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Pnda Gaming is a North American eSports team that currently has teams in Call of Duty, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Halo 5: Guardians.
Halo 5: Guardians
Pnda Gaming declared its entry into the Halo scene on March 10, 2016, announcing a roster of Andrew "JR2" Sychtysz, Jared "MudVayne" Keenan, Joseph "SickStory" Ebbs and Jack "Buffet". This roster achieved no notable tournament placings. During the qualifying stages for the Summer 2016 HCS Pro League, JR2 and MudVayne unsuccessfully attempted to qualify for the league as members of Ambush. MudVayne was then replaced on the official Pnda roster by Jake "Psylince". With the acquisition of Psylince, Pnda attempted to qualify for the Pro League through the Last Chance Qualifier but could not manage the top 2 placing required to qualify.
Months later, Pnda formed a new roster for 2050 Chattanooga consisting of Blake "Mr Blakerz" Kottke, Rob "ROB THE TURTLE" O'Connor, Dominic "BotchyHawk" Demilio and Amorist "FireBird" Johnson. They finished in the top 6 at the event. After Chatt, Pnda replaced FireBird with "Triton" and began competing in the Fall 2016 Open Circuit. Within weeks, BotchyHawk was replaced by a returning Psylince, but the team was unable to establish itself as a top contender in the Open Circuit. The roster was eventually released.
Weeks later, Pnda acquired a new roster consisting of four veteran pros - Scott "Cloud" Holste, Ryan "RyaNoob" Geddes, Faisal "Goofy" Khan and Gabriel "Gabriel" Funes-Soto. They attended UGC St. Louis 2016, where they finished 4th, good enough to qualify for the Esports Minor League Fall 2016 Season. They then attended HCS Las Vegas 2016 with the intent of qualifying for Relegation. They finished 4th, falling short of their goal after a close loss to 6S Gaming.
Going into the ESML roster lock, Pnda made changes, releasing RyaNoob and Goofy and bringing in rising amateur players Tristan "Brainstorm" Gurudeo and Josbe "Tapping Buttons" Valadez. After going 0-2 in their first week, Pnda replaced Tapping Buttons with Nicola "V t3ct9" Rios.
On January 16, 2017, Pnda released its roster and signed the recently formed pro-seeded roster of Carlos "Cratos" Ayala, Brett "Naded" Leonard, Cory "Str8 SicK" Sloss and Kyle "Nemassist" Kubina. At their first event - UGC St. Louis 2017 - the Pnda roster came out flat with a first-round loss to SetToDestroyX. In Losers, they swept Primal, but were defeated in the following round by Luminosity Gaming, finishing in the top 12 and leaving the event as the only pro seeded team to not take a top 8 placing. After the mediocre placing, Pnda released Nemassist and replaced him with Dan "Danoxide" Terlizzi. At ME Las Vegas 2017, things started off bleak for Pnda, as they took a humbling 4-0 loss from Team Liquid in their first chance to qualify for Halo World Championship 2017. In Losers, Pnda took out Wise Gaming 4-1 to earn another shot at Worlds against Team Allegiance, who they defeated 4-2 in a dramatic series to qualify. Their run continued on Sunday with a 4-2 victory over Str8 Rippin before it was finally ended in 4th place with a 4-1 loss to Team EnVyUs. The following week, the Pnda roster was released by the organization, with Cratos confirming that the team would be using the Crowd Pleasers name going forward.
- January 16, roster is released. Cloud, Brainstorm, v t3ct9 and Gabriel leave. Cratos, Naded, Str8 SicK, Nemassist and coach ShowTime join.
- January 22, 9th - 12th place at UGC St. Louis 2017.
- January 28, Nemassist leaves, Danoxide joins.
- January 28, 5th - 8th place in NA Qualifier #1.
- February 4, 5th - 8th place in NA Qualifier #2.
- February 11, 4th place in NA Qualifier #3.
- February 18, 1st place in NA Qualifier #4.
- February 25, 9th - 16th place in NA Qualifier #5.
- March 5, 4th place at ME Las Vegas 2017. Team qualifies for Halo World Championship 2017.
