Congratulations to Nova Esports on their first win of the year! The squad put on an immaculate performance throughout all three days of the PUBG Mobile Global Championship 2021, especially on day two when they finished with three 2nd places and one Winner Winner Chicken Dinner. While the final day wasn't the best for the squad, their massive lead from the previous day was enough to keep them on top. Nova Esports ended the tournament with a whopping 222 points, a solid 47 points over the second-place Navi.
This marks the second PMGC victory for the Chinese squad (they won PMGC 2020), who were also the winners of the Peacekeeper Elite Championship 2020 - these guys are the most dominant team in the game right now. Well played to Jimmy, Paraboy, Order, Mix6GG, qc, and King. They walk away with USD 1,530,000 - what a chunk of change!
Completing the rest of the leaderboard: we have Nigma Galaxy in 3rd, S2G Esports in 4th, and D'Xavier in 5th. Unfortunately, for Malaysian fans, our representatives, Team Secret and 4Rivals finished 12th and 14th respectively. Extremely middling performances from them despite a few top 4 placements, they're going to have to go back to the drawing board and work on some new strategies.
The biggest surprise was probably Navi who won 3 Chicken Dinners and 2 second place finishes, they showed they have what it takes to hang with the best, unfortunately, Nova Esports was in this tournament. Perhaps they'll get the trophy next time.
The second set of weekday matches for the PUBG Mobile Global Championship 2021: East ended last night with a bang - Stalwart Esports winning their second Chicken Dinner of the day (3rd of the week), and placing top 3 in 4 out of 5 matches, talk about being on fire despite their lacklustre Super Weekend #1 performance. Coming in at second is The Inifinity, who topped the first Super Weekend - the Thai squad definitely look on fire this tournament. Dam Won Gaming, who didn't even make it to Super Weekend #1, came in third this week so it looks like they're slowly warming up.
Our Malaysian representatives, Team Secret and 4RIVALS came in 6th and 12th respectively - but as fans we have nothing to worry about, considering how well they played during the first Super Weekend since those are the only points that matter. FaZe and Bigetron RA managed to bounce back this week, so we can look forward to their Super Weekend debut.
Missing this weekend's matches will be Nova Esports, Deadeyes Guys, D'Xavier and BC Swell. Surprising for the first three teams, considering how well they did at Super Weekend #1 but BC Swell's chances at entering the finals look very slim since this will be the second on they sit out.
The first weekday stage of the PUBG Mobile Global Championship 2021: East concluded last night and the teams for the first Super Weekend have been decided. While our Malaysian representatives (4Rivals and Team Secret) didn't do fantastically, they secured enough points thanks to getting a Chicken Dinner each - hopefully, they bare their teeth this weekend!
Surprisingly two of the top teams from Southeast Asia failed to make the cut this weekend - FaZe and Bigetron RA will have to sit it out while the rest of their opponents get to earn points that matter. FaZe seems to be suffering the most, finishing bottom of the leaderboards with only 21 points, alongside BCS from Japan.
Sitting comfortably at the top are Stalwart Esports (Mongolia), Tong Jia Bao (China) and Nigma Galaxy (Middle East) who are starting to look like the favourites for this tournament. However, it's only the first leg of the tournament and we all know that PMGC is going to be a marathon instead of a sprint - anything can happen in the upcoming weeks.
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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Although it's sad to see what the originally-offline tournament could've been (what with the empty Coca Cola Arena seen during the broadcast) and numerous setbacks, the now-online PUBG Mobile Global Championship Season Zero (PMGC 2020) Finals remain as exciting as ever, with teams constantly trading ranks in the last three match days.
Four Angry Men (4AM) are at the top of their game, having procured four Winner Winner Chicken Dinners (the highest so far), with a well-balanced share of placement points and kills. Despite slight inconsistencies in their overall performance, one can't deny that their winning formula of doing crazy well in their good matches has kept them within the vicinity of the top 5 in the past three days. And finally, Nova XQF are the other Chinese team to be the top 3 on the leaderboard, after slowly climbing their way up since placing ninth on Day 1; they've been steadily holding on to third place from Day 2 onwards.
For Malaysians, sixth-placed Team Secret may have had a less-than-stellar performance last night (on the other hand, they got enough kills to stay afloat in the standings), it was their Day 2 performance that got the Malaysian pride pumping hard when they won their first WWCD and had many good matches that shot them up the ladder. Day 4 would be their second chance at redemption, another shot for glory.
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 have been battling each other for the highly sought-after PUBG Mobile world championship title and a share of the US$1.2 million prize pool.
The League stage of the PUBG Mobile Global Championship Season Zero (PMGC 2020) has come to an explosive finish, with China's Four Angry Men (4AM) first worldwide PUBG Mobile debut landing them a huge victory and a US$300,000 cash prize in the League phase.
4AM ended their League run with the highest number of Chicken Dinners (eight) and the most kills (298), totaling everything up to a whopping 631 points. Defending world champions Bigetron RA placed second with five Chicken Dinners, scoring US$125,000 in prize money. Though their final ranking is a little unexpected, the Indonesian powerhouse defended the top spot the majority of the League stage before being one-upped by the Chinese squad. The apex teams are followed by RRQ Athena (runner-ups of PMPL Thailand) and Konina Power (second runner-ups of PMWL 2020 West), who bagged US$75,000 and US$50,000, respectively.
4AM is a Peacekeeper Elite (the Chinese rebranded version of PUBG Mobile) squad, having qualified for PMGC 2020 - alongside Nova XQF (eighth place) - by dominating the Peacekeeper Elite League 2020 Championship Points. They had a pretty good start by bagging fourth in Super Weekend 1, but not before they found their stride and shredded everyone in their path during the second Super Weekend, including Bigetron RA, proving they are a force to be reckoned with. Although they fumbled in Super Weekend 3, they clutched it out in the final weekend and snatched four Chicken Dinners and plenty of top 3 placements in the first two days.
However, PMGC 2020 is far from over - we still have the Grand Finals to plow through! And the conclusion of League stage means that the 16 grand finalists have been finalised, which are:
Natus Vincere and Aerowolf LIMAX pulled off a fantastic final performance that landed them seats in the PMGC 2020 Grand Finals, overthrowing Blue Bees and Godsent. A1 Esports initially didn't qualify, but after Loops Esports were disqualified due to "unsportsmanlike behavior" in the final two Super Weekend 4 matches, the Bangladeshi team got a second chance to prove their worth.
Team Secret's absence from Super Weekend 4 almost cost them a spot in the Grand Finals, but fortunately, thanks to Blue Bees' or Godsent's underwhelming performances (not so lucky for this pair though), they can bear the Malaysian flag once more in the final round.
Onward to the PMGC 2020 Grand Finals, which will be held on stage in Dubai! This marks the first time since PMCO 2019 where every team will be competing offline on such a global scale. With a US$2 million total prize pool on the line, expect high-octane PUBG Mobile esports thrills in the last round.
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