Match 1: Erangel
Another slow start on Erangel again (don’t worry, many more matches on this map to come!) as teams warmed themselves up for the long day ahead. As the circle shrank, many players found themselves picked off trying to cross the river to reach Sosnovka Island, leaving teams a man or two short towards the midgame. Yesterday’s leader, BOX Gaming, and Valdus the Murder were the first two teams to be eliminated, shortly followed by TSM Entity. None of the teams were in a great position at 20 minutes, with most of them hanging around the edge of the circle. Surprisingly, T1, one of the more aggressive early-game squads of day 1 had a change of pace today, playing patiently and not showing themselves until it was down to the final 3, along with GXR Celtz and MegaStars. This move paid off well for T1 as they were able to take out the other 2 squads, earning them their first Chicken Dinner of the day and their first of the finals weekend.
Match 2: Vikendi
Match 2 had a sluggish start as well, with almost everyone lasting well into the midgame, scouting for resources and staying hidden – setting the stage for a hectic late-game conflict. MegaStars were the winners of this portion of the match, finding themselves 2 supply crates landing right outside their hiding location. As the teams made their way towards Castle where the circle was, those that crossed paths attacked each other, with Scarlet Rejects being the first to be eliminated. As the circle got smaller, 3 teams remained – Bigetron RA, Yoodo Gank, and King of Gamers. Unfortunately for Yoodo, they only managed to finish 3rd, their best performance of the finals so far, while Bigetron RA were stopped again from getting their second Chicken Dinner. KOG emerged victoriously with their first win of the weekend, pushing them up a few spots on the leaderboard.
Match 3: Erangel
For today’s second match on Erangel, teams started making more aggressive plays from the get-go. Nothing extraordinary happened but the final minutes turned into a full 4 vs 4 firefight between Orange Rock and RRQ Athena – both squads had all their players alive, a rare occurrence at this point in the game. After all the grenades were thrown and bullets shot, RRQ Athena were the ones left standing, earning their second Chicken Dinner of the finals – things are looking up for the Thai squad as they jump up another few places on the leaderboard. Well played to Orange Rock as well – they were no slouches with 9 kills to their name this round.
Match 4: Miramar
While there was plenty of land in Miramar, the circle quickly shrank to force all the teams to play within a confined area around Chumacera. As the teams converged into the circle, RRQ Athena, who were already in the centre, found themselves with opponents on all sides – however, they kept their cool and held off from engaging with the other teams until it was down to the final 3 – BOX Gaming and Team IND. BOX Gaming managed a final 2 finish by taking out Team IND, but ran out of steam for the final encounter against RRQ Athena, who took them out to earn their second victory of the day – the first back-to-back Chicken Dinner of the finals.
Match 5: Sanhok
Everyone’s favourite jungle map featured multiple skirmishes from the get-go, but it was at 9 minutes when MegaStars were the first squad to be completely wiped out. As the teams moved towards Paradise Resort, players started dropping like flies from all the firefights breaking out at the same time – but eventually, it was the blue circle that proved to be their biggest enemy, taking out Team IND, TSM Entity, and T1, leaving Bigetron RA as the winners.
Match 6: Erangel
For the last match of the day, the circle placed itself in a very interesting location – the bridge connecting Sosnovka Island with the mainland. While Team IND started in a very favourable position – their favourite hangout on the bridge – it wasn’t enough to keep them in the match. In the midgame, the majority of the action took place during a chaotic and drawn-out fight between BOX Gaming, TSM Entity, T1, U Level Up, Team Secret and Yoodo Gank. Leaving most of the teams dead.
The final circle ended up being more than 80% water, with all the teams scrambling around the cliffside, taking shots at opponents floundering in the water. The match concluded with a hilarious ‘swim battle’ between RRQ Athena’s Beer and Earnny against SynerGE’s Ted – because all the players were swimming in water with no way to fire their weapons, it turned into a contest of trying to push their opponents into the shrinking blue circle to be the last one alive. RRQ Athena grab their third win of the day with this final match.
Day 2 has been very different from the first day, with the magic that BOX Gaming showed yesterday non-apparent today. Bigetron RA have maintained their consistency, while Indian teams – Team IND, MegaStars, TSM-Entity, and Orange Rock have been rising slowly thanks to their kill scores, despite the lack of Chicken Dinners. RRQ Athena was the biggest surprise of the day, claiming back to back victories and propelling themselves to 3rd place on the leaderboard. If they keep up this fiery performance, they’ll be in a good place to win the whole tournament.
The final match will also be one to remember for the coming months – not every day you get to see a game finishing in such a comical fashion. Team Secret and Yoodo Gank have continued to disappoint with subpar performances today. They still have two more days to show that they have what it takes to win – or that they’ve completely checked out this tournament.