5 must-see moments from the PCS2 Europe opening weekend

And we’re off! The PCS2 Europe Group Stage got going this weekend, here are some of our favorite moments from the opening 18 matches.

Over the weekend, 24 of Europe’s finest rosters entered the battlegrounds to fight it out to be crowned PCS2 Europe champions – as well as stake their claim for a larger share of the $200,000 USD prize pot. 

We knew it was going to be explosive, and it certainly did not disappoint! Bridge warfare, flying cars, machete combat – you name it, we saw it. 

Here are some of our favorite moments!

5. Clash of the titans

This, quite simply, is what PUBG esports is all about. Team Liquid v Northern Lights, two of the finest sides in the region, equally matched with absolutely no room for error. It started like a chess match, but – as is often the case – all hell broke loose! Team Liquid fought bravely as the rosters pivoted across the battleground, but in the end Northern Lights were too strong for them. What a start to Day 3! 

 

4. Drop it like it’s hot

One of the best things about PUBG esports is the ongoing rivalries and narratives that can be carved out over the course of a few days. Or in BetterLuckNxTime and Tornado Energy’s case, over just a few hours! 

BetterLuckNxTime hot dropped Tornado Energy in Match 10, but it didn’t go to plan as they exited the lobby in 16th place.

They weren’t about to let that knock their confidence, however, hot dropping them once more in Match 11. Again it didn’t go to plan, and they exited in 16th place.

Was it to be third time lucky? Somewhat unbelievably, the Europe East roster hot-dropped Tornado Energy again in Match 12, and this time……………. it didn’t go to plan, and they exited in 16th place! 

It wasn’t pretty, but it was certainly entertaining. 

 

3. FaZe Saturday’s

We all know what FaZe Clan are capable of, time and time again we have seen them step up when it matters most – most notably on a Sunday. However, with the popular roster only playing on Friday and Saturday, it was time to rejig their schedule!

Due to FaZe Clan’s own impeccably high standards, they won’t have been satisfied with their previous PCS performances, finishing in 4th and 6th place respectively.

They have started PCS2 Europe, however, exactly as they intend to go on. Day 2 of the action saw FaZe Clan take two dinners, as well as a 2nd, 3rd, and 5th place finish. 

After such a dominant display on Day 2, could FaZe Clan be considered early favorite to win PCS2 Europe? You wouldn’t bet against them.

 

2. Mayhem on Miramar

A rare circle appeared to be sending teams towards Miramar’s south-most islands, this led to a mass migration of rosters and some moments of absolute mayhem!

It was raining bikes and cars as players desperately scrapped it out for control of the bridge, we simply couldn’t take our eyes off it.

 

1. New kid on the block

Natus Vincere new boy Vladyslav ‘Orange’ Ostroushko will have earned plenty of fans with this show of courage and skill. A mere two minutes into the match, Etiget Esports got the drop on Natus Vincere – catching them before they’d had a chance to loot. 

It looked like Natus Vincere could be in a lot of trouble, but Orange had other ideas. Armed with just a machete, he took two of his opponents and ressed his teammate as well. What a way to introduce himself.

Take a bow!

 

What next?

We’re now at the halfway point of the PCS2 Europe Group Stage, meaning there is still plenty of time for rosters to secure one of the top 16 places and progress to the Grand Finals.

The Group Stage will resume from August 14-16, with matches starting daily from 18:00 CEST. You’ll be able to enjoy all the action live on https://www.twitch.tv/pubg. See you there!