Avalon IV – Event Profile
Start Date: July 12, 2014 10:45 AM
End Date: July 12, 2014 10:00 PM
Time Zone: Europe/Amsterdam UTC+1
With EVO 2014 coming up this weekend and Europe’s Top 3 Melee Players – Armada, Leffen and Ice – attending, it is time for the other big names to shine at the fourth installment of Netherlands premier tournament series “Avalon”.
Avalon is designed to be a large dutch national tournament, usually ends up as a european international event with roughly 100 attendants. It is hosted by dutch veteran Marc, who will use his competitive experience of over 10 years to bring a superbly run tournament to the table featuring events for Soul Calibur V, Super Smash Bros Brawl and Super Smash Bros Melee.
The Melee events at Avalons were won by Ice two times consecutively followed by Armada winning #3 defeating Zgetto convincingly in a Fox ditto Grand Final. Who will take it this time? The european gods are missing, the competition remains. Check out the featured players for Melee, the event streamed by yours truly Salty Playground, to get a glimpse at the potential winners.
Amsah, the artist formerly known as Nihonjin, used to be the best european player until the rise of Armada. With Ice being in the desert, he has the best Sheik in the room. This true competitor is in favor of taking at least a top 3 spot, maybe even winning Avalon#4 by overthrowing his long term national rivals Jeapie and Zgetto with his patient and punish heavy playstyle.
This Parisian player is one of France’s greatest even though he never travels outside of France. Cyr is considered by many to be Europe’s best Samus, his smart and calculated play having taken him very far on many occasions. An eternal silver medalist, he is said to have a curse of almost always getting 2nd place at French tournaments, often losing to different opponents in Grand Finals. Nevertheless, Cyr is often the one to perform best among the French in European scale events. His secondaries are quite solid, in particular his Falcon which he likes to use in harder matchups or for fun.
Dang, he is fast. He might not be the best european Fox but he surely is one of the most technical. Dancing started off his competitive career using Peach, hence the name, but ended up and excels with Fox. At the last Avalon he attended he made it into top 5 only losing to the LowLand Lions crew Remen and Jeapie.
This french veteran is just as technical and cunning as the technique he stands namesake for – the Doraki Walljump. Doraki is hard to predict with his excellent mind games and full utilisation of Fox’ moveset. Tune into his sets if you are looking for different approaches at playing Fox. He normally performs very decent and has a realistic shot at placing within the top 10.
Gazing upon his Low-Tech Marth you come to reevaluate the capabilities of Marths Walk. Faabs playstyle has something Azen-esque to it being as unobstrusive yet effective as possible. He is a very good tactician who will make you uncomfortable playing your usual game. Once you give into his playstyle you might have already lost. VirusBlueMage plays to win, better figure him out quick.
So you think you’re good at shield-dropping? LowLand Lions own crowdpleaser Jeapie will not only show you how it is done but also how it can be utilized for baits, unexpected combo-starters and overall flashyness. At the final bracket of RoF#3 he was confronted with probably one of the hardest Sheik strings of all time having to face Overtriforce, Amsah and Ice in Winners followed by Android and Overtrifroce again in Losers. This man is ready to win Avalon#4 with his unique technical, sometimes suicidal, and yet effective playstyle.
Mahie is an up and coming french Marth Main. He likes to push himself to the technical limts of his character which can be clearly seen when he opts to go for his secondary, a 20XX Fox. He usually places high but lacks great tournament results. Still, he can be considered on the rise. Watch out for him as he is amazingly creative and fun to watch.
Fastfallers beware! His big grin is nurtured by the confidence of being one of the best Links on the european mainland, being Ice’ main trainings partner and being the guy who defeated Zgetto at Avalon#2. His punishgame is ridiculously brutal, sleep on your DI and this guy will 0-Death you. Even though he might not be a top spot contender, he is no slouch either. Definitly a player to look out for.
The Puff from the South of France is one of the country’s most dangerous players and is seen by most to be Europe’s best Jigglypuff (his rival being Thomas from Norway). Tekk’s aggressive play and read-heavy playstyle, as well as his unique arsenal of Puff technology have gotten him many fans. After a hiatus from European tournaments, he came back with amazing performance at B.E.A.S.T 4 where he placed 5th and upset many opponents, in particular Rocky and Android.
Not only one of the most handsome smasher there are, Zgetto has proven himself many times to be one best european smashers as well. Being a dutch veteran and the last european since Leffen to take a set from Armada, he will come in with full force and give any attendant a run for his money. With his fast, smooth and extremely aggressive playstyle he is definitly top 3 material.