The Contract is a recently announced Salty Suite that’s to be played out at Heir 3. Salty Suites were popularised in the States by MeleeItOnMe on VGBootCamp a few years ago. As the name implies, they usually contain encounters between players that hold a grudge, have a high stake or stand out. Popular examples include Leffen vs Chillin, Leffen vs SFAT and Amsah vs aMSa. Team Heir decided to take a different approach by offering a year long sponsorship to the winner, which includes coverage of all the player’s travels to European events. While any player that entered Heir could have entered the contest, only the top 8 get to actually compete in a single elimination bracket for the prize. To make it into top 8, the players have to be voted in by Heir 3 attendees, which is a concept similar to Smash Summit.
Syndicate 2016 is a collaboration between the TOs for Avalon (Melee/Smash 4) and GGWP (Smash 4), the two biggest consistent tournament series the Netherlands currently has to offer. The event can be considered a major milestone for the Dutch community: while the country has the oldest Smash scene in Europe and no shortage of locals and (inter)national events, a two-day major of this scale has not happened before. The TOs managed to secure the Jaarbeurs, the country’s biggest event center, for a combined Smash 4 and Melee major. Recent announcements include sponsorshop deals with Smashboards and Joylent, in addition to various confirmed top player updates that include Armada, Mr-R, Professor Pro, Android, Zgetto, Greward, Fuzzyness, Jeapie, S1 and many others. The event currently has more than 300 confirmed players in total.
Joeri sat down with two of the organisers behind the event, Marc Hagen and Greg Landbrug, to learn more about the TOing history of the country, the preparations going into Syndicate and the state of TOing in Europe.
European Smash lacks an overall ranking like the MIOM top 100 list, which is a broad display of talent and incentive for players to do better. Although Smashranking.EU has improved a lot of its functionality, there are still several flaws in the (very fickle) ranking aspect of the website, making it unsuited for a precise ranking over a longer span of time.
We decided to have European players with extensive travel experience and a good understanding of the game rate a shortlist of their peers on their ability to be a (consistent) tournament threat, not unlike how the MIOM top 100 is voted on. For this first edition, we stuck to 20 European players as voted by Europeans only.