With 2018 behind us, it’s time for Panda Global to shake things up for 2019. We have a lot of awesome new things in store for this year -- however, with a new PG comes the need for change. Today, we are bidding farewell to three longtime Pandas: MVD, RayRay and Wobbles.
Two years ago, when we were searching for a Marvel player, there was one competitor we could not get out of our heads -- Raynel “RayRay” Hidalgo’s 2015 EVO run, featuring his top-tier Magneto and Sentinel play earned him second place and captured the hearts of many including our own. Unfortunately, Marvel Infinite did not take off and never succeeded in building a strong competitive scene that we were all hoping for. We supported RayRay as he sought to find a new main game, but nothing has clicked with him like Marvel 3. He has decided to focus on himself until a new title grabs his attention once again.
In late 2015 we announced that we were bringing Robert “Wobbles” Wright back to competitive melee. On PG, he was a competitor, commentator, and even a writer. Wobbles is incredibly insightful, intelligent, and truly a great friend to all of us here at Panda Global. For the past two years, Wobbles has been focusing less on Smash and more on school, and is now on the verge of graduating. With a great career ahead of him, it’s finally time for us to part ways. Wobbles may talk a lot about retiring from Smash, but we all know that no one ever really quits Smash. We’re sure we’ll be seeing him around in the future.
Jestise “MVD” Negron was the very first player we asked to join Panda Global. We’ve had an incredible number of ups and downs over the past three and a half years; sharing hugs, meals, and even sometimes rooms together. MVD became a close friend and someone we could rely on over the years. Now, with Smash 4 coming to an end, MVD is one of the few players in the scene that has been with a team for nearly the entirety of the game’s lifespan. A couple of months ago we came to a difficult decision and discussed with MVD that Don’t Park on the Grass would be his final major with Panda Global -- the first Smash Ultimate event to truly give him the send off he deserves -- and we couldn’t be more happy with his success. MVD has a bright future in Ultimate, he is an incredible Snake player and we look forward to watching him compete.
In 2019 you will be seeing a new PG -- new players, new staff, and a lot of new ideas. We are very excited to kick off the new year and share this next leg of our journey with you.