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[e][h]Ice Climbers ChuDat
Player Information
Daniel Rodriguez
January 16, 1987 (1987-01-16) (age 30)
Alternate IDs:
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Ice Climbers Ice Climbers
Young Link Young Link, Pikachu Pikachu, Fox Fox
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Kirby Kirby
Project M
Kirby Kirby
2006-??-?? — ????-??-??
2014-05-26 — 2015-06-22
2015-10-10 — 2016-06-27
2016-07-14 — Present

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.

In 2006, ChuDat was one of several smash players who were sponsored by Carbon, an esports organization that originally focused on Halo.[1][2] It is not known when this sponsorship lapsed, as MLG slowly phased Smash out of its Pro Circuit in 2007. Wife has also asserted that Smash players ultimately benefited very little from the sponsorship.[3]

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, ChuDat announced that he was no longer part of Mortality.[4] Around the same time, he was let go from his day job. Due to this, he could not afford to attend EVO 2015. Through a crowdfunding campaign by Facebook group Melee Hell (MH) via a GoFundMe page, ChuDat was able to go. At EVO 2015, ChuDat was able to defeat numerous high-caliber players including KirbyKaze, Silent Wolf, Westballz, and HugS. He ultimately qualified for Top 8 at the event, but was knocked out of the tournament by 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.[5]

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.

Recent Major Results[edit]

Date Place Event Result Prize
Apr 15-16 A22nd HFLAN Melee Edition 2017 1 : 3 Sweden Peach Armada $721.64
Apr 8-9 A55 - 6th Smash Rivalries 2 : 3 USA Fox Druggedfox $250
Mar 2-5 A57 - 8th Smash Summit - Spring 2017 1 : 3 USA Samus Plup
Jan 20-22 A59 - 12th GENESIS 4 1 : 3 Sweden Fox Leffen $170.40
Dec 2-4 B717 - 24th UGC Smash Open 1 : 3 USA PewPewU
Oct 7-9 B717 - 24th The Big House 6 2 : 3 USA Captain Falcon Wizzrobe
Aug 19-21 A33rd Heir 3 2 : 3 USA Marth The Moon
Aug 11-14 B717 - 24th Super Smash Con 2016 2 : 3 USA MacD
Jul 15-17 B717 - 24th EVO 2016 0 : 2 USA Falco Zhu
Jun 24-26 A57 - 8th CEO 2016 2 : 3 USA Marth Shroomed $67.80
Apr 2-3 B717 - 24th Pound 2016 0 : 2 USA Wizzrobe
Sep 5-6 B725 - 32nd Paragon Los Angeles 2015 1 : 2 USA Lucky
Aug 7-9 B717 - 24th Super Smash Con 2015 1 : 2 USA lloD
Jul 17-19 A57 - 8th EVO 2015 0 : 2 USA Fox Mango $186.90
Jun 26-28 B725 - 32nd CEO 2015 0 : 2 USA Chillindude
Jan 31-Feb 1 B725 - 32nd Apex 2015 0 : 2 USA Zhu
Jul 11-13 B717 - 24th EVO 2014 1 : 2 USA Falco Westballz
Jun 27-29 A59 - 12th CEO 2014 L USA Plup
Jun 20-22 B729 - 36th MLG Anaheim 2014 0 : 2 USA Dr Mario Shroomed
May 31-Jun 1 A59 - 12th SKTAR 3 0 : 2 USA Fox Hax
All Results

SSBM Rankings[edit]

Ranking Series Rank
SSBM Rank 2016 22
SSBM Rank 2015 35
SSBM Rank 2014 32
SSBM Rank 2013 22