PMPL SEA Championship Play-Ins: Vampire and 2 more teams qualify for the main event

The PUBG Mobile Pro League (PMPL) Southeast Asia (SEA) Championship Play-Ins have drawn to a close after an intense two days of matches. In the end, Thailand’s Vampire Esports finished ahead of country counterparts TEM Entertainment and Malaysia’s Don’t Break Dreams to take the victory. 

These three teams from the play-ins have qualified for the PMPL SEA Championship, where they will have a shot at making it to the PUBG Mobile Global Championship (PMGC) 2022. 

PMPL SEA Championship qualification criteria

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Close-battle between Vampire Esports and TEM Entertainment for first place

Just like in the PMPL Thailand Grand Finals where Vampire and TEM had a tough fight in the middle of the points table, their rivalry continued in the play-ins. 

Vampire, who came into the play-ins as the hot favorites after winning the PMWI Main Tournament and PMWI Afterparty Showdown recently, had the upper hand for most of the tournament and were nine points clear of TEM before the final two games. 

The last two games, however, went down to the wire with TEM and Vampire battling for the chicken dinner on both occasions. 

While TEM managed to come out on top on both occasions, it wasn’t enough to dethrone Vampire. Despite finishing in second, Vampire proved to be the more aggressive team with nine kills and 11 kills to their name in the last two games, respectively. 

This ensured a first-place finish for the team with 173 points, a mere eight points ahead of TEM. Players from the two teams dominated in the top kills PUBG rankings as well with Vampire’s Stoned picking up 31 kills. 

The top 3 eliminators in the play-ins

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Another interesting storyline from the play-ins is that Bigetron RA are now out of the competition. The former world champions and once the most dominant team in the region have failed to qualify for the SEA Championship. This means that for the first time, Bigetron RA won’t be competing in the PMGC. 

PMPL SEA Championship Play-Ins: Overall Standings and Points Table

  1. Vampire Esports: 173 points
  2. TEM Entertainment: 165 points
  3. Don’t Break Dreams: 110 points
  4. Team HAQ: 101 points
  5. GPX: 99 points
  6. Bigetron RA: 98 points
  7. Dewa United: 98 points
  8. HAIL Esports: 91 points
  9. ONE Team Esports: 91 points
  10. Eighteen PLys: 84 points
  11. Anghkor PUBGM: 75 points
  12. Yangon Galacticos: 72 points
  13. Phoenix Esports: 65 points
  14. Kill Enemy: 54 points
  15. TABAH NSEA: 37 points
  16. The Matrix: 34 points

Top three teams qualify for the PMPL SEA Championship

The 3 teams qualified for the PMPL SEA Championship

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With the conclusion of the play-ins, all 16 teams in the PMPL SEA Championship have been locked in. Vampire Esports, TEM, and Don’t Break Dreams will now face the best of the region for spots in the PMGC 2022. 

Tencent hasn’t announced the schedule or format for the SEA Championship yet, though. 

Phoenix Esports and Eighteen Plus were suspended for teaming-up

Besides the top-notch PUBG Mobile action at the PMPL SEA Championship Play-Ins, a cheating incident also occurred at the event. 

Phoenix Esports and Eighteen Plus, who both hail from Vietnam, have been suspended for a year by the tournament’s officials due to teaming up.