by PUBG Esports

With the PUBG Nation’s Cup a few weeks away we’re going to be looking at what each of the four regions (Americas, Asia, Europe, and APAC) is bringing to the table at PNC. 16 nations have selected their country’s best players to represent them at this tournament, and it’s one of the few opportunities we get to see each nation’s PUBG crop go head-to-head. PNC will not only give us an idea of the esports talent coming out of individual nations, but also a sense of the talent coming out of each region, how they differ, how they’re alike, and which has the best chance of winning big at PNC. Next up, Asia.

Selection Method.

Asia’s teams don’t seem to follow any specific rules or precedents when selecting players for PNC. Both Japan and Chinese Taipei utilize fan voting to choose at least one player for their country’s PNC roster (Taipei used this for three of their players). Japan also uses pro player voting the same way teams in the Americas do and one of Taipei’s players was the MVP from the recent East Asian PUBG Weekly Series. China, on the other hand, uses completely unique methods for selecting a PNC roster. All of their players are previous tournament champions, either from the PUBG Global Championships, the Continental Series, or the Champions League. Finally, South Korea’s process is a bit shrouded in secrecy. A mixture of pro players and coaches selected 6 players through a vote, those 6 were then narrowed to four via a committee of commentators, production staff, and Krafton itself, the developer and distributor of PUBG. The first PNC tournament in 2019 was held in Seoul, but this time around South Korea won’t have home field advantage. Teams in the Asia region certainly have the most unique processes for player selection, but it has paid off in the past. The Asia region performed best overall at PNC 2019. Let’s see if they can maintain their dominance this year.

The Best In The World.

It isn’t out of order to say that Asian countries have commanded the esports world since its inception. Not just in PUBG but across the esports arena, in all game types, Asian teams and players are some of the most successful, most well-known, and most well paid. South Korea is considered to be the country that kickstarted the esports phenomenon, so it’s no surprise that many competitive gaming stars come out of South Korea. The most famous esports player in the world, Faker, has alone won over $1.2 million in esports prize money. Korean players’ performance in all esports definitely backs up the idea that this nation is home to some of the world’s best gamers.  So why should PUBG be any different? Pio, arguably one of the best PUBG players ever, has earned over a million dollars just in the past two years alone and he played for South Korea’s PNC 2019 team where they came in 2nd place. Pio is retired now but two of his PNC 2019 teammates, Inonix and Loki, will be returning this year (they’re some of the few players in this tournament who also played at the last PNC). Overall, South Korea is the nation to beat.

China’s Rise.

South Korea’s esports prowess should not negate the talent coming out of China. The second-largest esports market in the world after the US, China has now even established a dedicated esports town in Hangzhou to grow the next generation of competitive gaming talent. China’s esports culture has developed rapidly over the last few years with Chinese players competing at the highest levels in globally recognized games, but a locally developed esports scene has taken hold in China as well. As we said, earlier many of the best esports teams in the world are in China right now, but also some of the highest-earning players. Two of China’s current PNC roster, MMing and ZpYan1 have earned nearly half a million each and both play for one of the top ranked teams in the world right now, NewHappy (PGC 2021 Champions). Despite their 8th place finish at PNC 2019, they’re poised to win big this year in Thailand.

Keep up with the teams from the other three regions this week, as they prepare to battle it out at PNC 2022, June 16th to 19th at Bangkok’s True Icon Hall for a piece of the $500,000 prize pool.


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