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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds: Everything You Need to Know

December 16, 2019

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, otherwise more commonly referred to by audiences as PUBG, is a multiplayer Battle Royale game. It is arguably what started the Battle Royale craze that has since spawned many copycat titles.

As is typical of a Battle Royale game, PUBG drops players onto an island where they will fight until only one remain.

PUBG is not a free-to-play title. It sells for $30 on Steam (PC), Xbox Live (Xbox One), and the PlayStation Network (PlayStation 4).

A free-to-play version of PUBG, named PUBG Mobile, was later released for iOS and Android devices.

How Do You Play PUBG?

In PUBG, players can play in either first-person perspective or third-person perspective. The former plays more like a typical shooter, while the latter gives you a much wider perspective of your environment since you can see more.

Currently, there are four maps to choose from in PUBG: Erangel, Miramar, Sanhok, and Vikendi.

Once you’ve chosen a map, you wait for the match to begin, and you can choose when to jump from the plane, as well as where to land, based on the projected flight trajectory of the plane. After you’ve parachuted to the ground, it’s now a race to see who gets to the best loot first.

Loot can come in the form of weapons, gears, and first aid supplies, and are scattered all over the map. There are also vehicles placed across the four maps that players can ride to move faster.

There are many different types of weapons, grenades, as well as weapon attachments in PUBG. Players can also pick up backpacks and vests that allow them to carry more loot, as well as reduce body damage (vest). Wearing helmets can also reduce the damage of headshots. All three are graded levels 1, 2, or 3, with 3 being the highest as it grants the most protection and most bonus loot slots.

Healing items, such as Medkits, First Aid Kits, Bandages, Painkillers, and Energy Drinks, are also available in PUBG.

PUBG plays pretty much like your traditional FPS, with the main difference being that the goal isn’t necessarily to kill all of your opponents, but rather, simply to outlast them. As such, survival is the main goal, not dominance. Although, having more guns and protection never really hurt anyone.

To encourage encounters, the map in PUBG becomes smaller as the match progresses.

When playing in Squad or Duo modes, players who reach 0 health do not die immediately. Instead, they are knocked out first. This means that they can still be revived by a teammate unless they “bleed out” or take fatal damage or the entire team dies. However, when playing in Solo, once your health reaches zero, you’ll die.

What are the Most Important PUBG Tournaments?

In 2019, the competitive scene of PUBG has reached new heights.

Following the success of the PUBG Global Invitational 2018, which featured a total prize pool of $2 million, PUBG Corporation decided to create a formal competitive season for 2019, creating a full slate of professional leagues and unique tournaments around the world.

For the 2019 Competitive Season, a total of six professional leagues around the world participated for each of the three phases.

The six professional leagues are the NPL (North America), PEL (Europe), PKL (Korea), PML (Taiwan), PJS (Japan), and DPGL, which was later renamed to PCL (China).

In addition to the three phases, a total of five global events were added for the 2019 Competitive Season. The first global event, the FACEIT Global Summit: PUBG Classic, gathered the best teams from around the globe from Phase 1. However, for Phase 2, PUBG Corporation decided to host different global events for teams from the West (GLL Grand Slam: PUBG Classic) and the East (MET Asia Series: PUBG Classic) before finally uniting all teams for the $4 million tournaments, the PUBG Global Championship, in November 2019.

Another Global Event, the Nations Cup, was hosted before the start of the PUBG Global Championship.

The Nations Cup is similar to an All-Star event. However, instead of playing for their teams, players played for their respective countries. Each representing player was chosen by their peers to be part of their country’s team. The tournament featured a $500,000 prize pool.

Who are the Best PUBG Teams?

Gen.G is widely considered as the best PUBG team.

Their first team, Gen.G gold, won the third-person perspective of the PUBG Global Invitational 2018. The players then later merged with Gen.G’s other team, Gen.G black, to unite them under the Gen.G banner. The team, later on, would win the MET Asia Series: PUBG Classic and the PUBG Global Championship 2019, cementing themselves as the best team in PUBG.

The PUBG Global Championship 2019 runner-ups, FaZe Clan, are also considered one of the best PUBG teams in the world.

In addition to placing second at the PUBG Global Championship 2019, FaZe Clan also placed first at the GLL Grand Slam: PUBG Classic and in both Phase 2 and 3 of the PEL 2019.

Who are the Best PUBG Players?

Unlike during the first year or two of PUBG were individual frags or kills were highly valued, teamwork and squad play are given much more importance and emphasis in PUBG today.

Still, there are a handful of players that are evidently better compared to other players.

The 21-year-old Park “Loki” Jung-young is considered as the top fragger on the world’s best PUBG team. In addition to helping Gen.G win the PUBG Global Championship 2019, Loki was also part of Gen.G Gold when they won the Third Person Perspective portion of the PUBG Global Invitational 2018.

Cha “Pio” Seung Hoon was also one of the best PUBG players at the PUBG Global Championship 2019. He pulled through when his team, Gen.G, needed him the most, as he was 2nd in kills and 1st in damage during the Grand Finals.

Ludvik “Aitzy” Jahnsen and his consistently clutch performances also drew his praise, especially at the PUBG Global Championship 2019.

Wu “Forever” Zheng of Four Angry Men also nearly single-handedly put his team in the conversation for the trophy all throughout the PUBG Global Championship 2019. However, in the end, he couldn’t do it alone and the team had to settle for a third-place finish. Still, without him, Four Angry Men wouldn’t have even come close to finishing as high as they did.

What’s Next for PUBG?

PUBG Corporation has yet to announce their plans for the 2020 Competitive Season of PUBG. However, given the success of the 2019 Competitive Season, it’s safe to say that PUBG Global Esports will be back for another year in 2020.