3 things we learned from PMPL SEA Finals
From knowing what to look out for to understanding team performances, here’s the rundown of what we’ve grasped from the PUBG Mobile tournament.
It was a thrilling weekend (1 - 3 May) for us PUBG Mobile esports fans in Southeast Asia, as we witnessed the best of the best PUBG Mobile players in the region duking it out at the PUBG Mobile Professional League (PMPL) SEA Finals Spring Split 2020. Malaysia’s very own Yoodo Gank emerged as victors of the tournament, qualifying for the upcoming World League (PMWL) East Division along with Thailand’s King of Gamers Club (runner-up), plus four other teams - Team Secret, BOX Gaming, Bigetron RA and ILLUMINATE The Murder - who qualified by winning their respective country’s PMPL.
As the PUBG Mobile pro teams look back on their and other teams’ performance to ready themselves for the world stage, let us do the same and recount what we’ve learned from the PMPL SEA Finals:
1. Not all about the chickens
Winner Winner Chicken Dinners (WWCD) may be the equivalent of Harry Potter’s Golden Snitch, but they aren’t a sure-fire way to secure the championship title.
Every PUBG Mobile tournament so far has valued one WWCD at 20 points, six more precious points than second place (14 points), thus, why it’s a valued commodity for teams who want a big boost to their rank. However, if the last chicken dinner winners were to get knocked out early in later matches with little to no kills, that head start would’ve been flushed down the sink.
In the PMPL SEA Finals, with Yoodo Gank in a league of their own, the other top 3 teams leading the pack were initially RRQ Athena and King of Gamers Club (KOG) of Thailand - each having scored two WWCDs. Although most were led to believe that RRQ Athena would be the second team to enter PMWL, Bigetron RA came in like a wrecking ball on Day 3, causing RRQ to drop onto fourth place after racking up only 21 points. Despite only winning a sole poultry dinner, the Indonesian powerhouse gained 86 points on merely good placements and kills on the last day itself, which brings us to ...
2. Consistency and balance are king
Whether it’s 18 matches (PMPL MY/SG Grand Finals) or 15 matches, there’s ample opportunity to learn and adapt to the meta in PUBG Mobile tournaments. Which is why it’s important to focus not only on Chicken Dinners, but also every other way to gather those points: regular decent placements and kill counts in every match.
It doesn’t matter if the team won two WWCDs on their first day. Though it remains an impressive feat to do so (who wasn’t losing their minds when Yoodo Gank and KOG pulled this off on Day 1?), there are still two more match days to maintain their high position. Focusing on getting chicken dinners may yield big points, but avoiding early knockouts or being good at gunfights are the little things that eventually add up to bigger results. It’s in this scenario that being the jack of all trades is better than being the master of one.
Even though Team Secret were only placed fifth (not that it mattered, because they already qualified for the World League), they stuck to that slot like super glue without even flinching. On top of their only chicken, they were eliminated early in four out of 15 matches and got more than four kills in most matches. One may think that Team Secret isn’t the prime example to prove this point, but there’s a reason why they didn’t rank higher. (hint: revealed in our final pointer)
3. Uncover new winning formulas
The discovered potential of PUBG Mobile’s gameplay is akin to how much the human race knows about the universe: scratching the surface.
Understanding the basics is the first step of any professional esports career, and PUBG Mobile is no exception. Although it’s still admirable if one masters the fundamentals and win minor tournaments, that alone isn’t enough to win the big leagues. If they want to get to the next level, players have to put on their big boy pants and experiment with ways to maximise their potential and knowledge. This can include cooperation with their teammates, unique plays, advanced decision making and even familiarity with the play style of other roles.
The final say
Like any other competitive games, there’s a lot more underlying meta and strategies to learn about in PUBG Mobile. But, with no shortage of major tournaments for the professionals to showcase their training and knowledge in, we’ll be sure to keep a lookout on other ways to understand its intricate gameplay and the next-level methods of conquering the battle royale field.
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