It's the end of an era for Panda Global.
The team that started as The PLEYZ has been fractured by the recent departure of Long "Daihuu" Wang and Aaron "Evandrinde" Trevette, who are now playing for the North American amateur team known as Squirtle Squad.
Their teammates on the amusingly-named team are unpredictable asssasin Francisco "Goku" Avalos, longtime competitive stalwart Edward "TigerJK" and newcomer Jun "Jun" Jang.
On Panda Global, they leave behind support Todd "LexUther" Stevenson, Adam "Zoos" Stupavsky and Taylor "Barcode" Gibson.
Daihuu says that he and Evandrinde left PG because of a team atmosphere that began to turn sour.
"The team was pretty chill for the first few months we were together, but the last month was just really toxic and not a healthy place to be in. People didn't trust each other to do any type of team play, and attitudes became negative as we started to perform worse and worse. With each performance ending in a loss, it really took a toll on the team's work ethic," he said.
That continued to the point that the team began to argue over simple details and refused to follow-up on replays, Daihuu explained.
"People would argue over semantics and tilt, or people wouldn't want to VoD review after scrims. It just wasn't a good place so Evan and I decided we needed to get a new change of pace in atmosphere and left."
Daihuu said he felt so burnt out after his time on Panda Global that he considered retiring from the game completely, but that intervention from another pro player changed his mind.
"I didn't think I still had it in me, however TigerJK came up to me and convinced me to stay. It also helped that I respected every player that was already on the roster prior to Evan and I joining [laughs]," Daihuu explained.
Squirtle Squad may have a fairly light-hearted name, and Daihuu says that the fun-loving attitude is a part of the team's dynamic. But like the gang of freedom-loving Pokémon, Daihuu explained, they know how to get serious when the chips are down.
"So far I'm fitting in fine, this team has a knack for being super goofy one second and dead serious the next when it comes down to practice, which is very refreshing. And it's great to see everyone strive to be the best they can be and putting in the time to do so," he said.
There's no official word on replacements or long-term plans for the team, as Panda Global has not yet respond to a request for comment.
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