NuckleDu

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NuckleDu
Du Dang
StatusActive
Born (1996-05-12) May 12, 1996 (age 22)
HometownTampa, Florida
NationalityAmerican
LeagueCapcom Pro Tour
Evolution Championship Series
GamesStreet Fighter V
Street Fighter IV (series)
Street Fighter X Tekken
Career prize money$263,155.57
Professional career
2018-presentGhost Gaming
2015-2017Team Liquid
2014-2015Team Curse

Du Dang (born May 12, 1996), more commonly known by his nickname NuckleDu, is an American fighting game player known for playing Guile and Decapre in Ultra Street Fighter IV, Guile and Zangief in Street Fighter X Tekken, and Guile and Rainbow Mika in Street Fighter V. NuckleDu was ranked as the 13th best player in Ultra Street Fighter IV by Eventhubs, who was ranked at #19 in the previous year and #32 in 2013. In Street Fighter V he was undeniably the most successful player in the later half of Season 1.[1]

Gaming career[edit]

NuckleDu is one of the best players in the United States, and has multiple major tournaments victories. In 2012 he qualified for the Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Grand Finals through the New York City qualifier while netting 13th place being sponsored by Empire Arcadia at the time.[2] He was invited for 2013's Capcom Cup for the Street Fighter X Tekken event in which he received fifth place, being defeated by Justin Wong in Winners and Dexter "Tampa Bison" James in Losers.[3] In August 2014, NuckleDu announced his departure from Empire Arcadia following several other players during the few months.[4] A few months after his EMP departure, he would be signed by professional eSports company Team Curse.[5] NuckleDu would later qualify into 2014's Capcom Cup through the points leaderboards, being ranked at 6th out of the non-qualified players. He would proceed to get 9th place notably upsetting Darryl "Snake Eyez" Lewis in the process.[6]

NuckleDu (left) at Evo 2016

In 2015, Team Curse merged into Team Liquid which resulted in NuckleDu being acquired by the latter.[7] NuckleDu notably won both Apex 2015 and Combo Breaker in dominant fashion, defeating Snake Eyez and Ricki Ortiz in their respective grand finals.[8][9] At EVO 2015, NuckleDu placed 7th out of ~2200 people in Ultra Street Fighter IV, bowing out to Bruce "GamerBee" Hsiang.[10] However, during the summer, there was some controversy regarding the EGL Dallas tournament, which NuckleDu won the Ultra Street Fighter IV tournament and was promised $5,000 in prize winnings. However EGL failed to pay him as well as other tournament winners, which resulted in the company going bankrupt.[11][12] NuckleDu was one of the 32 players in the 2015 Capcom Cup in which he placed 13th, also being the second highest placing American in the tournament. He qualified once again through points leaderboards.[13][14]

NuckleDu would later pick up Street Fighter V, notably taking 2nd at DreamHack Austin over Justin Wong. Alex Valle commented saying that players like NuckleDu need to have a superior neutral game in order to beat Wong.[15][16]

He made an impressive run through the most-prized tournament of 2016, Capcom Cup 2016, without losing a set and won the competition, landing the big prize of $230,000 USD for the 1st place. He played a strong mix of Guile and R. Mika throughout the Pro Tour season, and his hard reads and feisty gameplay made him a fan favorite.

e-Sports Earnings[17] estimates that NuckleDu has earned a career total of US$303,020.43 from 48 tournaments.

NuckleDu left Team Liquid in December of 2017.

In July 19, 2018, after going almost a year without a sponsor and started to jokingly giving himself the "sponsorship" tag "My Wallet" in tournaments, Ghost Gaming announced via a Tweet that they have signed on NuckleDu as their debut FGC player and that his first tournament underneath the sponsorship would be Defend the North 2018.

Playstyle[edit]

In Ultra Street Fighter IV, NuckleDu is known as a master of charge characters (holding one direction, releasing the other). His offensive playstyle with Guile is considered unorthodox and attracts viewers.[18] While playing as Decapre, he is known for having a tricky yet unpredictable playstyle which adds to his character selection.[19] NuckleDu is also known for his excessive taunting during matches in the form of Guile's shades, which players find offensive and have labelled him as a villain because of it.[20]

In Street Fighter V, NuckleDu's Nash is considered offensive usually beginning with fast-paced movement later turning into a slugfest, a playstyle he is familiar with when playing as the character.[21]

Personal life[edit]

NuckleDu has a pet dog named Tofu that he cares for and helps him avoid depression.[22] NuckleDu is of Vietnamese ancestry, and his family is from there.[23] In an interview with Chris Bahn of PVP Live, NuckleDu stated he has a fear of flying which is why he rarely travels outside of the United States, but desires to visit Australia and Vietnam.[24]

In 2017, NuckleDu donated his DreamHack Montreal 2017 winnings to the Hurricane Irma relief, in which the hurricane affected his home state of Florida.[25]

Tournament results[edit]