- March 13, roster is released. Cratos, Str8 SicK, Naded, Danoxide and ShowTime leave.
- March 10, Halo division formed - JR2, SickStory, Buffet and MudVayne join.
- MudVayne is released. Psylince joins.
- May 15, 3rd - 4th place in HCS Pro League - Summer 2016 Open Qualifier #2. Team qualifies for Last Chance Qualifier.
- May 22, 9th - 12th place in HCS Pro League - Summer 2016 Last Chance Qualifier.
- Team disbands. JR2, Psylince, SickStory and Buffet leave.
- Mr Blakerz, ROB THE TURTLE, BotchyHawk and FireBird join.
- September 4, 5th - 6th place at 2050 Chattanooga.
- FireBird leaves. Triton joins.
- September 17, 33rd - 64th place in HCS Open Circuit - Fall 2016 Placement Cup.
- September 17, 9th - 16th place in Open Cup #1.
- BotchyHawk leaves. Psylince joins.
- September 24, 2nd place in Open Cup #2. Team qualifies for Legendary Cup #2.
- September 25, 13th - 16th place in Legendary Cup #2.
- Team disbands. Mr Blakerz, Psylince, Triton and ROB THE TURTLE leave.
- October 20, RyaNoob, Goofy, Gabriel and Cloud join.
- October 22, 5th - 8th place in Open Cup #5. Team qualifies for Legendary Cup #5.
- October 23, 5th - 6th place in Legendary Cup #5. Team qualifies for Legendary Cup #6.
- October 30, 9th - 12th place in Legendary Cup #6.
- October 30, 4th place at UGC St. Louis 2016. Team qualifies for Esports Minor League - Fall 2016 Season.
- November 5, 17th - 32nd place in Open Cup #7.
- November 19, 4th place at HCS Las Vegas 2016 - Open Circuit Finals.
- November 20, 9th - 12th place at HCS Las Vegas 2016.
- November 24, RyaNoob and Goofy leave. Brainstorm and Tapping Buttons join.
- December 5, Tapping Buttons leaves. v t3ct9 joins.
|Cratos||Carlos Ayala||Crowd Pleasers|
|Naded||Brett Leonard||Crowd Pleasers|
|Str8 SicK||Cory Sloss||Crowd Pleasers|
|Danoxide||Dan Terlizzi||Crowd Pleasers|
|Cloud||Scott Holste||Sheesh Gaming|
|Gabriel||Gabriel Funes-Soto||Sheesh Gaming|
|Brainstorm||Tristan Gurudeo||Sheesh Gaming|
|v t3ct9||Nicola Rios||Sheesh Gaming|
|Tapping Buttons||Josbe Valadez|
|RyaNoob||Ryan Geddes||Most Wanted|
|Mr Blakerz||Blake Kottke||Don't Chase Me Bro|
|ROB THE TURTLE||Robert O'Connor||Don't Chase Me Bro|
|FireBird||Amorist Johnson||Team Solstice|
|JR2||Andrew Sychtysz||Team JusTus|
|SickStory||Joseph Ebbs||eXcellence Gaming|
|End Date||Game||Place||Prize||Event||Players (Coach)|
|March 5, 2017||4||$4,000||ME Las Vegas 2017||Cratos • Naded • Str8 SicK • Danoxide • ShowTime|
|January 22, 2017||9 - 12||-||UGC St. Louis 2017||Cratos • Naded • Str8 SicK • Nemassist • ShowTime|
|November 20, 2016||9 - 12||-||HCS Las Vegas 2016||Cloud • RyaNoob • Goofy • Gabriel|
|November 19, 2016||4||NQ||HCS Open Circuit - Fall 2016 Finals||Cloud • RyaNoob • Goofy • Gabriel|
|October 30, 2016||4||$1,500||UGC St. Louis 2016||Cloud • RyaNoob • Goofy • Gabriel|
|September 4, 2016||5 - 6||-||2050 Chattanooga||ROB THE TURTLE • BotchyHawk • FireBird • Mr Blakerz|
|May 22, 2016||9 - 12||-||HCS Pro League - Summer 2016 LCQ||JR2 • Psylince • SickStory • Buffet|