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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
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Cyclops Athlete Gaming avoid ban after throwing Rainbow Six match

Published: 21/Nov/2020 4:03

by Andrew Amos

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One of APAC’s most prestigious Rainbow Six teams, Cyclops Athlete Gaming, has avoided disqualifications and suspensions after the team was found guilty of throwing a Pro League match to get better seeding.

Cyclops Athlete Gaming were put under the microscope after the team admitted to throwing a Rainbow Six match in the APAC North League to secure better seeding for the November Major.

In their October 22 game against QConfirm, the CAG players intentionally picked off-meta compositions and played below their level. If they lost, they could secure second seed heading into the Major, as Cloud9 would no longer be able to finish above them due to the nature of the Swiss format.

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Cyclops Athlete Gaming have avoided any major punishment after they were found guilty of throwing a Rainbow Six match.

Now, a month later, Ubisoft has finally handed down their judgment on the throw, claiming the team’s “unusual conduct” broke the global ruleset, regardless of whether losing was to their benefit or not.

“Unusual conduct was noticed from players on the Cyclops Athlete Gaming team during their match against QConfirm. Various actions made by their players brought into question the seriousness with which they were playing this league game,” Ubisoft stated.

“The investigation conducted with the help of our partner in the region showed that Cyclops Athlete Gaming acted in a non-competitive manner that strictly goes against the Global Rulebook.”

However, Ubisoft were lenient in their punishments for the throw. They noted that Cyclops acted in their own best interests, and their actions revealed a flaw in the system.

The players themselves managed to escape suspensions, and the organization as a whole will be able to compete in the upcoming Asia-Pacific Major. However, coach Hibiki ‘XQQ’ Motoyama was banned by Ubisoft for six months for admitting to throwing matches on Twitter.

XQQ left his post at Cyclops Athlete Gaming days after the drama, and is now the coach of Absolute Jupiter’s Valorant team. It’s unclear if Riot are going to transfer XQQ’s coaching ban in Rainbow Six to Valorant.

The organization was fined $5,000 USD.

Cyclops Athlete Gaming will also retain their second seed for the November APAC Major. They will play the winner of GUTS Gaming and Cloud9 on November 25.