Our hearts are still pumping after watching the exciting PUBG Continental Series 7 Americas Grand Final. It may be over, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of statistics and storylines to dissect in the aftermath of that battle royale carnage.
Looking at the results could also give us an idea of who to keep an eye on at the PUBG Global Championship (PGC) that’s taking place in Dubai in November. We’re excited to see some of these teams on the big stage again once that tournament kicks off.
TGLTN surpasses Guizeera for most kills
James “TGLTN” Giezen’s name is supposed to be a throwback to his old name, which is “Not Legit” spelt backwards and smooshed together. He was more than legit this weekend by earning 64 kills in 30 matches, surpassing 22 Esports’ Guilherme “guizeera” Barbosa to become kill leader and earn an extra $5000.
He wasn’t the only player on his team to have a great performance this weekend. Tristan “Shrimzy” Nowicki was the next closest to TGLTN’s 4.5 KDA, meaning that Soniqs were all over the map in this tournament. Shrimzy had the most assists at 40, the most knocks at 66 and the most damage at over 12000 hit points. These two also filled out the top two spots on the headshot kills leaderboard. Outside of these three aforementioned players, Jake “Snakers” Winant and Matt “Kickstart” Smith from eUnited had great performances (47 and 46 kills, 3 and 2.8 KDA respectively) to round out the Top 5 in the kills and KDA departments.
It’s been a back-and-forth affair between eUnited and Soniqs in 2022. Both ESL Masters tournaments trophies belong to eUnited, while Soniqs took home first place finishes in the two PUBG Continental Series tournaments of the year. However, eUnited has been nipping at their heels in both. Both these teams should be some of the favorites from the Americas region heading into Dubai.
Putting the Energy in Synergy
It’s no wonder that Synergy Esports won PCS7’s Insane Squad award. Team captain Daniel “danitw” Arce, Rafael “PIPAA” Ruppel, Nahuel “SzylzEN” Balseiro and Benjamín “benja” Selman impressed the Americas audience with a 4th place finish.
This team earned a top five placement in seven of the 15 matches within the Grand Final’s second weekend of play. A few roster changes have paid off after this team went from not qualifying for the PCS6 Grand Final to slugging it with the big dogs this season. We’re excited to see what they do next.
It’s about being better than yourself
We saw some major weekend-to-weekend improvements in this tournament. Teams like the Rumblers and Tokyo Manji Gang were hugely different between each set of 15 matches.
Only three of the teams at the top of the leaderboard improved on their already impressive performances from the first weekend. Soniqs, 22 Esports and Luminosity Gaming. PUBG can be a fickle beast sometimes with circles, loot and gun fights going in the opposite direction than needed.
The best most teams can do is look at their mistakes and find ways to improve. 22 Esports, for example, missed out on several chicken dinners during the first weekend by losing gunfights near the end of the match. This squad may have earned 14 fewer points than they did in the first weekend, but they doubled the amount of chicken dinners they won in order to maintain their third place standing.
Where to watch the PUBG Global Championship.
The PUBG Global Championship is over a month away, but we’re already counting the days until we see our Americas teams jump from the plane and into the action. The competition will be stiffer, but we’re confident in our boys’ chances.
The PUBG Global Championship is the final major tournament of 2022, so be sure to stay tuned for all the updates leading up to Nov. 1.
See you on the Battlegrounds!
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