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.

Related: Yoodo Gank enter World League with 5 chicken dinners

Awesome comic-style image from the PUBG Mobile FB page.

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.

Bigetron RA compensated for their near-absence of WWCD with good placements and (so) many kills.

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.

Occasionally, Team Secret and Yoodo Gank seemed to switch their preferred type of drop sites with each other.

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)

Related: Day 2 - Malaysian teams feast on 3 more chicken dinners

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.

Yoodo Gank's sniper/support, Draxx, embraced his fragger side and contributed a lot of kills to his team's victory.

Despite being the finals for a regional PUBG Mobile tournament, Yoodo Gank and - more so for - Team Secret ran their own secret experiments. Captain BiuBiu of Team Secret revealed that one of the reasons for their lacklustre performance, is that they were switching up their drop points; instead of dropping in the map/circle center, they opted for the edge of the circle during the PMPL SEA Finals. And as for the champions, sniper/support Draxx admitted that he and his teammates were exchanging player roles like football, especially after he surprised everyone with crazy good fragger plays during the regional tournament.

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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Relieve the PMPL SEA Finals action here:

Day 1: The beginning of PMPL SEA Finals

Day 2: Turning up the heat

Day 3: What a finale by Yoodo Gank!

Fans were treated to a jaw-dropping finale when the Malaysian team unexpectedly won two more WWCDs today.

Next up: the global stage! It feels too soon that the Southeast Asian leg of the PUBG Mobile Professional League (PMPL SEA) Finals 2020 ended, with the regional tournament coming to a close today.

After three days of hard-fought battles and aggressive yet smart plays, Yoodo Gank won the regional competition with a grand slam: five Winner Winner Chicken Dinners and a whopping total of 126 kills. As the PMPL SEA Finals 2020 champions, they will join five other teams - including fellow countrymen, Team Secret, and runner-up King of Gamers Club - in battling the world’s best PUBG Mobile team in the PUBG Mobile World League (PMWL) 2020 East Division.

World-class act

Just when you think Yoodo Gank has gotten their fill of chicken dinners, they went ahead to secure two more today for Match 11 and 14. Despite getting ambushed and stuck between teams - even to the point of almost getting wiped out earlier - in the day’s first match, they still managed to recover properly and held on until their victory.

It’s worth noting that Draxx has been the MVP several times (including this round), gunning down enemy players left and right like a crazy good fragger even when he’s supposed to play a more supportive role.

The Sanhok match that got Yoodo Gank their second WWCD.

“We actually exchange roles between us from time to time,” Draxx revealed. “So everyone is pretty much a multirole player.” Though we aren’t sure if it’s a tactic they’ll stick to in the World League, all that matters is that their new play style paid off in the finals, and are on their way to the upper echelons.

“We’re very thankful for getting here,” said captain Manparang. “We’re glad we got to prove ourselves and become champions.”

Going global

As for the other Malaysian teams, Team Secret fared pretty well by placing fifth overall. They largely got knocked out early today, but were so close to winning another chicken dinner before Yangon Galacticos blew them up skyhigh in Match 13. It was their good fortune that they managed to keep their placement by performing reasonably well in the first two days. Ultimately, as winners of the PMPL MY/SG Grand Finals 2020, Team Secret will be seen next on the world stage of PMWL 2020 East.

Not their final form yet

Bigetron AROV placed third in PMPL MY/SG 2020.

On the flip side, Bigetron AROV couldn’t get back the magic that scored them their first WWCD yesterday and were stuck in a slump today, getting knocked out early in all their matches. Although they managed to get six kills in the last match, their earlier knockouts lowered their placement from 10th to 12th. Even so, all’s not lost for Bigetron AROV, because they can try for the big leagues again next season during the Fall Split.

The PMPL SEA Finals 2020 was held over the weekend from 1 - 3 May. No other details have been revealed regarding PMWL 2020 East just yet.

Morale is higher for Yoodo Gank, Team Secret and Bigetron AROV after winning one WWCD each on Day 2.

