Pokémon Unite World Championship 2022: NA’s BLVKHVND crowned Champions
The first-ever Pokémon Unite World Championship has concluded with the North American squad of BLVKHVND emerging victorious. The team put up a dominant performance across and took the trophy home without dropping a single series.
The Pokémon Unite World Championship was the first official world championship for the MOBA game since its release last year. The event took place at the ExCel London, United Kingdom in front of a live audience. Besides the coveted title of inaugural Pokémon Unite world champions, the 13 competing teams were also fighting for a share of the $500,000 prize pool.
BLVKHVND showed why they are the boss
The North American squad of BLVKHVND were absolutely dominant throughout the Pokémon Unite World Championship. After winning both their matches in the group stage, the team stormed into the upper brackets of the playoffs.
BLVKHVND, which consists of Slashcan, Overlord98, Junglebook, Kyriaos, Elo, and Excellund, continued their winning momentum in the playoffs as well. After taking down Korea’s No Show 2-1, they set up an upper bracket semi-final bout with long-time rivals IX Gaming.
BLVKHVND had almost lost the North American champion title to IX in an intense final. However, IX couldn’t find their footing against the confident BLVKHVND and lost the series 2-0.
From then on, the North American team beat RNS to make it to the grand finals against Europe’s Nouns Esports, who were one of the local favorites. BLVKHVND didn’t falter and closed the series 3-0 to win the championship.
Pokémon Unite World Championship 2022: Overall Rankings
Thirteen teams competed across open qualifiers in regional leagues around the world to make it to the World Championship. Their overall rankings and prize pool distribution is as follows:
- First place: BLVKHVND ($100,000)
- Second place: Nouns Esports ($75,000)
- Third place: Renaissance ($65,000)
- Fourth place: T2 ($60,000)
- Fifth and sixth place: IX Gaming and No Show ($45,000 each)
- Seventh and eighth place: IClen and Eternity ($25,000 each)
- Ninth to 12th place: Orangutan, Apprentice Unleashes, Secret Ship, and Xis ($10,000 each)
- 13th place: Revenant Esports ($5,000)
Pokémon Unite esports to return soon
The official Twitter account for the Pokémon Unite Championship Series has confirmed that the tournament will be returning soon. The World Championship 2023 will take place in Yokohama, Japan.
With Pokémon Unite’s inaugural esports scene being a resounding success, it remains to be seen what changes The Pokemon Company introduces in the next edition. The 5-vs-5 game featured a unique take on the MOBA genre and has been picking up in popularity around the globe.
With stiff competition in the market from rival games like Wild Rift, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, and upcoming titles like Honor of Kings, it remains to be seen what the future of the game looks like.