Ahead of all four PCS events beginning, it is time to reveal my official PCS 4 predictions for each event. For each event there will be my predicted winner & who I want to win because those are two separate things but quite similar at times. Also, who doesn’t love some predictions. Without further adieu, here are my official PCS 4 predictions.
PCS 4 Americas
Predicted Winner: Dignitas
Want To Win: TSM
PCS Americas is by far the most interesting and most clearly competitive PCS event out of every region. Aside from the collection of talent, the influx of organizations has only amplified it. To recap for those who missed the news: Spicy Fish joined SSG, Zenith was signed by Dignitas, TSM signed STK, Wildcard signed Ascendance & EUnited signed The Rumblers. Add all those teams on top of the LATAM teams like Latin Dominus and Trogloditas (Ex-Furia), this tournament is going to be great. That begs the question; who will win the event. Conventional logic says it will be an NA team, but which NA team. Will Soniqs continue their reign over the region…..probably not. Talent has compressed too far to let Soniqs run away with tournaments like they did last year. Will Spacestation Gaming, now with more time together, pull off a tough win…..it’s too soon probably. Will Oath Gaming have a performance akin to their ESL Masters performance…..probably not given the competition. In the end it will likely come down to Dignitas and TSM. It is almost like the LCS came to PUBG. Picking between these two teams is like picking between children. Dignitas is an international roster with some of the best young talent in the world. TSM meanwhile has the grizzled veterans who historically tend to fall just short, save recent results. Given who close ESL Masters was, I’m going to painfully lean towards Dignitas. My heart wants to predict TSM, but I’m still weary of the STK curse. To my friends over at TSM, please make me wrong.
PCS 4 Europe
Predicted Winner: Team Liquid
Want To Win: Open To Anyone
Europe PUBG, for the lack of a better phrase, is like moving deck chairs. It is mostly the same players moving around on rosters or staying on the same roster for long periods. These teams then take turns winning regional events till the FaZe buff kicks in at global events. European PUBG is in a holding pattern that is hard to get out of, but that doesn’t make it less interesting.
The favorite heading into PCS 4 is likely Team Liquid. After a strong closing to PGI.S, the team has placed second and third in the two biggest European tournaments since the event. They have always been a threatening team when they are on and boy do they seem on.
That doesn’t discount the others team’s though. FaZe can never be discounted because they are FaZe, Virtus.Pro won two PCS events last year & BBL is super scary because they will attack you with no care in the world. There are about seven teams who could win PGI.S and I’d be fine with any of them. Let’s just hope for a good tournament.
PCS 4 APAC
Predicted Winner: Fury
Want To Win: Fury
Off every team in PUBG, Fury was the most unlucky last year. They finished fourth in two of the PCS events, second place on a tiebreaker in another and did not go to PGI.S because of “visa issues”. Despite all of that, no team in APAC has fought as hard as Fury to grab that brass ring. Now is their chance. With many of the team’s that participated in PGI.S not making it, their competition is lessened. The three teams that can challenge them are The Expendables, Daytrade Gaming and the fearsome Buriram United Esports. Buriram may be the favorite, but Fury is the team that should want it more. They have the talent and the drive to do it.
PCS 4: Asia
Predicted Winner: Gen.G
Want To Win: Danawa e-sports
PCS Asia is almost impossible to predict. There are so many factors to consider when picking among the top group that it is impossible to choose in confidence. Four Angry Men (4AM) has a great track record on the global stage, but their failings in prior PCS event precede them. Their PCL performance does not say much either, given their similar performance before losing eight in PCS 3. MultiCircle gaming feels like a safe choice, but their stance in the Chinese scene is slightly muddled after a chaotic PCL split. 17Gaming could pull a TSG and win the event too. In the end though, it all comes back to the known quantity. If I had to bet my life on a team performing well, it is Gen.G. They are two-time world champions, have a top two player in the world and are insanely talented. Their team is even better than it was during PGI.S, and that is scary. Predicting PCS results in Asia is near impossible historically, so this is just a stab in the dark. It wouldn’t be surprising if half of the teams in this lobby won the event.
Danawa winning though would be such a great story. Seoul, one of the best players in Korea, never made an international event until this one. He finally has a great talented team built around him with star young players and veterans. A win for Danawa would not only be the first PCS win by a Korean team, the first S-tier event a Korean team has won since PGC 2019 & would signify a potential changing of the guard in Korea. Who wouldn’t love that.
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