ubah: “Players give feedback all the time, but it simply doesn’t reach them”

ubah: “Players give feedback all the time, but it simply doesn’t reach them”

Coming out fourth at the PUBG Global Invitational 2018 wasn’t good enough for Ivan “ubah” Kapustin. The PUBG prodigy left his mates at Natus Vincere to join FaZe Clan powerhouse.

Before becoming one of the best fraggers in PUBG, Ivan “ubah” Kapustin was known as an up-and-coming talent in the CIS Dota 2 scene. He played for the top teams in the region, including Team Empire, HellRaisers, and Power Rangers. But when PUBG came out, ubah made a switch without much consideration.

Even though Natus Vincere came to Berlin as one of the favorites to win PUBG’s first-ever $2 million dollar event, the luck wasn’t on their side. First, they had to make do with the last minute substitute. But even after the tournament ended NaVi struggled to return to winning ways. It was time for change.

Ivan “ubah” Kapustin left the Ukrainian organization but did not stay a free agent for long. He was hastily recruited by arguably the best team in the world, FaZe Clan.

In an interview, ubah told us about the differences in practice, the horrendous state of the game, his disappointment with the developers, among other topics.

Vie: In one of the videos on your channel, it was said that the practice in PUBG is peculiar. Can you tell us more about this? Especially, given that you have training experience in Dota 2.

ubah: First, we have scrims, where all the top teams sit and usually train five games a day before the tournament. Of course, before the PGI no one wanted to train the TPP mode, except for the teams that went to Berlin. I can’t specifically mention differences from DotA: you train, play, watch replays and find mistakes so that they are not allowed to continue.

Vie: How is your tactical training? Do you say who is running where and when, if the circle suddenly falls in some way, or does it all happen impromptu during the game itself? 

ubah: Basically it happens already in the game itself. We look at how the circle falls and what position is better to take, but since this is all random, it makes no sense to discuss actions further than one step at a time.

Vie: Doesn’t this make the imbalance in the competitive element? After all, how can you compete in a game in which you cannot be ready until the last moment? 

ubah: You may be ready. If you better adapt to the circles, make the right decisions in taking positions, you will win. For this, 16-20 games are held so that teams have more options for making decisions and the right to make mistakes. The one who makes the most correct decisions wins. Sometimes it can happen that a team is sitting in a circle for the second time in a row, but when you win in a game where you were constantly on the move – the feelings are indescribable.

Vie: It’s no secret that PUBG has FPS issues. Even at PGI FPS would drop as low as 10 FPS on tournament computers. Do you think that’s fine? 

ubah: Basically, the FPS fell when the rotations began on the machines. When the third circle, for example, 75 people are alive from 80 and the circle goes somewhere abruptly. On the map, 30 machines start to go at the same time, and the frame rate drops greatly.

Vie: And was it somehow discussed with the developers? 

ubah: No, we didn’t tell them anything. It is difficult to contact them and talk about something. Green does not apply to those people who can say: “I play this game for a very long time and like that, believe me, it will be better.” So it does not work with them.

Vie: You actually sound very bitter…

ubah: How else? We have a lot of suggestions to the developers. Roughly speaking, professional players give feedback all the time, but it simply doesn’t reach them at all. Or when, for example, problems with sound started, they asked the person to name the headphone model and see that he put the driver when the problem was obviously in the game.

Vie: Have you considered switching to Fortnite

ubah: No, I did not. If I change the game, it’s not Fortnite. I don’t like it. But in PUBG, most things suit me.

Vie: What is missing from the professional scene in PUBG

ubah: This is a good question. From the developers of more feedback, so that they listen to the players. It is necessary to focus on optimization, adding high-quality death match for training would be nice. In principle, everything.

Vie: When people ask you how PUBG is better than Fortnite, what do you tell them? 

ubah: I watched a couple of streams, where 20 people in the final zone are just sitting above each other, not doing anything. It seems to me that this is reason enough. 

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Fulambia: “Succeeding in an environment dominated by men feels very satisfying”

Fulambia: “Succeeding in an environment dominated by men feels very satisfying”

Member of the first all-female professional PUBG team, Fiore “Fulambia” Boncompagni, told us about what it’s like to compete (and succeed) in the environment dominated by men.

