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Character info
Melee main Sheik
Other Melee character Ness
Ultimate main Mario
Other Ultimate character Link
Team info
Former sponsor(s) Cloud9, Counter Logic Gaming
Former crews Melee It On Me
Personal and other info
Real name Daniel Lee
Location Los Angeles, California United States

Tafokints is a Melee Sheik main, commentator, analyst and writer from Cupertino, California currently residing in Los Angeles. He was formerly ranked 13th on the SoCal Melee Power Rankings. He became a member of Melee It On Me in 2013 as a content creator.

Tafokints started as a Ness main, but quickly switched to Sheik after watching some Captain Jack and Isai videos. While attending UCLA, he trained with players such as Aesis and S2J to get better. In 2011, he started hosting a NorCal local tournament series in Campbell.

In 2014, Tafokints started SSBMRank, a project inspired by's annual "NBARank" project, ranking active Melee players based on their overall performance in the year. He is well-known for his event previews, often-failed "Tafo-predictions", and general guides. At Apex 2015, #Tafostats hashtag premiered on the VGBootCamp stream, featuring head-to-head stats from many of the top players.

In recent months, Tafokints has aimed to improve the Melee It On Me channel with "Tafo Talks", which covers current events, player content, and historical analysis.

On December 30th, 2016, Tafokints joined Cloud9 as Mango's official coach[1]. In late April of 2018, Tafokints and Cloud9 parted ways. This departure allowed Tafokints to become a business development manager for Counter Logic Gaming[2].

Tournament placings[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
GENESIS July 10th-12th, 2009 127th
Pound 4 January 16th-18th, 2010 97th
The Big House October 22nd, 2011 17th
Apex 2012 January 6th-8th, 2012 129th
Northwest Manifest March 24th-25th, 2012 9th 9th Westballz
Kings of Cali November 10th, 2012 25th 9th Toph
Apex 2013 January 11th-13th, 2013 33rd 25th Milkman
EVO 2013 July 12th-14th, 2013 49th
Super Smash Sundays 4 September 22nd, 2013 5th 3rd S2J
Super Smash Sundays 8 November 17th, 2013 9th 4th S2J
Kings of Cali 3 December 14th-15th, 2013 25th 33rd Susa
Apex 2014 January 17th-19th, 2014 25th 25th ROFL
SoCal Regionals 2014 February 28th-March 1st, 2014 17th 7th Tai
The Next Episode March 22nd-23rd, 2014 33rd 9th Tai
Pat's House 2 May 24th-25th, 2014 13th 9th Tai
MLG Anaheim 2014 June 20th-22nd, 2014 45th
EVO 2014 July 11th-13th, 2014 49th
The Big House 4 October 4th-5th, 2014 49th 13th Redd
Super Smash Weekend November 9th, 2014 13th
Do You Fox Wit It? November 15th-16th, 2014 13th 9th HomeMadeWaffles
Super Smash Sundays 30 December 21st, 2014 5th
Apex 2015 January 30th-February 1st, 2015 33rd 17th Redd
Press Start May 9th-10th, 2015 17th 9th Mike Haze
Mayhem June 2015 June 6th, 2015 9th 7th Peligro
CEO 2015 June 26th-28th, 2015 25th
Mayhem July 2015 July 11th, 2015 9th 5th Mike Haze
EVO 2015 July 17th-19th, 2015 49th 13th Redd
Mayhem 25 August 2nd, 2015 17th 7th MikeHaze
Mayhem - 8/22 August 22nd, 2015 9th 3rd Kira
Paragon Los Angeles 2015 September 5th-6th, 2015 49th
The Big House 5 October 2nd-4th, 2015 65th 33rd Dr. Z
UCSD Super TriWeekly November 21st, 2015 9th 3rd MacD
Super Smash Sundays 36 November 15th, 2015 13th 2nd MacD
Super Smash Sundays 39 January 10th-11th, 2016 17th
GENESIS 3 January 15th-17th, 2016 97th 33rd Redd
PAX Arena January 29-31st, 2016 13th 7th Arc
Mayhem 25 March 26th, 2016 9th
Super Smash Sundays 43 April 17th, 2016 9th
Mayhem 27 May 14th, 2016 9th 5th dunk
Mayhem 28 June 11th, 2016 17th 17th Mair
Super Smash Sundays 46 June 19th, 2016 4th 9th SacaSuMoto
CEO 2016 June 24th-26th, 2016 33rd 13th Swiftbass
EVO 2016 July 15th-17th, 2016 49th
Super Smash Con 2016 August 11th-14th, 2016 25th 13th Mafia
Shine 2016 August 26th-28th, 2016 17th 9th Swiftbass
NorCal Loves Teams September 10th, 2016 17th 7th Nintendude
Get Smashed at the Foundry 100 October 4th, 2016 7th
The Big House 6 October 7th-9th, 2016 97th 33rd Swiftbass
SSS: Blood For Blood October 15th, 2016 33rd 9th Dr. Z
GENESIS 4 January 20th-22nd, 2017 129th 17th R2DLiu
DreamHack Austin 2017 April 28th-30th 2017 49th
UnTILTed 4 June 21st, 2017 9th 1st Nonsense
UnTILTed 5 June 28th, 2017 4th 1st S2J
EVO 2017 July 14th-15th, 2017 65th
UnTILTed 8 July 19th, 2017 2nd 1st S2J
Super FamiCon 2017 November 17th-19th, 2017 17th
The Mango March 18th, 2018 65th
GENESIS 6 February 1st-3rd, 2019 65th

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
GENESIS 6 February 1st-3rd, 2019 513th


  • Tafokints fought Tian in a first-to-5 $1,000 money match at Apex 2014's "Salty Suite" and ended up winning 5-1. This is the most money won in a Melee money match tied with Leffen's money matches with Mang0 and SFAT and Zomba's money match with MKBigBoss.
  • Tafokints won the Puzzle Fighters side event at EVO 2018.
    • Tafokints is known to be of a high skill level in other puzzle games, such as Tetris.

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