Austria – who is you?
When Austria made their miracle run in the crew battle tournament at Heir 3 finishing with a solid second place behind Sweden many viewers in the crowd and on stream had one question on their mind. “Who are these guys?”
To bring some clarity we decided to put together this piece for you to get to know a rather hidden Melee community right from the (geographical) centre of Europe.
Pasi‘s smart low-input Fox has been around since 2007 and at his prime started making a name for himself – finishing with Top 8 placements at multiple EU “majors” of that time and reliably placing only behind Ice and kJaB at German events. With no real regional competition Pasi’s drive declined – eventually he put less time and effort into the game and took more breaks. He moved to Germany to study a few years ago, returning to his home town Vienna during the holidays to visit his family and keep up the tradition of winning a local while stopping by. However, the tradition got broken twice in a row now due to Pasi underestimating how much the rest leveled up.
Timi plays a patient blue Falco and forms a pretty deadly team together with his doubles partner kiw1. Though having collected a few close losses against the likes of reaper or Tekk, the Falco player didn’t quite pull off an upset against someone at that level yet.
Timi quickly rose to being second best in Austria when Pasi was still around and took his crown for several years after he left to Germany, but recently Timi started struggling with the crown of Ares’ Peach.
Ares at some point last year started taking every other local in Vienna. The German Smash community began getting curious about how good the Peach player had gotten since his last out of country tournament a few years ago and at Helix he was finally put to the test. The months prior to Helix Ares started practicing a secondary Fox after doubting his main character which led to neither character being on point when it mattered. After that Ares focused on his Peach again and proceeded to go on a rampage at regional tournaments leading to Heir 3, where he finished 13th with wins over n0ne and the Dutchie Adam.
Clemens has established himself as #3 in Vienna. So far the story of his tournaments abroad has been similar: He won his pool while sometimes even besting higher ranked players. After that his technical Fox fell short ending his bracket run unexpectedly early. His promising performances at the Heir 3 crew battle tournament and recent wins against Timi, Ares and Pasi make hope for more in the future. Unfortunately, Clemens usually doesn’t travel unless he finds some time off his university schedule.
Ramon currently is a gatekeeper in the Viennese Melee community mostly placing just behind the Top 3 consisting of Ares, Timi and Clemens. With an experienced competitive mindset that he developed while practicing table tennis, he isn’t afraid to put in the hours to improve on reaction techchases and other 20XX magic. The work seems to pay off in 2016 with wins over Ares, Timi and even his long term training partner Clemens.
The last crew member who had a showing at Heir 3 is gLory – the second gatekeeper. The originally German veteran rose in the rankings practicing with an upcoming Ice. Unfortunately hand pains stopped him in his tracks forcing him to quit Smash for quite a while. When he moved to Austria to study gLory dusted off his controller though his spacies stayed in retirement and were solely replaced by Sheik. Besides gLory there are two other German smashers who decided to study in Vienna: His current room mate & Samus player .tea and his old time friend & Saltyplayground founder UCK
Exluding Pasi all of these players live in Austrias capital Vienna where they (allegedly) compete every other week at various locals. You can see them in action at “Faustgeballe bei der Stadthalle” on September 3rd on twitch.tv/saltyplayground. Be sure to check in, you might discover other hidden gems 😉
Article was written and kindly provided by Baron Brody – @BaronBrody