Taking second place in the PUBG Global Invitational 2018 TPP event, Team Liquid have established themselves as a force to be reckoned with before the FPP competition.
Even before the start of the $2 million dollar tournament Team Liquid were considered to be the favorites by many. They plowed through the European qualifier, topping the list and eliminating one of the best teams in the world, FaZe Clan, on their way there. And all that considering they almost skipped the qualifier entirely.
Team Liquid had to bounce back after the not-so-great first games of the tournament. Keiron “Scoom” Prescott and his team finished sixth and eight in the first two games respectively, for a pretty subpar result. And even though they managed to secure back to back chicken dinners in games three and four, consistency allowed the Korean Gen.G Black (14th/2nd/2nd/2nd) to overtake them in the overall ranking.
Even though they couldn’t find any more chicken dinners on the second day of the competition, they showed just enough consistency to secure $160,000 and the second place finish in the overall rankings. The Korean Gen.G Gold, however, exploded and delivered the performance of their lifetime. They convincingly delivered two chicken dinners and climbed from the sixth position to take $400,000 and the title of the World Champions in PGI 2018 TPP event.
We sat down with Scoom to talk about their misfortunes in the online qualifier, their journey through the PUBG’s biggest tournament of the year, and preparation for the TPP event.
Vie: Walk me through how PGI qualifiers went for you guys. You made a lot of mistakes in the online part, you even failed to qualify, but in Leicester you were like a completely different team. What happened there?
Scoom: Yeah, we didn’t really play our own game during the qualifiers. I don’t really know why, but we were playing new spots and doing things we normally wouldn’t. We came 6th (while Top 5 were to qualify). It wasn’t like we played bad per se, but we were meant to qualify 1st in our group I’d say. You can never be sure with the online matches and low amount of games.
Vie: So what changed?
Scoom: During the LAN/offline event we just felt like ourselves again. We felt confident. With LAN experience, playing against teams for whom it was their first LAN, it was much easier for us.
Vie: The “new” Liquid is somewhat of a PUBG superteam — four star players of their own respective teams on a single squad. Was that your goal or is it something that happened organically?
Scoom: Yeah, this team basically happened randomly. I mean when I first joined Liquid and started playing PUBG competitively my only goal was to be one of the best, if not the best team in the world. I’d work as hard as possible to achieve that.
When we started making roster changes a few months back I was super fortunate to get this team together. As I thought and of course still think, these are the best players in the scene.
Vie: With some of the biggest contenders not here, who do you think will be your biggest competitiors in the FPP event?
Scoom: I don’t think we have any rivals per se, we are never worried about anyone else. We just focus on our game. I think NaVi and Gen.G teams are probably gonna perform the best.
Vie: So you are pretty confident?
Scoom: We are feeling really confident about PGI. We have a really good track record and feel like it’s our time. But we will treat each game as new and not let it go to our heads. We are confident in our own game and we’re not getting ahead of ourselves.
Vie: How do you feel about the perceived rivalry between EU and NA teams? Is it at all important for your team?
Scoom: I don’t really care about regions too much, to be honest. There is always banter about EU>NA etc, but EU obviously has the best track record in the Western scene and even internationally.
Vie: What did you think of the TPP tournament?
Scoom: Including TPP is understandable because it’s pretty popular casually and especially in the Asian scene. As they even compete in it, it is what it is, even though I don’t think it’s really competitive, we gave it our all.
Vie: Did you prepare for it at all?
Scoom: We have just been playing public games to get used to it a little.
Taking a closer look at the Korean PUBG scene, we sat down with OGN’s and SPOTV’s caster and analyst, Seungmin “JoelSophie” Lee.
Hours before PGI 2018 kicks off, we caught the Turkish representatives Oyun Hizmetleri eSports and grabbed a quick chat with their support player Mehmet “tmhMM” Yıldırım.
Just south of the Georgopol bridge, we sat down with Justin “MiracU” McNally before the opening games of PUBG Global Invitational 2018.