His calm and calculated demeanor has built his reputation as a leader and top level professional player. His skill with a marker has made him a feared gun-fighter and he is sure to be the collector of many coins at his home field NR Paintball in Severn, Maryland. Be careful though, his relaxed style can be deceiving, because when he decides to make his move, he often comes out the victor.
Saying that Mark has been around a while would be an understatement. He has been the driving force behind the growth of paintball in Texas over the last decade and a challenge against you won’t be his first rodeo. That was a bad pun right? Almost as bad as you playing against Mark in a 1v1 challenge. Mark may be the King of paintball fundamentals, but his poise on the field is what makes him tough to beat. No matter who he faces on the other side of the field, his ability to read the field and react calmly makes him one of the toughest Gold Coin holders to beat in the entire state of Texas. You can find him at Paintball Fit, but the field is swarming with pros, and you may have to face his “son” Cliff before he gives you a shot. Ever hear the saying “Don’t mess with Texas”? Well after you challenge him, you will be saying “Don’t mess with Mark.”
When it comes to individual gun-skill in the professional league, John Jackson is at the top of almost any category. Hailing from Texas, John owns one of the most successful paintball retail stores in the country, Pro Edge Paintball. He is the silent leader of the Los Angeles Ironmen and regularly drills against fellow Coin Master Nick Slowiak, so he is no stranger to 1v1 challenges against elite players. From his store in Houston he will take on any challenger that walks through the door, but don't let his kind demeanor and humble attitude fool you. He is one of the most relentless gun-fighters in the world and his unique ability to utilize every bunker at an elite level will have you hiding in the home bunker crying for your mama by the time the challenge is over.
Every era of paintball has had its legends, and Archie has solidified his spot as one of the best players of the 2010s. He has been the heart and soul of San Antonio X-Factor and has raised many 1st place trophies throughout his career. Archie is the guy you wish you were, the guy your girlfriend wished she dated, and the guy your mother wished was her son. He is the total paintball package; all-time great gun skills, elite communicator, athletic, and able to break open a game with huge moves at any moment. He often practices at X-Factor Paintball park alongside many other elite pro players and he is always open to taking more silver coins. Remember those old guys at your local field that always said “one time I beat Ollie Lang in a 1v1”? Well if you face Archie you can also lie to all the little kids at the field 10 years from now and say you beat him, but we all know you didn’t.
Kyle Spicka exemplifies what it takes to be a professional paintball player. He got his start in the legendary Trauma/Gridlock camp out of the East Coast and at the young age of 19, made the decision to move across the country to pursue his professional dreams. He worked hard and earned a spot with Aftermath and has since played with some of the greatest teams in paintball history like Dynasty, Ironmen, and Impact. His small stature, elite athleticism, and ability to rapidly accelerate from spot to spot makes him one of the most effective attackers in the league. While many Coin Masters will battle with you methodically, Kyle will bunker you at the start box before you even have the chance to get your first ball off. There is a reason that every top pro team tries to sign him to a contract every year, so good luck challenging this elite Coin Master!
The King of New York and Captain of NYX may actually make you cry before you can even step on the field for a challenge. A master trash talker and top professional player, Harris resides in New York and often plays at Matt’s Outback paintball field. He has gained a reputation on the pro fields as an elite heads-up gunfighter and off the break shooter. His deceiving athleticism and unorthodox, big move style makes him one of the most unpredictable Coin Masters in the game for any challenger to beat. Perhaps his best skill though is his gift of gab that would give even the games greatest trash talkers like Nicky Cuba a run for their money. So don’t feel bad if you lose, because Harris will make sure you know just how bad you are after you hand your coin to him.
Stephen Omara may just very well be the most under-rated professional player in the world. From his humble roots in Maryland, he has built the Revo roster side by side with Henry Sentz for over a decade. His ability to play in blind spots and unorthodox positions on the field make him one of the hardest players to scout and track in the league. You can find him around the Mid-Atlantic region, but his lightning fast reaction time and athleticism makes him one of the toughest Gold Coin holders to beat. If you plan to challenge him, maybe ask to only use two bunkers, otherwise you have no chance of keeping track of him on the field!