G2 Esports win Rainbow Six Major Paris

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The Greatest Team In The World

After a grueling week of back and forth group play and a heavily stacked playoff bracket, G2 Esports has been crowned your Rainbow Six Siege Paris Major champions.

G2 Esports (formerly PENTA Sports) saw themselves facing off against Evil Geniuses in their second finals meet-up. The European roster once again comes out on top in a dominating 3-0 fashion. The series was a rematch of the Six Invitational 2018 finals, now considered one of the greatest series in Siege history. Unlike the Six Invitational 2018 finals, G2 Esports would outplay, outgun, and clutch up winning the best of five with a scoreline of 6-2 in every game of the series.

The Six Major Paris 2018 is the second premier tier tournament of 2018 and Rainbow Six Siege Esports’ first official ‘Major,’ under Ubisoft’s newly developed esports roadmap. Introduced at the Six Invitational 2018, the Rainbow Six Siege roadmap sees a “major” tournament every year. With a total prize pool of $350,000 USD, the grand champion takes away $150,000 from the pot. As well, the winner will also be the first to qualify for next year’s Six Invitational.

A Week Of Upsets

Starting early in the week, 16 teams faced off against each other in a four group, pool play stage. The group stage commenced on Monday, lasting until Wednesday, with four teams per group. These teams qualified for the event either through regional qualifiers or past major event wins.

Oddly enough, Ubisoft’s first major tournament did not use a typical round-robin style to seed for the playoff bracket. Instead, they opted to use a double elimination style bracket to determine the playoff seeding. The top two teams from each group would qualify through either the winners or losers bracket final.

Six Major Paris Groups

Credit: Ubisoft

Group stages was a back and forth filled with numerous surprises. Teams like Evil Geniuses and the newly rebranded team G2 esports (previously PENTA Sports), demonstrated their strength with dominating performances over other teams in their groups. As expected, these two juggernauts found themselves at the top of their groups.

However, the other groups saw multiple upsets from the APAC teams. Nora-Rengo, Element Mystic, and FNATIC saw themselves take series off multiple teams on the second day of pool play. Unfortunately, while not making it to the playoffs, the three APAC teams would all finish third in their groups.

The biggest upset of the tournament has to be Team Liquid’s fourth finish in their group. The recent champions of the Season 7 Finals were expected to take their group in a swift fashion. Unlike the APAC teams, the LATAM representatives would not have a great week with Ninjas in Pyjamas being the only Latin American team to make it into the playoffs.

Separate The Men From The Boys

Four European teams, three North American teams, and one Latin American team. Each considered a dangerous opponent in their own rights. Each team filled with firepower and experienced veterans. The playoffs would separate some of the best teams in the world from the greatest team in the game.

Playoff Bracket

Credit: Ubisoft

The quarterfinals would show that there is a clear-cut difference between the top two European teams and the rest. G2 Esports and Team Secret would easily run through their European brethren, facing against each other in the semifinals. Sadly for Team Secret, the series would be a short-lived one, as G2 Esports would aggressively outgun them.

The other side of the playoff bracket would be a little different. LATAM’s final hope, Ninjas in Pyjamas would find themselves facing against Evil Geniuses where they would lose in a hard-fought series. North American teams Rogue and Obey would push the limits and go into two overtime games with Rogue coming out on top. In a match to prove who was North America’s best, Evil Genius would take that title with two close games, each with a scoreline of 6-4.

A Dominating Victory

After powering through the group stages and their side of the playoff bracket, G2 Esports came into the finals on fire. Everyone expected a slugfest between NA’s best and EU’s top dog just like in the Six Invitational 2018. That was not the case this time around. G2 Esports were primed and ready for all of Evil Geniuses picks and plays.

Fabian “Fabian” Hällsten would lead his team to a 3-0 victory over Evil Geniuses in a stunning fashion. G2 Esports would always have the upper hand and control each round, ending all three games with a 6-2 scoreline. Brimming with confidence, Niclas “Pengu” Mouritzen or Juhani “Kantoraketti” Toivonen would go for aggressive early round kills. Every time Evil Geniuses would seem to have a chance, Joonas “jNSzki” Savolainen would deny them with unbelievable clutches. Evil Geniuses always seemed to be on the back foot and unsure how to respond. Multiple rounds, Evil Geniuses would start to look scared, pulling out comfort defensive operators such as Rook and Doc. Tiny mistakes would amount to huge throws on the side of Evil Geniuses.

The Rivalry Continues

In what could be the scene’s first budding rivalry, G2 Esports would meet Evil Geniuses in the finals for the second time. The two powerhouses have only met four times in a LAN setting. Once in Season 7 Finals in the semis, twice in the Six Invitational 2018 (in group stages and the finals). This isn’t a large number of times and maybe not enough to be considered a rivalry. But the Rainbow Six Siege scene is a young esport and these two teams are hungry for wins.

It is safe to say that this major tournament win has established G2 Esports as the best team in Rainbow Six Siege as of yet. As of now, G2 Esports currently have beaten Evil Geniuses in two major tournaments finals. Everyone on the team performed throughout the week, with Pengu and Kantoraketti standing out in the finals. The future of Siege esports is bright, and fans can expect more great events.


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