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China’s Luminous Stars dominate in PAI 2019 Opening Day

By Aaron Oh PUBG 11 Jan 2019

The first premier PUBG event for the year – the PUBG Asia Invitational 2019 – started in Macao on January 10.

The tournament included 16 teams, each representing the regions of China, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia and Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macau. They were all looking to win the lion’s share of the $500,000 prize pool and qualify for the PUBG Global Invitational later this year.

Day 1 was four rounds of intense battles in the best-of-one format. With the tournament adopting the PUBG Korea League rules, safe zones were specified from the beginning of the match.

This element of strategy was useful in funneling players into potentially concentrated areas of firefights, leading to many casualties early on. Only teams that managed to find the high-ground advantage could outlast their opponents.

Chinese team Luminous Stars, also abbreviated as Lstars, performed very well, taking home the chicken dinner in three of the four rounds. Both players Ydd and Wnnn combined for 28 kills, and Ydd in particular accounted for a large output in damage.

Image credit: Lstars on Weibo

Game 2 was also not an exception as Actoz Stars Red of Korea snagged the win with 16 frags, showcasing some creative kills using vehicles.

The PUBG Asia Invitational is shaping up to be quite interesting this year and we’re hoping to see more great plays from all teams. We’re also happy to see Japan with a notable presence since the Japanese esports scene is only now beginning to truly spread its wings. The tournament is set to continue until January 12.

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