On to Oakland

It all leads to this.

Four-player teams of battle royale professionals battled across Sanhok, Miramar, and Erangel in every corner of the world just to get to this moment: 48 matches away from the PUBG Global Championship.

The prize pool for the 32-team tournament stands at $2 million USD, even before adding in the proceeds from PGC-themed in-game item sales, but at this point in the season, it’s got to be about more than real world loot. It’ll have to be the opportunity to make history as the first true champions of PUBG that motivates the eventual champions.

The Event

The PUBG Global Championship is the biggest event in PUBG Esports yet. Beginning November 8 with the Group Stage over three days in Manhattan Beach, CA at the OGN Super Arena, the event continues for another three days the following weekend at the same venue with the PGC Semifinals. The Grand Finals are in Oakland November 23 and 24 in the home of pro basketball’s last great dynasty; the perfect place for PUBG’s best to become esports legends. If watching esports in person is your thing, tickets to the Grand Finals November 23 and 24 in Oakland, CA are still available and a whole set of special PGC items comes with your ticket.

Live Broadcasts

All eight match days begin at 5:00 p.m. PT (2:00 a.m. CET and 10:00 a.m. KST the next day)

Group Stage – Begins with 32 teams in two groups of 16 and ends with eight teams eliminated

November 8 – Group 1 Plays

November 9 – Group 2 Plays

November 10 – Elimination Group Plays

 

Semifinals – Begins with 24 teams in three groups of 8 and ends with eight more teams eliminated

November 15 – Group A vs Group B

November 16 – Group B vs Group C

November 17 – Group A vs Group C

 

Grand Finals – Begins with 16 teams and ends with one PUBG Global Champion

November 23 – Grand Finalists Compete

November 24 – Grand Finalists Compete

Esports fans can catch the PUBG Global Championship on twitch.tv/playbattlegrounds, youtube.com/pubgesports, or maximize their viewing experience on the PGC Watch Page, PUBG’s dedicated esports viewer with real-time player and team statistics, additional languages, team-specific streams, and interactive overlays.

The Group Stage

The draw for teams competing in the Group Stage was held on October 28, 2019 in the PUBG Santa Monica offices. The results are as follows:

PUBG Global Championship – Group Stage Draw Results
Draw Group 1 Group 2 Draw
1 FaZe Clan

(EMEA #1)

Four Angry Men

(CN #1)

2
4 Tempo Storm

(NA #1)

OGN ENTUS FORCE

(KR #1)

3
5 VC Gaming

(CN #2)

Team Liquid

(EMEA #2)

6
8 SK telecom T1

(KR #2)

Lazarus

(NA #2)

7
9 Natus Vincere

(EMEA #3)

Genesis

(NA #3)

10
12 INFANTRY CLAN

(CN #3)

Afreeca Freecs Fatal

(KR #3)

11
13 Team Envy

(NA #4)

TSM

(EMEA #4)

14
16 Gen.G

(KR #4)

QM Electronic Athletic Club

(CN #4)

15
17 Red Canids Kalunga

(LATAM #1)

Sting Divine Esports

(SEA #1)

18
20 RASCAL JESTER

(JP #1)

ahq eSports Club

(TPHKMO #1)

19
21 Vendetta

(OCE #1)

WClick

(LATAM #2)

22
24 Armory Gaming

(SEA #2)

Sunsister

(JP #2)

23
25 Global Esports Xsset

(TPHKMO #2)

Athletico

(OCE #2)

26
28 OGN ENTUS ACE

(KR #6)

The Rumblers

(Replaces SEA #3)

27
29 G2 Esports

(EMEA #5)

CrowCrowd

(EMEA #6)

31*
30* Ghost Gaming

(NA #5)

DeToNator

(KR #5)

32*

 

*Draw 30 (Ghost Gaming (NA #5)) could not be placed in Group 2 since it would create an invalid draw in Group 1 by forcing two Wild Card teams from the same region (either KR or EMEA) to be in the same Group. As a result, Ghost Gaming (NA #5) was placed in Group 1 and CrowCrowd (EMEA #6) and DeToNator (KR #5) were placed in Group 2.

An explanation of the Group Stage drawing process is below.

