Panda Global returns to Heroes of the Storm, signs team Kappa Wolves
The Wolves have been active in the North American Heroes of the Storm scene since forming in January. The team regularly placed in the top three for every competition they entered including, most recently, first place in the Enter the Storm North America Cup Qualifier on Nov. 22.
Panda Global (@PandaGlobalPG on Twitter) is also relatively new to esports. It was founded in June by two former competitive fighting game players, Alan “SamuraiPanda” Bunney and David “Mashumaro” Wu and first entered the Heroes of the Storm scene in July with the signing of team PLEYZ. But that partnership didn’t last long.
“Panda Global is so happy to return back to the Heroes of the Storm scene with one of the oldest, and in our opinion strongest, teams in the Heroes of the Storm competitive scene today,” Bunney told the Daliy Dot. “We think that the team formerly known as Kappa Wolves will be able to achieve incredible things in the new landscape for professional Heroes of the Storm that Blizzard is working on.”
Kappa Wolves' current roster includes what Bunney calls "some of the most dedicated players in the entire scene": captain Sammuel “bigempct” Hua, Michael “michaeludall” Udall, support player Stefan “akaface” Anderson, Harrison “psalm” Chang, and Josh “bkid” Choi (the team's most recent acquisition and a former Heroes of Newerth player with compLexity Gaming). Taylor “Barcode” Gibson will serve as the team's manager.
“The amount of growth and potential" in the team is "truly astounding," Bunney said. “When we do research in a team we sit in on their scrims, listen to their strategies, and watch how they discuss their own weakness and strengths. Kappa Wolves not only has a high level of skill, but they have the formula for success that will keep them improving as Heroes evolves.”
For now Bunney is hoping the team will perform well in the Enter the Storm tournament, as well as the next ESL Major League.
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