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All teams and groups for Rainbow 6’s Six Invitational 2020 revealed

Published: 15/Jan/2020 23:27

by Andrew Amos

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16 of the world’s best Rainbow Six teams are converging on Montreal to duke it out in the fourth Six Invitational in just a few weeks. Check out who your favorite team is facing off against here.

With over a million dollars on the line, the Six Invitational is the biggest event on the Rainbow Six calendar. 16 teams from around the globe will fight it out to lift Sledge’s Hammer and claim the title as the best Rainbow Six team in the world.

Team Empire enters the Six Invitational as one of the heavy favorites. The Season 9 Pro League and Six Major Raleigh champions have taken European R6 by storm since their explosive run through Challenger League.

However, they’ll be contested by hopefuls from North America, LATAM, and APAC. Team SoloMid with fan-favorite player Jason ‘Beaulo’ Doty will look to extend on their DreamHack Montreal victory back in September 2019.

G2 Esports win Six Invitational 2019
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G2 Esports have won the last two Six Invitationals, although they represented PENTA back in 2018.

LATAM LAN powerhouses Team Liquid will be looking to avenge themselves after missing out on a spot in the Season 10 Pro league finals. They came second at DreamHack Montreal, and took home OGA PIT Season 3 and the Brasileirao 2019 tournament in a solid run of offline events throughout 2019.

APAC’s Fnatic will also be looking to do the same. The core of Fnatic have qualified for every Six Invitational, first under the Mindfreak banner back in 2017 in 2018, before changing allegiances to the European organization mid-way through 2018.

Two-time Six Invitational champions G2 Esports did not qualify for the tournament through regular means, instead getting the 16th invite slot from Ubisoft.

The 2018 and 2019 victors fell short both the Six Invitational European Qualifier and Pro League Season 10, but their results throughout the rest of the year were enough for them to get Ubisoft’s attention as the final team to head to Montreal.

Before the action kicks off on February 7, here’s all the groups for the million-dollar Six Invitational 2020.

Six Invitational 2020 Teams and Groups

Group A

Team Region Players
Team Empire Europe ShepparD, JoyStiCK, karzheka, Scyther, dan
DarkZero Esports North America Mint, Hotancold, Hyper, Skys, Ecl9pse
FaZe Clan LATAM Astro, cameram4n, mav, yoona, ion
Fnatic APAC Magnet, Lusty, Virtue, Tex, MentalistC

Group B

Team Region Players
Natus Vincere Europe neLo, CTZN, Kendrew, Saves, Pie
Rogue Europe Hicks, risze, AceeZ, korey, ripz
Team SoloMid North America Achieved, Merc, Beaulo, Pojoman, Geoometrics
Spacestation Gaming North America Thinkingnade, Bosco, Rampy, Fultz, Canadian

Group C

Team Region Players
Giants Gaming APAC Lunarmetal, Ysaera, HysteRiX, jrdn, SpeakEasy
Ninjas in Pyjamas LATAM Kamikaze, Psycho, julio, Muzi, pino
Team Liquid LATAM Nesk, xS3xyCake, Paluh, psk1, HSnamuringa
MIBR LATAM Cyb3r, Novys, Bullet1, MKing, hugzord

Group D

Team Region Players
Team Reciprocity North America FoxA, Retro, LaXInG, Nyx, VertcL
Wildcard Gaming APAC EmoRin, Derpeh, Ethan, Diesel, NeophyteR
BDS Esport Europe Shaiiko, rxwd, Renshiro, RaFaLe, Elemzje
G2 Esports Europe Pengu, Fabian, Kantoraketti, UUNO, Cryn
Rainbow Six

Team Liquid suspend Rainbow Six coach Mav over abuse allegations

Published: 7/Jan/2021 1:57

by Andrew Amos

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Team Liquid Rainbow Six coach Rafael ‘mav’ Loureiro Freitas has been suspended six months into his tenure over allegations of domestic violence. The former FaZe Clan star has denied the allegations, stating they aren’t “as pictured.”

Mav has been accused by his former partner of instigating domestic violence while they were in a relationship with the Rainbow Six coach.

‘SilverMistR6’, who has now locked her Twitter account, claimed that Mav slammed her against a wall in a bar after he got drunk one night while still on the FaZe Clan roster. Other users backed up her story with screenshots and videos.

The allegations caught wind on January 5, with Team Liquid suspending the coach within 24 hours.

“These are extremely concerning and serious allegations. We want to assure the community and those who raised these concerns that we are investigating thoroughly, and all work with Mav has been suspended until we complete our investigation,” the team said in a January 6 statement.

“After first learning of these incidents [on January 5], we immediately began conducting a formal review to determine the appropriate course of action. We’ll share an update as soon as the investigation is complete.”

Mav himself has denied some of the claims. While he admits he “was wrong to push [his partner],” he claims there’s more to the story.

“I said I was wrong to push my ex ⁠— you shouldn’t push anyone, period. It wasn’t as pictured, but of course I’ll always be canceled and have to read things like an abuser when I pushed her away,” he said on Twitter according to a translation.

Mav is one of numerous people within Brazilian esports to be swept up in sexual assault allegations over the last few days. CS:GO pro Lincoln ‘fnx’ Lau was accused of leaking a private video from Twitch streamer and host Renata ‘Elfa’ Schozen without her permission.

The two were in a relationship in 2019 when fnx recorded an intimate video of them, which he allegedly shared in a WhatsApp group without her consent. Three people told Schozen about the incident, and she has also threatened legal action.

Brazilian League of Legends caster Gabriel ‘MiT’ Souza was also dropped by Riot for the 2021 CBLoL Season after he was also accused of sexual assault by members of the community.

Team Liquid are expected to take part in the Six Invitational 2021. It’s unclear if Mav’s suspension will jeopardize his ability to travel to Europe to coach the squad.