Welcome to mYinsanity’s second entry in Europe’s Best series! This series aims to inform more people of the story-filled pasts, current plans, and opinions of top European Melee players.
I am happy to welcome Alvaro Garcia “Heir|Trifasia” Moral as our second guest for the Europe’s Best Series! Coming from Madrid, Spain, Trifasia is Europe’s second best Peach main and among the Spanish community is known as the “Drugged Peach” for his fast, technical, and precise playstyle and his ability to edgeguard and extend his combos in crazy and unorthodox ways. Over the last few years he has risen through the European rankings and is ranked at 6th overall on http://smashranking.eu/ . Currently, he holds an impressive 84.1% win recorded with 143 wins and only 27 losses over a span of three years. If take a closer look at the numbers, his improvement since 2014 is incredible. In 2014 he was ranked 17th and had a winning record of 79.41% over 3 major tournaments. In 2015 his winning record raised a bit to 79.63%, but this time he went to 7 major tournaments, which is more than double the amount of majors as 2014. Of course this strong showing got him ranked 9th at the end of the year. So far in 2016, Trifasia has an astonishing 90.11% winning record while already attending 10 major tournaments. With such a strong 2016 so far it is no surprise that he is currently ranked 6th. Even though it is only October, Trifasia’s player stock is on the rise and it is also no surprise that he recently became part of Team Heir. If you aren’t familiar with Trifasia already, check out some of his combo videos!
Trifasia Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdyZqzFl_6c
Trifasia Promotional video for the Contract: https://www.facebook.com/alvaro.garciamoral.5/videos/10208911005606326/
1. First of congratulations on winning “the Contract” at Heir 3! Can you tell us a little more on how that changes your travel plans, like will we be able to see you in the US soon since Heir has a lot of your European travel cost covered?
“I am really glad I won the “The Contract” at Heir 3 because I can now go to more European tournaments, that I would normally not be able to go to. For example, I probably wouldn’t be able to go to Syndicate or Eclipse 2 without Team Heir’s help.
For U.S. tournaments, I want to travel there, but it is a little difficult because I am also focusing on my studies (currently a 3rd year Art History major). Some American TO’s have asked me to come to their tournaments as a special guest, but I feel that I need to be able to stay there for a long time and/or be better and place well in tournaments to help with the travel cost. So for now I’ll wait for the right moment to go because it is such a big commitment. I will probably go when I think I can get really good results, like top 25 at a major. I really want to go to the U.S.A of course and hopefully people will see me at one of those majors in the near future.”
2. Can you tell us how you got your tag?
“My tag is from my first messenger account as a kid. My username was “Trifasia” and it is from a coloring book. There was a little ghost in it named “Trifasia” and I just randomly chose it. Honestly, I could have made my tag anything at the time. I could have looked at a table and thought ‘Ok my tag will be Table’.”
3. How did you find out about competitive Melee and what sort of difficulties did you face just starting out?
“When I was a kid, I went to an anime con and in a corner there was a Melee set up. I sat down and decided to play with them and got whooped. The players there ended up being Overtriforce, K12, and Strawhat, the top Spanish players in Melee. After that I started to practice by myself. I couldn’t really travel to tournaments or fest early on because I was still a kid and my parents would not let me. Eventually, I got more freedom when I turned 18 and started to play with Overtriforce, K12, and Strawhat. We played King of the Hill at our fest where the winner stays on so I felt like I had to get better so I could play more, and it just went from there. Though even when I was older, my parents were not fans of me gaming a lot so I used to tell them that I was out drinking with friends and staying up late going to bars or clubs, but instead I was at Strawhat’s or Overtriforce’s place playing melee all night long”.
4. Not much is known about the Spanish scene, could you tell us more about the playstyle and main scenes in Spain?
“The few months prior to Brawl’s release, was when Spain was in this ‘Golden Age’. Unfortunately, I never really experienced it because I was still a kid and not allowed to travel. Once Brawl came out, the Melee scene died. It also did not help that the same players kept on winning. During this time, I mainly practiced on my own and occasionally play with Overtriforce and K12. The Spanish scene, like every other scene got better once the documentary came out. Now it is a lot easier to get more people to play, though there is still a big skill gap between the top 4 in Spain and everyone else.
