Zain

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[e][h]Marth Zain
Zain (right) playing Mang0 (left) in grand finals of Smash Summit 11
Player Information
Name:
Zain Naghmi
Nationality:
Born:
June 11, 1996 (age 27)
Years Active:
2015 - Present
Alternate IDs:
DontTestMe
Approx. Total Winnings:
$160,759
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Current Mains:
Marth
Secondaries:
Roy
Fox
Ice Climbers
Jigglypuff
Links
Achievements
Melee:
Shine 2018Shine 2018 GENESIS 7GENESIS 7 Ludwig Ahgren Championship Series 2Ludwig Ahgren Championship Series 2 Slippi Champions League - Season 1 Week 2Slippi Champions League - Season 1 Week 2 Slippi Champions League - Season 1 Week 3Slippi Champions League - Season 1 Week 3 Slippi Champions League - Season 1 Week 4Slippi Champions League - Season 1 Week 4 Smash Summit 10Smash Summit 10 Four Loko Fight NightFour Loko Fight Night Summit Champions League - Season 2 Week 2Summit Champions League - Season 2 Week 2 Summit Champions League - Season 2 Week 4Summit Champions League - Season 2 Week 4 SWT 2021 North America East Regional FinalsSWT 2021 North America East Regional Finals Ludwig Ahgren Championship Series 4Ludwig Ahgren Championship Series 4 GENESIS 8GENESIS 8 Pound 2022Pound 2022 Shine 2022Shine 2022 Ludwig Smash InvitationalLudwig Smash Invitational Tipped Off 14Tipped Off 14 Fête 3: By The SeaFête 3: By The Sea Get On My Level 2023Get On My Level 2023 Super Smash Con 2023Super Smash Con 2023
History
2018-04-12 — 2019-11-08
2020-02-06 — 2023-03-29
2023-04-06 — 2023-09-20
2023-09-20 — Present

Zain Naghmi is a Melee Marth player from Virginia. He was ranked 2nd in SSBMRank 2023 and 1st in the MDVA Summer 2022 Power Rankings.

Biography[edit]

Early Career[edit]

Zain began entering Melee tournaments in 2014, and became a well known player in MDVA. He made his debut on the MDVA Power Rankings in Spring of 2016, where he was ranked 12th. He only went up from there, soon becoming a Top 5 player in his region by the end of the year.

The Big House 6 is considered Zain's breakout tournament, as he defeated a number of notable players including Tafokints, Plup, and KJH, ultimately finishing in 17th place. He then made his debut on the 2016 SSBMRank, finishing at 66th.

2017[edit]

2017 became a breakout year for Zain, even moreso than late 2016. At Smash 'N' Splash 3, he made a reverse 3-0 upset on Leffen, and ended up placing 13th by losing to S2J and Plup.

At Super Smash Con 2017, Zain pulled off an incredible 5th place performance, defeating ChuDat, lloD, Rishi, and SFAT while only losing to Hungrybox and Mew2King.

He would finish at 22nd on the 2017 SSBMRank.

2018[edit]

Similar to the year before, Zain's trajectory went even further in 2018, reaching heights no one thought were possible. He started off with a 13th place finish at GENESIS 5, where he was eliminated from losers by Wizzrobe in a nailbiter Game 5.

At Smash Summit 6 Zain went on a tear through the event, where he beat Ginger, SFAT, Mang0, and Plup while only losing to Mew2King twice (once in pools) and Armada to finish 3rd. At Smash 'N' Splash 4, he lost to Hungrybox and Armada but once again defeated Mang0. He would end up being ranked 9th on the 2018 Summer MPGR.

After back to back 9th place finishes at EVO 2018 and Super Smash Con 2018, Zain had a historic win at Shine 2018 when he took the tournament beating players such as Drunksloth, Lucky, n0ne, Mang0 for the 3rd time in a row, and Hungrybox (x2). This tournament win made him one of the only players to take a major tournament in the era of the gods. The only other players to do so are Leffen, Plup, Wizzrobe, Axe, and iBDW.

He would end the year being ranked 7th on the 2018 MPGR.

2019[edit]

Zain would show a new form of consistency throughout 2019, only missing Top 8 at one tournament throughout the year. He would gain even better results than the year prior, getting 2nd at The Big House 9 and Low Tier City 7, 3rd at Super Smash Con 2019 and Mainstage, 4th at Pound 2019, and winning Come To Papa 3 by double eliminating Hungrybox.

Despite showing more consistent results, he failed to win a major in 2019 and was ranked 6th on the 2019 MPGR.

