Road to PGC: Luminosity Gaming


by PUBG Esports

Luminosity Gaming – a squad that performed under the Shoot to Kill banner in the first half of the year – qualified for the PUBG Global Championship (PGC) in the final Americas spot.

Kurtis “PurdyKurty” Bond, Luke “luke12” Newey, Andrew “Pentalol” Franco and Aaron “aLOW” Lommen have done just enough to secure a ticket to the biggest stage in PUBG. Let’s break down this team’s performances to see how they’ve fared in 2022. 

The Road to PGC

This team began the year with a whimper, but followed it up with a roar in the first major tournament of the year, ESL Masters Americas Phase 1. Luminosity (as STK) finished the North American Regional Playoff with 80 points and an 8th place finish over the course of 12 matches. Only seven points outside being eliminated, this team had to turn something around. 

That’s exactly what they did. PurdyKurty and company came in with guns blazing during the Grand Final. The squad finished first with 114 points during the first weekend and second with 126 points in the following one. It was enough to earn second place behind eUnited. 

A little over a month later Luminosity Gaming (as STK) found themselves almost halfway down the leader-board in the PUBG Continental Series 6: Americas. After a fifth place finish in the North American Regional Playoff, Luminosity (as STK) took home 7th in the Grand Final.

To Thailand and Back

While most of the team wouldn’t compete again for months, luke12 flew to Thailand in order to represent his country, Australia in the PUBG Nations Cup in June. Luminosity Gaming coach Owen “Gunner” Monahan was also present, coaching Team United States. Team Australia, with players from Soniqs, eUnited and Team Bliss, would finish seventh. Team USA would finish ninth under Gunner’s guidance. 

Gunner, luke12 and the rest of the squad (now officially under Luminosity) regrouped for ESL Masters 2 in July, but wouldn’t make it out of the North American Regional Playoff. Luminosity placed 11th, one spot away from qualifying for the Grand Final. This team was only eight points away from the chance to earn more PGC points. 

All on the Line

Everyone knew that this team would need a dynamite performance during the PUBG Continental Series 7: Americas or they wouldn’t be going to PGC in November. This squad came out hot in both the Regional Playoff and Grand Final, finishing fourth and fifth respectively. The team ultimately earned 175 PGC points and secured a place for themselves in Dubai. 

Where to watch the PUBG Global Championship.

The PUBG Global Championship is the final major tournament of 2022, so be sure to stay tuned for all the updates leading up to the tournament. 

The PUBG Global Championship will run from Nov.1 – Nov. 20 with a $2,000,000 prize pool. More prize money will be added through the sale of in-game PGC 2022 items. The final prize pool amount will be confirmed closer to the tournament’s start date. Check out all the current tournament info here!

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