PUBG Nations Cup 2019 Preview

The Jangchung Arena in Seoul, South Korea is the home of this year’s PUBG Nations Cup 2019. Envisioned as an informal All-Star event, sixteen teams from all around the globe are representing their countries and region in an all-out Battle Royale. Nations Cup’s tournament format features three days of competitive play with 15 total matches (5 per day). The team that nets most points across all 15 matches wins the crown and all bragging rights. Games will be played on Miramar and Erangel as is standard in competitive PUBG play.

The players representing each country were selected by peers and fellow players/casters/coaches across each competitive region. Some were even selected for their domineering performance in the previous competitive split in PUBG. The result is a blend of the most famous and talented individuals on the planet representing each country at this year’s Nations Cup.

The prize pool is set at a whopping USD$500,000. Additionally, six of the sixteen teams (Team China, Team South Korea, Team Thailand, Team Vietnam, Team Chinese Taipei, and Team Japan) will also battle for an extra spot at the PUBG Global Championship. The best team out of the Asian countries will be rewarded an extra team slot for their regions best team at the finals in November.

PUBG Nations Cup 2019 Teams

Let’s take a look at all of the attending teams and breakdown the favourites and not-so-favourites at the event. The full lineups and coaches are available here.

  1. Argentina
  2. Australia
  3. Brazil
  4. Canada
  5. China
  6. Chinese Taipei
  7. Finland
  8. Germany
  9. Japan
  10. Russia
  11. South Korea
  12. Thailand
  13. Turkey
  14. United Kingdom
  15. United States
  16. Vietnam

S-Tier (Super Teams)

Straight out the gate the home squad is looking monstrous. Representing South Korea, are Gen.G’s Pio and Loki, as well as coach SeungHu Bae. In addition, they have Inonix from DPG and Aqua5 from Detonator. This is the absolute superteam of the competition. Phase 2 MVP Cha “Pio” Seung Hoon will headline the squad as they seek to keep the Nations Cup trophy at home.

The second team to look out for Team Finland coached by none other than ENCE’s SKUIJKE. The Finns have the powerful Liquid duo of Sambty and Jembty on their side as well as GLL Grand Slams champion Mxey from FaZe. Rounding out the squad is Winstrike’s prodigy Olli “Tiikzu” Saarikoski to create the best super-team coming out of Europe.

The last of our S-Tier selection teams are the Canadians. At the top of the pack is Kaymind followed by DrasseL, Meluke and Moody. Each player an integral part of his NPL Squad. The Canada squad will utilize raw aim talent to cut through opponents on the field.

A-Tier (Alphas)

The Alphas are three teams who have the best odds of racking up massive amounts of kills due to the players being extremely effective at capitalizing on enemies mistakes. They are of course teams China, Russia and USA. Each of these three squads should have very high Kill Participation in matches. This can of course make or break them as unfettered aggressiveness can easily backfire in PUBG. This is why they are not up there with three Super Teams.

D-Tier (Dark Horses)

Pretty much every squad apart from the six mentioned above falls under the Dark Horse category. All of them have talented individuals and great players in their own rights, but performance wise none of them stand out radically ahead of the rest. Since the nature of the tournament is basically showcasing talent and raw skill. Mixed squads of players with differing playstyles should not blend well. But we are open to the possibility of one these “other” teams surprising us and taking the Nations Cup by storm.

PUBG Nations Cup 2019 betting tips

With the mini analysis out of the way, let’s take a look at the PUBG Nations Cup 2019 betting odds around the web. While we break down what is on offer we will also make predictions and fantasy picks from the most relevant categories.

Watch all the action at the Nations Cup beginning on August 9th

Outright Winner

The outright winner is a tough call to make considering the nature of the competition. Analysts are giving the edge to South Korea and most esports betting sites follow suite. For safe betters South Korea remains the top pick for safe bets and cumulative betting. Finland also falls under the safe bet category. For people interested in value betting you can get a good bang for your buck placing your faith in teams USA and Russia.

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Top 5 Placements

The list of top five teams at the event is a simple to make and predict: South Korea, Finland, Canada, China, Germany.

While we gave all of the other teams a word in our previous breakdown. We left out Germany among the top 5. The reason being Germany’s team does not like shiny and insane, but they do feature 3 players from the G2 roster which would bring a semblance of stability and strategic approach to the squad. This should also mean the squad should do fine in all 15 games and probably land in the points in most of them. In the end the cumulative score should put them in the Top 5.

Slot at PUBG Global Championship

South Korea is once again the favourite in this category. As they are favoured to win the entire thing, It is more than likely the spot at the Global Championship goes to South Korea as well.

Points Leader after 1st Day

The final category in our breakdown is the points leader after the first day of competition. Knowing past performance of all players/teams in their respective regions our pick goes to Russia. Natus Vincere’s ADOUZ1E and ceh9 are paired with FaZe ubah to create a deadly trinity. They are likely to come out the gate swinging and then slow down as the event progresses. But, we are interested in Day 1 and it looks theirs.

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