The premier tournament of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is well underway as the European Continental Series enters its final stage.
The tournament began at the start of October with 24 teams battling it out in a round-robin system. Now just 16 of the best in Europe remain, ready to fight it out for the $200,000 prize pool.
Who’s playing at the PUBG Continental Series Europe?
As previously mentioned, just 16 teams remain heading into the final stage. This features some well-known names across multiple esports titles like Liquid, FaZe and Natus Vincere, as well as some up-and-comers in PUBG like Saunabois and WinStreak15.
All the teams will battle it out over six days, playing four matches a day. The team with the best overall placements throughout the contest will be crowned the winner, with total kill also playing a factor in total points.
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Can FaZe Clan Win Back-to-Back Championships?
FaZe was definitely the team to watch going into the Continental Series. They won the previous iteration of the event at the start of September and looked impressive in doing so. They claimed the highest point total ever in western Continental Series history with 211 points, securing nine top-four finishes and a ton of kills along the way.
The favorites were equally as impressive in the round-robin stage of this tournament, dominating their initial matches and winning the Group A vs Group B stage.
FaZe seems to be firing on all cylinders and has their tactics well ironed out. It’ll be interesting to see if they continue their form in the final stage and claim back-to-back championships, or if someone figures out how to stop them.
Team Liquid, TSM Look to Strike Back
Liquid and TSM are the two other big dogs in the European PUBG scene. They’ve been battling it out at the top and have been securing top finishes throughout 2019 and 2020.
Team Liquid was FaZe’s biggest challenge in the previous season of the Continental Series, finishing in second, just 22 points behind FaZe. It’s very possible that if just one game had gone slightly differently, they could have taken it.
Meanwhile, TSM is also a force to be reckoned with. They finished in third last season but more importantly won the first season of the Continental Series in July. They’re a squad backed by a wealth of experience and championship pedigree that won’t give up easily.
Both of these teams were outdone by FaZe previously and will no doubt be looking for revenge here as they make a push for the trophy.
Do the Underdogs Have a Chance?
When it comes to PUBG esports, just about anything can happen. Sure, the favorites do consistently get results, but there have been quite a few upsets at the Continental Series already.
Northern Lights managed to win the Group A vs Group C stage, defeating the likes of FaZe and Liquid. Meanwhile, WinStreak15 managed to massively bounce back and claim second in the Group B vs Group C stage, despite finishing 15th among 16 in the Group A vs Group B stage.
Things do get more competitive and a whole lot tougher in the final stage, but a select few sides have shown they’ve got what it takes to battle it out with the best. Northern Lights have definitely looked to be the best of the rest, and I’d expect them to at least threaten FaZe, TSM and Liquid. However, do keep your eyes on Redline and WinStreak15 as well.