Smasher:Amsah

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Amsah "Nihonjin"
Amsah
Melee main Sheik
Other Melee
characters
Fox, Marth
Project M main Ivysaur
Crew(s) Asterion
Skill Super Smash Bros. Melee Top professional
Ranking Super Smash Bros. Melee Summer 2017 SSBMRank: 44th
Additional info
Real name Amsah D. Augustuszoon
Birth date (age 30)
Location Amsterdam The Netherlands
For the similarly named Japanese Yoshi player, see aMSa.

Amsah is a smasher from Amsterdam, The Netherlands who mains Sheik in Melee. He is currently ranked 1st on the Dutch Melee Power Rankings, 5th on the European Melee Power Rankings, and 44th on the Summer 2017 SSBMRank, and was considered to be best European smasher before Armada and the second-best in the 2009-2011 era, and is still considered one of the greatest European players of all time.

Amsah is sponsored by Asterion since January 19th, 2017[1].

Tournament history[edit]

Amsah entered the Dutch Smash scene in March 2005. After seeing some videos of professional Japanese Sheik player Captain Jack, he claimed to not be impressed by his skills in a now legendary post. Amsah attended Dutch Tournament 10 and played against Captain Jack in friendlies, but was 3-stocked multiple times (including being 3-stocked by Captain Jack's Mr. Game & Watch). Amsah did do surprisingly well in the tournament itself, however, where he took 9th place after losing to Kirby Squad and Marc.

However, Amsah soon started attending a number of following tournaments, in which he showed that he was making impressive progress. Soon he was able to take on some of the best Dutch players at the time. He finished second at several tournaments, often losing to players such as Remen or Kirby Squad. He won his first tournament, JST4, in July 2005, defeating Utto in grand finals.

After this, Amsah's skill level skyrocketed and he managed to place higher than Remen at ATM2 in November 2005, thus claiming the title of the best Dutch smasher. However, he didn't play against Remen at any point during the tournament. Amsah finally managed to defeat Remen in tournament in February 2006, winning ATM3 and establishing himself as the best Dutch smasher.

This was not the end of Amsah's spectacular improvement. In April 2006, he took on Captain Jack again in grand finals at XTC3. Captain Jack still won, though the defeat was significantly closer than at DT10, with Amsah winning the first set of grand finals after coming out of the losers' bracket.

In the summer of 2006, Amsah traveled to Sweden to attend The Renaissance of Smash 3, where he faced the best Swedish player of the time, Ek. They met in winners' finals, which was a close and intense set. The final match of the set, however, is regarded by many to be one of the greatest matches ever recorded, being one of the greatest comebacks of all time in smash. With the score tied 3-3, Ek managed to gain a two-stock lead whilst only taking 7% damage. Ek soon had a three-stock lead whilst at 140% damage. Amsah managed to start a comeback, taking two stocks off of Ek, though when Ek still had two fresh stocks, Amsah was on his last stock with 108% damage. This made it seem even more impossible to win, though Amsah's smart play allowed him to take Ek to his last stock. After barely surviving some of Ek's moves, Amsah managed to continue his comeback and win the match with 162% damage on his last stock. This became the origin of a popular European expression, 'pulling an Amsah'. Afterwards, Amsah defeated Ek once again in grand finals, and won the tournament. Amsah was considered by many to be the best player in Europe after RoS3.

In December 2006, Amsah got a chance to meet Captain Jack again, at JST5. He lost to Captain Jack in winners' finals, but after eliminating Ek in losers' finals, Amsah managed to win both sets of grand finals against Captain Jack, winning the tournament. In July 2007, Amsah also won The Renaissance of Smash 4, winning both sets of grand finals against Aldwyn. In February 2008, at Epita Smash Arena 2, Amsah defeated Japanese smasher Masashi in winners' semis, and then proceeded to once again defeat Captain Jack in both winners' finals and grand finals.

