After a long try-out period, the QPAD Red Pandas have finalized their line-up. Joining them will be JerAx, known for playing in the HoN team Dirty Minds and SeleCT, the former Korean SC2 professional.
It seems that QPAD Red Pandas are already recovering from the setback of losing EGM to No Tidehunter, as they have added two new members. The first, JerAx, is a former teammate of SingSing; he played for the Heroes of Newerth team Dirty Minds, a quite well-known and successful team. He was also in the roster of KD-Gaming, which featured names such as Era, Rexi and many more.
To those who have followed SC2, SeleCT is no stanger either. Boasting achievements such as a 3rd place at MLG Dallas and taking gold at events like i42 or Battle.net NA Invitational, he has a number of medals to show from throughout his career. In October 2012, he announced his retirement from SC2 and desire to play Dota 2. Apparently the transition went quite well, as he is now the fifth and final player for QPAD Red Pandas.
The captain of Red Pandas, Wagamama, said the following:
Statement by team captain Niklas 'Wagamama' Högström
I'm very excited about the fact that we have now finalized our team. I feel more than happy with each player that joined us in this endeavor. Our current level in practice feels solid, but more importantly, it does not sacrifice our potential to grow in terms of skill, both as a team and as individual players. I can't wait to have everyone gathered in Stockholm,
and I warmly welcome SeleCT and Jerax to the team. Together we'll aspire to create a strong and long-term synergy, as we all enter the life of full time Dota.
Statement from JerAx:
Everything between me and Wehsing started back then in inhouses of Heroes of Newerth. It was normal back then to switch teams alot, since the game was new and people wanted to form teams to get in to the tournaments. After many consequences We, me and WehSing, formed Dirty Minds with Era, SMaK and LoLQoP. Tbh we weren't the highest tier team up there, since we didn't fully dedicate ourselves for the game. We still had our shiny moments and used to have a lot of fun. Even though everything between me and sing was fine back then, our roads towards the future split up. After that, having a short career in HoN, I had my military service as its compulsory here in Finland. During that time dota2 came up and I totally missed the beginning of it. After my service in navy, I started up dota2 with Finnish team including sifla, spin, lapiz and buugi. As same time, NotAHax and ComeWithMe were trials for this team, I gathered a lot of experience as a support player and increased my knowledge to the game. I had played a month with the Finns, when Sing asked me to play a few games with them since the trials weren't suitable enough for the team. At the same time in Finnish team, lapiz wasn't able to play since he was abroad. After a few games we decided that I had my chance as trial for them.
Now as a member of the team I must say that I'm very happy with the people I'm playing with and we can concentrate entirely to the thing we are good at. It has always been a dream of mine to have a supporting environment around you and do the thing you truly love.
SeleCT made a statement as well:
I am very happy to join the team. I am looking forward to living in Sweden, Stockholm with my teammates, and work with 2GD on my career. As I am kind of new to DotA 2, I also want to say thank you to QPAD and teammates for giving me an opportunity to be in this team. I will work hard so I keep their faith in me. Switching from SC2 to DotA2. This is something that wonders a lot of people why I made this decision. It is because I loved DotA ever since I was Warcraft 3 player which was about 10 years ago. I love playing DotA, I was a professional DotA player before Starcraft 2 came out. Moreover, I want to be a champion of different kind of games which is my goal as a professional gamer and I think that is a real professional gamer who can play any game in a highest level. Thank you to the fans, please cheer for my new team and I promise you I will show great and entertaining games. KEEP THE LOVE FOR SELECT ¯\_(?)_/¯
P.S. It will be very fun to troll Apollo there as he thinks he can beat me in SC2 right now and he thinks he is buff. I will show him what's good.
QPAD Red Pandas is now: