It’s been a hot weekend for PUBG esports, as eight more teams joined the list of squads we’ll be seeing at PUBG Global Invitational.
Overall 20 teams will participate in PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS’ biggest esports tournament to date, where they will compete for the lion’s share of $2 million U.S. dollars. Earlier this month, two Chinese titans Oh My God and Four Angry Men became the first teams to secure their spot in Berlin, after winning PUBG China Pro Invitational in First Person (FPP) and Third Person (TPP), respectively.
Last weekend we saw MetalHogs PUBG League winners ahq e-Sports Club joining them on that list, after a nail-biting battle against the rivals Flash Wolves.
The qualifier “super week” began in Minsk, Belarus, where 20 of the strongest teams in the region gathered for the CIS qualifier, to compete for the two spots in PUBG Global Invitational, as well as $100,000 in prize money. One of the favorites AVANGAR took the lead on Day 1, securing a Top-5 finish in all five matches. Their luck seemingly ended at that, and their performance plummeted. Even though they finished third overall on Day 2, AVANGAR had to make-do with finishing 13th on Day 3, leaving their chances up in the air. A single victory on the last day kept their team in the running, and they managed to snatch a spot at PGI 2018 over Vega Squadron.
Joining them will be GLL Season 1 winners, and arguably one of the best teams in the world right now — Natus Vincere. NaVi showed a dominant performance throughout the event, even considering their results on Day 3, where they finished 16th, 17th, and 20th in three games in a row. POKAMOLODOY and his team secured $20,000 and established themselves once again as the strongest team in the region.
Over in North America, some of the fan favorites found themselves struggling to find their groove. Cloud9 managed to pick up a win on the final day of the event, but the poor performance over the first two days kept them from the pedestal. Conversely, FlyQuest had a strong start on the first day where they landed just outside of Top 3, but abysmal performance on the following days (19th on Day 2 and Day 3) destroyed their chances at qualifying.
Team Gates, Ghost Gaming, and Honey Badger Nation all managed to secure their spots in PUBG Global Invitational through ups and downs during the regional qualifier. This marks the first major victory in any tournament for Team Gates since their inception in March, securing them $32,000.
Over in Oceania, Chiefs Esports Club qualified for the international competition over three days of the tournament. Chiefs showed a dominant performance throughout the weekend, finishing ahead of ORDER and Avant Gaming and winning a big prize of $8,910 ($12,000 AUD).
MiTH e-Sports from Thailand and Refund Gaming from Vietnam secured victories at PUBG Southeast Asia Championship qualifying for the $2 million tournament and splitting $60,000 in cash between the two of them.
This leaves nine spots yet to be filled. Three teams will enter via the European qualifier, which will be held this weekend in Leicester, UK; Japan and South Korea will send two representatives each; one team will qualify from Latin America, and Middle East/Africa qualifiers will deliver one slot as well.
PUBG Global Invitational 2018 will take place from 25th to 29th of July in Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin, Germany, where 20 teams will battle it out for $2 million in prize money in both FPP and TPP tournaments.
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