Publish Date: 24/01/2022
Fact checked by: Sophie McCarthy
A big piece of PUBG mobile history was achieved this past week as Nova eSports became the first team to win the world title in consecutive years. The back-to-back champions already put themselves in a strong position after a dominant 2nd day of the world championship where they extended their lead by 45-points over nearest challengers NaVi and Nigma Galaxy.
Of the games played, Nova managed to claim one map win and 103 kills which amounted to 222 points, 47-points more than NaVi. They led the pack for the whole tournament with their superbly consistent gameplay. The Chinese team walked away with a significant chunk of the tournament’s $3,5 million prize pool, as the team took home $1,530,000.
By the time the 2nd day rolled around, it was essentially a battle for 2nd place. 2nd place is still no mean feat, not just for the achievement but for the prize money as well. The battle was ultimately between Nigma Galaxy and NaVi. The last game was where it all played out and NaVi snuck into 2nd with a 5th place finish, where Nigma Galaxy could only scrape a 10th place finish.
With the culmination of the world championship, it's now time to look ahead to the new year of PUBG mobile. There is going to be plenty of opportunity for betting on the top teams. As we have already seen, you don’t need to have been the best in the East and West divisions to come out on top at the world championships. It's all about who shows up on the day. This is what makes these PUBG mobile tournaments so much more exciting than your average eSport, as it's difficult for even the best teams to get a foothold in every tournament that they play.
Something that has shaken up the world of PUBG mobile happened fairly recently, as the PUBG Corporation announced that they would be making some major changes to the way the competitive year would play out. The planned changes are purely to make the viewing experience of the eSport that much better. The PUBG Corp want to strike while the iron is hot after having their best viewing year to date with plenty of the new fans tuning in for the high-end tournaments that took place in 2021.
The biggest change to the PUBG mobile format relates to amateur and semi-pro teams that are looking to break onto the scene. Instead of qualifying to the Pro League directly, teams will now go through PMNC regional cups which will then give them a chance to omte in the Pro League for 2023. It may seem like it's given qualification a more difficult step to get through but what this does is give far more teams and players who love the game the chance to qualify through their local/regional tournament to be given the chance to play with the best of the best in the mobile eSport.
For now, we won't be seeing any new faces on the pro screen but we will be keeping a watchful eye on the semi-pro qualification scene to see if there is any exciting young blood coming through the ranks to challenge the likes of Nigma Galaxy, NaVi and Nova eSports in the coming years.