We’re reached the top 20 and now it’s time to see which players have made it to rank 20-11 of the H.E.I.R Melee Spring Ranking of 2018!
What is the H.E.I.R Melee Power Ranking of Spring 2018?
Since the closure of Smashranking.EU there has been an absence of any formal European wide ranking system. Team Heir, in collaboration with Smash Europe, have decided to implement a new sixth monthly European PR – the H.E.I.R rankings. The rankings used a similar method as the North American MIOM rankings and is designed to be the European equivalent moving forward in time. The main difference is that unlike the MIOM rankings the H.E.I.R rankings are top 50 only. For more information about the criteria see the ranking’s introduction.
|written by: Harvey ‘BANG!’ Carman||photo credit: SHIP, Heir 4|
It’s dangerous to go alone, unless your name is Sixx.
Avalon 1 (Netherlands, 2013) was an important tournament for a number of reasons:
- It was a qualifier for the prestigious Apex 2014.
- It was the first of the hugely successful Avalon tournament series.
- It was the tournament where a Link main from Germany took out Zgetto and Faab to net 5th place, simultaneously cementing himself as a legend, and proving that tier lists aren’t everything.
But just as the scene exploded into the platinum age after Evo 2013, Sixx vanished from the radar. The next two years would yield an influx of new players, but very few of them would hear The Legend of Sixx.
That is until November 2016, when Sixx surprised everyone by attending Avalon M-VI. After a long hiatus, how would he do? Was his previous success a fluke? Sixx reached Round 5, where Zgetto was waiting for him, eager for a rematch after their last encounter. Zgetto fell to the Master Sword once again and so too did Adam in Winners Semis. Sixx would then face Amsah in Winners Finals. Surely this Link main couldn’t take out the Netherlands #1?
Sixx defeated Amsah 3-0, and although Amsah would ultimately win Grand Finals, Sixx’s performance echoed through the community. He would go on to place an incredible 9th at Heir 4, out-placing the likes of HomeMadeWaffles, Chillin, and Android. And he did this with Link. LINK.
|written by: Tristan ‘Reverb’ Jakobsen||photo credit: Liquipedia|
Recently sponsored by Phoenix Blue, the enthusiastic Gothenburg native John “JohnnyFight” Rundlöw has established himself as the third best player in the city, having a solid winning record over every player in the region except the Alliance brothers Armada and Android.
Renowned for his movement-heavy and fun-to-watch playstyle with the notoriously disliked character, he’s built himself a solid fan base from around the world and continues to impress with his unorthodox Ice Climbers. Ever since his breakout performance at Dreamhack Winter 2016, where he beat Overtriforce in an exciting 2-1 set only to later take Professor Pro to game 5, he’s been placing highly at every European major he’s attended. 2017 was a quiet year for JohnnyFight due to hand problems but nevertheless he managed to rack up wins against Android, Fa0, Jah Ridin and Sverre. After placing 7th at Valhalla, only losing to Armada and Android, he’s been dedicated to streaming and Melee. Expect this entertaining Ice Climbers player to shake up the brackets of Europe in 2018.
|written by: Chelsea “Chelly” Toms||photo credit: Seya|
Always a crowd pleaser with a sharp style that has fans attempting to replicate it time and time again, Jeapies’ Captain Falcon delivers the ‘wow factor’ that has stunned opponents in their seats and has been doing so for over ten years! Though a relatively quiet 2017 internationally in comparison to some of the other high level players, his explosive play style refuses to rust. He proceeded to deliver spectacular wins in his home country, the Netherlands, in 2017: placing no lower than 3rd all year until the highly stacked Mission Complete 5 which had the likes of Armada, Android, Mahie and other strong Dutch titans in attendance. Jeapie maintained solid results when jetting over to Sweden and the United Kingdom for the two of the largest European tournaments to date: 13th place at both Beast 7 and Heir 4 taking out Humpe, Sverre, dizzkidboogie and Chillindude in the process. Jeapies’ 2017 from start to finish continued to be consistent, from 3rd at Avalon at the beginning of January through to that impressive 7th place at the previously mentioned Mission Complete 5 in May. Finally he ended his run at his last tournament of the year, Sector Z which Jeapie attended in November, where he defeated Avalancer and Amsah and placed 3rd. Though we’ve yet to see a 2018 appearance from the fearless player; there’s no doubt that he’ll be confidently kneeing old and new competitors alike into the blast zone and showing us those moves!
|written by: Craig ‘Kone’ Eddon||photo credit: Seya|
As a student of the game for over a decade, and half of the most successful Dutch Doubles team to ever do it, Adam is no stranger to rankings. Having placed as a top 15 European player for nearly all of his career, it shouldn’t surprise anyone to find Adam still regarded as one of the best players in Europe. Adam is one of the few tri-mains in Europe, playing Fox, Sheik and Falco at a competitive level. This mix of characters gives Adam the ability to catch his opponent off-guard when a counterpick is needed.
