Main tank player Panker has announced his retirement from competitive Overwatch.
6월 25일, 훈련소 생활 4주를 모두 끝났습니다.— Pankerow (@PankerOW) June 25, 2020
입대를 하기 전 미리 소식을 알려드렸어야 했는데 너무 정신이 없어 알려드리지 못한 점 죄송합니다.
2016년 오버우ㅝ치가 나오고 많은 일이 있었습니다. 고등학교를 자퇴하고 모르는 사람들과 합숙하며 재미있던 경험, 슬펐던 경험도 여렀 있었습니다. pic.twitter.com/TDvh2KrieK
Panker's professional Overwatch career began in 2016 under the Kongdoo organization with their Uncia team, making appearances in the first three seasons of OGN APEX. Out of those three seasons, his best finish was in the top four in Season 1.
His talents were then recognized by North American organizations, eventually giving him a new start in the region with Toronto Esports in early December 2017. However, that roster soon had multiple players joining various academy teams two months later, and Panker himself joined the Gladiators Legion in Contenders North America.
His talent and dedication on Legion netted him a two-way contract with the Los Angeles Gladiators, their parent team, at the end of 2018. However, he did not get a chance to showcase his talents on the Overwatch League stage, as rOar, the team's primary main tank, was a crucial centerpiece of the Gladiators' unique style of GOATs play that dominated the 2019 Overwatch League season.
With Legion, the squad found two second place finishes in Contenders 2019 North America East Seasons 1 and 2, and Panker stood out from the crowd thanks to his talent on Wrecking Ball, which became known as the popular quad DPS composition. After the 2019 Overwatch League Season however, the Gladiators ceased operations with their academy team, sending Panker into free agency.
He eventually joined the newly rebuilt Phase 2 roster, but only played one match with the team during the Contenders 2020 North America seeding tournament, which was a loss against Third Impact in the first round of the lower bracket.
Panker's last notable stints in competitive Overwatch were with Noble and Skyfoxes. He played five matches with Noble during the team's Contenders 2020 Trials Season 1 run and a single match with Skyfoxes against Team Doge in early May.