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Character info
Melee main Captain Falcon
Other Melee characters Marth, Fox
Project M mains Captain Falcon, Ganondorf, Falco
Team info
Crew(s) Kansas City/Midwest
Rankings and results info
Most recent ranking Super Smash Bros. Melee SSBMRank 2015: 61st
Best historical ranking Super Smash Bros. Melee RetroSSBMRank 2009: 8th
Winnings Super Smash Bros. Melee ~$6,112.20
Personal and other info
Real name David John
Birth date (age 36)
Location Overland Park, Kansas United States

Darkrain is a Melee Captain Falcon smasher from Kansas City. He is considered the original solo Captain Falcon main (as Isai, then the best Captain Falcon main, dual mained Sheik). He was formerly ranked 61st on the 2015 SSBMRank.

Play style[edit]

Darkrain popularized down throw tech-chasing on spacies. He will down throw, fox trot, and then react to his opponents tech. He has an aggressive play style and will go offstage to edgeguard, but this can backfire. He has high knowledge of combo setups knowing what he can and can't follow up with and knows the ins and outs of Captain Falcon.

Tournament history[edit]

Darkrain has a long standing history with the midwest Melee scene. He placed highly at the events of the 2006 season of the Midwest Circuit, including winning CoKII, which caused him to be ranked 3rd on the Midwest Power Rankings in October 2006. Darkrain also participated at various MLG events throughout 2005 and 2006. At MLG Chicago 2006, he placed 17th, losing to The King in the first round of winners' bracket, then defeating The_Doug, but losing to The King again. He then placed 9th at MLG Orlando 2006, where he once again lost to The King in the first round of winners' bracket, but proceeded to defeat KeepSpeedN, Eddie, and Caveman before losing to Mew2King.

Darkrain then managed to place 7th at MELEE-FC Diamond, the largest Melee tournament in the world at the time. He repeated this performance by placing 7th at Pound 3, where he defeated Tope and Doll in winners' bracket before losing to ChuDat, and then defeated Drephen to reach losers' top 8, where he lost to Vidjogamer. One year later, he placed 7th at GENESIS, defeating Mexican, Sensei, Romeo, and Tope in winners' bracket before losing to Mew2King, then defeating Lambchops before losing to Hungrybox 1-2 in losers' top 8.

Darkrain attended Pound 4 and teamed up with fellow Falcon main SilentSpectre and got 2nd place in teams. In singles he lost to Tope in round 1, but made a run in losers beating Darc, Vidjogamer, and Ka-master, before losing to Zhu to place in the top 16. After years of not appearing at a national, Darkrain made a return at MELEE-FC10R Legacy in August 2012, where he made top 8. In the round robin top 8 bracket, he lost to Kels 2-3, Hungrybox 0-3, Hax 2-3, SFAT 2-3, Axe 1-3, and Mango 2-3, though he defeated Kage 3-0. Due to having the lowest score among the players in the bracket, he placed 8th. Darkrain's set with Mango made an appearance in the 2013 documentary film, The Smash Brothers.

At EVO 2013, Darkrain made it to the losers' quarters pool, where he defeated Baka4moe, L, Bacon, and Bladewise 2-1, before being eliminated by Fiction, placing 25th. The next year at EVO 2014, he once again placed 25th. He defeated Silent Wolf 2-0 in the winners' quarters pool, before losing to Shroomed 1-2. He defeated Cyrain to make it into the top 32, where he was eliminated by Fiction 1-2. At Hungrybox's Don't Take My Stock 3, he was beaten by Gahtzu 0-5 in a Captain Falcon ditto money match.

At CEO 2015 he didn't make it into bracket after getting double eliminated by Tafokints. At FC Smash 15XR: Return he teamed up with fellow Falcon main Wizzrobe and got 3rd place. In singles he made it into the top 32 bracket on losers side. He beat Drephen before losing to Duck to place in the top 16.

Darkrain again returned next year for EVO 2015. He lost to Plup in round 2 of pools, but he was able to make it to day 2 beating Eval, 4%, Redd, and Wizzrobe in a Falcon ditto. He lost to Westballz 0-2 to get 25th again at EVO. After EVO he attended Low Tier City 3 in Texas. Darkrain lost to Mojo in winners. After making top 8 in losers side he lost to Axe to get 5th place.

