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Melee main Donkey Kong
Project M main Donkey Kong
Other Project M
Captain Falcon, Ganondorf
Crew(s) R3 Gaming
Former crews SiliconSmash
Skill PM Icon.png Top professional (semi-active)
Ranking PM Icon.png PMRank 2017: 1st
Additional info
Real name Xayya "Thomas" Thammavongsa
Location Northern California United States

ThundeRzReiGN is a Project M Donkey Kong player from Northern California. Due to his current 1st place on the PMRank 2017, and performances such as 1st at Low Tier City 4, Olympus, Rewired 2016, The Bigger Balc, and Fair and Balanced, he is widely considered to be the undisputed best Project M player in the world. The sole developer of Donkey Kong's metagame, he has catalyzed the development of a character many considered among the worst in the 3.6 patch. He is also a contender for the best Captain Falcon player.

Thunderz also plays Donkey Kong in Melee and placed 5th and 3rd, in singles and doubles respectively, at Norcal's fourth iteration of the Arcadian.

On January 7th, 2018, he announced his partial retirement from Project M noting his frustration with constantly being called out for losing with secondary characters as a large factor.[1] Initially, he continued to participate in locals but was no longer willing to go to major tournaments or be qualified for any future PMRank. However, despite his initial claims of not entering future majors, he ended up attending and winning The Even Bigger Balc, the largest Project M tournament of all time.

Playing style[edit]

ThundeRzReiGN's playstyle is centered around his extensive punish game, alongside his patient, bait-and-punish style neutral. Augmented by his ability to switch between aggressive and defensive play, it enables him to maneuver around opponents and bait out poor approaches or over-extensions. His accurate usage of Donkey Kong's combo starters (most notably his cargo up-throw) and follow-ups enable him to zero-to-death opponents for making a mistake. He couples this ability with an unmatched mastery and understanding of Donkey Kong's capabilities, allowing him to determine the most optimal option to use at any given time.

Tournament placings[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
Pizza Pirate Power Play #1 September 3rd, 2016 1st
Norcal Arcadian #4 March 18th, 2017 5th 3rd Wavebringer

Project M[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
NorCal Regionals 2015 April 3rd-5th, 2015 2nd
EVO 2015 July 17th-19th, 2015 17th
Paragon Los Angeles 2015 September 5th-6th, 2015 17th 33rd $heen
Ascension 11/7/15 November 7th, 2015 2nd 2nd NegativeZero
Ascension 1/16/16 January 16th, 2016 1st
FinalBOSS January 19th, 2016 2nd 5th Fridgebits
Ascension 2/13/16 February 13th, 2016 1st 1st Matasd
Super South Bay Sundays 12 February 21st, 2016 1st 1st prem
Shuffle VIII March 12th-13th, 2016 7th 2nd Red X
SuperNova April 16th, 2016 25th 17th Red X
NEW FISH May 7th, 2016 1st 1st Mask
The Big Balc May 27th-29th, 2016 5th 7th Red X
Smash 'N' Splash 2 June 11th-12th, 2016 4th
Low Tier City 4 June 18th-19th, 2016 1st 13th Red X
Smash @ the Balcony 54 July 2nd, 2016 1st 4th Chubs
The Tea Zone 3 July 13th, 2016 1st
EVO 2016 July 15th-17th, 2016 7th
Clutch City Clash August 6th-7th, 2016 2nd 1st Sosa
Ascension 8/13/16 August 13th, 2016 1st NegativeZero
Ascension 8/27/16 August 27th, 2016 1st Douglas
Ascension 9/24/16 September 24th, 2016 1st 2nd NegativeZero
Ascension 10/1/16 October 1st, 2016 1st 3rd prem
Salty Juan's 3 October 8th-9th, 2016 1st 1st Sosa
Olympus October 28th-30th, 2016 1st 13th XYK
Rewired 2016 November 19th-21st, 2016 1st 1st Luck
Ascension 11/26/16 November 26th, 2016 1st 3rd prem
Ascension 12/17/16 December 17th, 2016 1st Boringman
BroCal's Gym: Bulking Season January 8th, 2017 3rd 1st Blank
Ascension 1/14/17 January 14th, 2017 1st 3rd Applesauce
Cashed Out January 21st, 2017 1st
Ascension 2/11/17 February 11th, 2017 1st 1st Pikmon
Ascension 3/11/17 March 11th, 2017 1st 2nd Tuna
Frozen Phoenix 2017 March 25th-26th, 2017 1st 1st Fearless
Ascension 4/15/17 April 15th, 2017 1st
Super Smashed Bros April 29th, 2017 1st 1st The Doctor
CGC 2017 May 6th-7th, 2017 1st 3rd Yung Quaff
Ascension 5/13/17 May 13th, 2017 1st 1st The Doctor
The Bigger Balc May 27th-28th, 2017 1st 2nd Boringman
Smashadelphia 2017 June 23rd-25th, 2017 1st
Blacklisted 3 July 1st-2nd, 2017 3rd 4th Pikmon
SuperNova 2 July 29th-30th, 2017 1st 4th Malachi
Low Tier City 5 August 5th-6th, 2017 2nd 4th Twisty
Smashed Bros' Double Shot August 19th, 2017 1st 1st Jose V
Balcy's Palace at the Westgate September 9th-10th, 2017 1st 2nd Sneez
Showdown: Battle Royale 2 September 23rd-24th, 2017 2nd 5th Samn
Salty Juan's 4: Southwest Battle Royale October 14th-15th, 2017 3rd 2nd Sosa
Clutch City Clash 2 October 28th-29th, 2017 3rd 1st Sosa
AFKgg Project M Monthly November 17th, 2017 9th
Fair and Balanced November 18th, 2017 1st 1st Boringman
Poi Poundaz January 6th, 2018 5th 2nd Mentor
The Even Bigger Balc July 6th-8th, 2018 1st

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