The ESL PUBG Mobile Open reaches a turning point tomorrow as the remaining teams battle it out for a Top 10 placement. Those who manage the feat will win an invite to the tournament’s final stage at DreamHack Dallas later this month.
For those fresh on the scene, the ESL PUBG Mobile Open kicked off in mid-March. Four weeks of play made up Phase 1, with the stronger half of the competing teams moving on to Phase 2. Group play was then incorporated to single out the best 40 PUBG Mobile teams who would then move into the current Phase 3 points-based line up.
Retaining the group structure, Phase 3 has gone on for two weeks already. This weekend’s broadcast on May 11 will find the final Top 10 teams and award them with paid travel and accommodation to compete at DreamHack Dallas. It’s not exactly a holiday when $53,000 worth of cash prizes are at stake, but at least players won’t leave out of pocket unless they spend their potential winnings and blow their matches beforehand.
Some of the prize money has already been split between teams placed 80 or higher, leaving a still respectable $9,240 reserved for the winning team. Split between a team’s 4-player line-up, it’s not a bad amount of cash for a few weekends of strategic plays and pinpoint accuracy.
The current top three teams couldn’t have been better matched, with just 10 points between each. SPACESTATION GAMING sat at the number one spot with 850 points, with Misfits and Tempo Storm at 840 and 830 respectively. That first place prize is still anyone’s game, but with Misfits’ player Aesor being banned for hacking in public games this week, how that might affect the current standings is yet to be announced.
Rules will stay as they have in past weeks of the event. Tomorrow’s three matches will play out on the base Erangel map with whatever weather conditions happen to spawn. The ESL PUBG Mobile Open uses the game’s more uncommon first-person perspective rather than the vanilla third-person mode. It’s all about team play, too, so spectators shouldn’t see much in the way of idle camping while the action unfolds elsewhere.
Being a North America-only competition, battling with timezones isn’t much of a concern for its players. Unlike a worldwide tournament where different competing regions amount to a near non-stop brawl and a dizzying amount of standings alterations, the ESL PUBG Mobile Open has taken place during the same 6-hour period every few days for the last two months. Those interested in watching things play out can do so through Twitch on Saturday, May 11 at 12 PM PST. Just toss that into a timezone converter to work out when that is in your region.
The finals at DreamHack Dallas will take place between May 31-June 2. Already inspired to give competitive PUBG Mobile a shot? The ESL Mobile Open is confirmed to run across three seasons throughout the year, meaning two more will follow shortly after the closing of this one.
Just as we’re ending things at DreamHack Dallas this time around, the following two seasons will close out at similar LAN events with “bigger” prizes up for grabs. Now’s the time to practice and find a team. You can catch last week’s Top 5 Plays video over on Twitter.