In terms of the strongest scene, it is definitely Madrid, but Barcelona is growing really quickly. Even with the scenes getting bigger, there is no one new that is really threatening the top level. As for a specific style, I do not really think Spain has one, but it is also something I do not really think about. Personally, I do not want to have style because I feel like it limits myself. I just want to choose the right option in a situation when the moment comes.”
5. You’re sort of the newcomer in the Europe’s elite. What/who do you think helped you get where you are now?
“I don’t really think I had anyone helping me a lot when I was trying to improve. Of course having Strawhat, K12, and Overtriforce helped since we always practiced together. Even then, I still put in a lot of time tech training and watching Armada videos. I always tried to think ‘What would Armada do?’ because there were no other Peach mains like him.”
Follow up question: Would you compare yourself to PPMD then, in the way you practiced and broke down the game?
“Yeah, I think so. I did do a lot of video analysis of Armada and always watched his Top 8’s, but more so in the past than now. I also couldn’t even really use Smashboards when I was starting out because my English isn’t the best, but even if I could do it, I probably wouldn’t since I would get bored. What I do instead is practice against the CPU and ‘shadow box’ it. I try to be as meticulous as possible and would always practice covering as many options as possible even when I know the CPU will not choose certain options. I also tried to play the character and not the person. I learned to do this because in Spain, there was barely anyone to play against at the highest level, so if I chose to play the player, I feel like I would end up playing down to them.”
6. How did you end up maining Peach and why green Peach?
“As a casual I played as Pikachu and Link. When I started playing competitively, I started experimenting with Marth and Fox, but switch to Peach later on because I had a lot of fun playing her and I thought she was a very good and diverse character. When I picked up Peach I first started using her white and blue skins, but eventually I saw a match between PC Chris and Mew2King’s where PC played green Peach. At the time it was the best Peach I have ever seen, so I decided to stick with green Peach since then”
PC Chris vs. Mew2King 2.2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBiz5hM1on8
7. Did you just always want to become a pro-smasher or was there a pivotal game or moment that changed you?
“I think that smash just gradually became really important to me. I still go to school and have a social life, but I really love the game. When I am home and have free time or want to procrastinate, I normally always choose to spend that time playing smash since I find it more productive than watching random TV shows or playing other games. Right now, my free time is pretty much all Smash, except for when I am hanging out with my girlfriend or friends.”
8. If people want to watch some Spanish VODs to learn more about the players and the scene which matches would you recommend?
“I would recommend people to watch the Winner’s and Loser’s Finals of Sonic Boom, which was a recent tournament here in Spain. I think people will especially enjoy Loser’s Finals since it is Overtriforce vs. K-12, who is a DK main. Also in the set, there was a reverse 4 stock so that is hype.”
Sonic Boom Winner’s Finals: Trifasia vs. Overtriforce
Sonic Boom Loser’s Finals: K-12 vs. Overtriforce
“Aside from that, I would not recommend any other Spanish matches since there is still a big skill gap between a lot of the new players. However, I really think more people should see my B.E.A.S.T. 4 match vs. Armada. I felt that I played really well and what most people do not know is that was my first time travelling to a tournament and even though it was a 3-0, I feel that it could of gone either way.
B.E.A.S.T. 4 Winner’s Quarters: Trifasia vs. Armada
The next five questions are the top 5 most upvoted questions from the Trifasia reddit thread.
1. “Do you truly believe you are fourth best in Europe behind the obvious big 3?
