The PMWI Afterparty Showdown took place in Riyadh from Aug. 18 to 20
It’s two in a row for Vampire Esports as the Thai squad clutched first place in the Afterparty Showdown of the PUBG Mobile World Invitational (PMWI) 2022. Last week, the team also won the Main Tournament of the PMWI.
The PMWI Afterparty Showdown had a unique format with only 12 teams competing. The tournament also featured Karakin and Livik, the smaller PUBG Mobile maps, which have now joined the competitive pool for the first time. Besides this, a new points system was also added offering fans a different level of competitive PUBG Mobile.
Vampire Esports: The Undisputed Champions
For games like PUBG Mobile, a short format is usually disliked, as every match employs a small level of luck based on the zone shifts, which are hard to predict. Thus, if there were any naysayers after Vampire Esports’ victory after the Main Tournament. But the team has shut them down with a similar performance in the PMWI Afterparty Showdown.
Vampire’s path to victory wasn’t easy, though, as they faced stiff resistance from the Brazilian fan favorites Alpha7 Esports. Ahead of the final game, Alpha7 had a lead of 13 points. Even an average performance would have seen them take first place.
But, PUBG Mobile is an unpredictable game and the final game showed just how much. Alpha7 were knocked out in 11th place and earned zero points from the match.
Vampire still needed to score 13 points, though, which was tough in this new format as a chicken dinner gave just 10 points. The Thai squad persevered, though, and got the chicken dinner along with nine kills. This propelled them to the top of the PMWI Afterparty Showdown’s standings table, ahead of Alpha7, and earned them their hands on the trophy.
PMWI Afterparty Showdown: Overall Standings and Prize Pool
- Vampire Esports: 180 points ($167,000)
- Alpha7 Esports: 174 points ($144,000)
- Team Falcons: 129 points ($109,000)
- S2G Esports: 116 points ($116,000)
- Stalwart Esports: 115 points ($83,000)
- Bigetron RA: 114 points ($82,000)
- Damwon Gaming: 113 points ($72,000)
- Nigma Galaxy: 113 points ($71,000)
- 7Sea Esports: 79 points ($71,000)
- R8 Esports: 72 points ($24,000)
- Deadeyes Guys: 67 points ($29,000)
- Team Ra’ad: 60 points ($20,000)
What’s next for PUBG Mobile Esports?
With the PMWI Afterparty Showdown concluding, the first half of PUBG Mobile’s esports calendar has ended. Now, the attention will shift to the regional Pro Leagues (PMPL) which are running around the world.
From these Pro Leagues, the top teams will advance to the PMPL Regional Championships. At the end of the year, Tencent will host the PUBG Mobile Global Championship (PMGC) 2022. The PMGC Finals will take place in January 2023 as a LAN event in Indonesia.