NewHappy take top prize at PGC 2021 Finals as Heroic fail to capitalize
The PUBG Global Championship concluded over the weekend. This was the final event for the 2021 competitive seasons and overall, probably the highest title you can take for the game for the year. The winners of this event are clearly demonstrated as the top players in the game for the year.
We saw some the most exciting and tense PUBG matches to date, and unlikely winners across the board. NewHappy grabbed the top spot for the year, after a tense duel with Heroic that was decided in the final match on the final day. In terms of PUBG Betting, we finally saw markets open up at several esports bookmakers offering round by round winner prediction odds.
PUBG Global Championship 2021 by numbers
The PGC 2021 kicked off last month, but the event has only just reached its conclusion. The tournament featured $2,000,000, plus crowdfunding additions which raised the prize all the way up to $4,340,000. The total winner for the full event walked away with a whole $1,378,264. This is huge for prizes in just about any game. The event has grown through the year and was one of the biggest overall esports tournaments happening at the moment.
The PUBG Global Championship was definitely a step up for competitive. The event had more at stake between teams, and some of the highest-level pro play we’ve seen from the game so far. Audience numbers also saw a huge uptick, with the Korean and Chinese streams bringing in hundreds of thousands of viewers.
Most interstingly, none of the favorites performed up to par, leaving the gate wide open for new teams to step up and claim prize money.
PGC 2021 Results
The PGC 2021 had a lot of competitors when it opened up. However, NewHappy did eventually come out ahead as the full winner of the event. The Grand Finals for this game ran over a lengthy 15 rounds. Despite having so many games, NewHappy showed some great skill.
In terms of raw kills, NewHappy managed to pull off 98 over the course of these finals. However, they didn’t come first in kills alone. Heroic beat them out in that metric managing 102. NewHappy had managed to get just ahead in terms of placement though. They won round 2, round 6, round 10, round 12. Over the course of the PGC 2021, NewHappy grabbed top 5 placements in 8 games and the top 10 finished in all but 3 games. This is a very solid performance over the course of the games. NewHappy managed to get great placement with real consistency across the event.
In the second place, Heroic was strong too. They won out in kills and managed quite a few great placement results across the event too. In the end, they were only just beaten by NewHappy by four points. This is a close margin, especially considering that Heroic came in 50 points ahead of the third place. These two teams definitely proved their strength in the game. While NewHappy deserve their place as champions, Heroic earned some credit for their very close second too.
The final round was a pure hot-drop and duel between the two with New Happy bowing out early, but Heroic were not able to capitalize and seal the deal.
— PUBG Esports (@PUBGEsports) December 19, 2021
In the end, it was the western teams that dominated the standings in the top 10, but a Chinese team at the top of it all. No Soniqs or GenG anywhere in sight. With the last three events all going to three different regions, we are setting up 2022 as an important year for competitive PUBG. Overall, we saw a great event and probably the most exciting that PUBG has seen to date. We’ll have to see how things develop in 2022 to see how the game continues to progress.