by PUBG Esports

The PCS6: Americas Grand Finals are in the rearview mirror, and the PUBG Nations Cup is coming up over the skyline. From June 16th to 19th 16 nations will be sending their four best players to compete for the PNC trophy and a prize pool of $500,000.  The MVPs of the PCS6 Americas Grand Finals will automatically get a spot on their nation’s PNC team (as will the MVPs of the other Grand Finals around the world). The other three players on each team will be chosen via vote by each nation’s top players, the winners of which will be announced in the coming weeks. But who are these MVPs? What makes them so good at PUBG? Are they new to the battleground or are they old pros? What are their spirit animals? All this vital info and more on our MVPs will be gone over this week. Next up is the Brazilian MVP: Sparkingg.

A long time coming.

Despite Pedro Ribeiro, or Sparkingg as he’s best known, being one of the younger players across the PCS6 tournament, he has been a professional PUBG player for quite some time. Starting in 2018 he initially played for Brazilian gaming organizations Gamers Anonymous and Dai Dai Gaming. Then, in 2019, he had a short stint playing for 22 Esports, a team that he and his fellow Yaho teammates beat last week at PCS6, but it wasn’t until he joined Paraguayan gaming organization Meta Gaming in 2020 that he started to see some real success. With his Meta Gaming teammates (some of which he played against at PCS6) he won one of the largest LATAM PUBG tournaments, the Copa PUBG Masters, 3 series in a row. This success took him to America where he joined well know gaming organizations Zenith and Dignitas and met members of his current Yaho roster Poonage and Shinboi. While on Zenith Sparkingg earned the most kills of any player at the PCS4 North American Group stage, which is something he repeated this year at the PCS6 North American Regional playoff. That performance no doubt influenced Poonage and Shinobi’s decision to have Sparkingg join them on Yaho, and the rest, as they say, is history.

It may seem easy to present Sparkingg’s journey as straightforward, with few bumps in the road, and a stream of successes, one after the other. Remember though, Sparkingg has been in this game a long time, and Yaho’s second place finish at PCS6 is the result of years of grinding and hard work.

A team player.

Sparkingg said himself on Day 5 of PCS6 “I’m a player that plays for the team. If my team is playing good I will play good, if my team is playing bad I will play bad.” He has always been the voice of honesty Sparkingg, and we believe him because Yaho played incredibly well across the two weeks of PCS6. They were arguably the most consistent team throughout the tournament with one of the lowest point differentials between the first and second week. They were also the only team to place in the top 4 the same amount of times each week (6 times if you were wondering). This consistency undoubtedly comes in part from Yaho’s very evenly matched players. Unlike a lot of teams at PCS6, and in PUBG esports in general, Yaho did not rely on supporting one or two great players to lead them to chicken dinners. Two of Yaho’s players became MVPs (we spoke about the Canadian MVP Shinboi in our article yesterday) and neither of them even had the highest kill count on their team. This goes to show how well balanced Yaho’s roster is, and while that dynamic will certainly help Yaho on their route to the PUBG Global Championships (PGC) it may not help Sparkingg at the PNC next month. Being the only Brazilian on Yaho, he will not get to play with any Yaho members at PNC. Brazil may have an incredible pool of pro athletes to choose from, but in order for him to play at the high level he has been, Sparkingg will need to recreate the groove he’s got with Yaho when PNC comes along.

Opposites attract.

Yesterday we went into detail on the Canadian MVP Shinboi, and Sparkingg could not be more different. Sparkingg’s username should give you a hint as to his personality. He’s a firecracker, and at his own admission “can be a little crazy.” But in Yaho’s case opposites attract because despite them having totally different energy, preferring different maps, and disagreeing on their own team name, they came together to play some pretty epic PUBG at PCS6. Who knows why their chemistry works? It could be the pre-match Yoga Sparkingg does or the fact that they both think there are more doors than wheels in the world. Whatever it is, let’s hope they keep it going at future tournaments this year.  

Keep up with the MVPs from the US, Brazil, Canada, and Argentina as we get to know each one a bit better this week.   


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