PUBG Global Championship – Group Stage Drawing Pools
Pool 1 OGN ENTUS FORCE

(KR #1)

FaZe Clan

(EMEA #1)

Tempo Storm

(NA #1)

Four Angry Men

(CN #1)

Pool 2 SK telecom T1 (KR #2) Team Liquid

(EMEA #2)

Lazarus

(NA #2)

VC Gaming

(CN #2)

Pool 3 Afreeca Freecs Fatal

(KR #3)

Natus Vincere

(EMEA #3)

Genesis

(NA #3)

INFANTRY CLAN

(CN #3)

Pool 4 Gen.G

(KR #4)

TSM

(EMEA #4)

Team Envy

(NA #4)

QM Electronic Athletic Club

(CN #4)

Pool 5 Sting Divine Esports
(SEA #1)
ahq eSports Club

(TPHKMO #1)

RASCAL JESTER

(JP #1)

Red Canids Kalunga

(LATAM #1)

Vendetta

(OCE #1)

Pool 6 Armory Gaming

(SEA #2)

Global Esports Xsset

(TPHKMO #2)

Sunsister

(JP #2)

WClick

(LATAM #2)

Athletico

(OCE #2)

Pool 7 SEA #3

(Replaced by The Rumblers)

Wild Card DeToNator

(KR #5)

G2 Esports

(EMEA #5)

Ghost Gaming

(NA #5)

OGN ENTUS ACE

(KR #6)

CrowCrowd

(EMEA #6)

 

Groups were determined by a snake draft (A, B, B, A, A, B, B, A, …) by drawing from each of the above pools in order. If a draw is invalid due to the rules below, the drawn team will be placed into the next valid group.

  1.       Draw all Pool 1 teams.
  2.       Pool 2 teams are automatically placed in the group opposite of the Pool 1 team from their respective region.
  3.       Draw all Pool 3 teams.
  4.       Pool 4 teams are automatically placed in the group opposite of the Pool 3 team from their respective region.
  5.       Draw all Pool 5 teams.
  6.       Pool 6 teams are automatically placed in the group opposite of the Pool 5 team from their respective region.
  7.       The Pool 7 team will fill the next open slot.
  8.       Draw all Wild Card teams making sure that no two Wild Card teams from the same region are placed in the same group until at least one Wild Card team from the same region is in each group.

 

The Front Runners

The qualified teams at the PUBG Global Championship have proven themselves across three phases in 2019 and at multi-regional events across three continents. While all of them are dangerous and capable of racking up enough Chicken Dinners at the PGC to take the crown, the proven champions in the field of 32 teams have to be among the favorites. A look at this group, plus a few other notable teams, should help put PGC into perspective.

Gen.G

The champions of the MET Asia Series also finished in first place in the PUBG Korea League back in Phase 2. With superstar player Pio leading the way, Gen.G has enough talent and plenty of experience on the big stage to be a threat throughout the event. If they don’t make it to the Grand Finals in Oakland, something’s gone horribly wrong.

FaZe Clan

The excessive talent on this team was enough to carry them to back-to-back first place finishes in PUBG Europe League and secure a championship at the GLL Grand Slam back in July. Star player Ubah is the top damage-dealer from Phase 3 and is coming off a victory with Team Russia at the PUBG Nations Cup. No team at PGC has a more impressive resume

Tempo Storm

The NPL’s most dominant team won the preseason event and swept every phase of North America’s top tier PUBG league. Their results at international events where they went against the best in PUBG Esports, are underwhelming. The level of competition won’t be any easier at PGC but there may be advantages for Tempo Storm playing in the first global event on North American soil.

TSM

Iroh and Gustav pushed this team to a third-place finish in the most recent phase of PEL. In terms of experience under pressure, this team has an abundance of players who played on the big stage at Nations Cup. At a tournament like PGC, a team that rise to the occasion and compete as one unit will have an advantage.

4AM

Four Angry Men will always be dangerous as long as they have the most intense fan base in all of PUBG Esports. Oakland Arena will be filled with cheers for 4AM no matter what and they’ll blow the roof off if a player like CPT can replicate the genre-defining moment from the FACEIT Global Summit.

Armory Gaming

At each international event in which they competed, there was always a moment when Armory Gaming and DUCKMANZ stunned the crowd and the field of competitors with their aggression and skill. This is a streaky team, but when they’re hot and able to play aggressively, there’s no team more dangerous.

The PUBG Global Championship runs November 8 through November 24 and fans can get in on the competition with the PGC Pick ‘Em Challenge with a chance to win the hottest weapon skins of 2019.

Buckle Up.

 

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