After such a long time of being on top, Adam has recently put Melee on hold for the most part. This shows in his results for 2017, where his only tournaments qualifying for this list are 7th at HF-LAN: 2017 and 5th Mission Complete 5. At HF-LAN Adam managed to beat Prinz, Frenzy and Baxon, while losing to Android and Amsah, showcasing he is still a force to be reckoned with. After Mission Complete 5, Adam hasn’t attended any tournaments, having felt less passion for Melee.
With an impressive resume of 10 years, it is understandable that Adam has taken an extensive break, together with his Doubles partner, Zgetto. In the future, there is still a possibility of a return for Adam, but it likely won’t be any time soon.
|written by: Chelsea “Chelly” Toms||photo credit:SHIP, Heir 4|
Former hidden boss Christopher ‘MINT’ Montgomery continued to push the Irish pride through every UK top 8 with ease. In 2017 MINT sent shockwaves through the UK hierarchy by being the first non-top 3 player to defeat Professor Pro since he became the established number one player in the UK and MINTs impressive play persisted in challenging other high calibre players with wins over Vanity Angel, Baxon and Jeapie to name a few! At Europe’s largest event, Heir 4, MINT placed at a remarkable 13th, losing to Leffen and Mahie. Recently MINT earned a stunning 5th place at the intensely stacked 2018 tournament Schism 2. With not only Melee on his mind, as a Jack of all trades, he proceeded to keep his strong focus on the game while also storming through Melee Doubles, Project M and Smash 4 brackets with ease. Though not yet travelling out of the country like many others, MINT remains untouchable and undefeated in Ireland as their stand out number one player with hardly any games stolen away from him. Though his attendance is not as strong as his fellow top players; his impact has securely rooted him into one of the most astounding players in UK Melee history and also a strong inspiration to the Irish scene as they persevere in the battle of the best region. With his high consistency and an untapped potential waiting to be unleashed, MINT stands to be a powerful competitor and an even larger threat if his attendance becomes more frequent.
|written by: Max ‘Acid Fuccboi’ Lanéus||photo credit: Hypest Team|
After reaching the rank of GrandMaster, Jacob “Daydee” Stenbergs’ competitive Starcraft career came to a sudden halt when he was diagnosed with Carpal Tunnel in 2013. After 1 year and a lot of tiger balm, he joined the Stockholm Smash scene as a Luigi main in late 2014. While he climbed the rankings in the locals, the real change happened when he switched to his current main, Samus. In the span of two years he rose to the upper echelons of the Swedish Smash scene, defeating top players such as Johnnyfight, FA0 and Humpe. After winning Ascension II, he cemented himself as the fourth best player in his home country and as one of the best players in Scandinavia.
With a 17th place finish at Beast 7 and one of the greatest upsets of the year against dizzkidboogie, Daydee came out of the gates blazing in 2017 earning himself a sponsorship with smash-focused E-Sports organization Black Sun. While playing in the home field of Scandinavia proved successful, some more ambiguous results were garnered in the rest of Europe. A disappointing 25th place at Heir IV with respectable losses to Avalancer and Sverre weighing against a 13th at Syndicate with a nailbiter 2-3 loss against Chudat. While his claim to fame is his proficiency in the Ice climber matchup, where he sports wins over almost all major european ICs, there is a lot to be learned to be able to handle the many different out-of-region challengers.
Utilizing immaculate spacing, high-level conditioning and a surprisingly low APM (especially for a former Zerg-main), Daydee will be going into the later half of 2018 as a threat to even those at the top of European tournaments.
|written by: Caspar “Moby” van der Sman||photo credit:Seya|
In 2016 Victor “Tekk” Abd was making a strong case for second-best Jigglypuff in the world and was one of Europes brightest hopes for international glory. While he had already been ranked in the top 4 in France since 2013, it was his wins over Amsah and Duck in late 2015 that brought him to wider attention. His unique, in-your-face take on Puffs neutral, combined with a myriad of inventive rest setups, turned heads on both sides of the Atlantic breathing new life into the metagame of a character that most people thought had been solved.
