The second PUBG Nations Cup is nearly upon us and the boys from the Americas have a steep challenge in front of them. While some members of Team USA, Canada, Argentina and Brazil have faced off against opponents from other regions, it’s been years since they’ve competed in a tournament like this.
The PUBG Continental Series 6 Americas participants will face off against players from Europe, the Asia Pacific, and mainland Asia in 20 matches played out of the True Icon Hall Iconsiam in Bangkok, Thailand. $500,000 is up for grabs between all 16 teams in attendance.
We’ve broken down the teams from other regions to help you understand how they might face off against the squads from the Americas. It’s anyone’s tournament to take, but we feel good about our teams’ chances.
The land of a thousand lakes has quite the star studded team for the PUBG Nations Cup. Team Liquid’s Anssi “mxey” Pekkonen and FaZe Clan’s Daniel “D1gg3r1” Luusua will help this Northern European squad go for the gold in Thailand. Europe has some of PUBG’s best talent, including Heroic’s Paavo “PaG3” Voutilainen and Timi “curexi” Tenhula, but these players have only come close to gold as part of their original teams.
They’ll need to pull something special out if they hope to edge out the rest of the competition.
Just like their brothers to the Northeast in Finland, United Kingdom’s Nations Cup squad is made up of players from FaZe Clan, Team Liquid and Heroic as well as Michael “mykLe” Wake from XPLDZ. This team is experienced, with team members earning 3rd, 4th and 6th placements at the PUBG Continental Series 6 Europe.
They should see a high placement in Bangkok barring any unforeseen circumstances or mistakes.
Despite having to duke it out with the Team Liquids and FaZe Clans of the world, Turkish squads have performed admirably in the PUBG Continental Series Europe over the past few years. Tugay “Quetpa” Demirel and Furkan “Smashbae” Sanli, who both play for BBL Esports, finished fourth in the most recent tournament which is quite the impressive accomplishment. We’ve got some hefty expectations for these lads once they land in Thailand.
This team of Germans is full of underdogs – players who have performed admirably in major tournaments but have never gotten over the hump to make a Top 3 finish. 2019’s Team Germany, who finished 5th, was made up of three players from G2 Esports. This team won’t have the same synergy and will have a lot more to prove.
Asia Pacific (APAC)
Team Thailand is the second team in PUBG Nations Cup history to have home field advantage at this gathering of greats. They may not even need it after Thanaporn “Nourinz” Udomphonampai, Peerapat “PuuChiwz” Kalumpan and coach Chakkapat “Chak” Chuanin took home the first place trophy at PUBG Continental Series 6 APAC. They could do the same at home if they mesh well with their two new teammates. This team could be the biggest obstacle for the squads from the Americas.
This Vietnamese team has the potential to go far at the PUBG Nations Cup. Pham “YmCuD” Duc and Tran Trinh Dong “HaiSaki” Hai finished fourth at PUBG Continental Series 6 APAC as part of CERBERUS Esports. This team has a ferocity to it and longtime veterans like Duong “Sapauu” Cam Hoa, who played Counter Strike before PUBG, will hopefully guide them to success.
Alter Ego and Team Extraordinaire, the two teams that make up Team Indonesia at the PUBG Nations Cup, haven’t reached their potential while competing against other APAC regions on the international stage, finishing outside the top ten at the PUBG Continental Series 6 APAC. Both teams have shined while playing in smaller tournaments, though.
South Korea has always been a juggernaut in PUBG and this PUBG Nations Cup team is no different. Whether it be Cho “seoul” Gi-yeol from Danawa esports or Na “Inonix” Hee-joo from Gen.G, this team has experience. A lot has changed in the world of PUBG since their 2nd place finish in 2019, but this squad should be able to impress in Thailand.
Made up of half of NewHappy, including Chen “MMing” Yinan and Zhou “ZpYan1” Pin yan, Team China is full of players who will hopefully come together to take the next step at the PUBG Nations Cup. All four squad mates are veterans of the PUBG scene, but Zuo “Aixleft” Zi Xuan of Petrichor Road is the one with the most success. His team’s win at PCS6 Asia was pivotal and his skill could hopefully push this squad to international glory.
We’ve got two players from both SunSister and Donuts USG filling out the Japanese PUBG Nations Cup squad. Neither has performed exceptionally well outside their home country in the last year, but that doesn’t mean they can’t surprise in Thailand. Donuts USG finished 14th in the PUBG Continental Series whereas SunSister wasn’t able to qualify.
This squad will have an uphill battle ahead of them in Thailand. Two of its members and its coach finished 12th at the PUBG Continental Series 6 APAC as part of Global Esports Xsset. The other two members haven’t seen much competition in 2022, meaning they could be rusty for one of the stiffest competitions of their careers.
WHERE TO WATCH / FOLLOW
Check out our PCS6 Americas content channels for VODs and streams:
Be sure to follow PUBG Esports on social media to stay up to date on all the action.