European, South American, and Japanese teams join the list of attendance for PUBG’s $2 million tournament later this month in Berlin.
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. Nine teams joined two Chinese titans Oh My God and Four Angry Men, and MetalHogs PUBG League winners ahq e-Sports Club last week. After another hot weekend of PUBG action, only two spots remain.
All eyes were on Leicester this weekend, where PGI Europe qualifier took place. Twenty of the best teams in the continent fought tooth and nail for three spots in the PUBG Global Invitational and $100,000 in prize money. The biggest surprise of the qualifier became the unexpected loss of heavy favorites FaZe Clan, who couldn’t recover after a subpar second day of the competition.
Team Liquid, who barely made it to the offline portion of the qualifier, took the event by storm in a convincing manner. Jim “Jeemzz” Eliassen and his team started the qualifier on the right foot, taking three chicken dinners on the first day and collecting 33 kills on their way there. More importantly, the boys in blue managed to overcome their curse and maintained the momentum throughout days two and three. This victory secured Liquid a first gold medal for the team with the new star-filled roster.
Welcome to South Georgo (ex-Kinguin) too managed to work some of their long-lasting issues out and qualified for PGI 2018. Although considered to be one of the best teams in the world, WTSG consistently struggled to perform at their level, finishing 12th at IEM Katowice 2018, 11th at GLL Season 1 finals, and 8th at Dreamhack Austin 2018. Impressive performance by the team secured them $16,000 in prize money and put them in the prime position to find new sponsors ahead of PUBG Global Invitational.
The third and final PGI spot was up for grabs until the very last game, where teams like FaZe Clan and Blank were gunning after Pittsburgh Knights for the Top 3 finish. In the end, Knights managed to secure their position, thus forcing FaZe Clan to sit Global Invitational out. Consistency was a key to victory for Dylan “Krama” Catalano and his team, as this marks another great result for them after finishing second at Dreamhack Austin 2018 in June.
Over at LATAM qualifier in São Paulo, Brazil, the Uruguayan-Argentinian Savage Esports managed to secure the top spot in the controversial event. One of the favorites coming into the tournament, Team Secret, was penalized by annulling all of their Day 1 scores after an incident involving communication with their coach via Discord between matches.
In Japan, both Crest Gaming teams — Xanadu and Windfall — managed to secure the top spots for the organization. Whether this will be deemed to be a conflict of interest is yet to be seen.
The remaining two teams heading for PGI 2018 in Berlin will be decided in South Korea on 7th of July. Currently Gen.G Gold and Afreeca Freecs Ares are in the lead after months of competition. With Gen.G Black, ROCCAT Armor, and ROCCAT INV just 400 points behind and gunning after the top spots, anyone can qualify for the most prestigious PUBG event ever.
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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