Daniel "ChuDat" Rodriguez is a top professional level Ice Climbers main who has primarily competed in his home region of Maryland and Virginia, but has also lived and competed in Southern California. ChuDat is a very well traveled player, who has competed all over North America over his long playing career. He is credited with pushing the Ice Climbers metagame in the early days of competition, as few other players played Ice Climbers at that level, let alone at ChuDat's level. His work with Ice Climbers is comparable to Ken's work with Marth. On MIOM's SSBM Rank 2015, Chu was ranked 35th internationally and on the 2016 SSBM Rank he was ranked 22nd.
ChuDat began competing in local Virginia tournaments with his, at the time, unusual main of Ice Climbers. At one tournament, he met and quickly befriended the members of the crew, Ha Ha You Lose (H2YL) such as Chillindude. He was soon recruited to join the crew. Upon competing and placing third at Tournament Go 6 in California exclusively with Ice Climbers, he became even more recognizable for his unique play with a fairly unrepresented character. After continuing to place very well in locals and majors, ChuDat moved to Southern California to live and compete alongside legendary player Ken and his family, after ChuDat started dating Ken's sister. While living in California, he continued to place extremely well in tournaments, but the price was his friendship with the members of H2YL. He regularly placed second to Ken at various MLG tournaments. His place in Ken's crew didn't last forever, as ChuDat was feeling pushed to the brink in the household, and felt that he couldn't try his best at tournaments against Ken because he would be shunned if he won. He eventually left California and moved back to Virginia, where he reconnected with the members of H2YL. After a hiatus from Melee, he returned to compete after the release of The Smash Brothers documentary, (which he was heavily featured in) and quickly rose back to one of the top players in his region. On May 26th, 2014, ChuDat was picked up by Mortality eSports, as their first Smash Bros. player.
On June 22, 2015, Chu Dat announced that he was no longer part of Mortality. Around the same time, he was let go from his day job. Due to this, he could not afford to attend EVO 2015. Through sponsorship by Facebook group Melee Hell (MH) via a GoFundMe page, Chu Dat was able to attend EVO 2015. At EVO 2015, he defeated high caliber players such as KirbyKaze, Silent Wolf, Westballz, and HugS and qualified for Top 8, where he lost to Mango.
Although not attending January 2016's GENESIS 3, ChuDat still gained highly ranked wins, defeating both HugS and Westballz again when they traveled to his home region in early 2016. Then, at Pound 2016, ChuDat placed 17th, where he defeated Axe. A few months later, ChuDat placed 7th at CEO 2016, including wins over Alex19, Gahtzu, and DruggedFox, where he lost in Game 5 to Shroomed.
Only a few days after his Top 8 placing at CEO 2016, Root Gaming closed it's Smash division, thus parting ways with ChuDat. One month later on July 14th, 2016, it was announced that Chu would become a part of the VGBootCamp Pro Team.
At Heir 3 in August of 2016 ChuDat made history by becoming the first Ice Climbers player in recorded history to take a tournament match from Armada. Armada previously had a completely spotless record versus all Ice Climbers players, playing the highly advantaged Peach vs Ice Climbers matchup, until ChuDat took Game 1 of their Winners Quarters set on Final Destination.
|Dec 2-4||17 - 24th||UGC Smash Open||1 : 3||PewPewU|
|Oct 7-9||17 - 24th||The Big House 6||2 : 3||Wizzrobe|
|Aug 19-21||3rd||Heir 3||2 : 3||The Moon|
|Aug 11-14||17 - 24th||Super Smash Con 2016||2 : 3||MacD|
|Jul 15-17||17 - 24th||EVO 2016||0 : 2||Zhu|
|Jun 24-26||7 - 8th||CEO 2016||2 : 3||Shroomed||$67.80|
|Apr 2-3||17 - 24th||Pound 2016||0 : 2||Wizzrobe|
|SSBM Rank 2013||22|
|SSBM Rank 2014||32|
|SSBM Rank 2015||35|
|SSBM Rank 2016||22|
- Heir 3 Winners Quarters: VGBC ChuDat (Ice Climbers) vs Alliance Armada (Peach)
- CEO 2016 Losers Eighths: ROOT ChuDat (Ice Climbers) vs Winterfox Shroomed (Marth)
- CEO 2016 Losers Round 6: ROOT ChuDat (Ice Climbers) vs DruggedFox (Fox)
- Pound 2016: ROOT ChuDat (Ice Climbers) vs Tempo Axe (Falco, Young Link, Pikachu)
- Bar Wars Winners Semis: ChuDat (Ice Climbers) vs Mew2King (Sheik, Peach, Fox)
- Bar Wars Grand Finals: ChuDat (Ice Climbers) vs Mew2King (Fox, Sheik, Peach)
- Zenith 2012 Winners Semis: ChuDat (Ice Climbers) vs Hungrybox (Jigglypuff)
- Zenith 2012 Winners Finals: ChuDat (Ice Climbers) vs Mew2King (Marth, Fox, Sheik)
- Zenith 2012 Losers Finals: ChuDat (Ice Climbers) vs Dr. Peepee (Falco)
- MELEE-FC6: ChuDat (Ice Climbers, Jigglypuff) vs PC Chris (Fox) Game 1, Game 2, Game 3
- MLG New York Playoffs 2006: ChuDat (Fox, Ice Climbers) vs PC Chris (Peach, Falco) Game 1, Game 2, Game 3
- 2015-02-06 | Apex 2015 - MOR Chu Dat Interview: "I'm really, REALLY good at doubles." by eSports Heaven
- 2014-07-10 | Interview with MOR Chu Dat "I had never thought Smash would become this big" by Even Matchup Gaming