San Diego Dynasty has been the home to some of the greatest paintball players to ever play the game; Fragoza, Lang, Greenspan. But that conversation is quickly changing. Tyler Harmon is perhaps the most versatile weapon in the sport of professional paintball, and he has firmly cemented himself into every conversation about the best paintball athlete in the world.
Athleticism in the NXL professional paintball league is on a parabolic rise, and Tyler Harmon towers above the rest, both literally and figuratively. His unique combination of size, speed, body control, and elite marker skills makes him one of the most dangerous players on the field. Best of all, he has all the accolades to back it up; he turned pro at 14, has won multiple World Championships, and is the undisputed, undefeated World Champion in the ProTour 1v1 league.
I had a chance to sit down with Tyler to talk about event 1 of the NXL, the Sunshine State Open, as well as find out what Tyler has done to become unilaterally respected by every pro in the sport.
Looking Back on Event One of the NXL
At what point did Dynasty realize they were going to be missing a few key players due to injuries? Was it last second or did you have time to prepare?
This was the first event in a long time that Ryan Greenspan wasn’t on the field, how did that effect Dynasty?
Gameplans and keeping emotions in check.
What was the feeling throughout the team after a slow start on day one? Were emotions running a bit high, or was it all business in the Dynasty war room?
If you could go back in time and change one thing about the Dynasty gameplan for the Florida layout, what would it have been?
New Faces in the pits.
Dynasty saw the departure of long-time coach Rusty Glaze; although he was replaced by a familiar face in Kevin Bredthauer. Has he been able to step into the role of head coach pretty seamlessly? And, how does his style differ from Rusty?
A Tiger keeping his claws sharp.
You are seen as one of the top players in the league in terms of individual skill set, what do you do to stay so sharp after all these seasons in the pro division?
With event two quickly approaching, it will be exciting to see this new Dynasty core continue to develop with Tyler as one of the feature players in the starting lineup. You can catch Tyler on his show Play the Game Podcast to get more insight into his career and life.
Special thanks to Kurrite Photography for the photos.