On Thursday the 18th of December, 9 Dutch colleges gathered to compete in each official iteration of the Smash Bros. franchise at the first <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1561609924054168/?fref=ts
">Dutch Student Smash Bros. tournament</a> hosted by Fontys Hogeschool in Eindhoven. What started with trash talk between <a href="http://fontys.nl/gamedesign/
">Fontys’ GameDesign and Technology</a> division and <a href="http://made.nhtv.nl/game-architecture-and-design/
">NHTV International Game Architecture and Design</a> teachers over Facebook, grew into 55 players competing in what turned out to be a fun, though rather chaotic event that unfortunately didn't manage to complete each bracket in time.
The organisation had expected around 30 players in attendance and, as is often the case with events of a more casual nature, the amount of setups for each game was limited to around 2 per game. The tournament, which started at 18:00, ran a single elimination bracket for each event that started out with bo3 and was supposed to transition into bo5 for semifinals and even bo7 for Grand Finals. In a rather unorthodox manner the winner of each event was then intended to enter a final round in which they all competed in Smash4 for the final title. Though the event had referees for each event, they quickly encountered the issues of running multiple events in parallel and with attendance exceeding expectations and the venue closing at 22:00, they saw no other option than to transition into 5 stock bo1s all the way up to Grand Finals. Despite this, Brawl and Smash4 still ran into time issues and were unable to finish Grand Finals. Melee and Smash 64 conveniently managed to finish since they shared the same Grand Finalists who chose to settle it in Melee.
Though the event wasn't advertised on SmashNL the Melee top 3 was made up of 3 students from our community. Var Parasite(TU Eindhoven), who competed under his original name Leo, took home 1st place after beating Alex(Fontys) who beat Niels(HvA) to get to Grand Finals.
Brawl was left unresolved with 3 players left over and Smash 4 was halted before Grand Finals. None of the players left seemed familiar to me, but I believe the Smash4 portion was made up of NHTV and Avans, so I guess Breda won the trashtalk battle.
Despite the rather chaotic ending no one really complained and most player seemed to have a good time. Each player left was given a purple championship robe and all together held the student championship award. Menno Deen, a teacher at Fontys who assisted the students with organisation and was responsible for the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/menno.deen/media_set?set=a.10152456246266583.1073741861.624566582&type=1
">photography</a> at the event which he gracefully allowed us to make use of throughout this article, gave a closing speech where he thanked everyone for coming over and challenged the other schools to compete in the next event in May
. This next edition will likely feature a cap, a better time schedule and perhaps even more schools in attendance. I highly encourage anyone considering similar TO endeavors to have a look at <a href="http://smash-bros.nl/article/37/hoe-organiseer-ik-een-toernooi
">Marc's TO guide</a> released earlier this year to prevent rookie mistakes.
If you're a student and interested in your school competing in the event in May, you can contact Berry Hermans, one of the hosts and keep an eye on the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1561609924054168/?fref=ts
">fb event page</a>. In closing, I'm looking forward to another edition, hope to see some of the attendees try their luck at other smash tournaments and would like to suggest to the organisation to consider doing school crew battles instead of single elimination 1vs1, since that might be more hype
Schools that partook:
Avans, Fontys, NHTV, HvA, Summa College Laboratorium, Tilburg University, Eindhoven University, TU Eindhoven, HKU.