PUBG Global Championship semifinal match plagued by vehicle bug

Andrew Amos

The PUBG Global Championship has been plagued by a vehicle bug that almost cost North American team The Rumblers a spot in the grand final after one of their players was catapulted to their death.

The PUBG Global Championship is the biggest event on the game’s pro schedule every year. With over $3 million in prize money on offer, and the title of being the best PUBG team in the world, there’s a lot to fight for.

32 teams were dwindled down to 24 for the semi finals, with only 16 teams being sent to the grand final on November 23. One of those teams were The Rumblers, who weren’t even supposed to be here only qualifying after a team were forced to pull out due to visa issues. 

That hasn’t stopped them from showing up and proving their worth with some excellent performances. They were having a day to forget on Day 2 of the semis, however, sitting at the bottom of the lobby with 11 points, when their luck seemed to give out completely and they suffered a major set-back with a game-breaking bug.

Twitter: PUBGEsportsThe Rumblers have shown up at the PUBG Global Championship despite all odds being against them.

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The North American squad was prepping during their Miramar game, looting around Hacienda during their first phase rotation. Alex ‘CherryPoppins’ Penner was leading the pack, but as he crashed into a building to go inside and loot, he was flung into the air.

CherryPoppins ended up dying to fall damage from plummeting out of the vehicle and was cleaned up by Argentinian team WClick on the ground. His teammate Agron ‘Waldoe’ Jashari was then caught out without CherryPoppins in a 1v3, while Lari-Pekka ‘LosHD’ Hopiavori flew in late to try and assist.

Waldoe managed to trade back a kill before going down but all three of them ended up going down in the scramble, leaving the struggling squad with only one member left for the rest of the map.

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CherryPoppins was obviously disgruntled with the bug, calling out PUBG over such a big glitch impacting such a big game.

“Imagine experiencing a massive bug that cost you a fight in a tournament that’s worth over three million dollars,” he said.

The lobby could have possibly been remade, because CherryPoppins’ death was the first of the game and only eight minutes have passed. However, the admins didn’t call on such a ruling, leaving the Rumblers to reminisce and lick their wounds.

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The Rumblers finished up the semi-finals with 65 points, sitting in 7th in their group. It was enough to secure a top 16 placing to progress to the final, so CherryPoppins and the rest of the crew will have a chance to fight back next weekend.

The PUBG Global Championship grand final will take place in Oakland, California on November 23 and 24. 

Final results of PUBG Global Championship 2019 semi finals

Placing Team Points
1 Lazarus 106
2 QM Gaming 97
3 Four Angry Men 96
4 Team SoloMid 86
5 Global Esports Xsset 82
6 VC Gaming 79
7 WClick 75
8 Gen.G 74
9 Tempo Storm 74
10 CJ Entus Force 73
11 CJ Entus Ace 69
12 Natus Vincere 67
13 Genesis 65
14 The Rumblers 65
15 T1 62
16 FaZe Clan 60
17 AHQ e-Sports Club 55
18 RED Canids 53
19 Afreeca Freecs Fatal 52
20 Ghost Gaming 49
21 Sting Divine Esports 49
22 SunSister 47
23 Vendetta 45
24 Infantry Clan 39


About The Author

Hailing from Perth, Andrew was formerly Dexerto's Australian Managing Editor. They love telling stories across all games and esports, but they have a soft spot for League of Legends and Rainbow Six. Oh, and they're also fascinated by the rise of VTubers.