Posted 15 March 2013 - 01:38 PM
I've dealt with this in the past. Here is how I handle the situation-
If the "novelty" device you are using (pump gun, mech gun, vintage gun, airow gun, etc) restricts or impeeds your ability to compete in any way, shape or form on the field, I'm going to have a serious problem with it.
I had a player a few years ago (who I still play with), who SWORE up and down that his shocker (a Strange shocker) was the best gun he ever used. The gun was a piece of shit, he spent $200 in parts just with me alone, trying to keep it working. It always had the dreaded "shocker puff" bolt stick, the trigger would stick, shoot down, the gun just had major, major mechanical and electrical problems.
I lent him one of my Axe's for a tournament, he machine gunned people. Yet... he still wanted to use his shocker. People on the team were getting pretty pissed off... he now shoots a Geo 2.1 and he's 100 times better on the field than he was with his shocker
The bottom line is, you better be every inch as good with your "novelty" device as you are with a traditional marker. Your teammates are also going to get really impatient with you, when they see the games going down to a 2 on 2, and you don't have the firepower to stop a run through, or your teammate getting bunkered.
Personally, I think your choice of marker is going to cost the team wins in the tournaments. And I also think your choice of marker is causing your teammates to "Carry" you on the field, by having to make up for your lack of firepower by shooting more paint out of their guns.
You just never know, if that one person you missed, could have been the difference between breaking the game wide open or losing it. This is why you see people still using guns from 2 or 3 years ago in the tournaments. Because they have gotten to know the gun so well, and can place that crucial first shot, or place that perfect lane, that if they switched to another gun (even a newer one), they'd have a 4 month learning curve to get back to where they are currently with their 3 year old gun.
But a mech gun? In a tournament setting against electros? That's a liability in my opinion