DreamHack Rotterdam TO interview

While Melee and Smash Bros. Ultimate(Ultimate) continue to be included in the editions of DreamHack in the States and Ultimate is part of the upcoming Winter and Summer editions of DreamHack in Sweden and even Leipzig in Germany, Melee is no longer included in either. Though attendance numbers were declining at previous European DreamHack events, this is a particular hit for top players that were looking to attend and take home the multi k prize pool that the popular LAN series had offered in the past. However, Melee and DreamHack in Europe don’t appear to have broken up quite yet as DreamHack makes its first appearance in the Netherlands this October and both games are included in the line up.

We sat down with two of the main organizers of the Melee competition at DreamHack to learn more of their motivations to include the game into the lineup and their intentions to make the first NTSC major on Dutch soil an experience worth remembering.

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Over the past months the European Melee scene has been gradually transitioning from PAL to NTSC through trials and surveys to poll the interest and assess the potential impact on the player base. Last wednesday evening the representative figureheads of the Melee scene for each European country within the European Smash back-room reviewed the current status of NTSC trials and assessed the current preference of dominant version within the continent. Time for an update on the situation.

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Super Bou 3 TO interview

The European Smash summer has certainly been packed this year! The Bous Crew is prepping to close it in style this weekend in the sunny city of Barcelona with SuperBou 3. Aside from a high level competitive ground the crew’s primary focus on site is to offer a chill summer holiday experience that’s characterised by the ‘Bous Spirit’ which the the crew accommodates by booking a complete hostel with a pool and restaurant/bar for the entire weekend to facilitate various leisure activities like a pool on site, beer pong, mafia and an afterparty to cool off.

Enough reason to learn more about that ‘Bous Spirit’ from the head tournament organiser(TO) of the crew, T-BAG. In addition he updates us on the current state of the Spanish scene, their inspiration for the Bous series, how the crew divides the work and avoids TO burnouts, the future ambitions with the SuperBou series and if, given it’s format, a collaboration with Smash Summit could be an option for the future.

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The history of the Smash community is filled with community leaders whose names have been forgotten, or who were never that well known to begin with. A couple of years ago one of those smashers – an influential Dutch tournament organiser (TO) who goes by the nickname of Exalador – was diagnosed with a devastating autoimmune disease called multiple sclerosis (MS), which attacks the nervous system and prevents your body from functioning correctly. Given that Exalador had a crucial role in keeping Melee alive in the Dutch community during a time when it was on the decline (between 2007 and 2011), we want to raise awareness about his accomplishments, his recent struggles, and what we can do as a worldwide family to help him.

Update: Popular streamer, YouTuber and former Melee world champion Alliance| Armada has donated to the cause and created a Reddit thread on r/smashbros that you can support here

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After the success of Road to Valhalla, a successful Melee circuit that ran in The Netherlands and flew in the circuit champion to Valhalla II in Denmark past winter, head tournament organizer(TO) of the circuit, Jimmy, is taking the next step with an intercontinental collaboration. Together with Aiden, head TO of Don’t Park On The Grass in Seattle, they are introducing The Road to Don’t Park on the Grass, a European Melee circuit in which the top players on the leaderboard can earn a flight to the popular super major in Seattle.

High time for an interview with the both of them to learn more!

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In recent years, the German Melee Backroom and TOs have repeatedly wished to strengthen the link between the German speaking scenes. Although there were a large number of tournaments, none of them united players from all regions of Germany. In order to change this, German TOs and Melee community figureheads have been working together over the last few months on a new joint project.

Today they would like to present the fruits of that labor and introduce the German Melee Circuit 2019(GMC2019).

At qualifier events all over Germany players can collect points for the Circuit Ranking in Melee Singles, Melee Doubles and Regional Crews almost every month, starting this February. The Circuit finishes at the end of the year with a Final Event. The highest ranked players will again compete against each other in every format to win the title, prize money, and bragging rights. With the GMC2019 the team hopes to strengthen the regional communities by organizing tournaments on a national level throughout Germany and Austria to ensure a stable and growing Melee scene.

The following text will be in German. For the English version, please visit the following link.

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Valhalla II TO interview

Valhalla was a milestone moment for the Danish Smash scene having historically been one of the smaller scenes in Europe. Copenhagen’s brand new major was to fill the winter void last year that the Swedish Beast series had left after it was discontinued. Very big shoes to fill considering it was the series’s first instalment. While the turnout did not match the numbers of the last Beast event it ran well, still attracted 271 players and ended with a grand finals between TSM | Leffen and Alliance | Armada to be remembered. This gave enough confidence to the team to pursue Valhalla II and take it to the next level.

With 382 total players signed up for the next edition, Armada and Leffen’s highly anticipated first Smash Bros. Ultimate(Ultimate) tournament appearance since the game’s release and the majority of the European top players in both Melee and Ultimate in attendance the event is looking to give a smashing start to the new tournament year.

High time to sit down with one of Europe’s well known commentators and head tournament organiser(TO) of the Valhalla team, Julius “King Funk” Vissing, to learn more about the Danish Smash scene, what brought the series to life, how it has adapted itself to meet the expectations of a major Smash event in this day and age and what he recommends to fellow European TOs to focus on this year.

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We’re concluding the H.E.I.R Melee Spring Ranking of 2018 today and a few names have still gone unannounced. Without further ado, let’s take a moment to honour the placement of the top five European Melee players of this edition!

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Now that we’ve reached the top ten of the H.E.I.R Melee Spring Ranking of 2018 we are slowing down a bit to keep things interesting. Lets find out which players occupy the coveted rank 10-6!

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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!

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