Nova XQF are the champions of PMGC 2020

Posted by Bryan Terng on January 27, 2021

After four days of intense gunfights and fans getting bamboozled by the leaderboard, Nova XQF went against all odds to emerge as champions of the PUBG Mobile Global Championship Season Zero (PMGC 2020). They accrued a total of 319 points, courtesy of four Winner Winner Chicken Dinners, 151 kills, and 168 placement points. For their victory, Nova XQF returned home with US$700,000 in winnings.

Nova XQF's journey to glory didn't begin with a bang, quietly sitting at ninth place on Day 1 of PMGC 2020 Finals. However, it was Day 2 onwards that the Chinese squad started making headlines, after bagging two WWCDs in a single day and an insane amount of kills. They remained silently sturdy on Day 3, but their performance managed to keep them in third place. And finally on Day 4, they shot to the top from the first match onwards and held onto the throne without budging until the end, but not before bagging another Chicken Dinner and as many as 17 kills in Match 4.

Even so, Nova XQF's rise to first place was hardly easy, with their closest competitors, Four Angry Men (4AM) and Zeus Esports, winning the runner-ups and second runner-ups seats. The PMGC 2020 League champions were constantly in the top 4 spots throughout the PMGC 2020 Finals, giving the impression that they had the tournament in the bag before Nova XQF surpassed them. Zeus Esports were the biggest surprises of the global series, starting out at 14th place before shooting up to second place in just two days on Day 3. If these two were victors of PMGC 2020, we would've been happy with the outcome anyway, because these two were forces to be reckoned with in the battlefield. The two were rewarded US$200,000 and US$100,000, respectively, and 4AM's Suk was awarded the MVP title and an additional US$15,000.

Previous world champions, Bigetron RA, didn't quite perform as outstandingly as they usually did, placing fifth in the overall standings. Shockingly, the Indonesian squad started out at the literal bottom 16th with scarcely any points, though it's a pattern that was also noticeable during PMPL SEA Finals Season 2 (maybe they like pulling off high IQ plays?). Somewhat similar to the regional tournament, they soared to fifth the following day and hardly budged until the end of the series. On the bright side, they did won their first PMPL SEA Finals trophy this season, so maybe it's time other teams held the world championship title.

Other outstanding teams during the PMGC 2020 Finals were EMEA League squads, Natus Vincere and Klas Digital Athletics, who placed fourth and eighth, respectively. NaVi saw a huge improvement in their Finals performance, a worthy redemption after settling for 13th in the PMGC 2020 League stage. Even though it's not a total surprise that Klas Digital Athletics would perform well in the last phase (they placed fifth in League), they held onto first place for the first two days, which is an impressive feat by itself. Alas, they stumbled on Day 4 and dropped down the ladder, but at least they'd have fond memories of the first half.

On the Malaysian side, Team Secret MY ended their worldwide run with seventh place, coupled with two Chicken Dinners. Even though they didn't dominate the international tournament, after their underwhelming League performance in 15th, Team Secret MY improved phenomenally in the Grand Finals and scored two Chicken Dinners.

The PMGC 2020 Finals began last Thursday (21 January), with Day 2 postponed until Sunday (24 January) to sort out network issues faced by players. The top 16 teams of PMGC 2020 league stage battled each other for the coveted PUBG Mobile world championship title and a share of the US$2 million total prize pool.

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