I see no reason why TheViper could not be competitive with 2-3 weeks of serious practice. No other player comes close to his S-tier performance in AOE4 as far as I can tell:Yeahhhhh
When is he going to train? In the time between the February patch and the actual tournament?
Most of the other pros that are expected to be competitive are grinding every single day
He won Genesis,
He went to semifinals in the steel series prime cup,
He went to semifinals in the Winter Championship (which happened just a few days ago as far as I can tell)
In the A-tier its different, since MarineLord won all of them but according to the point system for qualifying to Winter Championship (which is based on A-tier tournament results) TheViper has the fourth best performance in the A-tier tournaments out of all players.
Either way only time will tell if TheViper or any of the other players will be ready for the tournament or not.