For rec paintball (speedball or woodsball) I have a hard time choosing my fav between a VSC Phantom or a mech cocker. Both are very good shooters, never needed more in open play.
I don't blame you, those are both excellent choices. My brother ThePhantom uses either his Vertical Stock Class Phantom with ghost ring and T-Stock or his back bottle open-class Phantom, he is a paintball ninja so if sense him it is already too late haha, I know from experience . They are both very accurate and reliable markers in the right hands, nice choice and glad to see someone bring up a pump
To answer your original question, choose the one you like best. Doesn't have to be woodsball or speedball, just what you enjoy playing with.