Zain (shortly known as tekkenz) is a Melee Marth main from Reston, Virginia who is currently residing in Blacksburg, Virginia and is considered to be one of the best Melee players in the world. He is known for his incredibly lethal punish game on space animal players and methodical play against floaty characters, and is currently considered to be the best Marth player in the world. He is currently ranked 1st on the MD/VA Melee Power Rankings and 6th on the 2019 MPGR.
In 2020, Zain was considered to be the best player in North America, due to both his win at GENESIS 7 and his dominance in Project Slippi netplay majors during the COVID-19 pandemic (winning Ludwig Ahgren Championship Series 2, 3 of the 4 weeks of Slippi Champions League, and Smash Summit 10 Online), with Mango serving as his primary rival for the title.
On April 12th, 2018, Zain was signed by Panda, but left on November 8th, 2019. After being sponsored for the duration of GENESIS 7 by Mogul Moves, Ludwig's clothing brand, Zain was picked up by the Golden Guardians, the official esports affiliate of the Golden State Warriors NBA team on February 6th, 2020.
Zain started playing competitively in May 2014 and quickly climbed the ranks, notably winning the S@X Fall Arcadian. He gained recognition at the national level at The Big House 6 when he defeated Plup 2-0 in pools. He went on to place 17th after beating KJH and Tafokints. He notably took a set off of Leffen 3-2 at Smash 'N' Splash 3 placing 13th, and sets off of ChuDat and SFAT 2-1 and 3-0 respectively at Super Smash Con 2017, placing 5th at said event. At Smash Summit 6, he beat both Mango and Plup to take 3rd. Finally, at Shine 2018, Zain won his first major tournament, beating Mango and double eliminating Hungrybox, taking his first ever victories over the latter. Over a year later, he took his first set over Mew2King at The Big House 9, placing 2nd after losing two Game 5 sets to Mango in Grand Finals.
A few months after The Big House 9, Zain won his first supermajor at GENESIS 7 without dropping a set, defeating Hungrybox 3-1, Mango, and Hungrybox again 3-2.