CS:GO 2018-04-10

PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS Primer: The Absolute Basics

DrakeLounge and DrakeMoon now support PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS, so we would like to tell you a little bit about the game when it comes to gameplay, its skin system and esports.

What is PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS?

PUBG is a massive Battle Royale shooter that puts together 100 players on a map, all with the same goal—to be the last man standing after the play area shrinks for the final time.

How does PUBG work?

You start the game by jumping out of a plane and that is where your first big decision lies.

Do you jump out to land in the middle of the map? On its outskirts? All of it matters.

Normally, you would think that landing on the outskirts of the island would make it easier to survive in the early game but the problem is that you will have to travel long distances over open terrain to stay in the play area. You could be easily picked off by enemies who landed closer to the middle and found a good position to hunt.

On the other hand, if you land closer to the middle, you will face more opposition for loot like weapons and their enhancements, armor and consumables like medkits, energy drinks and the like. If you are an experienced FPS player with great aim, you may be able to thrive closer to the middle of the map but less experienced shooter players may want to be more cautious.

After you land and find all the equipment you can get your hands on, it’s time to start moving towards the middle. The best thing to do if you want to avoid being a sitting duck is to find a vehicle and avoid wide open spaces as much as possible.

Why do you need to move at all? The designers of the game introduced the periodically shrinking play area to avoid the scenario where people spread out all over the map, find a safe spot and refuse to move. If the play area stayed the same, the game could last a very very long time. As it is now, the play area gets smaller and smaller, shrinking at an ever increasing rate as the game progresses, until all players are forced into a small area or die.

What are the basic principles of PUBG success?

If you want to stand a better chance of winning, there are three things you should concentrate on—none of them easy.

First, you should know. Know where to land, what items can be found where, the locations of vehicles, how to play from the position with the gear you have. It is not easy, the map is massive. As you play, you will get better and better; at least if you stick with it. You could try landing in the same place every time, figuring out what can be found there and what gives you the best chance of winning and then picking a new spot to keep learning.

Second, you should aim and aim well. More often than not, you will fight in mid to long range. At that distance, spray ‘n pray tactics don’t work very well, especially if you are in cover and the enemy is moving through open spaces. Of course, even if you try your best, your enemy might simply be more experienced at FPS. In that case, all you can do is stick with it and practice.

Finally, you will need to have patience. Sometimes, even more often than not, PUBG can be a hard game where you enter the game and die in the first few minutes, over and over again. Even the best PUBG players and CS:GO pros with immaculate aim don’t win every game. As long as you keep trying and consciously try to get better, however, the sky’s the limit to what you can do.

How do PUBG skins work?

As you play PUBG, you will get Battle Points. The better you do, the more points you will get. Using these points, you will be able to buy cases. Once you open them, you will get various cosmetic skins for guns or clothes to make your character unique. You can also buy cases from the Steam Marketplace for real money.

Just like in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, you can trade these skins with other players or use them as deposits on DrakeLounge and DrakeMoon.

Is PUBG esports a thing now?

Not right now, but it could be.

There have been PUBG tournaments where several teams were dropped on the map and duked it out Battle Royale style. Many well-known organizations have picked up PUBG rosters, the game may become big in the future.

As it is now, however, the game isn’t really esports-ready exactly. Yes, tournaments can be held and they ARE exciting but the problem is that the game isn’t in its final form yet. There are bugs to be worked out, optimization problems to be solved, and spectating difficulties to be solved.

The number of staff that is needed to cover a PUBG match compared to CS:GO is… immense to say the least. Several teams of players dropped into a huge map and the staff needs to watch it all, waiting for something exciting to happen.

That brings up another hurdle PUBG needs to get over before it can join CS:GO, LoL, Dota 2 and Overwatch as the great esports titles. By its nature, the early game in PUBG consists of people looting. And looting. And looting. For a long time by esports standards. The same problem plagues League of Legends in some metagames, only with excessive farming, but the jungler can spice it up if he wants to. On a PUBG-sized map, that is a much harder problem to solve.

 

Overall, PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS is a great game and we’re excited to bring our users the chance to get into it. The game is exciting, requires skill and knowledge, and is extremely addictive. But then again, all the best games are, that’s why they are the best.

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