Rainbow Six

Spacestation win $3 million Rainbow Six Siege Invitational 2020 – Final placements

Published: 17/Feb/2020 13:59

by Matt Porter


Spacestation Gaming took down Ninjas in Pyjamas at the 2020 Rainbow Six Siege Invitational to become the first North American team to win the tournament since its debut in 2018.

Since the tournament began two years ago, European teams have dominated the competition with PENTA Esports lifting the trophy in the first year, while G2 Esports took all the glory last year at the Place Bell Arena in Montreal, Canada.

In 2020 though, North America finally stood tall at the summit of Rainbow 6 esports, as Spacestation Gaming took down NiP’s Brazilian lineup to claim the $1 million grand prize, and the ability to call themselves the world’s best team.

The Rainbow Six Invitational trophy.
16 of the world’s best teams battled for the Rainbow Six Invitational hammer.

Thanks to their run in the winner’s bracket, Spacestation kicked off the grand finals with a 1-0 advantage over Ninjas in Pyjamas, meaning they only needed to win two maps to seal victory, compared to the three that the Brazilians would need if they hoped to taste victory in Montreal. Things were looking good for NiP, who blitzed their way through Spacestation in the opening two maps of the contest, putting them just one map away from the win.

With their backs against the wall, the North American team managed to regain their composure, edging out their opposition in a tightly-contested third map to level the series at 2-2. SSG were struggling to gain any sort of dominance over their opposition, but a massive 1v3 from Nathanial ‘Rampy’ Duvall acted as a turning point for the team, as losing the round would have given NiP match and tournament point.

With $1 million on the line, SSG produced a near-flawless performance on Bank to close out the tournament, and take their place at the top of Rainbow Six Siege, taking the map 7-3 with a dominant final round.

Despite defeat, NiP’s run to the finals was incredibly impressive, taking down G2 Esports, Team Empire, and Fnatic on their road to Spacestation Gaming, but just couldn’t close out the game against their North American rivals. The team still takes home $450,000, while third place TSM scoop up $270,000 for their efforts.

You can view the full final placements below.

Rainbow Six Siege Invitational 2020 Final Placements and Prizes

Place Team Prize Money
1st Spacestation Gaming $1,000,000
2nd Ninjas in Pyjamas $450,000
3rd Team SoloMid $270,000
4th BDS Esports $200,000
5th-6th DarkZero Esports $150,000
5th-6th Fnatic $150,000
7th-8th G2 Esports $110,000
7th-8th MIBR $110,000
9th-12th Team Empire $80,000
9th-12th Natus Vincere $80,000
9th-12th Team Liquid $80,000
9th-12th Team Reciprocity $80,000
13th-16th FaZe Clan $60,000
13th-16th Rogue $60,000
13th-16th Giants Gaming $60,000
13th-16th Wildcard Gaming $60,000
Rainbow Six

Team Liquid suspend Rainbow Six coach Mav over abuse allegations

Published: 7/Jan/2021 1:57

by Andrew Amos


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.