The six August 2020 Rainbow Six Major events come to a close with the final European League matches. The best teams competed in those tournaments to gather more points in order to qualify for the 2021 Six Invitational.
Every weekend featured a different league. In every region, all matches followed a best-of-3 format, except the grand finals that were based on a best of 5 with infinite overtime. After a month of weekend matches, the results are finally in.
Rainbow Six Major
The APAC League, going from August 3–9. Fans who expected the Japanese teams CYCLOPS and GUTS Gaming to be the top competitors for first place in the APAC North division were surprised to see them wiped out. After winning against GUTS Gaming in the semifinals, CYCLOPS loses to Cloud9 without a single map in the final. After winning against Xavier Esports, Giants Gaming faced Cloud9 in the grand final. Cloud9 emerged victorious with a 3–1 score, placing Giants Gaming in second place. CYCLOPS secures third place against Xavier. A close match with a score of 8–7 placed GUTS Gaming fourth and FAV Gaming fifth.
Union Gaming emerged as first place for the South Asia Division after beating MercenarieZ, who placed second. MonkaS claims third place and KIRA E-Sports settles in fourth. Meanwhile in the Oceania Division, Wildcard Gaming beat the second place Pittsburgh Knights and third place Okami.
Latin American League
The Latin American League ran from August 7–9. After their defeat in the 2020 Six Invitational, Ninjas in Pyjamas are working hard to chase the wins. In first place for the major, Ninjas in Pyjamas won against FaZe Clan twice during the weekend, ending the grand final with a 3–0 sweep. Team Liquid took third place, leaving the Brasilerao 2020 victor Team oNe eSports in fourth place.
The Mexico Division saw Estral Esports take first place, while Timbers Esports placed second.
North American League
Running from August 14–16, the North American League also saw some surprising results. Team SoloMid came back for revenge against Spacestation Gaming from Stage 1. Closing out their final match against Spacestation Gaming with a clutch ace by Beaulo on Clubhouse, Team SoloMid advanced to the grand final. However, the dark horse team DarkZero, came out on top against Team SoloMid with a 3–0 sweep. It must be noted that DarkZero also beat out Spacestation Gaming in the semifinals at the beginning of the weekend.
The last to finish their placements, the European League ran from August 21–23. Playing their first best of 3 format since Season 1 Stage 1, these teams’ mental fortitude were put to the test. G2 Esports, fan favorites of this league, comfortably beat out their competitors until the grand final. BDS Esport, after losing to G2 Esports in the semifinals, rose through the losers bracket to face off against G2 Esports again. BDS Esport claimed first place with a close game. G2 Esports took second place, with Virtus.pro and Rogue in third and fourth place respectively.
The 2020 August Six Major has the best teams reassessing their gameplay and teamwork with these surprising results. Season 1 Stage 2 is fast approaching in October, in preparation for 2020 November Six Major. After these upcoming events, there will be a better idea of which 16 teams will make it to the 2021 Six Invitational.
Written by Emily Tan