The second PUBG Nations Cup is officially behind us, but there is a lot of action to break down in the coming days. While the United Kingdom may have taken home the crown, our boys from North America and Latin America have plenty to be proud of.
“I wanted to start by saying that I’m super proud of the kids, [with it] being their first world championship, they all showed that they deserve to be among the best in the world,” said Team Brazil’s Pedro “sparkingg” Ribeiro. “I’m not happy with [third place], but it makes me happy to know that we represented Brazil like never before.”
Team Brazil blasted past the competition, earning four chicken dinners, seven top five finishes, and a tournament-second-best 112 kills in a campaign that led them to finish in third place overall. This team, made up of YAHO’s sparkingg, 22 Esports’ Erick “Haven” Aguiar, and A Creche’s Hailton “vhz” Junior and Lucas “lfp1” Prado proved that Brazil has some of the top talent in competitive PUBG.
This third place finish is a monumental improvement over the 13th place finish Team Brazil earned in Seoul in 2019. It all happened just after one of Team Brazil’s members experienced a massive loss.
“This championship was very difficult for me, not because of the difficulty in the game, but mentally,” sparkingg said in a tweet. “I lost my grandmother to cancer a few days before I came here and I lost my grandfather the day before the games started. It was very difficult to keep my psyche out of the games, the only time I forgot all that was when we were playing.”
Sparkingg already has an impressive resume with his performances in the Americas as part of YAHO, but this third place finish helps solidify him as one of the greatest PUBG players in the world.
The rest of the teams from the Americas had admirable performances at PUBG’s second world cup. The USA improved on their 10th place finish in 2019 by finishing 9th in 2022. Argentina also moved up one spot by finishing 8th in 2022. While proud, players from both teams believed they could have gone farther.
Canada unfortunately fell far from their third place finish in 2019 with a 13th place finish this year.
“Just really bummed about how PNC ended up, we should have been much better than 13th,” Team Canada’s Adam “Adam” Didiano, who suffered food poisoning in the middle of the tournament, said in a tweet. “I personally have lots to prove still and I plan on doing that the rest of this year, thanks for the support.”
Team USA and Argentina remained in the middle of the pack throughout the tournament. Argentina’s performance slightly outpaced USA, although both teams could barely crack half of the kills the United Kingdom players wracked up. Dylan “Didz” Didiano had to sub in for Adam for part of the Nations Cup, which could have played a part in the team’s struggles.
“A great experience once again being able to represent Canada with these amazing people,” Didz said in a tweet. “We had a rough ride but these guys gave it their all and kept positive throughout. Still proud of the effort.”
You can catch the players from Argentina, the USA, Brazil and Canada compete in another rendition of the PUBG Continental Series Americas later this year.
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