G2 Esports have proven themselves as a Rainbow Six Siege powerhouse after successfully defending the Six Invitational 2019 by sweeping CIS contenders Team Empire.
Montreal, Canada was flocked by a majority of American teams from Brazil and United States vying for the lion’s share of the $2 Million pot, but the European mixture and the Russian squad proved to be the toughest among the 16-team tourney.
G2 had a solid run whole tournament long by taking down fellow contenders such as Spacestation Gaming and Team Reciprocity who advanced to the semis by upsetting tournament favorites Evil Geniuses.
Empire meanwhile, a team founded mid-2018 entered the Invitational as the underdogs. Prior to qualifying to Rainbow Six’s grandest event by topping the European Qualifiers, the Russian squad only had about $19,000 USD worth of group earnings from minor events. Now finishing as 2nd place, Empire added a whopping $320,000 into their banks.
Empire proved out to be as dark horses when they topped their groups and went on to surprise better known teams such as Team Liquid and Japanese powerhouse PET Nora-Rengo.
The matchup, despite being a sweep in a supposedly best of five series turned out to be the longest match in Rainbow 5 Pro history.
Last year, the G2 lineup composed that used to play under the banner of PENTA Esports bested all other competitors in an unblemished fashion until they met Evil Geniuses at the finals where they reverse swept the Americans in an exhilarating BO5 series.
The culmination of the Six Invitational also means a new season for Rainbow six fans. Operation Burnt Horizon is now officially revealed as the 4th year of R6 kicks off. Bringing in two new operators Mozzie and Gridlock, the Australian-themed season also has a new map and other aesthetic and gameplay changes. Ubi still has not detailed the official release date of the updates, but expect Technical Test Server (TTS) deployment for PC to be released soon.