6 things I learnt from the PGS Berlin: Europe Qualifier finals

We sat down with PUBG analyst Frosz to debate a few of the key takeaways from the PGS Berlin: Europe Qualifier finals – that includes shock packages, ones to observe and a return to kind for Team Liquid.

1. New look Navi is prepared for achievement

Natus Vincere (NAVI) is undoubtedly crew, and I assume one in every of the massive surprises is how rapidly they gelled contemplating that they had two new gamers on the roster.

What helped is that the majority of them have really performed collectively earlier than. During the PEL qualifiers in Minsk, Belarus, in 2018, we noticed an unsigned crew referred to as Jokers who principally dominated the match. That Jokers roster boasted three out of the 4 present NAVI gamers: ceh9, TheTab and Kemba7.

They additionally performed PEL Phase 1 with that roster and ended up in sixth place. The solely motive the squad disbanded was as a result of gamers acquired picked up by different groups who had backing from massive orgs – ceh9 went to NAVI, and TheTab and Kemba7 went to CrowCrowd.

So we’re seeing a reunion of Jokers, and so they’re additionally joined by Bestoloch who matches the line up properly. At the second ceh9 and Bestoloch appear to be nearly inseparable, changing into maybe the most fearsome duo in CIS.

Not to take something away from this crew however one other issue that helped NAVI dominate the PGS Berlin: Europe Qualifier finals was nearly all of the different groups had roster modifications with fully new gamers. This was the first time we noticed loads of the line-ups, and naturally some have been stronger than others.

2. We have been incorrect to underestimate Exalt

Exalt is the outdated Team Reciprocity lineup who we noticed at PEL, with a roster change of Scoom leaving and Naylup becoming a member of the aspect.

Our predictions have been made round two weeks earlier than the qualifier began, and a few shaky performances throughout PEL – mixed with Naylup’s lack of LAN expertise – meant I wasn’t anticipating them to do properly. During GLL, nevertheless, you possibly can see the potential in the crew and the way good a participant Naylup is.

Exalt was additionally helped by ynck becoming a member of as a coach. Not solely is ynck very educated however he was really the man who discovered Naylup and introduced him to the high of aggressive PUBG, they performed collectively at PELC for crew PG18.

Shiv and mOnKeY additionally go approach again as they performed collectively at Evolve and Vitality, earlier than Shiv acquired dropped and joined Reciprocity. MonKeY stayed on at Vitality and was really benched (which is completely loopy contemplating how good of a participant he’s).

UdyrMayFire, the final participant on the crew, is a well-known title as properly coming from PENTA Sports. He has been on the scene and taking part in at the high degree for a very long time.

He has loads of expertise and final 12 months we noticed him not solely in any respect of the PEL phases but in addition at the GLL Grand Slam. He additionally represented crew Germany in the PUBG Nations Cup.

It’s going to be attention-grabbing to see how this crew does this 12 months, as of proper now UdyrMayFire is the just one with expertise towards Asian groups who’ve a little bit of a distinct play type than western PUBG sides.

three. Naylup is one to observe

Overall, just a few gamers stood out at the PGS Berlin: Europe Qualifier finals, however I was notably impressed with Naylup.

He’s a reasonably new participant to the high of the aggressive scene, he has performed in PELC throughout the previous 12 months however as we are able to see he has not too long ago stepped it up and doesn’t seem like he’s leaving any time quickly with the performances he has proven. Of course, he nonetheless has lots to study and is missing expertise however the potential there’s enormous.

He ended up in direction of the high of the chief board when it got here to break performed at each GLL and the PGS Berlin: Europe Qualifier finals, however for those who watch intently a few of his performs are more practical when taking part in towards decrease tier groups who won’t punish you as usually for misplays.

four. At the high degree, there are at all times going to be surprises

There have been just a few groups that stunned me by way of their efficiency in each good and unhealthy methods. Let’s begin with Northern Lights qualifying, this was one thing I don’t assume anybody noticed coming. It’s a crew that has been on the scene for a very long time, we noticed them final 12 months primarily in the PELC however the squad has had some roster modifications – and for them to qualify was a shock to me.

ENCE making a comeback after a reasonably unhealthy first day and clutching qualification in the final sport was additionally a giant deal. After their begin, I didn’t assume we might see them qualify to be sincere.

Exalt is a crew I’ve talked lots about already, there’s a motive for that and we noticed them give us displaying on the opening day. Day two, on the different hand, was one other story. It’s fairly regarding as what you need from a crew is consistency over excessive and low peaks. Somehow, Exalt managed to each peak excessive and low in simply two days.

I’ve acquired to say I was fairly stunned that RYE Gaming, TSM and Omaken Esports didn’t qualify. You can blame it on something you need however the reality is none of the groups really performed properly. Hopefully they’ll come again stronger and hungrier than ever.

5. WTSG is able to making the subsequent step

Since PGC, WTSG has picked up Xiong and Iroh and they’re in actually good condition. Coming from groups like Team Liquid and TSM, they’re gamers with high aggressive expertise.

They even have vard and MiracU, two nice gamers with loads of expertise who’ve been taking part in collectively for years now.

WTSG is a crew that may have a huge effect on the worldwide stage. Only time will inform but when they will carry on taking part in like they’ve performed for the quick time period they’ve been collectively then I imagine they might have a profitable 2020.

6. Team Liquid is again

Team Liquid was disenchanted with their efficiency at PGC, they underachieved and sadly it was of their largest match up to now.

But let’s be clear, they’re nonetheless an excellent squad and have confirmed us on numerous events how good they’re. I assume from what we’ve seen they’re undoubtedly a greater crew than they have been at PGC.

Since PGC we’ve seen two participant modifications to the roster, Jembty and Xiong left and have been changed by Kaymind and mxey. We noticed them debut with this roster for GLL S4 Finals, it was trying shaky at the begin however they improved sport after sport and so they carried that kind via to the PGS Berlin: Europe Qualifier finals.

We all know the names, everyone knows the gamers and we all know what they’re able to as properly, it is a roster constructed to surpass what the outdated roster might do and it’s already trying like they’re robust sufficient to drag that off. I can’t be the just one that’s tremendous excited to see their efficiency this 12 months, and see how this new roster competes with others on a global degree.

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