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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
Pound 2
2006-??-?? — ????-??-??
2014-05-26 — 2015-06-22
2015-10-10 — 2016-06-27
2016-07-14 — 2017-06-13
2017-06-14 — 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] He left the team on June 13, 2017.[6]

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.

On June 14, 2017, it was announced that Chu joined Team Liquid.[7]

Recent Major Results[edit]

Date Place Event Result Prize
2017-05-14 A513 - 16th Royal Flush Ice Climbers 2 : 3 USAFoxCrush
2017-04-30 A22nd DreamHack Austin 2017 Ice Climbers 2 : 3 USAJigglypuffHungrybox $2,000
2017-04-16 A22nd HFLAN Melee Edition 2017 Ice Climbers 1 : 3 SwedenPeachArmada $721.64
2017-04-09 A55 - 6th Smash Rivalries Ice Climbers 2 : 3 USAFoxDruggedfox $250
2017-03-05 A57 - 8th Smash Summit - Spring 2017 Ice Climbers 1 : 3 USASamusPlup
2017-01-22 A59 - 12th GENESIS 4 Ice Climbers 1 : 3 SwedenFoxLeffen $170.40
2016-12-04 B717 - 24th UGC Smash Open 1 : 3 USAPewPewU
2016-10-09 B717 - 24th The Big House 6 Ice Climbers 2 : 3 USACaptain FalconWizzrobe
2016-08-21 A33rd Heir 3 Ice Climbers 2 : 3 USAMarthThe Moon
2016-08-14 B717 - 24th Super Smash Con 2016 2 : 3 USAMacD
2016-07-17 B717 - 24th EVO 2016 Ice Climbers 0 : 2 USAFalcoZhu
2016-06-26 A57 - 8th CEO 2016 Ice Climbers 2 : 3 USAMarthShroomed $67.80
2016-04-03 B717 - 24th Pound 2016 0 : 2 USAWizzrobe
2015-09-06 B725 - 32nd Paragon Los Angeles 2015 1 : 2 USALucky
2015-08-09 B717 - 24th Super Smash Con 2015 1 : 2 USAlloD
2015-07-19 A57 - 8th EVO 2015 Ice Climbers 0 : 2 USAFoxMango $186.90
2015-06-28 B725 - 32nd CEO 2015 0 : 2 USAChillindude
2015-02-01 B725 - 32nd Apex 2015 0 : 2 USAZhu
2014-07-13 B717 - 24th EVO 2014 Ice Climbers 1 : 2 USAFalcoWestballz
2014-06-29 A59 - 12th CEO 2014 L USAPlup
All Results
Date Place Event Partner Result Prize
2017-04-30 A513 - 16th DreamHack Austin 2017 ChuDatUSA
1 : 2 USAMojo
2017-04-16 A22nd HFLAN Melee Edition 2017 ChuDatIce ClimbersUSA
0 : 3 SwedenSheikAndroid
2017-04-09 A57 - 8th Smash Rivalries ChuDatIce ClimbersUSA
WizzrobeCaptain FalconUSA
1 : 3 USAFalcoWestballz
2017-03-05 A57 - 8th Smash Summit - Spring 2017 ChuDatIce ClimbersUSA
0 : 3 USAFoxSFAT
2017-01-22 A513 - 16th GENESIS 4 ChuDatUSA
2 : 3 USAReno
2016-12-04 A59 - 12th UGC Smash Open ChuDatUSA
Professor ProUnited Kingdom
0 : 3 Nicaraguan0ne
USAThe Moon
2016-10-09 A44th The Big House 6 ChuDatIce ClimbersUSA
1 : 3 USAPeachMacD
2016-08-21 A44th Heir 3 ChuDatUSA
2 : 3 SpainOvertriforce
2014-06-29 A33rd CEO 2014 ChuDatIce ClimbersUSA
1 : 3 USAJigglypuffHungrybox
All Results

Melee Rankings[edit]


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


Ranking Series Rank
RetroSSBMRank 2012 9
RetroSSBMRank 2008 6
RetroSSBMRank 2007 5
RetroSSBMRank 2006 4
RetroSSBMRank 2005 2
RetroSSBMRank 2004 5

Notable Matches[edit]