This weekend, brings the first national Melee event the UK has seen since Heir to the Throne last August. Brought to us by Peter ‘Inertia’ Willis and the ‘Dair to Dream’ crew (D2D), Legend of Melee looks to bring the Melee spark back to the capital, and continue the momentum created by D2D’s hot new fortnightly event ‘Time to Try’. If you’re unable to be a part of the action, don’t worry, you can catch all the best moments live on selfdestructtv, being led by top streamer Josh ‘Lumpy’ Grimes.
It has been approximately 5 years since the most recent edition of the PAL Melee tier list. A tier list is first and foremost a reflection of the metagame, something that indicates the solo main potential or general tournament utility of the cast. It is a staple for any competitive fighting game and something both veteran and casual players have thoughts about. With that in mind, the PAL tier list was heavily outdated. SmashEurope hereby presents an official update to the 2010 list, endorsed as such by SmashBoards.
After somewhat of a hiatus the past years, the Spanish community has been making significant efforts as of late to regain a healthy tournament scene. They improved their social media presence and now host several online Smash Bros. for Wii U (Smash 4) events. They ran Hit and Stun 2 (HST2) last summer, which featured several European top players like Armada, Leffen, Ice and OverTriforce. The event had a good turnout with about 88 players participating in Melee and Project M and featured upsets like Leffen losing to Ice in a Fox ditto which resulted in his by now well known controller throw. Ice proceeded to lose to Armada. The event was in part hosted by Òssom Animations, which now hosts Òssom Fights. This weekend they are hosting the first edition in Barcelona in what will hopefully become another successful European tournament series.
Heart of Gold 1 was held last weekend (20th-22nd of February) at the LBS Gymnasium in central Lund, Sweden. With a turnout of about 72 players for Melee singles, Melee doubles and Smash for Wii U singles, the tournament was a success for first-time head TO Gin and co-hosts Flab and Tonic.
Smash may not entirely be part of the esports world in Europe yet, but the French are definitely doing their part to make it so: they managed to get the Smash games into a prestigious fighting game event in Cannes, housed in the same venue as the famous movie festival. From this Friday until Sunday, Melee and Smash for Wii U players get to star in their own epic as they compete alongside Ultra Street Fighter IV (USFIV), King of Fighters XIII and Guilty Gear Xrd as part of Cannes Winter Clash, hosted by GamesLines in Palais des Festival during the International Games Festival, or as they say in France “Festival International des Jeux”. Cannes Winter Clash is the successor of two FGC events, the International Video Game Cup (IVGC) and the World Game Cup (WGC).
Last Sunday the second offline edition of Good Games Well Played took place in Almere, the Netherlands. This Smash 4 oriented series is run by Gregs and iStudying and previously featured a 3DS event and online tournament. After Avalon VII, the trend of capping out Dutch venues was continued as Smash Bros. for Wii U had 99 players compete for glory. Due to low interest in the originally scheduled Melee portion of the event, this game was replaced by Project M, which ended up with roughly 20 entrants. Marc and Joeri attended and entered Smash 4 and PM respectively.
Armada needs no introduction. Having had one of the most dominant runs in the history of Melee, winning every major tournament over the course of almost two years (GENESIS 2 – APEX 2013), he took a break for roughly a year. After he came back to Smash things have not been as easy, although he got himself a sponsorship with Alliance and most would agree he is still top 2 in the world. With APEX 2015 starting tomorrow, we found a moment to get some final thoughts from one of the biggest contenders for the gold.
Mr-R was overall the best European Brawl player, taking several large European events and even placing top 8 at APEX 2013. He has proven to be no slouch in Smash 4 either by taking Sky’s invitational and winning Avalon VI in dominant fashion. He will soon travel to the United States again to compete in APEX 2015. I had a chance to sit down with him and ask some questions.
Last Saturday, while many were awaiting the livestream for Paragon, the last APEX 2015 qualifier of the season, the French could attend Republic of Fighters Winter Session in Paris. In the colourful French atmosphere in an IT engineering school, players could compete in Smash Bros. for Wii U (Smash 4), Brawl and Melee. Interest was high, as each event had completely filled up two days in advance. The event was broadcasted on jeuxvideo.fr, the biggest French gaming site, through Dailymotion, Frances own live streaming provider. As such, most tuning in were likely from France, making it even more impressive that a little over 350 people were watching.
The 5th iteration of the highly successful B.E.A.S.T series took place on the weekend of the 9th of January in the city of Göteborg, Sweden. Lolex and Armada reprised their role as the main tournament organizers for the event. Their primary goal was to surpass the old turnout records held by the now legendary Epita Smash Arena 2 (Paris, 2008), which they ended up smashing with around 438 players from all over Europe, 369 of which participated in Melee singles. B.E.A.S.T V not only became the largest European tournament of all time but also the 5th largest Melee singles tournament in the world.