After eight successful events bringing in more and more players from all around Europe, HFLAN: Melee Edition will be the peak of the series, and the official start of the European Smash Circuit on May 9th, 2015. Hosted by LeFrenchMelee and streamed by SaltyPlayground, this tournament is looking to be a prime experience for all Smash players, with one of, if not, the best venues France has to offer. Its location in Paris is also a great asset for the tournament, since the city is very convenient to travel to for the majority of European players. Comfortable couches, free drinks and a huge theater for the top 8 matches: HFLAN has always been a great event for both spectators and players.
He might not have won the tournament but it’s safe to say LLL.Jeapie won the crowd at Super Nebulous 3 (SN3) in New York last weekend by the time he made top 8. While commentators Prog and HomeMadeWaffles debated whether to pronounce his name as Jaapie or Jeepie and eventually settled on Yung Jaap, his Falcon soared through the skies as he full-jump ledge cancelled aerials into Falcon kicks and, occasionally, even into a Falcon punch. A familiar sight for the European audience, but this marked the first time a US audience could witness the daring acrobatics in person.
A short word here from Cas, SmashEurope’s web developer. On behalf of the SmashEurope Team I’d like to present something to you that all of us have been working on lately: the European Smash Circuit (ESC).
Last Saturday’s Dutch event, hosted by Marc and LLL.Remen at community centre De Patio in Zoetermeer, once again reached its venue cap of 130 two weeks in advance. Though the champions of the singles events were no surprise, competition for the runner up spots was fierce, as a result the tournament featured a number of upsets in both Melee and Smash Bros. Wii U (Smash 4).
The Avalon tournament series has been the premier provider of Dutch Smash Bros. events since 2013. Attendance has been mostly on the rise since the first edition, going from roughly 90 entrants to a trend of easily hitting the venue cap of about 130 attendants. On April 4th, Avalon VIII will once again have both Dutch players and international guests battle it out in both Melee and Smash for Wii U (Smash 4).
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).