Competitive Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is an odd beast. Teams rack up factors throughout a number of games for eliminating others and being one of many previous few left alive, in varied quantities relying on the match. That often means which you can inform who’s going to win earlier than the top, however not this time. Home group South Korea had pulled forward early and stayed there – till the final game, the place Russia pipped them to the submit. And down on the backside of the desk, Great Britain managed to save lots of themselves from final place by a single level.
Having assumed South Korea would take it from their preliminary lead, I spent rather more time speculating about who would find yourself sixteenth of sixteen groups. Plus, esports might use a little bit extra Eurovision power, so I hoped for the UK to return in useless final. They had been hovering round there for many of the three-day occasion, together with after I checked in someday to listen to this instantly.
Today they picked up a little bit, earlier than as soon as once more tumbling all the best way down. The final game was principally a battle between them and Finland to see who would rank backside. Both had a few gamers eradicated early, however Britain managed to eke out the victory (insofar as it may be known as that).
Their single level lead on Finland was really an enormous a part of spoiling Korea’s day, as they picked off Cha “Pio” Seunghoon early. Simultaneously spoiling my enjoyable and the enjoyable of the house crowd. Boo.
Russia additionally had gamers dropped to the USA and Canada, however they had been on a tear. Despite being eradicated in ninth to Korea’s tenth, their additional factors for eliminations gave them the win ultimately.
“You even have the Korean crowd showing up and showing the respect to Russia,” stated one commentator, because the profitable group lifted the cup, however, ah, it was so much quieter than when Korea had been doing nicely in-game. Still, there’ll all the time be the quasi-rematch on the Global Championships going down this November.
During this occasion I additionally found that there’s an entire Twitch channel simply devoted to exhibiting the game’s map (and some rolling stats, like who’s acquired essentially the most kills and what number of gamers from every group are nonetheless alive). I do like watching from this angle, letting you give attention to who you need and the general image fairly than having to comply with the spectators’ whims. It additionally makes it seem like the entire game is made up of very offended colour-coded ants. And I believe that’s neat.