When GhostGaming came out of the backstage after it was announced that they finished second overall, after carrying the lead for eleven straight rounds, they carried a look of pure despair. Team Gates, a middling team that doesn’t have any significant wins on the record, played solid PUBG all weekend which allowed them to steal a win away from the top-ranked GhostGaming.
After GhostGaming barely survived the onslaught of day two, Team Gates seemed to slowly and methodically close the gap between the two. It wasn’t a heroic kill effort that put Team Gates over the top, but their constant movement towards better positioning and using vehicles safely. TG never matched GhostGaming’s 42-kills one day-one, but no team came close in top-five finishes. TG ended up with six top-five placements and eight top-10.
Luckily, GhostGaming qualifies for the finals in Berlin regardless of losing out on the top prize. Along with those two teams, Honey Badger Nation, who had a very impressive showing, winning a few rounds along the way. Across the board, HBN showed up in a strong way. Five games HBN tallied double-digit kill totals and ended day one with the second highest kill total.
The Next Three Team
SlimeSquad, Cloud 9, Optic, and Tempo Storm, all esteemed teams in North America all missed out by a few hundred points. The problem was the inconsistency with these teams. Take Optic Gaming for example, who had an incredible weekend in terms of placing, but the lack of heavy-kill rounds significantly set them back.
Looking at Wildcard Gaming, they started in last place on day one, dropped the highest kill scores on day two, only to have a conservative total on day three and finish in eigtht. Same goes for The God Squad that dropped 43 total kills today, giving themselves a chance in the end. However, Team Gates was able to do it all and eventually surpass the juggernaut Ghost Gaming to win it all.