Fulambia’s Brazil Gaming House recently overcame some of the best PUBG teams in Latin America and secured themselves a spot in the Liga Profesional de Esports’ Super League. The first female PUBG team will compete against the best teams in the region for a spot in the $2 million USD Grand Finals next year.

Although the majority of the community didn’t take the team seriously at first, through sheer perseverance BGH overcame all odds and established themselves as serious competitors.

But the road to Latin America’s Pro League wasn’t easy for the team. Competing in the environment dominated by men is difficult, admits Fiore “Fulambia” Boncompagni, but finally reaching that goal is very satisfying.

How are you Fulambia? First of all, congratulations for having qualified for the LPE Battlegrounds final. You qualified together with the best teams in Latin America. How does that feel?

Fulambia: Well, I am very well, and the truth is that it felt great. To tell the truth, it took us almost by surprise, since match 3 was accompanied by many mistakes that we had to correct in the last match. To see that it was possible for us to reverse our mistakes and get back to the top of the rating was excellent.

How did you form this squad? What prompted you to form an all-female PUBG team for BGH?

Fulambia: Previously we had another roster, in which we were a group of friends having fun. But the thing started to get serious when Queen, known as bbyebye in-game, got approached with a serious proposal. They wanted us to go all the way. It was there when we put together this roster, where we all had the same goal, the same commitment, and the same desire.

Brazil Gaming House was immediately interested in us, since we played many Brazilian scrims and got their attention. Sincerely, day by day they make us continue to choose them since they really take care of their players, which keeps us very happy.

There are people who believe in the disparity between men and women when playing these types of games and you are living proof that this is not the case. How does it feel to succeed in an environment completely dominated by men?

Fulambia: Honestly, I’m not going to lie — it feels very satisfying. Although it is a team that is still solidifying every day, just being there and competing side by side with many great teams is great. I am proud to know that we are where we are because we leave everything behind and we do not let ourselves be intimidated. We don’t let others step on us and that’s the key.

How do you see the competitive scene of PUBG in Latin America? What does it lack to be like the scenes of North America or Europe?

Fulambia: The scene is getting better, and these tournaments give rise to the undoubted growth of it. I think that to be up to North America and Europe we would have to talk about infrastructure, which we do not have and an important commitment between organizations and players.

Thanks for your time. Any shoutouts?

Fulambia: Mainly I want to thank Brasil Gaming House for continuing to support us, the girls of the team, and our coach. Thank you!

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0nuqtive: “The closed qualifiers for PEL will be the most crucial step in our careers”

0nuqtive: “The closed qualifiers for PEL will be the most crucial step in our careers”

After a prolonged dry spell and numerous roster changes, AVANGAR is looking to get back on the winning horse with a new line-up built around Alexey “0nuqtive” Trufanov.

The year for Kazakhstan based AVANGAR began with a first-place finish at IEM Katowice 2018. After that, however, followed a series of subpar results. Although AVANGAR managed to qualify for PUBG Global Invitational, a $2 million dollar tournament, the performance there was underwhelming and they finished 16th in the TPP event.

After their team was invited to the closed qualifier for PUBG Europe League, Alexey “0nuqtive” Trufanov told starladder that the new team will be built around him. Last month AVANGAR brought in TORNADO Energy’s Mikhail “azverin” Naumenko, Vega Squadron’s Maxim “Maxiz0r” Tatarintsev, and NaVi’s Taras “Snoopykx” Bazyazichniy in hopes of returning to the winning path.

In the interview, Alexey “0nuqtive” Trufanov talked about his new teammates, playing without a shot caller, and how PEL qualifier will determine their future in PUBG.

You have almost completely changed the lineup of the team. Tell me please, who is responsible for coordination now and how are the roles assigned in the roster?

0nuqtive: Yes, I am the only one remaining from the old AVANGAR. We are jointly responsible for coordination and actions, we do not have any defined captain. This has its advantages, but also obvious disadvantages. For example, sometimes we lack an ultimate decision, but I am sure that we will cope with this.

