The PUBG Invitational at IEM Oakland is anyone's game
This weekend at IEM Oakland, 20 of the world's best PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds teams will face off in a series of matches to determine who will take home their share of the $200,000 prize pool.
The event will feature 12 invited teams from big-name esports organizations, but IEM Oakland will also feature eight teams who earned their way via online qualifiers. Will teams like Crimson Esports and Ghost Gaming be able to handle the pressure of an intense LAN environment?
Eyes of fans will no doubt be on top teams like TSM, Team Liquid, and Method. They'll all be looking to take down Luminosity, who won the Squads event at the gamescom PUBG Invitational in August. But a team like FaZe Clan has a lot to prove, too, after being picked up by their new organization.
Ninjas in Pyjamas also enter the event with a chip on their shoulder after the roster was transferred from Cloud9 earlier this year. Meanwhile, C9's new roster will be just as hungry.
The hard truth is, no amount of preparation can temper RNG's evil nature. The best and most physically and mentally prepared team is just as likely to be messed over by a poor circle spawn, or bad loot luck, as the most amateur teams.
The team that has the ability to adapt and overcome RNG's obstacles will have the best chance at coming out victorious, but nothing is guaranteed in PUBG.
After all matches are played on Sunday at IEM Oakland, the team left standing in first place will undoubtedly have had at least some luck on their side over the course of eight matches, and that's what makes PUBG so interesting to watch.