The ESA series has always been the most well-known European tournament series, always gathering many top European players in France. Ever since 2010, and ESA4, we haven't had a major event in the series. But this time, it was back, and some great players like Armada, Over, Ice, Leffen or Fuzzyness (among others) joined the top French players for this event.
With 63 people from 6 different countries, it was the largest tournament in France since ESA4 in 2010, the current French scene having a lot of small events, but no big ones.
Various facts (spoilers here, but after all, you're in a results thread)
- Armada is now the most titled player of the ESA series, with 3 wins and one third place. He was previously tied with Amsah, who had 2 wins and 2 second places.
- Armada hasn't lost a single set at the ESA series since his loss to CaptainJack in losers finals of ESA2, in early 2008. This time, his Peach has been on her last stock only once, versus Cyr's Samus (to be confirmed)
- Many revenges happened at this tournament, and Fuzzyness was involved in many of them : he lost to Baxon in pools and beat him in the bracket, but then beat Ice in winners' before losing to him in losers' finals. And he and leffen won 3-4 versus Armada and Ice in doubles winners finals, before losing 4-0 both grand finals sets.
- The players from Lyon, usually considered to be one of the strongest city in the French smash community, all lost pretty early in singles. On the opposite, old-timers Doraki and Bunwa (previously known as Benoit) both placed fairly well in singles, and also performed decently in teams.
- Cyr finally manages to outplace every other French player! Sadly, he does that at a tournament with great European players in attendance, and doesn't win it.
- Aether keeps surprising everyone: 5th at the two last major French tournaments, he reaches an encouraging 9th place. Not bad for a Link player from a city with only a few smashers.
Videos are being uploaded on LeFrenchMelee, France's Melee community Youtube channel, and a Smashboards thread will be available soon.
Out of curiosity, I checked how far everyone went in the bracket according to their seeds in pools. I coloured the names to show it.
Placed first in pools
Placed second in pools
Placed third in pools
Placed fourth in pools
63 players : 8 pools of 7 or 8, top 4 advancing to a 32-man bracket
25. Fauster Fayk
---End of the bracket---
49. Joanna Dark
19 teams, no pools
1. AR ICE (Armada + Ice) + / +
2. Fuzzyness + Leffen +
3. Les Super Wagons (porc + Salepâte) +
4. Willy + Tekk +
5. Baxon Angel (Baxon + Vanity Angel) +
5. Bunwa + Doraki +
7. Phyr + SaiX +
7. La fessée powershieldropée (Aska + Charlon) +
9. CM + Aether :random:+
9. FausSeeD du Nord (Cyr + Slhoka) + / +
9. Cyrka du Sud (Fauster Fayk + BSeeD) +
9. Kanker lekker (Mahie + Fays) :random:+
13. Baltimore du 59 (Samplay + X-17) +:
13. JiM + MetalFox +
13. Meljin + *Zen :random:+
13. Fécalorik (Feca-Link + Mrik) +
17. Sky + TNB (Sky + Tenebron) +
17. Seya + Shloub (Seya + Shloub) +
17. NedD (Nedved + Joanna Dark) +