Now about the weapon. Max usually gets all bolted sniper rifles, I prefer AR’s, azverin with Snoopykx use AR’s as well as DMR’s. The main thing is not to give AKM’s to Snoopykx, and AWM’s to azverin. To me as well, by the way (I’m talking about AWM’s).

What was your first impression about the new teammates?

0nuqtive: The guys want to win and understand how the game works.

Who is the “soul” of the team? Who is in charge of the mood?

0nuqtive: The soul of the team? I do not know, but azverin is just a darling! Snoopykx sometimes makes great jokes on the behalf of the enemy, which is why, when I push, my laughter literally makes my hands shaking, so I can’t shoot, thanks. Who else… Ah! Maxim, this man uses a scorpion with Beryl, may he rest in peace, and also red half grip. But in fact, Max is a cool dude, we still have to win GLL’s Wingman with him;)

Have your usual landing zones changed after reshuffles?

0nuqtive: Of course, they did, now we prefer plants nearby Mylta and Sosnovka on Erangel. Upper Georgopol is also an option, but rather as a fallback. It is more comfortable for us to play from the South of the map.

On Miramar, we take La Cobreria, El Azahar, or Tierra Bronca with Campo Militar. Prior to that, my usual place to start looting on Erangel was Upper Georgopol, while on Miramar – Minas Generales.

Do you have a team motto to raise the team spirit? If so, tell me a little about how he appeared, how it sounds when you use it.

0nuqtive: Well, motto. Recently it became ALGA AVANGAR.

How did you and the other players take the news about the appearance of such a big league in PUBG? What were your first thoughts when you found out about it?

0nuqtive: Awesome news! I want to go to Berlin again! At first, it was not clear how it would all work, because once in the league you need to play on the LAN 3 times a week for two months, and a need to live in another country for 2 months seemed like a strange idea. Now we are motivated to go through closed qualifiers for PEL, I think that this is the most crucial step in our career.

What update of the game for the last month has pleased you the most?

0nuqtive: I wasn’t happy with the latest updates, but let it be the patch where Shooting range (#21) was added, which allows me to warm up and test my weapon. And a patch with team crates before PGI (#18).

Winter is coming, and that means the release of the winter map! Are you waiting for this event? 

0nuqtive: I’m really waiting for it, I love the winter setting. It is very interesting how they will use the water, for example, is there going to be any ice? And if so, will it crack? By the way, there will finally be a place to use white camouflage, the one that from the very release of the game hasn’t had any practical use, but still, people will run with purple M24 (hi Maxim Maxiz0r).

And what do you think about the map pool in PUBG? 

0nuqtive: The ideal map pool in PUBG for me is about 5 maps with different biomes. Desert, Forest, Jungle, Savannah maybe? And the winter will be. Actually, I liked Wake island and Bozcaada, as well as Stratis in ArmA 3 BR.

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PUBG 2019 Global Championship revealed

PUBG 2019 Global Championship revealed

More details for the upcoming season of competitive PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS is revealed, as the developer announces its plans for 2019 with a Global Championship and All-Stars events to decide the best team in the world.

PUBG Corporation (PUBG Corp.) is today announcing the inaugural season of its global pro competition for PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS. Nine regions consisting of local professional teams will compete to reach the Global Championship at the end of the season and become the world’s greatest PUBG squad.

Beginning in January, the 2019 season will feature three Phases, with every regional competition beginning and ending within the same windows of time. After Phases 1 and 2, the top teams from each region will compete head-to-head in third-party-hosted global events, followed by a global All-Star Games. At the end of Phase 3, the top-performing teams throughout the season will gather for a Global Championship — the survivors of which will have a shot at a $2 million prize pool and the right to call themselves the best PUBG players in the world.

The season will feature teams from nine regions across the world – North America, Korea, China, Europe/Middle East/Africa, Japan, Chinese Taipei/Hong Kong/Macau, Southeast Asia, Latin America, and Oceania – competing under universal rules, games settings, and points systems. Sixteen four-member squads will fight in first-person perspective games across Miramar and Erangel.

