This past Saturday The Nexus hosted a PUBG Tournament, the smash hit Battle Royale game that has taken the world by storm. The game has just passed the ten million copies sold mark and hit one million concurrent players on Steam.
The whole idea behind the tournament was to recreate our fond memories of LAN parties. Those days when we would drag our beige boxes and boxy CRT monitors to a friend’s house for a night of fragging fueled by pizza and coke. Luckily for us, The Nexus has ten amazing PCs powered by AMD and its new Ryzen 1800X processor. That, however, didn’t stop RandmSheep_ZA from bringing his own box once we realized that we had more entrants due to walk-ins than we had anticipated.
The morning began with community member, FlameVector, teaming up with RandomSheep_ZA and Stoffel as they ran around the island looking for that elusive chicken dinner. AS more contestants filtered in the guys quickly came together in teams for a few casual games in the way only gaming can bring complete strangers together. Our first goal had been achieved, the various players, many strangers to each other had come together united in their desire to frag their opponents and win that chicken dinner.
The tournament began promptly at 10am. The rules were simple, play two rounds solo on EU only servers and the average placement over those two rounds would determine the winner. If we had a tie, we would use the number of kills over the two rounds to break the tie. The guys quickly jumped in all eager to win that shiny new AMD Ryzen 1600X processor.
The first round was a jovial affair for the spectators, and a surprising one. Jason had never played PUBG before, nor had Jacques. MrHelYa had some experience mainly playing with his friend Harleking. I had expected, from my own experience for many players to “run and gun” the game and thus get killed early. However, we did not get our first elimination until around minute twenty. This is no mean feat when you are playing your first PUG round, the game is simple to pick up and get to grips with, but to master, that takes time. Having the majority of guys make it into the last thirty was great to see.
As the players in the various games started to get killed the going got tougher and soon we were left with five, then two players fighting it out to see who could end up on top in Round One. Q101 clearly showing his experience was slowly making his way up the ladder. Jacques, in his very first game was matching Q101 with very different strategies. While fascinating to watch, it was eventually Q101 who was eliminated first making it to number nine. Jacques held on and made it to a very impressive number four.
Round 1 Standings – pretty damn impressive
In a rookie organizer faux pas, I didn’t think to get the guys to wait to start their second round, rather letting them get on with it. This doesn’t help create a sense of tension as guys mill about watching the play of those still in it. However, the guys were keen to get back in knowing that a good placement gave them a shouting chance of winning that Ryzen 1600X.
This round was a tenser affair as we all did the quick mental math to calculate who could win, but also as the tension lifted and guys relaxed more. Showing the early access of the game, RandomSheep_ZA suffered the most curious and funny of deaths. As he parachuted in he landed and due to network lag he looked like he had landed safely, but the game registered him as dropping from a height and thus died from a fall. After a quick consultation between Andrew and myself, sage, sober judges I am sure you will agree, we decided to let him restart his round as no advantage was gained.
This round did seem to go much quicker as the guys raced around the island, but overall the contestants did better than their first round. Of note was friend of The Nexus, and my PUBG coach, FlameVector who won the first, and sadly only, chicken dinner. The head to head wasa tense affair as he crawled round the game area looking for his target. He used an innovative strategy to flush out his quarry, pretending to throw grenades. As his opponent panicked to get away from the grenade FlameVector took his que and ended the match for a well-deserved Chicken Dinner.
Grumpy Old Man who still collects toys (THEY. ARE. NOT. DOLLS), PC Gamer lured to the Dark Side of console gaming, comic book reader and fan of all things pop culture.
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