PCS3 Europe Grand Finals: who to watch
With the Grand Finals just around the corner, we look at some of the rosters you’ll want to keep an eye on in the coming weeks.
Let’s be honest, these guys need very little introduction. We all know about FaZe Clan and their trademark Sunday performances!
It’s probably fair to say that FaZe Clan had a slower start than they would have anticipated to 2020. They finished a respectable fourth place at the PCS Europe Charity Showdown and earned a sixth place finish at PCS1 Europe. Perhaps that wouldn’t be defined as ‘slow’ by some PUBG esports fans, but this roster have high standards – and for good reason. They followed the opening two tournaments up by winning PCS2 Europe, scoring the most placement points and earning the most kill points along the way!
Can they claim their second title of the year at PCS3 Europe? You certainly wouldn’t bet against it. With players like Aitzy, who took 38 kills in 24 matches during the Group Stage, they’ll be favorites heading into the weekend.
The Europe East region is in a strong place right now, and Natus Vincere will be looking to lay down a marker at the Grand Finals by showing why so many fans have been talking them up this year.
They’ve been a little inconsistent so far at PCS tournaments, finishing in third, ninth and seventh place respectively. The roster will be desperate to step it up a notch at PCS3 Europe and claim the prize that has alluded them so far… a PCS title.
The omens are looking good. Natus Vincere were relentless in the Group Stage, steaming through the competition to finish top of the pile. It isn’t just the fact they finished in first place that will excite fans, it is also the manner in which they did it in. The roster recorded an emphatic 241 points, leaving second place Northern Lights trailing 38 points behind them.
Heavyweights TSM are no strangers to success, scooping up the much coveted PCS1 Europe title in style. They followed the title win with another impressive display at PCS2 Europe where they recovered from a slightly slow start to claim third place. Looking at the roster’s recent strong form, coupled with their penchant to perform on the big stage, you’d have to place them among tournament favorites going into the Grand Final.
So what makes TSM such a dangerous opponent on the battlegrounds? The obvious answer is their vast experience, with teammates Fexx, Vard, MiracU and Iroh playing at the highest level for years – they have been here before and they will be here again.
Secondly, their individual talent. It’s very tough to pinpoint a weakness in the current side, and on their day the team’s frag power can be too much for even the most formidable of opponents. Take UK player Fexx, for example, in the PCS3 Europe Group Stage he topped the individual player charts with 45 kills, taking 46 knocks and 8 headshots along the way. Deadly.
Everyone loves an underdog, and Turkish roster Digital Athletics will be licking their lips at the prospect of causing an upset at the PCS3 Europe Grand Final. They’ve qualified for three out of the four PCS Europe tournaments this year, battling through open qualifiers, but have never made it to the Grand Finals… until now.
Digital Athletics really stepped it up a notch at the PCS3 Europe Group Stage, keeping pace with and surpassing many more experienced rosters who you may expect to outperform them. After six days of matches, they booked their place in the Grand Final by finishing third – a mere nine points behind second.
So what can we expect from the roster this weekend? If the Group Stage is anything to go by, then excitement and lots of it. They’re a fearless team who are here to challenge, there’s certainly no chance of them taking a backseat amongst all of the action.
The beauty of the PCS Europe tournament set up is that any roster in the region can earn their right to compete. This means that regardless of PUBG esports experience, if rosters play well enough then they’ll get their chance to take on the best – not to mention have a shot at the USD $200,000 prize pot.
One such roster who are experiencing PCS for the first time are PinkPony who booked their place by finishing third in the Europe East open qualifiers. If fans were impressed by the roster’s performance in qualifiers, they’ll have been blown away by their Group Stage form. Despite this being their first PCS experience, the side beat off competition from the likes of Raise Your Edge and Istanbul Wildcats to secure the last of the top 16 Grand Final qualification spots.
PinkPony will be delighted with how it is going so far, they’ve proven they have got what it takes to compete at the highest level – are we going to see them go even further this weekend?