2020[edit]

GENESIS 7[edit]

On January 26. 2020, Zain won his first premier tournament, and the first premier of the year, at GENESIS 7. He took the tournament through the winners side by taking sets off of Boyd, Jakenshaken, S2J, Shroomed, Mang0, and Hungrybox (x2) from Top 32 onwards.

Lockdown and DontTestMe[edit]

Despite placing 4th at Smash Summit 9, things were looking up for Zain, but soon after, the COVID-19 pandemic caused the world to go into lockdown, and thus making in person events impossible to hold.

Zain dominantly won the online iteration of Pound 2020 with delay based netcode, defeating Plup and 6-0'ing Hungrybox in both the Winners Finals and Grand Finals.

Despite this, Zain still wanted more from competition, and so Zain began to enter tournaments with Roy, under the alias "DontTestMe". With Roy, he took sets off of Ginger, KJH, 2saint, Magi, and even took Hungrybox to Game 5 at one point.

The Slippi Era and Zain's Dominance[edit]

In the summer of 2020, Rollback Netocde was released for Melee, and soon enough, online tournaments soon began once again, this time being much more valid than delay based netcode. Zain began by winning Ludwig Ahgren Championship Series 2, defeating S2J, Plup, and Mang0 twice. He then won three weeks of Slippi Champions League, taking sets off of Wizzrobe, iBDW, Mang0, n0ne, Captain Faceroll, and Spark.

He then won Smash Summit 10, defeating Spark, S2J, Ginger, iBDW, and Mang0 twice. While he got 5th at Ludwig Ahgren Championship Series 3, dropping sets to S2J and Axe, many people still considered Zain to be the best player of 2020.

2021[edit]

Zain started off 2021 by winning Four Loko Fight Night, defeating Hungrybox but dropping a set to S2J in Winners Semis. He then made a deep losers run, defeating Wizzrobe, moky, Kalamazhu, and S2J twice to win the event.

Zain then won the second week of the Summit Champions League, 3-0'ing Mang0, who had defeated him the week before. During Week 3, he lost a close game 5 set to Wizzrobe, and on Week 4, he won the Double Elimination Bracket by defeating Gahtzu, moky, SFAT, and Mang0. This allowed him to qualify for Smash Summit 11.

At Smash Summit 11, he took sets off of n0ne, aMSa, iBDW, KoDoRiN, Plup, and Hungrybox before facing Mang0 in Grand Finals in what is widely considered to be one of the greatest sets in Melee history. Zain ultimately lost the set in a Game 10 situation, marking his first loss to a Fox since Leffen at Smash 'N' Splash 5 over two years earlier in 2019.

Zain then won his first offline major Post-Quarantine at the 2021 NA East Regional Finals, defeating Hungrybox, Polish, and iBDW. At Smash Summit 12, he managed to defeat Mang0's Fox in the runback but lost a Game 5 set to iBDW in Winners Finals, before being eliminated by Mang0's Falco, finishing in 3rd place.

He ended up being ranked 2nd on the BlurRank, a ranking of the 2021 year by TheCrimsonBlur and many other community figures.

2022[edit]

Despite not being ranked 1st in 2021, that did not seem to phase Zain going into 2022. He won the first in person supermajor after quarantine at GENESIS 8, defeating aMSa, iBDW, and a hot Jmook twice to win the event. He then repeated his performance a week later at Pound 2022, where he defeated Leffen and Hungrybox twice to win the event, his second major in a row.

He ended up finishing 1st on the 2022 Summer MPGR Ranking, marking the first time he got ranked 1st on an official offline ranking. At the end of the year, he retained his number one rank on the rebranded 2022 SSBMRank.

Zain joined Panda Global on April 12, 2018.[1] He and Panda Global parted ways on November 8, 2019.[2] He joined the Golden Guardians as their first Smash player on February 6, 2020.[3] He left the Golden Guardians on March 29, 2023. [4] He became the first member of the Moist Moguls, a separate division of Moist Esports run by Ludwig Ahgren, on April 6, 2023.[5] He and moky were transferred back to the main team following the organization's forming of a Valorant team on September 20, 2023.[6]

Results[edit]

Melee[edit]

Recent Notable Wins

Wins over players ranked in SSBMRank 2023:

Rank 3 - Jmook
Rank 4 - moky
Rank 7 - Hungrybox
Rank 10 - Aklo
Rank 14 - Salt
Rank 29 - SDJ
Rank 35 - Ossify
Rank 48 - Sirmeris
Rank 67 - LAVITZ-01
Rank 81 - Preeminent

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