CEO Dreamland & NCR 2017

CEO Dreamland & NCR 2017

The weekend of April 14-16 saw Pandas competing on either coast: With the smash players taking on the competition at CEO Dreamland in Orlando, and Punk once again rattling the cage with a stunning performance at the NorCal Regionals.

CEO Dreamland

Four members of Panda Global’s smash roster took part in the premiere of CEO’s exclusive Smash Brothers event: Featuring Melee, Smash 4, Smash 64 and Brawl.

Melee

Hours before beginning his singles bracket, Plup tweeted out that he would play all Luigi this tournament if he got 1000 retweets. A man of his word, that’s exactly what he did, and with impressive results.


In the Top 48, Plup took down Nintendude [3-2] and DruggedFox [3-1] to earn a spot on the Winners side of Top 8.


While our Panda’s Luigi was ultimately bested by Mew2King, it took a switch to his secondary Marth in order to seal the deal [1-3]. He subsequently fell to SwedishDelight, who brought the set to a Luigi ditto for 2 games before taking the win [2-3], with Plup settling in 5th place.

Smash 4

MVD

MVD suffered an early loss in pools, after a last minute bracket change placed Ookami in his path [0-2]. His Losers run saw him eliminate Mr E [2-1], followed by pu55yk1ng [2-1], earning him a spot in the Top 48. The Panda switched to Mario for his match-up against Nakat’s Fox; but despite a series of close games Nakat won the set [1-2], sending MVD home with 33rd place.

ESAM

Sticking with Pikachu, ESAM grappled his way through the Winners bracket, taking out Larry Lurr [3-1] and VoiD [3-2] along the way. The first round of Top 8 pitted him against ZeRo’s Diddy, ending in a [1-3] loss and placing our Panda in Dabuz’s path. Unable to overcome his weaknesses in the Rosalina match-up, ESAM landed in 5th place [1-3].

Rich Brown

Rich Brown and his MewTwo took down Noble’s Manny [2-0] for a spot on Winners side Top 48. He too found himself on the Losers side after a clash with ZeRo [0-3]; and his proceeding run-in with Scatt’s Megaman [0-3] ended his tournament run in 13th place.


NCR

Meanwhile, on the West Coast Punk and RayRay attended the 2017 NorCal Regionals in Sacramento, CA; competing in Street Fighter V and Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3.

SFV

Punk stole 1st place straight out of NuckleDu’s hands in an exhilirating bracket reset. The Alpha was bumped from winners by Du’s Guile [2-3]; but only took a quick tour of the Losers side to take down Fuudo (Mika) [3-1] before returning to the Grand Finals for a rematch.


The Panda dominated the final sets of the tournament, resetting the bracket with a [3-1] win, before claiming his prize with a dominant [3-0] victory over the veteran.

UMvC3

RayRay suffered an early loss against EM| Taekua in pools. He went on to eliminate K-Brad from the tournament until finally falling to IHeartJustice (Phoenix Wright.Captain America, Dr. Strange) for 17th place.