Darkrain's next big tournament was The Big House 5. He captained the Midwest in the crew battle and they ended up losing to Europe by one stock in a heartbreaker. He played S2J in a exhibition Falcon ditto for the first time, but he lost 1-3. He teamed up with S2J, but they only got 25th place. In singles he lost to The Moon in pools, but was able made it to day 2 on losers side by beating Vro. In bracket he beat Mafia 2-1 then lost to HomeMadeWaffles 1-2 to get 33rd place.

After a long hiatus Darkrain went to EVO 2016, but couldn't make it to day 2 as he was double eliminated by Zhu and received 49th place.

Tournament placings[edit]

Super Smash Bros.[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
MELEE-FC Diamond July 12th-14th, 2007 17th

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
MELEE-FC1 July 9th-10th, 2004 9th 17th Yeroc
SMYM 2 September 25th, 2004 2nd
Omaha, Nebraska FFC December December 18th, 2004 1st 1st Jimi
MOAST 3 January 15th-16th, 2005 9th 9th Dmac
Omaha, Nebraska FFC January January 23rd, 2005 1st
BOMB 3 March 9th, 2005 2nd ? ?
MLG Houston 2005 March 13th-14th, 2005 3rd 9th Dmac
Omaha, Nebraska FFC April April 23rd, 2005 1st 1st Dmac
SMYM 3 April 30th, 2005 3rd
MLG St. Louis 2005 June 25th-26th, 2005 1st 3rd Dmac
MELEE-FC3 July 10th-12th, 2005 9th 33rd Dmac
MLG Nashville 2005 August 27th-28th, 2005 2nd
SMYM 4 September 24th, 2005 9th 17th ?
MLG Chicago 2005 December 16th-18th, 2005 7th
INNSomnia III May 6th, 2006 1st 4th Dmac
MLG Dallas 2006 May 19th-20th, 2006 33rd 9th Dmac
MLG Chicago 2006 June 21st-22nd, 2006 17th 4th Dope
MELEE-FC6 July 13th-15th, 2006 5th 5th Dmac
MLG Orlando 2006 August 26th-27th, 2006 9th 13th Dmac
Columbus Ohio Krew II October 7th, 2006 1st 1st Vidjogamer
SMYM 6 November 24th, 2006 4th 2nd Vidjogamer
NFC 3 January 6th, 2007 1st 1st Dmac
Jesi's Moonlight Madness III February 12th, 2007 1st 2nd Dmac
INNsomnia V March 30th, 2007 2nd 3rd Forward
SMYM 7 April 7th, 2007 3rd 1st Dope
MELEE-FC Diamond July 12th-14th, 2007 7th 13th Tink
Kansas City, Missouri Event 52 August 4th, 2007 1st 3rd Dmac
MSOP2 December 8th, 2007 3rd 9th Dope
Pound 3 February 2nd-3rd, 2008 7th 5th Dope
Event 52: Kansas October 18th, 2008 3rd 2nd Wife
Tipped Off 4 January 17th-18th, 2009 1st 7th Dmac
SMYM 9 February 7th, 2009 1st 2nd Dmac
Event 52: MWC May 23rd-24th, 2009 3rd 5th Echo
POE 4 April 4th, 2009 7th 2nd Dmac
PBT Melee Part 3 June 6th, 2009 1st 1st DoH
GENESIS July 10th-12th, 2009 7th 4th Cactuar
Show Me Your Moves 10 August 1st, 2009 5th 2nd Jman
Intimikill December 5th, 2009 2nd 5th Boomsoldier
Pound 4 January 16th-18th, 2010 13th 2nd SilentSpectre
Phase 6 February 20th, 2010 1st 1st Bluezaft
SMYM 11 March 13th, 2010 7th 3rd Kels
Intimikill 2 May 22nd, 2010 5th 5th Arc
CEO 2010 June 5th-6th, 2010 7th 5th Husband
Show Me Your Moves 12 March 4th, 2011 1st 7th Dmac
Smash to the Future: Enchantment under FD March 3rd, 2012 5th 3rd Juggleguy
SMYM 13 March 12th, 2012 3rd 5th Dmac
MELEE-FC10R Legacy August 12th-14th, 2012 8th 13th Dmac
