Robert "PandaTank" Botha started competitive gaming by playing Counter-Strike, Counter-Strike:Source and DotA for various teams in South Africa.
Wings of Liberty
He achieved some fame in the Fall of 2011, primarily through his play in minor online tournaments. With his successes PandaTank joined the MSSA affiliate club, PolarFluke, and started participating in Mind Sports South Africa's championships.
Through such affiliation, PandaTank was the first player in South Africa to be officially awarded Protea Colours for the game of StarCraft II. The award of Protea Colours is reserved by the South African government for all sportsmen/sportswomen who officially represent South Africa in international competition.
Thus PandaTank represented South Africa in the IeSF World Championships in both 2011 and 2012. In 2011 PandaTank exited the group stages but was knocked out in the Round of 8. In 2012 PandaTank exited the group stages in first place but was knocked out in the Round of 16 by Sen.
PandaTank was the first South African player to reach Grandmaster rankings in the start of 2012. He went on to represent South Africa at the WCS European National Combined after being one of the first four players to qualify for the event, knocking out monchi 2-1 in the first online qualifier. At the WCS event PandaTank finshed top 8.
He participated in ESWC 2012 2012 representing South Africa. In the group stages he defeated DIMAGA and PSiArc to advance to the Round of 16. He defeated HaNfy in the round of 16 to proceed to the round of 8 where he was defeated 2-1 by Stephano
PandaTank was signed as a full-time player to CM Storm in the beginning of 2013 and continues to play full-time.
|2012-08-02||PokerStrategy.com Elite Cup Q#6||PandaTank 1 : 3 Underdark||$50|
|2011-11-06||PolarfluKe: 5Gate November||PandaTank 0 : 3 Bly||ZAR 1,800|
|2011-10-16||PolarfluKe: OPtoberfest||PandaTank 0 : 3 DarKFoRcE||ZAR 1,800|
|2011-08-03||PolarfluKe: August Rush||PandaTank 1 : 3 GoOdy||ZAR 1,800|
|2011-07-03||PolarfluKe: July Zerg||PandaTank 0 : 3 GoOdy||ZAR 1,800|
|2011-06-05||PolarfluKe: Char Grilled||PandaTank 3 : 1 seeM||ZAR 1,300|
|2011-05-08||PolarfluKe: Muta Mayhem||PandaTank 3 : 0 enjoy||ZAR 800|
- Has been able to achieve Grandmaster status on the EU server at the start of season 6.
- His ID "PandaTank" is based on the Pandaren Brewmaster hero from Warcraft III/DotA.