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Published: 23/May/2021 21:45 Updated: 23/May/2021 21:47by Andrew Amos
Ninjas in Pyjamas defeated Team Liquid in a thrilling Grand Final to win the 2021 Rainbox Six Invitational, taking home the whopping $1 million grand prize.
|Placement||Team||Prize Money ($USD)|
|1st||Ninjas in Pyjamas||$1,000,000|
|9th-12th||Team oNe eSports||$75,000|
|17th-18th||CYCLOPS athlete gaming||$40,000|
Day 1: Wednesday, May 19
|Upper Bracket Quarter Final||Liquid 0-2 MIBR||2AM||5AM||10AM|
|Upper Bracket Quarter Final||BDS 1-2 NiP||2AM||5AM||10AM|
|Upper Bracket Quarter Final||FaZe 2-1 TSM||5AM||8AM||1PM|
|Upper Bracket Quarter Final||Empire 0-2 Oxygen||5AM||8AM||1PM|
|Lower Bracket Round 1||C9 0-2 Mkers||8AM||11AM||4PM|
|Lower Bracket Round 1||DarkZero 0-2 Furia||8AM||11AM||4PM|
|Postponed||G2 vs. Parabellum||11AM||2PM||7PM|
|Postponed||oNe vs. Spacetation||11AM||2PM||7PM|
Day 2: Thursday, May 20
|Lower Bracket Round 1||G2 0-2 Parabellum||2AM||5AM||10AM|
|Lower Bracket Round 1||oNe 2-1 Spacetation||2AM||5AM||10AM|
|Lower Bracket Round 2||BDS 2-1 FURIA||5AM||8AM||1PM|
|Lower Bracket Round 2||TSM 2-0 Mkers||5AM||8AM||1PM|
|Upper Bracket Semi Final||MIBR 2-0 Oxygen||8AM||11AM||4pM|
|Upper Bracket Semi Final||NiP 2-0 FaZe Clan||8AM||11AM||4pM|
|Lower Bracket Round 2||Liquid 2-0 Parabellum||11AM||2PM||7PM|
|Lower Bracket Round 2||Team Empire 2-0 oNe||11AM||2PM||7PM|
Day 3: Friday, May 21
|Lower Bracket Round 3||BDS 1-2 TSM||2AM||5AM||10AM|
|Lower Bracket Round 3||Team Empire 0-2 Team Liquid||5AM||8AM||1PM|
|Lower Bracket Round 4||Oxygen 0-2 TSM||8AM||11AM||4pM|
|Lower Bracket Round 4||FaZe Clan 1-2 Team Liquid||11AM||2PM||7PM|
Day 4: Saturday, May 22
|Upper Bracket Finals||NiP 2-1 MiBR||4.30AM||7.30AM||12.30PM|
|Lower Bracket Round 5||Team Liquid 2-1 TSM||7.30AM||10.30AM||3.30PM|
Day 5: Sunday, May 23
|Lower Bracket Finals||MIBR 0-2 Team Liquid||4.30AM||7.30AM||12.30PM|
|Grand Finals||NiP 3-2 Team Liquid||8AM||11AM||4PM|
|5||Team oNe eSports||4-5||0|
|10||Cyclops Athlete Gaming||2-7||-16|
|3||Ninjas in Pyjamas||4-3||+3|
Despite the postponement, the following teams lined up to compete. Reigning champions Spacestation Gaming were out to defend their title, while hungry challengers like TSM, DarkZero, and G2 Esports all fought to prove themselves on the world stage.
Virtus.pro and Wildcard Gaming were forced to pull out due to visa issues as well as illness.
|Cloud 9||APAC||EnvyTaylor, Static, Nova, Harp3r, SyAIL|
|Cyclops Athlete Gaming||APAC||Anitun, SuzuC, gatorada, BlackRay, Ayagator|
|Darkzero Esports||NA||Mint, Hotancold, Hyper, Skys, Ecl9pse|
|Faze Clan||Brazil||Astro, yoona, ion, live, KDS|
|FURIA||Brazil||Bersa, LENDA, h1ghs, Novys, Miracle|
|G2 Esports||Europe||Pengu, Kantoraketti, UUNO, CTZN, Virtue|
|Team BDS||Europe||Shaiiko, Renshiro, RaFaLe, Elemzje, BriD|
|Team Empire||Europe||ShepparD, JoyStiCK, Scyther, Dan, Always|
|Team Liquid||Brazil||nesk, xS3xyCake, psk1, Paluh, HSnamuringa|
|Team One Esports||Brazil||reduct, Faallz, LuKid, Rappz, FelipoX|
|Giants Gaming||APAC||Lunarmetal, Ysaera, HysteRiX, SpeakEasy, jrdn|
|MIBR||Brazil||Mint, Hotancold, Hyper, Skys, Ecl9pse|
|Mkers||Europe||Lollo, Gemini, Scatto, Aqui, Sasha|
|Ninjas in Pyjamas||Brazil||Kamikaze, Psycho, julio, Muzi, pino|
|Oxygen Esports||NA||FoxA, LaXIng, VertcL, Slashug, B1ologic|
|Parabellum||NA||Eskaa, Sonar, Koolaid, P3NGU1N, SpiriTz|
|Spacestation Gaming||NA||Thinkingnade, Rampy, Bosco, Fultz, Canadian|
|TSM||NA||Achieved, Merc, Beaulo, Geometrics, Chala|
The Six Invitational was to expanded to 20 teams in 2021 with two groups of 10 duking it out for 16 spots in the playoffs. However, Wildcard and Virtus.pro were forced to pull out at the last second, shrinking one group to eight teams.
The group stage was entirely best-of-ones, while the double-elimination playoffs were best-of-threes until the grand final, which was a best-of-five.
The prize pool for the Six Invitational 2021 was partially crowdfunded. Starting at $500,000, Ubisoft capped it at $3 million based on the purchase of the Road to S.I. 2021 Battle Pass in-game.