Amsah lost his title of the best European smasher in 2009. At SMASH ATTACK in April 2009, Amsah lost to Zgetto in winners' semis, and was then eliminated by Armada 0-4 in losers' finals. Shortly after, at Epita Smash Arena 3, he lost to Armada 0-4 once again in grand finals. After Armada attended GENESIS and placed 2nd, he said that Amsah would have also made it into top 3 if he had attended. Amsah proved this in January 2010, when he attended Pound 4. He managed to defeat top American players such as Jman and Zhu, and even managed to eliminate Armada 3-1 in losers' semis. He was then eliminated by Hungrybox 0-3 in losers' finals. Amsah's losses to Armada in European tournaments remained consistent, however, as he lost to Armada in grand finals 1-4 at Berlin Calling, 0-4 at Epita Smash Arena 4, and 0-4 at B.E.A.S.T. Amsah later attended Pound V and Apex 2012, where he placed 9th and 33rd in Melee singles, respectively.

Amsah soon became somewhat inactive in the European scene, only showing up to Dutch regional tournaments. He made his first international appearance in more than two years at Republic of Fighters 3, where he placed 9th in Melee singles. He also placed 3rd in doubles with Faab.

Tournament placings[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
Dutch Tournament 10 March 5th-6th, 2005 9th
XTC2 May 3rd, 2005 9th
The Renaissance of Smash 2 June 30th-July 3rd, 2005 9th 5th MrSilver
ATM1 September 17th, 2005 2nd 1st MrSilver
ATM2 November 19th, 2005 1st 3rd Helios
RoofSM January 4th-8th, 2006 4th
ATM3 February 18th-19th, 2006 1st 2nd Zeta
XTC3 April 15th-16th, 2006 2nd
The Renaissance of Smash 3 July 4th-7th, 2006 1st
TNOT August 23rd, 2006 1st
ZEST September 30th-October 1st, 2006 1st 1st Zeta
JST5 December 2nd-3rd, 2006 1st
LostHost March 17th, 2007 1st 3rd Rinda
Epita Smash Arena April 7th-8th, 2007 1st
ZEST2 April 28th, 2007 1st 1st Nnja
The Renaissance of Smash 4 July 3rd-6th, 2007 1st 2nd Faab
Ushost3 September 8th, 2007 1st 3rd Zeta
ZEST3 November 10th, 2007 1st 1st Zeta
Epita Smash Arena 2 February 23rd-24th, 2008 1st 5th Zeta
SMASH ATTACK April 3rd-5th, 2009 3rd 2nd Adam
Epita Smash Arena 3 April 11th-12th, 2009 2nd 3rd Adam
Super Lion 4 August 7th-9th, 2009 1st 3rd Adam
ZEST4 August 29th, 2009 3rd 1st Adam
Pound 4 January 16th-18th, 2010 3rd 9th Adam
Berlin Calling April 2nd-4th, 2010 2nd 4th Remen
ZEST5 May 1st, 2010 3rd 2nd Remen
Epita Smash Arena 4 June 26th-27th, 2010 2nd 4th Remen
B.E.A.S.T January 7th-9th, 2011 2nd 2nd Zgetto
Pound V February 19th-21st, 2011 9th 5th Remen
Apex 2012 January 6th-8th, 2012 33rd 13th Ice
Avalon I October 5th, 2013 3rd 2nd Faab
Avalon II November 9th, 2013 2nd 3rd Marc
Avalon III March 8th, 2014 3rd 3rd Marc
Republic of Fighters 3 May 17th-18th, 2014 9th 3rd Faab
Avalon IV July 12th, 2014 1st 1st Faab
Hall of Melee 5 August 16th, 2014 1st 3rd Faab
Avalon V September 6th, 2014 1st 2nd Faab
Avalon VI November 29th, 2014 2nd 4th Ser
B.E.A.S.T 5 January 9th-11th, 2015 5th 9th Jeapie
Avalon VII January 31st, 2015 2nd 1st Faab
Avalon VIII April 4th, 2015 3rd 5th Faab
HFLAN Melee Edition May 9th-10th, 2015 2nd 2nd Vanity Angel
