The premier Dutch tournament series Avalon is looking to kick off 2016 with a bang, with more entrants and competition than ever. Avalon M-II is shaping out to be the first tournament since DreamHack Winter 2015 where top talent from multiple European countries will be facing off, making it a tournament not to be missed.
Singles: Netherlands vs. Germany vs. England
Photo by Benjamin Cotton, DreamHack©
Defending their home country is four of the Netherlands' top 5: Amsah, Zgetto, Jeapie, and Adam. Amsah, Zgetto, and Jeapie had respectable runs at DreamHack Winter, and they all have notable wins against their top threats. Once hailed as Europe's best, veteran Sheik main Amsah looks to solidify himself as a top 5 European player. He was generally dominant in his country in 2015, with winning records over Zgetto, Jeapie, and Adam. This past weekend Amsah won AFK #4 (a small local) over Zgetto and Adam. He also has winning records over Professor Pro and reaper, and even beat Zhu at HFLAN Melee Edition. His biggest challenge at Avalon M-II will be Ice, who stands undefeated against Amsah since Avalon VI in 2014. Joining Amsah is Zgetto, who made the deepest run out of all the Dutch at DreamHack Winter (he entered under the tag of "Miguel"). He tore through the loser's bracket beating Professor Pro, reaper, and Calle W to finish 13th. The Dutch Fox also won Smash Brabant Tournament 4 in October 2015 over Amsah, Jeapie, and reaper. Additionally, there is Jeapie who is known for his stylish Captain Falcon play. Jeapie ended up placing 25th at DreamHack Winter, beating Reno and Zorc in the loser's bracket. In 2015 Jeapie netted multiple wins over Amsah, Zgetto, and reaper, consistently placing near the top in the Netherlands. Jeapie made many fans in his American debut at Super Nebulous 3 and BLUE FISH, where he beat North American players such as DJ Nintendo, RaynEX, and Ralph. Rounding out the four is Adam, ranked #5 in the Netherlands. Finally, Adam is hot off an impressive win over Zgetto this past weekend at AFK #4. Additionally, Adam has beaten Remen and Baxon.
Invading from Germany is Ice, reaper, Däumling, and SchlimmShady. Ice is the favorite going into the tournament, with winning records over the rest of the competition. Ice also has the most consistent results outside of Europe, placing 9th at The Big House 5 and EVO 2015. Although Professor Pro and reaper have sets wins against the German champion, Avalon M-II is looking to be another successful tournament for Ice. Widely considered the best Marth main in Europe, reaper (without the capital R) looks to continue his rapid improvement from 2015. Although Amsah, Zgetto, and Jeapie have proven to give reaper a challenge in 2015, reaper had excellent wins over Professor Pro at DreamHack London and Tekk at Avalon M. If reaper can overcome the Dutch trio, Avalon M-II will be another successful tournament for him. Arguably the best Ice Climbers main in Europe, Däumling will be looking to make upsets in the Netherlands again. At Avalon VIII in 2015, Däumling netted an impressive 2nd place, beating Amsah, Remen, and Adam on his way. Additionally, Däumling has wins over reaper, Zoler, and SchlimmShady. Known for being the top Mario main in Europe, SchlimmShady is looking to continue his recent success from Òssom Fights and DreamHack Winter. SchlimmShady had a notable win against Overtriforce at Òssom Fights, ending up at 3rd place. At DreamHack Winter he beat R23 and FlikkFlakk to finish at 25th place.
Two of England's best will be bringing their all to Avalon M-II: Professor Pro and Alpha Dash. Professor Pro showed in 2015 that he is a top threat in Melee, making SSBMRank debut at #34 in the world. In America, he placed 5th at Tipped Off 11, 9th at Paragon LA and 33rd at The Big House 5. In Europe, he solidified himself as Europe's 4th best player, although Amsah was undefeated against Professor Pro until Professor Pro finally beat Amsah at DreamHack Winter. However, Professor Pro has shown that the Fox ditto is one of his weaker matchups; making Ice and Zgetto two of his other challenges. One of Europe's top Ice Climbers, Alpha Dash will be competing at Avalon M-II. Alpha Dash has solid placings such as 33rd at DreamHack Winter and 13th at DreamHack London, so Avalon M-II should be another good tournament for Alpha Dash.
Photo by Stephanie Lindgren, DreamHack©
Teams at Avalon M-II will be exciting with many static teams entering. Zgetto and Adam, considered the best static team in the Netherlands, will be defending their home turf. Joining the Dutch defenders are Amsah/Faab and Avalancer/Marc, two of the other top static teams in the country. However, the Dutch only teams will have many tough challengers. Although they do not usually team together, Ice and SchlimmShady are hot off their tournament win at Òssom Fights, where they beat Overtriforce and Trifasia in two consecutive sets in grand finals. Also from Germany is the static team of Blaze and reaper, who have shown great results and teamwork in the past. Lastly, Professor Pro and Jeapie are looking like one of the favorites to win the event. It has confirmed that they have teamed at least once, at JST7, where they beat Ice and Amsah to win the tournament.
Stream/Schedule/BracketsAll the action at Avalon M-II will be streamed on SaltyPlayground on Saturday, January 9th. The schedule is as follows (all times CET):
10:45 AM: Venue open to the public
12:00 PM: Start Super Smash Bros. Melee Teams
02:00 PM: Start Super Smash Bros. Melee Singles
10:00 PM: Venue starts closing
The brackets can be found here for singles and here for teams.
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Writer's Note: Thank you very much to @Marc for helping with this article. He informed me of many of the top players and teams and made sure everything was ready to go.
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