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Rainbow Six players barred from Pro League after visa issues

Published: 24/Sep/2019 1:44 Updated: 24/Sep/2019 2:30

by Andrew Amos


Two Rainbow Six: Siege players for Susqeuhanna Soniqs in the North American Pro League have been barred from playing until they get the correct visa.

The Susquehanna Soniqs are a middling team in the North American Rainbow 6 Pro League. They made a run to the playoffs of Dreamhack Montreal, finished in 7-8th at the Raleigh Major qualifier, and qualified for their first Pro League season in these last few months.

In an attempt to remain competitive at the top level of Rainbow Six pro play, the organisation signed two new players from Europe – Alex ‘SlebbeN’ Nordlund and Santino ‘Gomfi’ de Meulenaere. However, ESL has blocked the players from playing in Pro League due to visa issues.

Twitter: SoniqsEsportsGomfi and SlebbeN have been banned from Pro League until they acquire the correct visa.

The Soniqs announced the transfer on September 1, with the expectation that the players would be available to play after the Pro League break finished mid-month. ESL rules state that players must have valid documentation to stay in their new country to play.

“Changing regions requires obtaining a valid long term visa, defined as more than 90 days, as well as evidence of long term habitation,” it states. 

Before they were set to play their first game on September 23 with the new lineup, ESL released a statement regarding the player’s eligibility in Pro League, saying that they had not received the required documentation to play.

“Soniqs informed ESL on September 20 that (they) have not obtained such documentation in time for their debut, and thus they will not be able to play until they provide it,” said the statement.

General Manager of Susquehanna Soniqs, Darren ‘Tribizzle’ Moore, released a response to ESL’s statement, mentioning that he requested additional information from Ubisoft and ESL but is yet to receive it.

“Unfortunately, the information that was not given to us on our additional request is still being required in order for the visas to be accepted,” he said.

SlebbeN and Gomfi’s move to the North American organisation was the first major cross-continental trade of its kind in Rainbow Six esports. The duo used to be a part of GiFu eSports in Europe, and had played for the Soniqs roster at DreamHack Montreal.

It was part of the team’s commitment to the game, as well as an attempt to salvage their Pro League season to avoid relegation.

“Securing the long term future of my team in Rainbow Six is a top priority of mine, and as anyone who has worked with me knows, the player’s welfare is always my number one concern,” said Tribizzle.

The team were forced to play with members of their dropped lineup – John ‘Avian’ Ackerly and Jason ‘GhxsT’ Luu – in their matchup against powerhouse roster DarkZero. They lost the match 7-1.

The Soniqs have three more matches in Season 10 Pro League, with their next game set to take place on September 25 against Luminosity. They currently sit in last place with one win next to their name.

Rainbow Six

Rainbow 6 team admits to throwing match for better Major seed

Published: 22/Oct/2020 16:41

by Jacob Hale


The coach of Rainbow 6 Siege team CYCLOPS athlete gaming has admitted to throwing a competitive match to secure a better seed for the upcoming Six Major, sending the R6 community into frenzy.

With the Six Major coming up in November, the world’s best Rainbow Six Siege teams are looking to secure their spots in the tournament to compete for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

This is especially important in the lead-up to the annual Six Invitational, which takes place each February and crowns the best team there is as world champions.

Now, though, over in the Asia-Pacific region, the coach of top team CYCLOPS athlete gaming has admitted to throwing one of their matches.

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The CAG team might be punished after their coach as good as admitted to throwing a pro match.

Though his original tweet has now been deleted, head coach Hibiki ‘XQQ’ Motoyama let it be known that he and his team of top Japanese talent played poorly in their match against QConfirm, with the seeding system the reason.

With the way seeding works in the APAC League, teams earn points based on where they finish in the final standings, and CYCLOPS were looking to lock in as high a seed as possible — and by doing so, they couldn’t let Cloud9 overtake QConfirm in the standings.

For that reason, it seems XQQ and his team opted to throw their match against QConfirm, preventing Cloud9 from finishing above them and earning more points, hence keeping Cyclops’ higher seed.

Although the points system seems excessively convoluted, with fans calling it into question thanks to it allowing these kinds of matches to be thrown, CYCLOPS had obviously done the math and figured that their spot was safest with a loss.

The coach later Tweeted: “worst day of my competitive career so far,” and intimated that it would be his last ever match.

Perhaps, were it not for XQQ admitting to it so brazenly, the team may have gotten away with it. However, the Operator picks and style of play definitely made some viewers raise their eyebrows.

Despite no punishment being formally handed out yet, or any suggestion from Ubisoft and league operators on how they might treat this situation, it’s not looking great for XQQ and co. We’ll be sure to update this article as and when there are new developments.