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 regarded as the primary influential driving force for competitive Ice Climbers play in the community, and is currently considered to be the best Ice Climbers player in the world. 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 1st on the MD/VA Melee Power Rankings and 22nd on the 2016 SSBMRank, and was ranked 32nd on the 2014 SSBMRank and 35th on the 2015 SSBMRank.
In Brawl, he is considered to be the best Kirby player, and also mains Kirby in Project M, but has since then dropped the game, though he was also still considered one of the best Kirby players in said mod. ChuDat was formerly ranked 5th on both the MD/VA Brawl Power Rankings and the MD/VA Project M, respectively, and 49th on the 2014 SSBBRank.
He also plays Smash 4 competitively, albeit not to the same extent as Melee, maining Cloud, and primarily enters doubles. He previously mained Sheik. He was formerly ranked 9th on the MD/VA Smash 4 Power Rankings.
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.
Recently, 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.
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