It’s time to get your squads prepped and ready to drop! PUBG Americas Esports is about to kick off with the ESL PUBG Masters: Phase 1, with Open Qualifiers starting on April 7th! Take a look below for more information on the structure of the event and how to sign up!
Note: There will be 2 Phases of the ESL PUBG Masters in 2021, this article is focused on ESL PUBG Masters: Phase 1 and for the purposes of this article, “ESL PUBG Masters” will refer to Phase 1.https://www.youtube.com/embed/oq7la-C56V8
While NA and LATAM will be coming together to form the Americas region during the Grand Final, each sub-region has its own qualifier. This announcement is for the NA qualifiers, however, if you’re interested in information around the LATAM qualifiers, please find the Spanish article here or the Portuguese article here for more information about your sub-region.
Open Qualifiers will begin on April 7th, consisting of 2 days with 6 matches each day, for a total of 12 matches per round. The top teams from each lobby move onto the next round. The exact lobby composition will depend on the amount of sign-ups so make sure you check ESL Play for the exact number of teams moving forward each round. The top 8 teams from NA Challenger Cup 3 will be invited and preferentially seeded into Round 3, provided they maintain roster requirements. The top 8 teams from Round 3 will move onto the Group Stage, where they will compete against the 16 teams invited directly from PCS3 NA Grand Final for a spot in the ESL PUBG Masters Grand Final.
Sign-ups for teams close on Monday, April 5th at 11:59pm PT. Check in for all teams will open two hours prior to the first game and close one hour prior to the first game. Teams that fail to check in will be disqualified.
We have updated roster rules from our 2020 ruleset. For more information, please review page 7 section 11 of the rulebook.
All players must be 18 years of age or older on or before April 7th, 2021. A minimum of two players on the main roster must be a Citizen or Permanent Resident of the US or Canada in order for the team to be eligible to participate. Please note that Permanent Residency is a legal term. All teams are required to abide by SUPER in addition to the event rulebook.
The ESL PUBG Masters Group Stage will begin on April 16th and will take place that Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The 16 teams that played in the PCS3 NA Grand Final will be joined by 8 teams that qualified through the Open Qualifiers. Teams will be placed into groups of 8 (Groups A, B, and C) and each group will play 2 out of the 3 days. Seedings from these groups will be a snake draft determined by PCS3 NA Grand Final placements followed by the top 8 teams from the Open Qualifiers by placement. Group Stage will be a Best of 18 (Bo18) over three days where the top 8 teams advance to the ESL PUBG Masters Grand Final, and the bottom 16 teams will be eliminated. At the end of the event, the top 16 teams from ESL PUBG Masters Group Stage will qualify for a direct invite to PCS4 NA Group Stage.
RULES TO NOTE:
Roster Submission deadline for Group Stage is on Monday, April 5th at 11:59pm PT. We have updated roster rules from our 2020 ruleset, which are significant and affect the use of a substitute and/or 5th player. For more information, please review page 7 section 11 of the rulebook.
All players must be 18 years of age or older on or before March 31st, 2021. A minimum of two players on the main roster must be a Citizen or Permanent Resident of the US or Canada in order for the team to be eligible to participate. Please note that Permanent Residency is a legal term. All teams are required to abide by SUPER in addition to the event rulebook.
Coming out of the sub-regional Group Stages, the top 8 teams from North America will join the top 8 teams from Latin America in the ESL PUBG Masters Grand Final. The Grand Final takes place over 6 days across two weekends, April 23rd – 25th, and April 30th – May 2nd. Teams will play a Best of 24 (Bo24) to determine a Champion.
Please note that changes to the substitute player may be allowed between the Group Stages and the Grand Final. For potential changes to the 5th (substitute) player, please refer to the rulebook as the ruleset for substitute players has changed significantly from the 2020 ruleset.
PRIZE POOL & PGC POINTS
In addition to a $50,000 prize pool, the ESL PUBG Masters Grand Final will also be awarding PGC Qualification Points to the top 16 teams. More information on the PGC Points distribution and details can be found here.