PGI.S PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: PEPS+ RATINGS OF BREAKOUT PLAYERS

by Ty Brody • April 2, 2021

In victory or defeat, individual player statistics play an important role in the tale of a team’s performance. Be it positive or negative, the numbers by which we track a player’s performance allow us to quickly gain insight into their play, and more often than not, liken their in-game showing to numbers and values once the match ends. In many esports, a common stat line comprised of a player’s number of kills, assists, and deaths can allow for a fair measure of contrast between players. However, in an esport that comes down to much more than the final number of frags any particular player collects, that standard method of analyzing a player’s impact on the team fails to paint the whole picture.

Due to the multifaceted nature of PUBG Esports, players are typically contributing in a much larger capacity than standard statistics can speak for. Accurate decision-making and in-game knowledge are important for a player in practically every esport, but I’d argue that these are even more valuable at the highest level of PUBG. For example, the number of potential situations in any given match is much broader than in other games. So over the course of a thirty-minute match, there are several crucial judgment calls that will ultimately decide a team’s fate that round. Players who serve as the team’s IGL (in-game leader) or contribute to the team in other facets may not appear on a conventional stat sheet - which is why using generic stat-lines to place a forthright value on any particular player in PUBG Esports can be quite unfair.

While it’s virtually impossible to definitely represent the influence a player has on their team, PUBG Esports has developed a metric that intends to place value on the aspects of a match that are typically overlooked. Marrying that with the more traditional stats of a first-person shooter, PEPS+ (PUBG Esports Player Stats+) takes into consideration a player’s Battle, Strategy, and Experience throughout an event in hopes of providing a better overall glimpse of that player’s performance. Ratings for each of the three categories are made up of smaller sub-categories to build one encompassing PEPS+ number for each player.

PEPS+ ratings were recorded for every player across all Weekly Finals during the PUBG Global Invitational.S. These numbers help provide an analytical summary of the incredible performances we witnessed throughout the event, as well as provide an interesting point of comparison between the world’s greatest PUBG Esports players. Taking a look back at Weekly Final #4, Zenith Esports capitalized on the opportunity to silence the doubters and take home $350,000 USD in prize money. The PEPS+ ratings for each player show a significant rise from the week prior, particularly ‘Kickstart’, who finished the weekend at the top of our ratings.

Kickstart leads Zenith to victory

Following their turbulent journey through Weekly Final #3, Zenith Esports bounced back in notable fashion for Weekly Final #4. ‘Kickstart’ played a major role in the team’s performance that weekend, averaging more than two kills and 300 damage per match. Those stats directly affected his PEPS+ rating, which resulted in our only rating above 90 out of sixty-four players - he also saw significant improvements in several areas of this PEPS+ rating. For example, his average ‘Strategy’ score during Weekly Final #3 came out to 41, in the following weekend, it skyrocketed to 95. The final PEPS+ rating generated for his performance on Zenith’s victory weekend accurately depicts the player that we witnessed take command of those matches.

NORTH AMERICAN LEADERS OF WEEKLY FINAL #2

As we dive into the ratings for individual players across all six Weekly Finals, there’s consistent correspondence between a player’s rating and their team’s standing. Clearly, if a team is performing poorly as a unit, you would expect individual statistics to reflect that. While parts of the PEPS+ rating are comprised of independent play, a majority is still fixed to the success of the team overall. During Weekly Final #2, the two highest-rated North American players were ‘PurdyKurty’ from Shoot To Kill and ‘Snakers’ from Oath Gaming. The two players led the way for the region and finished inside the top-six out of all sixty-four players.

Their final PEPS+ numbers landed in the eighties and featured similar scores over the three categories that make up their overall rating. Battle, Strategy, and Experience were close, but Snakers edged out PurdyKurty by six in their overall number. The largest variance in their PEPS+ ratings is in ‘Team Play’ under the Strategy category, where Snakers held a 31-point advantage over Purdy.

SONIQS SHINE ON PUBG ESPORTS' BIGGEST STAGE

Soniqs' dominant run through Weekly Final #6 secured the North American organization over $1,000,000 USD in prize money as they were crowned PGI.S Champions. Their three-month battle through the incredibly taxing format of this event was well worth the stress when the team lifted the trophy after the final match of the tournament.

While each player on the Soniqs deserves credit for their performance down the stretch, M1ME played a major role in the team's success during that final week. He led the team in Kills and Time Survived over the ten-match grand final and had a handful of impressive plays to help the team achieve their ultimate goal at this event.

PEPS+ offers the fans a unique perspective of the matches being played during a major event such as PGI.S. These numbers have been generated by a complex algorithm that provides an interesting point of comparison between players and that we hope to see more of in the near future. As I mentioned at the start, it’s impossible to develop a rating system that will allow us to blindly trust its results with zero context from the matches themselves - but I believe this is a great starting point for PUBG Esports’ very own system.

As we continue into the season, expect some additional PEPS+ breakdowns of your favorite players and teams. The rest of 2021 is sure to provide some exciting gameplay as we march our way towards the PUBG Global Championship, you will certainly see more of these ratings.

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