The warm up of the PUBG Mobile Professional League Southeast Asia (PMPL SEA) Finals Spring Split 2020 Day 1 is forgotten as quickly as Day 2 ended today, with one day left to go for the tournament’s conclusion. Only the Thai and Malaysian teams have scored their share of Winner Winner Chicken Dinners (WWCD) so far, and three teams in particular popped their first ever chicken dinners today for the first season of PMPL SEA Finals 2020 - what’s more, two of them were Malaysian!

From zeroes to heroes

Bigetron AROV may have placed second last yesterday, but that’s now just a bad dream after winning their first WWCD today at dusty and mountainous Miramar in Match 8. What changed? “We focused on communicating more in-game this time, especially when we got knocked down plenty just now,” captain Boyka of Bigetron AROV revealed, explaining that they coordinate with each other on when to either revive the fallen or finish off their direct opponents.

Bigetron AROV towers over the other teams by securing the high ground during the final circle.

The most prominent issue that Bigetron AROV needs to fix soon is their consistency. Aside from their chicken dinner, they were knocked out early for their other matches, with bottom 6 placements for three matches. But, with a tenacity to go head-to-head with the region’s best teams, they still have a chance to climb the ranks even higher.

Discovering new formulas

Maintaining fifth spot, Team Secret is the last Malaysian team to finally win their first WWCD - plus a whopping volume of 15 kills - in the final match of the day at Vikendi, not to mention that it was a victory that was hard fought to the teeth. Many teams seemed to be out for Team Secret’s blood here, with the BiuBiu-led team getting third-partied and ambushed aplenty right after they survived their onslaughts, although they managed to fend them off to live another few precious minutes.

Despite facing a lot of ambushes and third-party teams in Match 10, Team Secret took our breaths away by clutching kills after kills and still survive.

Overall, they’re still quite inconsistent, either getting knocked out early in the bottom 6 twice today, or placing in the top 5 for the others to compensate. And apparently, there’s a reason for that.

“We’re trying out new strategies, which is why we’re inconsistent in our performance lately,” captain BiuBiu disclosed, leaving out the formula of their secret experiments except for one: switching up their drop points. During PMPL MY/SG, they favoured dropping in the middle of the map or circle. But for the PMPL SEA Finals, they like to drop at the edge, and factor in their flight paths before deciding on an area. “It’s a completely new play style we’re trying out.”

The iron giants

Finally, Malaysia’s favourite PUBG Mobile team, Yoodo Gank, stands firm in first place. Steadily placing in the top 10 (bar one match) and bagging 35 kills in the PMPL SEA Finals Day 2, they even won their third WWCD in tiny Sanhok.

With only tress and foliage as cover, Yoodo Gank downed third-placer Team Secret first before finishing off Blacklist International.

Although the Yoodo esports team largely stuck to their signature tactic of edging just outside the circle, they switched up their movements from time to time to be a little more unpredictable, while continuing their new aggressive-but-tactical play style. “We aim to be consistent and stay within the top 5 standings,” said Fredo, Yoodo Gank’s fragger. He later added that getting WWCD is a bonus for the team, implying that they’re more focused on getting kills, which means more heart-stopping action for the fans. It’s a strategy that they should continue so far, especially when they’re aggressive play style has improved drastically from their time in the PMPL MY/SG 2020 Grand Finals.

The likelihood of Yoodo Gank advancing to the PUBG Mobile World League (PMWL) Spring Split 2020 East Division is high, with Team Secret already qualifying for PMWL 2020 as the champions of PMPL MY/SG 2020. The burning question now is whether Bigetron AROV are able to up their ante to secure a top 5 spot in time. Fortunately, we wouldn’t have long to wait long.

The PMPL SEA Finals 2020 concludes tomorrow at 3.30PM (GMT+8). Be sure to catch the live stream on the PUBG Mobile official Facebook page, and follow eGG Network on Facebook for more in-depth coverage of the tournament.

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