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Rainbow Six November 2020 Major goes online: format, dates, more

Published: 9/Sep/2020 3:28

by Andrew Amos

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Ubisoft have pulled the plug on the Rainbow Six: Siege November 2020 Major LAN after months of limbo. The tournament will move into a regional online format, similar to the August major. However, the move has put a question mark over the Six Invitational in February.

The third big event for Rainbow Six esports in 2020 has now officially been canceled, at least in-person. Ubisoft announced on September 8 that the November 2020 major will no longer be taking place on LAN, and will instead be replaced by regional online events.

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“Due to the ongoing pandemic, we will continue with a regional format with one online Major per region,” the devs said in a blog post.

“We know that the community is as eager as we are to watch global competitions and faceoffs between teams from different regions, however the health and well-being of our teams, developers, players, partners and fans remains our number one priority.”

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The November 2020 major, which was set to be held in Europe, was going to be the final event teams could catapult off to qualify for the Six Invitational. Instead, a return to online play is planned.

The format is similar to the Six August Major, which was canceled under similar circumstances. Each of the four major regions will get their own mini majors, with teams qualifying through their respective regional events.

At least $500,000 of prize money is up for grabs globally ⁠— $125,000 per region. Fans will also be able to contribute to the prize pool through a Operator bundle, set to be released closer to the event.

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The November Major will now take place across the whole month, with competition running from October 30 to November 29. Exact dates for each region are below.

  • Latin America: October 30 – November 1st
  • Europe: November 6 – 8
  • North America: November 13 -15
  • Asia-Pacific: November 25 – 29
Fnatic and BDS playing at Six Invitational 2020
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The November Major cancellation has put the Six Invitational 2021 in jeopardy.

Six Invitational 2021 cancellation fears grow

The cancellation of the Six November Major doesn’t spell good news for the Six Invitational in 2021. With the biggest event on the calendar set for five months from now, it’s unlikely the global situation will change enough to accommodate it.

Ubisoft are also hesitant to run it in a bubble format ⁠— like the League of Legends 2020 World Championship.

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“We would need to fly 16 teams from all over the world to a single location. Many borders are closed and a 14-day quarantine rule is in place for most countries. There is also the chance to [get sick] during transit. The risk is too high,” esports director Wei Yue said on Twitter after the November Major cancellation.

Ubisoft will reveal more information about the Six Invitational 2021 closer to its proposed date in February.

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MacieJay explains how to balance Rainbow Six Siege’s Deployable Shields

Published: 17/Oct/2020 15:29

by Joe Craven

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Popular Rainbow Six Siege YouTuber MacieJay has explained how Ubisoft could balance the controversial Deployable Shields in Operation Shadow Legacy. 

As far as Rainbow Six content creators go, few have reached the level of TSM’s streamer and YouTube star MacieJay. Many years playing Ubisoft’s tactical FPS have seen him accumulate upwards of a million YouTube subscribers who tune in regularly to see what genius tactics the 29-year-old has come up with.

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On October 16, the Rainbow Six veteran turned his attention to Deployable Shields, the in-game equipment that has grown to be quite controversial of late. Recent patches added the ability to see through the shields, as well as making them far harder to destroy.

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The pre-rework Deployable Shields were not see through, and easier to destroy.

Get Flanked, a Rainbow Six YouTuber, shared their opinion on Deployable Shields, calling for Ubisoft to straight-up revert them, returning to their original state.

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MacieJay, however, took a more conservative approach, arguing that they were “virtually useless” before their buff, but the changes have indeed made them too strong.

“I’d prefer a balance rather than a revert,” he said. “Instead maybe add a Mira like canister on the back so vertical play can counter it. Also allow Hibana to counter the shield.”

In a second tweet, Macie reiterated the need for more counters, suggesting a Mira-like canister could open them up to destruction from operators like Twitch.

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Finally, he said that there needs to be a re-assessment of which operators have access to Deployable Shields given their new-found strength. Equipment being used to balance operators is very common in Rainbow Six.

One issue some players noted is that allowing certain operators to destroy Deployable Shields more easily would constitute a buff for them, so other balancing concerns could come to the forefront.

How Ubisoft navigate this issue is still up in the air, but Macie’s opinions were echoed by many. Only time will tell.

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