Panda Week-in Review (Sept 11-17)

From online tournaments to charity events to championship finals, the Pandas had a very busy week all across the country.


Injustice 2 Pro Series Grand Finals


After 16 hard-fought weeks of qualifiers for the Injustice 2 Pro Series (IPS), our very own Hayatei finally took the stage in Los Angeles as one of the 16 finalists to compete for the $200K prize pool in the IPS Grand Finals.


Starting off the event in tense and dramatic fashion, round 1 found Hayatei and Biohazard in a last game, last hit scenario. Tied 2-2, Hayatei’s flashy Robin and seemingly fearless play-style won out in the end as Hayatei took the final game over Biohazard in one of the best sets of the night. Carrying the adrenaline over from the previous set, Hayatei would take the next set 3-0 over iLuusions before falling to SonicFox’s Captain Cold 3-0, dropping to the lower bracket.


Beginning his lower bracket run on a high note, Hayatei took the series against Theo 3-0, solidifying his spot in the top 4 and making his player debut on the national televised broadcast for the final 4 on ESPN2. Moving on to Losers Semi-finals, Hayatei proved too much for D.R Gross as the streak of 3-0’s continued. Hayatei’s lower bracket run would finally come to an end in Losers Finals with a 3-1 loss to Semiij, ultimately finishing 3rd at the premier event of the pro series, IPS Grand Finals.


Curleh Finale


Continuing with the theme of championship events, MarlinPie competed at the crown event of the community ran circuit for Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, the Curleh Finale. Inviting 32 UMVC3 players from around the world based on their performances throughout the year, Curleh Finale was brimming with all-star talent as the best gathered in Las Vegas. After losing an extremely close set 3-2 to Not Enough Damage in round 1, MarlinPie would drop to the lower bracket before being eliminated by Prophete, finishing 25th at Curleh Finale.


MarlinPie also competed in a special showcase for upcoming title Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite with a first-to-10 exhibition vs Dual Kevin. Using Chun-Li and series-newcomer character Ultron, MarlinPie would take the exhibition 10-3 over Dual Kevin.


The Brooklyn Beatdown Round 2


Heading over to the east coast, Street Fighter V extraordinaire Punk attended The Brooklyn Beatdown Round 2 at the famous Barclays Center in New York competing against some of the biggest names in the entire fighting game community.


After losing early in Winners Finals of his pool to JB, Punk crafted one of the stronger lower bracket runs in his career eliminating Japanese sensation Yukadon in a close 3-2 set, his fellow American in Nuckledu 3-1, and all-star Japanese player Nemo 3-1 to make it into top 8. Punk’s lower bracket run would come to an end in Losers Round 1 of top 8 where he was eliminated 3-1 by Momochi for a 7th place finish.


2017 HCT - America Summer Championships


Both HotMEOWTH and rayC competed in the American Summer Playoffs online tournament for the 2017 Hearthstone Championship Tour. Earning wins over Cydonia, Fenom, Stark, and JBmonaco, rayC ended with a 4-3 record to finish within the top 20 at 19th place. HotMEOWTH wouldn’t make it to the 7th and final round after being eliminated in round 4 with a 1-3 record. HotMEOWTH’s sole win came in a 3-2 victory over QWERTY97 in the 1st round.


Smash the Record 2017


Taking a break from the usual Smash tournament gauntlet, ESAM and Plup flew out to Ontario, CA to attend the annual charity event Smash the Record 2017. Participating in multiple variety events that range anywhere from Smash 1v1 singles to a Rock-Paper-Scissors tournament, both ESAM and Plup helped raise over $30k for the kids at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital through the St. Jude Play LIVE charity.


PGKey: WiFi Warriors - Sept.


The first SS-tier event hosted by Bear and Smash.gg for the PGKey: WiFi Warriors Circuit happened over the weekend with 262 entrants. Congratulations to IcyMist for finishing first and taking the top spot in the PGKey: WiFi Warriors Circuit standings. Rounding out the top 3 of the September event was Sonix and blanc who finished 2nd and 3rd place respectively.


PGKey to DreamHack Denver 2017


Partnering with both HyperX and Smash.gg, we were excited to announce the PGKey to DreamHack Denver 2017, an online Hearthstone circuit featuring 4 weekly open tournaments with the first tournament starting on Sept 19th. Each tournament will award circuit points to the top 16 players. The player who accumulates the most points throughout the end of the circuit will win a free trip to Dreamhack Denver, a free Panda Global jersey and the opportunity to represent Panda Global through the entire event!


9/7 - 9/10: World of Warcraft North America Regional Championship


While technically not falling under the dates of the week-in-review, we would like to take the time to congratulate our World of Warcraft team for their 2nd place finish at the North America Regional Championship and becoming the first North American team to qualify for the World of Warcraft World Championship Finals at BlizzCon later this year!