“I said that I believed I was the 4th best about a year ago. At the time, I knew that Armada, Leffen, and Ice were all better than me and I thought I was next since I played everyone else and beat them The only player I wasn’t able to play was Professor Pro. In addition, at Heir 2, I took Lucky to last game last stock so I really believed it at the time. Now, I think I am 4th or 5th best. Right now it really is a toss up between Professor Pro and me for the 4th spot. However, I think Fuzzyness could be up there. I know at Syndicate, I didn’t do that well, but that was partly because I lost my controller and had to borrow one. Of course a loss is a loss but I think if you factor the controller problem and the fact that I had to play against Android, who is probably the best Sheik vs. Peach it sort of makes sense. For that match specifically, I found it tough because Android is so well versed in the match up and I haven’t had much Sheik practice lately since Overtriforce is less active and when we do play, we play mostly for fun, doing some silly matches like Puff dittos. In losers of Syndicate, I lost to Zgetto, but I think that was a fluke and I am overall still better than him. Even with the Syndicate result, I’d say I am still 4th or 5th best in Europe.”
Heir 2: Lucky vs. Trifasia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQYrgICTAT0
2. “How much inspiration to play peach came from armada and how much do you guys talk about peach meta, if at all? With you, armada, vanity angel, etc. it seems like there are a good amount of top euro peaches and I wonder how much you guys draw inspiration from each other and if it reflects in any of your games that I might miss.”
“Because I did not have a lot of people to play with when I started out, I really did watch a lot of Armada videos, but as I got better I started watching less and less. I now try to figure out things by myself, but I still watch Armada play on his stream occasionally and in Top 8’s. As for the other Peach mains, we don’t really have an on-going group chat going but we do talk together when we meet up at tournaments. I would say among Peach mains, I am closest to Vanity Angel. I don’t really talk to Armada much during tournaments because I do not want to bother him too much since he is either preparing for a match or is swarmed by fans.”
3. “How do you see the future of Melee in Europe? Could Melee ever become as big here as in America. How the scene could grow bigger?”
I feel that Europe will probably never get to North America’s level unfortunately. Everyone is more competitive in America and I think that is something that is lacking in the European scene. I think Europe is on the right track since we had a lot more majors this year, but hopefully there can be more in the future. Another problem with the European scene having a hard time catching up to the American scene is that at some point the only way to get better is to play better people and Europe unfortunately does not have as many high level players compared to the American scene. Lastly, it is harder to communicate in the European scene because of the language barrier. We all ‘sort of speak English’, so it is harder to share ideas and thoughts about the game outside of everyone’s respective country.”
4. “Where do you feel you can improve yourself the most? (Punish game, neutral, etc.)”
“My biggest strength is my punish game, but as a consequence, I need to work on my neutral game. The problem is that you normally need to practice with someone to improve your neutral game, but no one in Spain really challenges my neutral game and I know that I get away with certain things here that would just get punished versus better players. So normally when I travel to a major, working on my neutral game is my #1 priority.”
5. “Could you give some advices to a Peach main who wants to improve?”
“For any level whether you are a beginner or intermediate player, it is crucial to master the basics. One specific tech that I think a lot of Peach mains are not consistent enough with is dashing back. It is really overlook and hard to do consistently without deliberate practice. Aside from that, just watch Armada videos because he has it figured out. Don’t bother watching any other Peach mains like MacD, Vanity Angel, or even me! Just analyze Armada’s matches and that’s a good start.”
Closing questions: What does Melee and the community mean to you?
“The biggest thing for me is that smash help me meet new people and make some really great friends. When I play with other players, I always try to get to know them ‘outside of just smash’. I want to grab a beer with them, hang out, and talk about other things, not just melee. I also have been able to travel a lot more and experience different cultures through smash. I really love to travel, so even for majors, I try to get there early so I have a day or two to tour the city. Another thing is that smash has really pushed me out of my comfort zone, and taught me how to go beyond my limits. For example, I never thought I would be this good and if you told me that I would be two years ago, I wouldn’t believe you. Lastly, Melee has taught me that I can do anything I set my mind to. It just takes dedication and confidence to accomplish anything.”
I want to thank the smash community as a whole. Especially all the new players in Madrid and Spain that are helping us grow our scene by hosting tournaments and becoming TO’s. I also want to thank Armada for being so good at Peach so I can just copy him. Finally, I would like to shout out AdryVK, Nex, Gaussbet, and my translator for this interview, Gblade.
Be sure to check out Trifasia tear up the competition at Eclipse 2 starting October 21st! You can find more tournament information at https://smash.gg/tournament/eclipse-2/details