The PUBG Global Loot League Pre-Season is Stacked
The PUBG Global Loot League pre-season is shaping up to be the premier PUBG esports event about to take place over the course of the next 4 weeks. The pre-season will feature a total of 120 squads participating in a tightly packed schedule full of weekly qualifiers and finals. All the matches will be first-person only, with the red zone and skins turned off. AR spawn rate is set to 1.0, and there won’t be any rain or fog.
There will be 3 weekly qualifiers per region (EU & NA) – 6 in total. The squads will have ample opportunities at showing their skills, as all qualifiers will be played in a best of 3 format. Each region will have its qualifiers ran simultaneously, from October 26th to November 23rd. The qualifiers will not be officially live-streamed, but the teams and players will be allowed, in fact, encourage to stream on their own channels.
The two highest scoring squads from each qualifier will advance to the weekly final. Additionally, one top killing squad from each region will pass through as well. The point system will reward placements heavily, but kills will also play a major role, as the points are scalable based on the number of kills. In essence, the more kills a squad gets, the more points each of their kills will be worth.
On top of the 14 qualified squads, weekly finals will have 4 more invited squads. The finals will be played out and live-streamed on October 30th, November 4th, 11th and 25th from Stockholm, Sweden. The format will be the best of 5. Exact times have are to be announced.
All of the qualifiers and finals will serve as a lead up to the grand final by the end of November. It will feature only the best of the best. Top scoring teams from all 4 weeks combined will get to fight for one last time. More details will be made available in the coming weeks. The exact prize pool and the sponsors haven’t been announced either. However, with this competitive appeal, the Global Loot League is bound to generate interest from most major endemic esports sponsors.
Virtually all the big esports teams, organisations and brands, have applied for the league with their squads. Ninjas in Pyjamas, Method, Tempo Storm, Cloud9 and Envyus are just some of the household names featured on the Global Loot League list of teams. Expect hype to build up during November, especially when sponsors and prizes get officially announced.
The casting talent features Sebastian “Forsen” Fors, a wildly popular Twitch celebrity with thousands of viewers. He rose to prominence with his hilarious Hearthstone streams and very successful Hearthstone tournament performances. Ever since PUBG hit the scene, he’s been active in the community, even coming in third in the Gamescom Invitational Duo FPP PUBG tournament. Expect his star power to drive up the Global Loot League viewership significantly.
He will be joined by Jakub “Lothar” Szygulski, another personality who became popular through Hearthstone streams and tournaments. He has lots of casting and public experience as well, gracing the desks of the most prestigious tournaments in the last few years.
Last, but not least, we have Bogdan “Boogie” Carp, with casting experience both in PUBG and CS:GO. He has proven to be quite capable of providing relevant and concise commentary for several community PUBG tournaments, such as The Golden Chicken.
What to Expect?
With 120 teams competing in 6 Bo3 qualifiers every week, the best of the best are bound to rise to the top. Therefore, the weekly finals will be a competitive, and the generous Bo5 format will truly put each squad’s skills to the test, minimizing the luck and random factors.
The casters will surely keep the interest and appeal of the whole event high as well. YouTube is full of Forsen’s shenanigans, so expect him to make fun of everything and anything. Even Lothar, who has a more serious demeanour, is no stranger to humor and cracking jokes when you least expect it.
Boogie will provide a steady flow of play-by-play commentary, and will probably give Forsen even more material to make fun of every now and then. Personally, I can’t wait to see how these three will get along. One thing’s for sure – the weekly finals are going to be anything but boring!
Overall, the Global Loot League possesses all the ingredients of a highly competitive, yet interesting and engaging PUBG event. Be sure to tune in for the first live-streamed weekly finals starting October 30th.