Tragically Tekk missed out on the opportunity to compete in the US when he was struck down by food poisoning before Genesis 3, and as the year went on his personal life left him fewer and fewer opportunities to play. As a result Tekks’ appearances in 2017 have been few and far between, but when he has emerged the things that make him so impressive have still been on clear display. Tekk showed up to defend France at MASTer, trading sets with Overtriforce and taking Trif to game 5 before finishing in 3rd place. At Heir 4 despite getting off to a shaky start in pools, he pulled off a shock upset against Chillindude on his way to a 9th place finish. It’s unclear when Tekk will be able to make a proper return to Smash, but the niche he’s carved in the history of the game is a long way from being filled by anyone else.
|written by: Guus ‘Jim Morrison’ Kolpa||photo credit: Hypest Team|
Winning his first Dutch tournament in 2007, Zgetto’s career as a top player has spanned over a decade up to now. As such his inactivity and silent retirement are much deserved and don’t impact on the legacy he has left behind or his skill.
2017 hasn’t been the year of Zgetto: He hasn’t attended many tournaments and his placings were not up to the standard he had set for himself in the previous years. With 17th at HF-LAN, 9th at Syndicate and his absence at Heir IV, Zgettos’ record for majors does not show off his true capabilities. Despite this Zgettos’ performance has been fairly consistent when looking at his head-to-head. His notable losses include Fatman.spam, Atlas and Prinz’ all players below his skill level but definitely no slouches in their own right. On the other hand Zgetto has dominated the Dutch scene with set wins against Avalancer, Zoler, Zorc, Mahie, Overtriforce, Amsah, and Professor Pro, showing he still has what it takes to compete with the upper echelon.
While Zgetto might not be returning to the Melee scene any time soon, his skill is undeniable and that is why he still deserves a spot in the upper ranks of Europe.
|written by: Harvey ‘BANG!’ Carman||photo credit: SHIP, Heir 4|
Every self-respecting EU Marth main has watched reaper so closely that they probably don’t need to read this bio. For everyone else: reaper represents Team Heir, he’s the #2 Marth in Europe and the #2 player in Germany.
His competitive career, which spans 10 years and 37 international tournaments, has yielded an average 8th place finish. With this kind of consistency it’s no wonder he has picked up so many notable victories in the last few years; taking sets from players such as Däumling, Professor Pro, and Ice. He had an especially impressive run at Heir 4, cutting down homemadewaffles, Jeapie, and his rival Marth main Mahie.
His playstyle is often described as unconventional, but one should expect nothing less of a player who pushes the character forward, rather than simply following the footsteps of those to come before. One of the strengths which separates reaper from other Marth players is his unshakable patience; he is entirely comfortable on the ledge and he has no qualms with running a game to a time-out if he must. Lesser Marth mains should take note: this is the kind of mental endurance required to fight through floaty match-ups.
reaper’s style also makes light work of fast-fallers: He swings unpredictably and extends combos longer than expected in order to mix up his victim’s DI.
The reaper comes for us all eventually. How many will he take in 2018?
|written by: Nicholas “TechNick” Fuhrmann||photo credit: Hypest Team|
It almost seems like the top talent from France is past its prime. Mahieddine “Mahie” Tsouria is the one player who is actively trying to change that; playing Super Smash Bros. Melee competitively since 2008 he is definitely considered as one of the old school players. Slicing his way through the competition, the french Marth main also started to pick up Fox as a secondary.
With few bad losses and solid placings at almost every tournament, he has established himself as one of Europe’s best. Relying mostly on his instincts makes his playstyle seem unconventional but recently he started to play more methodically. The mix between both of these styles seems to be quite promising but he has yet to place in the top 8 at a major tournament.
For this year Mahie plans on starting his stream and improving even further so keep a eye out for him in the next few months!
40 down and only 10 to go! Congratulations to every player that made it onto the list thus far. We will reveal the next 5 tomorrow. Share your speculations over social media using #HEIRSpringPR2018.
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This ranking was an effort by Team Heir spearheaded by Kone. Graphics were created by Hylian Reaper. Joeri converted the content to the website. We wish to thank the various panelists and writers of the blurbs per player and Tafokints for setting an example with SSBMRank.