“We’re proud to announce this next step in PUBG Corp.’s plan to cement our place as a global esports platform,” Richard Kwon, Chief Marketing Officer at PUBG Corp. said. “This season, the world’s best PUBG players will have the chance to prove their superiority and strategic might against their global rivals. Now, with an international audience, our most competitive players will be able to showcase their skills, win prizes and conquer the world through PUBG.”

The global push comes on the heels of the announcement of its National PUBG League (NPL) in North America and its PUBG Europe League (PEL), two of the nine regions in the global PUBG season. Information surrounding qualification for the regional teams and other specifics will be released in the coming months.

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Invites to the PUBG Europe League revealed

Invites to the PUBG Europe League revealed

From the 10th to the 16th of December, Kiev Cybersport Arena will host 17 winners of the open qualifiers and 15 invited teams in a battle for ten spots at the PUBG Europe League and six spots at the Contenders League.

The main part of the qualifiers for PUBG Europe League will be held at the LAN-tournament. 32 teams will battle it out for ten spots at PUBG Corp’s official pro league. Six more teams will get a direct invite to the pro league.

In the LAN qualifiers, 17 teams that overcame the odds in the online open qualifiers will fight it out against the invitees. Among the invited teams to the closed qualifiers are some of the best teams in Europe, as well as fan favorites and a few regional champions, like Italy’s MOONWOLF and Turkey’s Oyun Hizmetleri eSports Club.

Teams invited to the LAN-qualifiers are as follows:

  •  Team Reciprocity
  •  Team SoloMid
  •  M19
  •  Avangar
  •  Alliance
  •  Method
  •  Penta Sports
  •  o1ne
  •  Quantum Bellator Fire
  •  Besiktas
  •  G2 Esports
  •  Galatasaray
  •  Oyun Hizmetleri eSports Club

LAN-qualifiers will be held in two stages. In the first stage, invited teams and winners of the online qualifiers will be seeded randomly into 2 groups and will play 15 rounds. The top 8 teams from each group will advance to the Final stage, to form one group of 16 teams, and will play 15 more rounds. According to the results of the Final stage, the top 10 teams will receive invitations to the first season of PUBG Europe League, and the remaining 6 will start from the Contenders League.

The invites to the qualifier all but confirm the six teams to go straight to the PUBG Europe League. The teams to get a direct invite are likely to be:

  •  FaZe Clan
  •  Team Liquid
  •  Natus Vincere
  •  Ninjas in Pyjamas
  •  Knights
  •  Team Vitality

Online qualifiers for Europe start this weekend, with CIS qualifiers following a week later.

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ESWC enters competitive PUBG with OMEN Trophy

ESWC enters competitive PUBG with OMEN Trophy

Once one of the most important events in the world of esports is now set to make a comeback with a €50,000 PUBG tournament during Paris Games Week 2018.

Presented by ESWC and OMEN by HP the tournament titled OMEN Trophy will gather 16 teams to battle it out in France’s largest video game convention for the lion’s share of the hefty prize pool. From 28th to 30th of October four qualified teams will compete against 12 invited squads over three days of competition.

The event will hold four online qualifiers, starting 13th of October. Out of all signed up teams, 16 will be chosen to participate in a single round qualifier based on their merit and previous results. Only the top scoring team will be invited to the LAN finals in Paris. In addition to the invitation, the best team of the qualifier will get €2,000 to help the team to prepare for their trip to Paris Games Week.

The finals will take place on the main stage in front of 4000 fans and will be broadcast live on Twitch.

Registration for the qualifiers is still open and any teams willing to participate should head over to the official tournament page. First invited teams should be announced next week. The event is expected to feature some of the best teams in Europe.

Already known teams for the first online qualifier include some well-known names, with the likes of Izako Boars, Planetkey Dynamics, Purple Cobras, and o1ne participating.

Paris Games Week is a trade fair for video games held annually at the Paris expo Porte de Versailles in Paris, France. It is organized by SELL, a French organization that promotes the interests of video game developers. Last year more than 350,000 visitors attended the popular gaming convention.

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