Today, we part ways with our comrade Anas “Vagabond” Khan, who joined Noble in November 2016 to take his talents with Necalli to the next level in Street Fighter V.
For the fifteen months he’s been with us, the young Texan native demonstrated excellent character as a player and a teammate. He has offered a top-tier representation of the crew throughout the Capcom Pro Tour, including the online and offline stops for the 2017 Red Bull Proving Grounds series and the Northern Arena finals. We are honored to have had the privilege of working with him, and we wish him well with wherever his road may take him from here on out.
Noble Recon, CEO of Noble Esports, had the following to say in regards to Vagabond’s departure from the team:
“It has been a pleasure working with and trying to mold Khan into the player he has become. From the first day meeting him before he beat Daigo I knew he had raw talent and is genuinely one of the nicest people you will ever meet, I personally wish we could have done more for him but unfortunately we were unable to help with his troubled home life and anxieties when participating in CPT events. I wish him nothing but luck in his future career.”
Before he joined Noble, Vagabond attracted attention from the Street Fighter community when his Necalli defeated Daigo “The Beast” Umehara’s Ryu at Red Bull’s last chance qualifier for the North American finals. Vagabond went on to maintain an excellent performance at the LCQ, up until his elimination at the hands of Darryl “Snake Eyez” Lewis in the Loser’s Quarterfinals. Daigo met Vagabond again in the Top 32 brackets for SFV at NorCal Regionals 2017, and their runback was something to behold…
Vagabond’s grind never ceased there, however. With a new addition to his roster (Akuma), he continued to make appearances at CPT events, taking down other notable names and improving his standings on his region’s leaderboards. Northern Arena also welcomed him and fifteen other top-level Street Fighter players to the Northern Arena National Finals in Canada, where Vagabond broke into the Top 8 before finishing in 7th place.
Now that Street Fighter V is entering its third season, Vagabond is feverishly working to expand upon his strategies, as you’ll see on his Twitter feed (@Vagabond_FGC). We confidently expect to see him improving upon his results as we go into a new year for the fighting game genre.
To Vagabond, we at Noble say: Thank you for your time with us!