It’s almost here! Week 1 of the PCS6 Americas Grand Final is mere days away. Prior to the start of the Grand Final, we encouraged our phenomenal talent lineup to ‘Caster Curse’ as many players and teams as they desired (ie, give us their opinions). Now that the die is cast and teams are locked for Grand Final, we accept zero responsibility for the untimely caster curses that may or may not follow the publishing of this Q&A!
WITHOUT [THIS PLAYER], [THIS TEAM] DOESN’T QUALIFY FOR THE PCS6 AMERICAS GRAND FINAL, AND WHY?
Stephanie “Klov3r” Naboshek: Hwinn, Soniqs are an absolutely brutal squad across both macro and meta. Their fire power and force has been some of the best in NA. Hwinn’s IGLing is a key contributor to this team’s success.
Mike “Porosaurus” Navarro: LosHD from the Rumblers. Even before getting the flush that secured his team’s Grand Final spot in the final game of the LCQ, LosHD was putting up damage and kill points fairly consistently for his team. Add in some great late-game solo heroics that secured the team a few crucial extra points, and LosHD definitely feels like Rumblers’ Group stage/LCQ MVP.
OF THE NORTH AMERICAN TEAMS HEADED TO THE PCS6 AMERICAS GRAND FINAL, WHICH ONE DO YOU THINK IS THE MOST ‘UNDERRATED’ AND LIKELY TO SURPRISE VIEWERS?
Mike “Porosaurus” Navarro: It would have to be Nootropic. Some of these players are journeymen, and some haven’t even played competitive PUBG in a while, but they seem to be getting better with each passing game. HalloSenpai in particular really seems to be hitting his stride going into the finals.
Steven “Toffees” Pierce: I don’t understand what we mean by underrated. If [we mean] lower spot on tables coming in as “lower rated” then STK or Soniqs [are underrated] but I’d hardly call either of those rosters underrated!
Cameron Davis: Nootropic. Of the LCQ teams (excluding SQ where the surprise was being in LCQ) they’re the most likely to maintain or even increase their form going into finals.
OF THE LATAM TEAMS, WHICH ONE(S) DO YOU THINK CAN STEP UP AT THE PCS6 AM GRAND FINAL? WHAT MAKES THEM STAND OUT FROM THE OTHER TEAMS ON THE REGION?
Mike “Porosaurus” Navarro: A Creche put up 96 points in 6 games on Erangel, which is an insane performance to be sure, but how likely is it that they can do that again? Meanwhile, 22 Esports was consistent across both maps in placement and kills. If 22 Esports can continue keeping 3 or more up into circle 7, and be more proactive in area control and third-partying late-game fights, they have the mechanical ability to hang with the best in the lobby.
Stephanie “Klov3r” Naboshek: 22 Esports. This roster has had a lot of experience on the Americas battlefield. Expect them to adjust to the meta quickly and make early moves in the mid game.
Cameron Davis: It’s always hard to say from LATAM where the teams are so often hot/cold, but within that “Schroedinger’s Form” there’s always a second of teams holding their breath to see which Trogladitas show up each time [the hot or the cold].
WHO DO YOU PREDICT TO WIN THE PCS6 AM GRAND FINAL AND WHAT IS THEIR KEY(S) TO SUCCESS?
Cameron Davis: eUnited are my expected winners because for the last few events in the Americas they’ve been consistently the best team. Their firepower is top of the field right now and, unlike what this core looked like 9+ months ago, they rarely lose their footing in a round.
Stephanie “Klov3r” Naboshek: eUnited. Their adaptability, macro level management and zone-edge strength will give them a lot of benefits in this lobby.
Mike “Porosaurus” Navarro: The teams in the Americas are getting so good that this question is even tougher to answer this year than it was last year. If I have to make a pick, I would probably go with Soniqs. I think their group stage was actually not all that bad for 2 days – they just didn’t have a big point day like some of the others did. So far, they are averaging about 40 points a day, and have only had one ‘bad day’ in 2022, of 24 points. However, they also haven’t had a big point day yet, which makes me think they are due to pop off in the PCS6 Grand Final.
WHICH PLAYER/TEAM DO YOU BELIEVE HAS THE MOST PRESSURE ON THEM COMING INTO THE PCS6 GRAND FINAL AND WHY THEM?
Stephanie “Klov3r” Naboshek: eUnited. After a win at ESL Masters 1 and previous winning of PCS5, all eyes are going to be on eUnited for a repeat victory.
Steven “Toffees” Pierce: STK. Like Soniqs they always have all eyes on them and a strong fan base, but unlike Soniqs they aren’t signed. [For STK], winning means paying the rent, feeding the kids, when you are in business for yourself, the pressure is immense. And all this while the young guns are starting to look at them like the old guard while licking their chops.
Cameron Davis: Soniqs. They’ve slipped from the top of the region (and the world) over the past few months, and going through LCQ makes it even worse. Yes, they were 3rd at ESL but there were a few times where things looked way more ropey than you’d expect from this team. If they don’t place at least top 4 [in Grand Final] it will be the official sign that a new age is upon the region.
NAME ONE STANDOUT PLAYER THAT WE CAN EXPECT MEMORABLE MOMENTS FROM DURING THE PCS6 GRAND FINAL.
Cameron Davis: Ethan. He had an amazing ESL and if Dodge do well he will likely have a lot to do with it.
Steven “Toffees” Pierce: Sparkingg from Yaho.
Stephanie “Klov3r” Naboshek: Ethan from Dodge.
Mike “Porosaurus” Navarro: GAS_Nicoos gets my vote here. What the Gascans were able to accomplish during group stages was awesome, and Nicoos was a huge part of that. It seems like he is hitting absolutely everything right now (20% of the 1,263 shots he took in groups hit someone), and his teammates are helping. The Gascans are playing extremely well as a team, covering for each other and opening up lines of sight through fantastic area control. If they can keep this up in the Grand Final, I expect a lot of highlight reel plays from Nicoos.
Don’t forget tune-in and see if these caster predictions are curses or blessing during the PCS6 Americas Grand Final at 4 pm PT, starting on April 15th.
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