Hall of Melee 5 - Amsah strikes back!

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On the 16th of August, the 5th edition in the Hall of Melee series took place in the <a href="http://hallofgame.nl/">Hall of Game</a> arcade hall in Tilburg. ShadowTl’s tournament series has been rapidly growing in popularity this year and with 44 players in attendance this was the largest edition in the series yet. Players could enter singles and doubles for both Melee and Project M.

Though there are bigger events out there, the tournament was relatively stacked with top Dutch contenders. Remen and Marc were the only ones missing from the Dutch top. Amsah, LLL.Jeapie, Zgetto, Faab, Adam, Enig, Ser were all present and hungry to make top 3, with the first three being favourites that could go either way.

After a convincing <a href="http://www.twitch.tv/prog4mer/b/551400779?t=4h38m">3-0</a> win by Jeapie over Amsah at RSDxMelee earlier this summer, we were looking forward to the rematch. It seemed unsure if it would happen after Zgetto knocked Jeapie into losers (<a href="">3-1</a>), after which Amsah proceeded to take winners finals over Zgetto (<a href="">3-1</a>). After an <a href="">intense set</a> against Adam’s Fox and Falco, Jeapie managed to recover from his earlier loss and took <a href="">losers finals</a> in the rematch against Zgetto. Jeapie was undoubtedly hoping for another great performance against Amsah in grand finals. Amsah however showed his determination to renew his dominance, by taking grand finals with a solid 3-0 victory.
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Jimmy put up a good performance, knocking his training partner Ser into losers bracket and eliminating Enig before finally succumbing to Faab. Faab had to settle for 4th place after beating Adam and losing to Amsah and <a href="">Jeapie</a>.

There was a major upset in teams, where Amsah and Faab were hoping to continue their dominance from previous tournaments. They ended up losing <a href="">winners finals</a> to Adam and Zgetto and, more surprisingly, lost <a href="">losers finals</a> to Jeapie and Ace, which left them at 3rd place. Jeapie and Ace battled Adam and Zgetto in grand finals, with Adam and Zgetto emerging victorious.
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Since Mr-R was attending a tournament in Berlin, Project M’s top 8 primarily featured Melee top players, with the exception of River and Taco who both got 5th place. River had a strong showing against Mr-R at SGB, but was surprisingly bested by Taco and Faab at this event. Jeapie managed to secure a spot in <a href="">winners finals</a> by defeating Ace and Faab and continued his winning streak by sending Amsah to losers. In losers Faab and Ace <a href="">duked it out</a>, with Faab moving on to <a href="">lose</a> to Amsah. Jeapie unfortunately had to leave due to time constraints, leaving PM singles to be resolved by a money match in the near future.

Jeapie and Ace continued their good performance from Melee teams in PM teams: after beating River and S1-14 they took <a href="">winners finals</a> over Amsah and Faab. Mind trick and Jimmy ended up eliminating Taco and S1-14 and finished at 3rd place after losing <a href="">losers finals</a> against Amsah and Faab. The latter got another shot in grand finals, managed to reset the bracket and take the tournament.
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Thus concluded another successful edition of the Hall of Melee series. The event was live streamed on the <a href="http://www.twitch.tv/smash_nl">SmashNL twitch channel</a>. Unfortunately there were some audio issues, which undoubtedly affected the view count. The tournament also ran late due to Melee and Project M being held at the same time. Running several smash games in a timely fashion seems to be big challenge for TOs of one day events.

All results, videos and pictures can be found over at <a href="http://smashboards.com/threads/hall-of-melee-5-netherlands-amsah-jeapie-zgetto-faab-adam-enig-ser-jimmy-ace-etc-16-08-2014.364905/">smashboards</a>.

With Hall of Melee 5 over, the Dutch smash summer is nearly coming to an end. We hope to see everyone turn up for <a href="http://www.avalontournamentseries.nl/">Avalon V</a> to close out the summer and are working to soon have a better image of the fall and winter line-up.


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