The Lightning Pandas esports organization have officially revealed their Call of Duty pro team heading into the $250,000 CWL Vegas tournament.
The org decided to go the EU route for their new CoD team, signing a roster that features English players Dylan ‘MadCat’ Daly, Alex ‘Alexx’ Carpenter, Adam ‘Peatie’ Peatie, and Joshua-Lee ‘Joshh’ Sheppard, as well as Welshman Dave ‘Dqvee’ Davies.
The announcement was made on November 30 via a post on the Lightning Pandas’ official Twitter page, just a week before CWL Vegas is scheduled to kick off.
Included in the announcement is a video highlighting the players’ best moments from the previous WWII season, during which MadCat and Joshh were teammates under Splyce for the latter half of the campaign.
It's time to cause some #Pandamonium. ⚡️:panda_face:
— Lightning Pandas (@LightningPandas) November 30, 2018
This announcement has not caught many people by surprise since the CoD World League had accidentally leaked the news several days prior.
The official schedule for CWL Vegas, released on November 27, listed Lightning Pandas in Group C instead of MadCat and co, who at the time had not yet announced their deal with LP.
Almost immediately, Joshh publicly denied that there had been an arrangement brokered between the players and the org, but many speculated that he was just covering up for the CWL’s blunder.
Regardless, the news is now official, and the squad will be going into the first major tournament of the season as members of Lightning Pandas.
Thanks to their collective total Pro Points from the WWII season, the team has secured a spot in Pool Play, grouped with FaZe Clan and Team Envy in Pool C, along with the teams from the play-in tournament and the Open Bracket respectively.