PCS #3 Grand Finals Kicked Off In Wild Fashion, PUBG Announces Hardcore BR Mode

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3 min readNov 11, 2020
Source: PUBG Corp.

PUBG may seem a bit far from its glorious days, but it does not mean that players gave up their pursuit of fame and glory on the good old battlefields of Erangel and Miramar. PUBG Continental Series #3 took over where PCS #2 left, and both Europe and North America events are continuing with the pace we love.

With the group stages left behind, teams are now making their final run towards the $200,000 prize pool in Europe and North America. First two days of both regions brought some surprising standings as usual. European rankings are now led by Tornado Energy, Northern Lights and Digital Athletics respectively. During these first 8 matches played, alyagg from Tornado Energy executed absolutely mindblowing plays and tipped the scales in Tornado Energy’s favor many times in quite difficult situations. He is currently leading the statistics in Knockouts and Damage while following PaG3 in Kills.

Rankings of North America on the other hand are not really surprising as Soniqs keeps on decimating everyone who steps on the battlegrounds. In contrast to small differences in points of European standings, Soniqs has 95 points in leading spot while runner-up Team Veritas has 63 points. Except Soniqs though, differences in points are still more or less same with European standings. We all remember the deterministic factor of Miramar points from PCS #2 in initial matches, and it still appears to work in very same fashion. While Erangel points are relatively close to each other, Soniqs managed to overpower its rivals in Miramar and this made a very obvious difference in standings.

Besides the esports part of PUBG, casual modes are not forgotten at all. This time though, developers are bringing us a mode that compliments the daredevils of PUBG. This is called Hardcore BR mode as it will truly present us an experience that increases realism of the game by removing a huge portion of UI elements. This mode will be active on Vikendi during the trial phase. Your compass, minimap, crosshair, and status UI (health, boost bar, equipment status, etc), as well as bluezone warnings will all be disabled. You will still be able to see the kill feed, remaining players, team UI, and parachute related UI when necessary. This indeed sounds quite hardcore, and a slight resemblance of the famous realistic FPS title Escape From Tarkov taste seems close with these changes. The mode will only support squad mode, and “1 man squad” will be disabled. Matchmaking will automatically team you up with others if you are playing solo. Bots will still be there to fill up the remaining slots if there is a lack of players.

With these news on both fronts, PUBG makes it clear that game is far from losing its pace. Despite many players are criticising various aspects of the game, developers are taking one step at a time to ensure that PUBG will have a long life span to be enjoyed.

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Can “otoyoldireği” Özel

’89 model born-gamer, has a soft spot for good old fast-paced arcade taste. If has to make a choice between sword and fireball, draws out a rocket launcher.