JST7 May 23rd-24th, 2015 2nd 2nd Ice
Avalon IX June 13th, 2015 4th 2nd Remen
Avalon X September 5th, 2015 1st 2nd Remen
DreamHack London 2015 September 19th-20th, 2015 5th
Avalon M October 3rd, 2015 1st 1st Jeapie
DreamHack Winter 2015 November 26th-29th, 2015 17th 9th Jeapie
Avalon M-II January 9th, 2016 1st 2nd Faab
B.E.A.S.T 6 February 19th-21st, 2016 7th 4th Vanity Angel
Avalon M-III March 5th, 2016 4th 2nd Marc
Mission Complete #1 March 26th, 2016 1st 1st Zgetto
Smash @ Xanadu Wednesdays 3/30 March 30th, 2016 7th
Pound 2016 April 2nd-3rd, 2016 33rd 13th Zgetto
Avalon M-IV May 7th, 2016 2nd 1st Marc
Mission Complete #2 May 30th, 2016 1st
DreamHack Summer 2016 June 18th-21st, 2016 5th 1st Android
Avalon M-V July 2nd, 2016 1st 1st Marc
Hyperfocus July 23rd, 2016 1st 2nd epikfaal
Heir 3 August 19th-21st, 2016 9th 5th Jeapie
Syndicate 2016 September 10th-11th, 2016 9th 7th Marc
Kickstart 11 September 17th, 2016 5th 1st Zgetto
Mission Complete #3 October 22nd, 2016 1st 1st epikfaal
Avalon M-VI November 5th, 2016 1st 2nd Marc
Tuk House 12/13 December 13th, 2016 3rd
Tuk House 12/15 December 15th, 2016 5th 3rd Rustin
Don't Park on the Grass December 17th-18th, 2016 17th 17th Rudolph
Avalon M-VII January 7th, 2017 1st 1st Zgetto
Arcamelee #2 January 14th-15th, 2017 4th 1st The Moon
GENESIS 4 January 20th-22nd, 2017 49th
Mission Complete 4 January 28th, 2017 1st 2nd Faab
B.E.A.S.T 7 February 17th-19th, 2017 5th 4th Jeapie
Avalon M-VIII March 4th, 2017 1st 2nd Marc
HFLAN Melee Edition 2017 April 15th-16th, 2017 4th 4th Professor Pro
Mission Complete 5 May 27th, 2017 2nd 5th Faab
DreamHack Summer 2017 June 17th-18th, 2017 3rd 1st Professor Pro
EVO 2017 July 14th-16th, 2017 33rd
Heir 4 August 17th-21st, 2017 4th 2nd Professor Pro
Syndicate 2017 September 23rd-24th, 2017 5th 4th Professor Pro
GameTyrant Expo 2017 September 29th-October 1st, 2017 33rd 7th Professor Pro
The Big House 7 October 6th-8th, 2017 33rd 17th Professor Pro

Project M[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
Avalon III March 8th, 2014 3rd
Republic of Fighters 3 May 17th-18th, 2014 13th
Avalon IV July 12th, 2014 1st
B.E.A.S.T 5 January 9th-11th, 2015 13th
JST7 May 23rd-24th, 2015 5th
Heir 3 August 19th-21st, 2016 25th
Mission Complete 4 January 28th, 2017 2nd
Amsterdam Smash Event 3 April 30th, 2017 4th
SuperPharmaSmash 2 August 4th-6th, 2017 2nd 2nd Epikfaal

Trivia[edit]

  • Throughout his entire Melee career, Amsah's Sheik was notably never 4-stocked by anyone in any tournament match, though after nearly 10 years this streak finally came to an end at B.E.A.S.T 5, when Armada four-stocked his Sheik with Peach during game 2 of their losers' quarters set.
  • Amsah likes to team up with smashers who are far below his own skill level. For instance, he teamed up with his own friend Natta, Linkje and Utto's sister Rinda. These people function as "tank" for Amsah, giving him stocks when he gets KO'd.
  • Due to the similarities of their tags, Amsah and Japanese Yoshi player aMSa played a best of 5 "grudge match" in friendlies at Pound 2016, with Amsah winning 3-2 after several close games.

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