EGM to join NTH, QPandas affirms Mini

posted by Sun_Tzu,
Coming on the heels of the shocking news that ca Jacky 'EternaLEnVy' Mao had been kicked from the team he helped form, we have now found out who the fifth player of the all-Swedish se No Tidehunter will be, former eu QPAD Red Pandas trial member se Jerry 'EGM' Lundkvist.

Will the change to their lineup be the needed remedy which will help them back onto the big stage? Photo by Oscar 'X-Force' Uhrbom

This development is especially surprising as EGM was considered a mere formality away from being confirmed as official member of the QPandas lineup. In addition, EGM has been playing mostly off-lane, which poses the question whether he or se Henrik 'AdmiralBulldog' Ahnberg will be the one to have to move over to hard support in the new lineup. We contacted NTH for a statement but they declined for now, although we are told they would like to set the record straight about these events once they can sort everything out with their sponsors. NTH's first match with the new roster it set to take place in StarLadder tonight starting at 16:00 CET against by Power Rangers.

Meanwhile, since we first introduced you to the newly formed QPandas team, some further changes have taken place. The two trial support players fi Benjamin 'NotAHax' Läärä and ro Craciunescu 'ComeWithMe' Alexandru have both been let go from the team, while se Hampus 'Mini' Olsson has been promoted to official member.

While NotAHax has chosen not to comment on events, ComeWithMe in a post on his Facebook page relayed his communications with the team pending his failed trial period. The team stated that although they felt CWM had the experience and skill, the communication and synergy with the rest of the players was not quite there.

The decision has left QPandas in need of both another support as well as an off-laner, however the mentality of wanting to find the right synergy before committing to any roster does bode well for the team once they secure an official five players. The process is ongoing and we will keep you up to date as to when they finalize their lineup.

We contacted the manager of QPAD Red Pandas, uk James '2GD' Harding, who made the following statement:

The team have been doing trials for quite some time now. With an expected first tournament appearance for the QPAD Red Pandas in March, Waga and Sing want to make sure the final roster feels good long term. I can't blame them, since they are both owners of the franchise that also invest time and money into the brand, including supporting the other team members to be able to play Dota 2 as a fulltime career. It makes sense to take it slow and calculated.

Regarding the final line-up. The sad news first. As many have heard the captains have come to the conclusion to continue searching for players. Meaning CWM & NotAHax won't be joining. I can only extend a huge thank you to both Alex & Benjamin for their dedication during this period.

The good news now! Mini will be a permanent member of the squad, we're already looking into options to move him up to Stockholm to join Sing & Waga. Though we expect it to take roughly a full month from now.

The Drama news! Trialing member EGM was too handsome and good at his role, that Loda from NTH made a bid for him. EGM has decided to join as NoTideHunters 5th, we're also not sure he wanted to wear a full-body Red Panda outfit. Of course I fully support players following their goals and wish him the best of luck! Loda on the other hand! That move was so cunning he's most certainly an Evil Genius.

No Tidehunter Roster:

se Gustav 's4' Magnusson
se Jonathan 'Loda' Berg
se Joakim 'Akke' Akterhall
se Henrik 'AdmiralBulldog' Ahnberg
se Jerry 'EGM' Lundkvist

QPAD Red Pandas Roster:

se Niklas 'Wagamama' Högström (Captain)
nl WehSing 'SingSing' Yuen (Co-Captain)
se Hampus 'Mini' Olsson