Tournament Results [26]
Year Tournament Placement Game
2012 Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Tournament Qualifier: New York City 2nd Street Fighter X Tekken
2012 Northeast Championships 13 2nd Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition v2012
2012 Street Fighter 25 Anniversary Tournament Grand Finals 13th Street Fighter X Tekken
2013 Final Round 16 5th Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition v2012
2013 Civil War V 7th Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition v2012
2013 Civil War V 2nd Street Fighter X Tekken v2013
2013 East Coast Throwdown V 2nd Street Fighter X Tekken v2013
2013 Summer Jam VII 3rd Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition v2012
2013 Summer Jam VII 1st Street Fighter X Tekken v2013
2013 The Fall Classic 2013 4th Street Fighter X Tekken v2013
2013 Youmacon 2013 2nd Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition v2012
2013 Northeast Championships 14 7th Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition v2012
2013 Northeast Championships 14 2nd Street Fighter X Tekken v2013
2013 Capcom Cup 2013 5th Street Fighter X Tekken v2013
2014 Defend the North 2014 4th Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition v2012
2014 Apex 2014 5th Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition v2012
2014 SoCal Regionals 2014 5th Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition v2012
2014 SoCal Regionals 2014 2nd Street Fighter X Tekken v2013
2014 NorCal Regionals 2014 1st Street Fighter X Tekken v2013
2014 Ultimate Fighting Game Tournament 10 5th Ultra Street Fighter IV
2014 First Attack 2014 2nd Ultra Street Fighter IV
2014 Summer Jam 8 4th Ultra Street Fighter IV
2014 Game Underground Tournament Spectacular 3 2nd Ultra Street Fighter IV
2014 The Fall Classic 2014 4th Ultra Street Fighter IV
2014 Capcom Cup 2014 9th Ultra Street Fighter IV
2014 Hadocon VI 1st Ultra Street Fighter IV
2015 Apex 2015 1st Ultra Street Fighter IV
2015 NorCal Regionals 2015 3rd Ultra Street Fighter IV
2015 Combo Breaker 2015 1st Ultra Street Fighter IV
2015 Evolution 2015 7th Ultra Street Fighter IV
2015 EGL Dallas 10K 1st Ultra Street Fighter IV
2015 Absolute Battle 6 1st Ultra Street Fighter IV
2015 Defend the North 2015 3rd Ultra Street Fighter IV
2015 Capcom Cup 2015 13th Ultra Street Fighter IV
2016 Kumite in Tennessee 2016 1st Ultra Street Fighter IV
2016 Final Round 19 1st Ultra Street Fighter IV
2016 NorCal Regionals 2016 5th Street Fighter V
2016 NorCal Regionals 2016 3rd Ultra Street Fighter IV
2016 PAX Arena Street Fighter 5 Invitational 1st Street Fighter V
2016 DreamHack Austin 2nd Street Fighter V
2016 Combo Breaker 2016 4th Street Fighter V
2016 Combo Breaker 2016 1st Ultra Street Fighter IV
2016 CEO 2016 5th Street Fighter V
2016 SoCal Regionals 2016 5th Street Fighter V
2016 Canada Cup 2016 1st Street Fighter V
2016 CPT North America Regional Final 1st Street Fighter V
2016 Capcom Cup 2016 1st Street Fighter V
2017 Combo Breaker 2017 1st Street Fighter V

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ Grey, Jonathan. "EventHubs lists top 50 Ultra Street Fighter 4 players, #20 - #11". Eventhubs. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  2. ^ USD. "Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Grand Finals Results". Shoryuken. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  3. ^ USD. "Capcom Cup 2013 Results". Shoryuken. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  4. ^ Rinaldi, Casey. "NuckleDu leaves Empire Arcadia". ReadyUpGaming. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  5. ^ Chavez, Steven. "Team Curse Gaming launches Street Fighter eSports division, enlists Nuckle Du". Eventhubs. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  6. ^ USD. "Capcom Cup 2014 Results". Shoryuken. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  7. ^ Lingle, Samuel. "Curse Gaming merges with Team Liquid". Daily Dot. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  8. ^ Bumblebee. "APEX 2015 Recap: NuckleDu is a champion!". Team Liquid Pro. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  9. ^ Martin, Michael. "NuckleDu Exorcises Demons at Combo Breaker 2015". Red Bull. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  10. ^ Martin, Michael. "Momochi Wins Evo 2015". Red Bull. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  11. ^ Martin, Michael. "NuckleDu Wins in Dallas, Snake Eyez Takes Fourth". Red Bull. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  12. ^ "Epic! Gaming Lounge disappears from the scene along with $40K prize money". eSports Observer. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  13. ^ Saed, Sherif. "Capcom Cup 2015 – Kazunoko wins, all the results". VG247. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  14. ^ "Introduction to the Players of Capcom Cup 2015". Capcom Pro Tour. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  15. ^ Lee, Timothy. "JWong ends DreamHack run in dominating fashion". ESPN. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  16. ^ "NuckleDu's Capcom Pro Tour Data". Capcom Pro Tour. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  17. ^ "NuckleDu's esports earnings profile". Retrieved 2018-04-14.
  18. ^ Guerrero, John. "Perfect Justin Wong in 18 seconds?! Throw on your shades and watch this NuckleDu Guile compilation". Eventhubs. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  19. ^ "Capcom Cup 2015 Qualifier: NuckleDu Bio". Capcom Cup. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  20. ^ Bahn, Chris. "Are NuckleDu's Taunts Offensive?". PVP Live. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  21. ^ MEllis. "Infiltration's Street Fighter V Dominance Continues at NorCal Regionals 2016". Shoryuken. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  22. ^ "Sorry to worry you guys". Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  23. ^ Martin, Michael. "NuckleDu Had His Best Year Yet, Wants More in 2016". Red Bull. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  24. ^ Bahn, Chris. "NuckleDu on XiaoHai: "I just wanted to remind him who he was playing against"". PVP Live. Retrieved 2016-11-02.
  25. ^ Lee, Timothy. "NuckleDu to donate DreamHack Montreal Street Fighter V winnings to Irma relief". ESPN. Retrieved 2017-09-27.
  26. ^ http://www.maxoplata.net/player/399

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