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OP Rangers Victorious at FACEIT Global Summit: PUBG Classic

Adam Fitch  | 
OP Rangers lift the trophy at FACEIT Global Summit: PUBG Classic. (Photo courtesy of @FACEITPUBG / Twitter)

OP Rangers lift the trophy at FACEIT Global Summit: PUBG Classic. (Photo courtesy of @FACEITPUBG / Twitter)

The champions of PUBG Korea League, OP Rangers, have proven themselves as perhaps the best team in the world. Playing through five rigorous days on both Miramar and Erangel, they fought through the group stage, elimination stage and grand final in an ultimate test of their mettle.

It certainly wasn’t easy for the Korean side, finishing with only four points more than the unsigned North American roster of Shoot To Kill. Team Liquid – the European powerhouse that always shows up in these international fairs – rounded out the top three with 11 fewer points than STK.

It was anything but easy for OP Rangers considering the sheer level of competition in the grand final, there was almost at least a handful of teams in contention for the top spot – even going into the final match. There will 12 rounds in total to be played in the final portion of the event and the victors only actually won two of them – much like Shoot To Kill. The reason they came out on top when it comes to points is the scary level of consistency they displayed.

Disregarding rare off-performances that led to placements of 15th and 12th, the team’s average placement works out to be 4.5 out of the 16-team lobby. They didn’t particularly do anything special in terms of slaying, they played methodically and somewhat reserved but that’s evidently a winning strategy in the world of PUBG.

Here’s how the leaderboard looks after the inaugural global event in PUBG’s esports season is all said and done:

  1. OP Rangers – $150,000
  2. Shoot To Kill – $65,000
  3. Team Liquid – $45,000
  4. OGN Entus Force – $30,000
  5. Armory Gaming – $24,000
  6. Team VSG – $20,000
  7. Four Angry Men – $16,000
  8. Aerowolf Team One – $14,000
  9. Winstrike Team – $12,000
  10. Incognito – $10,000
  11. Tempo Storm – $8,000
  12. Cloud9 – $6,000
  13. Ninjas in Pyjamas
  14. Afreeca Freecs Fatal
  15. 17 Gaming
  16. Team Envy
  17. ENCE
  18. ahq e-Sports Club
  19. Brazilian Crusaders e-Sports
  20. BLUE BEES
  21. Crystal Luster
  22. MP5
  23. Aerowolf Team Seven
  24. Oh My God

With the conclusion to the FACEIT Global Showdown: PUBG Classic also comes the end of PUBG esports’ inaugural phase. Each of the 24 teams that battled in the tournament will now head back to their respective regions in preparation of the regional leagues and pro circuits returning for Phase 2.

G-Loot will host the next iteration of the PUBG Classic series with its GLL brand over July 19-21, acting as the culmination and ending for the second of three phases in the 2019 season.

Adam Fitch
Adam Fitch
Adam Fitch is a freelance esports journalist that typically covers the industry at large, writing for a number of popular outlets from January 2018. He was first introduced to the concept of playing video games competitively through Call of Duty 4.