HYPE! 3 June 27th, 2013 2nd 4th Dope
EVO 2013 July 12th-14th, 2013 25th
Ultimate Fighting Game Tournament 10 May 23rd-25th, 2014 1st
4HYPE! June 21st, 2014 2nd 3rd Dmac
EVO 2014 July 11th-13th, 2014 25th
DI or DIE X September 27th, 2014 1st
The Big House 4 October 4th-5th, 2014 25th 9th Westballz
Roll Tier X4: Remix October 11th, 2014 3rd 2nd Bobby Frizz
Don't Take My Stock 3 November 8th, 2014 5th
DI or DIE XI November 29th, 2014 1st 1st Bobby Frizz
Smash @ the Basement December 20th, 2014 1st
DI or DIE XII December 26th, 2014 1st
DI or DIE 13 January 10th, 2015 1st
Great Revival February 21st, 2015 9th
Basement Dwellers 1 March 5th, 2015 1st
DI or DIE XIV March 8th, 2015 1st
Basement Dwellers 2 March 12th, 2015 1st
Roll Tier V March 28th, 2015 2nd
Basement Dwellers 4 April 3rd, 2015 1st
Basement Dwellers 5 April 17th, 2015 1st
KC Classic April 29th, 2015 2nd 2nd Bobby Frizz
Basement Dwellers 6 May 1st, 2015 2nd
Basement Dwellers 7 May 8th, 2015 1st
Combo Breaker 2015 May 22nd-24th, 2015 5th 3rd Dart!
Smash 'N' Splash June 13th-14th, 2015 5th 3rd Dart!
CEO 2015 June 26th-28th, 2015 33rd The Author
CFL Smackdown 35 June 30th, 2015 3rd
FC Smash 15XR: Return July 4th-5th, 2015 13th 3rd Wizzrobe
EVO 2015 July 17th-19th, 2015 25th 9th Dart!
DI or DIE XVII July 24th, 2015 2nd 1st Shinobi
Low Tier City 3 August 1st-August 2nd, 2015 5th 4th Jake13
HYPE! GO August 15th-16th, 2015 2nd 1st Shinobi
DI Another Day 9/19 September 19th, 2015 1st
The Big House 5 October 2nd-4th, 2015 33rd 25th S2J
Monday Night Melee 50 Octboer 14th, 2015 2nd
Monday Night Melee 51 October 21st, 2015 1st
Monday Night Melee 55 November 16th, 2015 1st
Monday Night Melee 57 November 30th, 2015 1st
Monday Night Melee 58 December 7th, 2015 2nd
Mayhem 26 April 23rd, 2016 4th 2nd Jace
Smash Labs Weekly 7/6 July 6th, 2016 1st
EVO 2016 July 15th-17th, 2016 49th
Smash @ Denec's August 18th, 2016 2nd
Forward Smash Cash 5 September 2nd, 2016 1st
Show Me Your Moves 17 September 3rd, 2016 7th 4th Shinobi
Forward Smash Cash 7 September 13th, 2016 1st
Forward Smash Cash 8 September 21st, 2016 1st
Forward Smash Cash 9 October 3rd, 2016 2nd
DI or DIE: I'm the Captain Now October 29th, 2016 2nd
Monday Night Melee 110 December 5th, 2016 3rd
GENESIS 4 January 20th-22nd, 2017 97th 33rd KirbyKaze
EVO 2017 July 14th-16th, 2017 65th

Project M[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
MELEE-FC10R Legacy August 12th-14th, 2012 6th 33rd Dmac
DI or DIE VI May 3rd, 2014 7th
DI or DIE 9 August 30th, 2014 2nd 3rd Polts
DI or DIE X September 28th, 2014 1st 1st Bobby Frizz
Roll Tier X4: Remix October 11th, 2014 9th 3rd Bobby Frizz
DI or DIE XI November 30th, 2014 2nd 1st Strong Bad
Smash @ the Basement December 20th, 2014 2nd
DI or DIE XII December 28th, 2014 1st 1st Strong Bad
DI or DIE XIII January 11th, 2015 1st 1st Jfro
Smash 'N' Splash June 13th-14th, 2015 7th 5th Dart!
DI or DIE XVII July 26th, 2015 2nd
HYPE! Go August 15th-16th, 2015 3rd 4th Bpow

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