ChuDat, also known as simply Chu, is an American professional smasher from Falls Church, Virginia who mains the Ice Climbers in Melee. He is widely considered to be the greatest and most notable Ice Climbers player of all time, being widely regarded as the primary influential driving force for competitive Ice Climbers play in the community ever since the early metagame. His name originates from the phrase, 'true that,' as he stated in the Smash Brothers Documentary due to his obsession of the phrase. In the early times of the Melee scene, Chu joined the legendary crew H2YL, and regularly attended tournaments with them. He notably defeated top professional Jigglypuff main Hungrybox at Zenith 2012 to take 3rd place at the tournament. He is currently ranked 11th on the 2017 SSBMRank and was formerly ranked 1st on the MD/VA Melee Power Rankings.
In Brawl, he is considered to be the best Kirby player, and also mains Kirby in Project M, and is considered one of the best Kirby players in said mod. ChuDat was ranked 4th on the final MD/VA Brawl Power Rankings, 49th on the 2014 SSBBRank, and was formerly ranked 5th on the MD/VA Project M Power Rankings.
He also plays Smash 4 competitively (albeit not to the same extent as Melee), maining Cloud, and primarily enters doubles. His best performance in Smash 4 was 13th in The Big House 6 doubles where he teamed with Puppeh, notably defeating komorikiri and SuperGirlKels. ChuDat previously mained Sheik, and was formerly ranked 9th on the MD/VA Smash 4 Power Rankings when he mained her.
In addition to piquing the interests of the community at large about the Ice Climbers' metagame, Chu has also spearheaded the local community in Northern Virginia by hosting "NoVa Bi-weekliez !" at his parents' home. The tournaments have attracted a wide variety of top level competition including Mew2King, Chillin and Azen. His biggest original tournament placing in early smash was OC2 where he made an incredible loser's run.
He had been known to frequently visit Southern California to spend time with the Hoang family, which includes Ken and Manacloud. For several years ChuDat preferred to represent the West Coast due to his friendships and close ties to California but this put stress on his relationship with the other members of H2YL.
Recent history, sponsorships, and EVO
After a few years on the West Coast, (around when Brawl came out,) he moved back to MD/VA where he once again became one of the top smashers in the area and reestablished ties with the rest of the MD/VA scene. Chu Dat won a large number of the weekly S@X tournaments in Brawl, Project M, and Melee. In Brawl and Project M specifically, he became the top Kirby main. Due to his frequent results, he was sponsored by Mortality eSports along with Axe. However, Mortality dropped both sponsorships shortly before CEO 2015 which left Chu with little cash. For EVO specifically, a crowd fund was sponsored by Melee Hell (or MH) which sponsored enough cash for Chu Dat to be able to attend EVO 2015. He lost eventually in winners to Ice's Fox in round 2 pools. He then made an impressive loser's run, beating players including Silent Wolf and Westballz and winning a nail-biting set vs HugS to get top 8 before finally losing to Mango in losers, netting 7th at then the largest tournament in history.
He was voted as one of the players to make it to the Smash Summit series of private tournaments, achieving the feat at Smash Summit Spring 2017, and was the third Ice Climbers player to get voted in, after Wobbles and Infinite Numbers. He achieved 7th at the tournament, notably upsetting Mango and 4-stocking him on their last game.
He had an impressive run at DreamHack Austin 2017, notably beating Mango for the 3rd time in 2017, along with 4 stocking Mew2King's Peach with Ice Climbers and winning the set 3-1, and took Hungrybox to Game 5, placing 2nd. He also placed 1st at Battle of BC 2, defeating Mew2King again.
ChuDat was sponsored by Team Liquid on June 14, 2017.
During top 8 of Shine 2017, ChuDat narrowly beat Leffen 3-2 getting a reverse 3-0 on him, ending Leffen's run at 7th. It was later discovered that the set had been played on vanilla melee instead of with UCF enabled, a mod designed to make shield dropping and dash back consistent rather than luck-based. The set would be controversially replayed, resulting in a 2-3 victory for Leffen, ending ChuDat's run at 7th.
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