By Pavo Jurkic
September 5, 2019
There are less than 24 hours to go before the start of the next notable Rainbow Six Siege event. Some of the world’s biggest teams will be competing, which is why we’re proud to present our comprehensive DreamHack Montreal Preview.
Let’s start with the most interesting facts regarding this Rainbow Six Siege esports event:
Alongside 12 invited teams spread across four groups, there’s still one open spot in each of them. No worries, there’s no lack of proper R6S teams in Montreal. These open spots are reserved for BYOC (bring your own computer) qualifiers. Eight teams are fighting for their chance to compete at the main event, but only four of them will live up to their dreams.
Moving on with our DreamHack Montreal Preview, it’s time to say a thing or two about the prize pool distribution. As mentioned above, the total prize pool amounts to $75,000. There are sixteen competing teams, but only half of them will get some money for their efforts.
Here’s what the official prize pool distribution table looks like:
The DreamHack Montreal official tournament format hasn’t been unveiled. However, we’ll use the last year’s installment as our guideline.
For starters, the event kicks off with four double-elimination groups with four teams in each. There’s a total of five matches per group; two opening, one winners’, elimination and decider.
Two teams from each group advance to the playoffs which ought to be a single-elimination bracket featuring Bo3 matches from start to finish. And that’s about it as far as the tournament format section of our DreamHack Montreal Preview is concerned.
Let’s move on with our DreamHack Montreal Preview inspect the most notable team that will be competing in Montreal for a chance to participate in the upcoming Six Invitational 2020!
With Team Empire out of the equation, G2 Esports is the main favorite for taking this event home and qualifying for the Six Invitational 2020. Their Six Major Raleigh 2019 performance was on point, reaching the grand finals where they were defeated by Team Empire, who took their second consecutive major trophy in 2019.
However, I doubt that’ll phase G2 coming into this event. On their way to the Raleigh grand finals, Pengu and the boys stomped over some of the best teams in the business, such as TSM and ForZe. They even took a map from the dominant Team Empire.
Pengu and Kanto are in brutal form, and they showed off all their might in Raleigh. Especially in the playoffs where they both finished with over +30 k/d ratio. To put things into perspective, only ShepparD (the MVP), Dan and JoyStiCK were somewhat near their numbers. All in all, G2 Esports is the first name on the teams’ sheet here, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they take this one home and snatch the Six Invitational 2020 ticket.
The second team we’ll be focusing on in our DreamHack Montreal Preview is FaZe Clan. Despite poor performance on this year’s Invitational, their recent campaigns suggest FaZe Clan ought to be a force to be reckoned with in Montreal.
Right after the Six Invitational 2019, FaZe Clan hired a new coach (ion) and are now looking stronger than ever. ESL Pro League S9 Finals was a huge success, finishing off with semifinals. Six Major Raleigh, not so much, since they got eliminated in the quarterfinals by the mighty Team Empire machinery.
Coming into this tournament, FaZe Clan will be hoping to make a statement. On paper, they’re the second-best team competing in Montreal, so anything but a grand finals finish would be a proper disappointment. If everything goes according to plans and if the luck of the draw favors them, I reckon we could see mav and the boys face off against G2 in the grand finals.
Spacestation is another robust team that’s going to be competing on DreamHack Montreal 2019. Just like FaZe Clan, their season was somewhat of a rollercoaster, with controversial campaigns across the board. Most recently, in Raleigh, Spacestation got eliminated by Team Secret in the quarterfinals. It was a surprising upset, one that pushed Spacestation into signing Troy “Canadian” Jaroslawski just a few days ago.
That said, their teamwork might suffer due to a brand-new player entering the starting roster. While I do believe this will affect their gameplay in the opening group stage matches (if they reach the playoffs), they’re the sort of team that can snowball to greatness.
Even though they’re currently ranked as the 7th best team according to Siege.gg, I consider them more of a dark horse than a legitimate powerhouse. Keep that in your mind, especially if you’re into R6S betting.
Lastly, let’s talk about Evil Geniuses, the former second-best R6S team out there. The second-place curse that followed them through 2018 and the start of 2019 seems to be gone, but not in the way most people think. Instead of finally winning major events, Evil Geniuses started making silly mistakes and getting eliminated in the group stage and early playoffs rounds.
What seems to be the biggest problem with this Evil Geniuses roster? Well, I want to say Canadian since he was by far their worst performer in Raleigh. Now that he’s replaced by Modigga, I guess it’s now or never for this Evil Geniuses roster.
They have the individual quality to contest for the grand finals. With the likes of geoo and nvK being in good form, EG fans will be hoping Montreal is the breakthrough event for their favorite team. It’s going to be interesting to see them face off against Father’s Back and DarkZero in the group stage. Both of which have decent upset potential coming into this event.
Let’s wrap this DreamHack Montreal Preview up by taking a closer look at the group stage schedule!
Unfortunately, we only know the start times of opening matches. Everything else is going to be unveiled afterward, but knowing the tight event schedule, opening and winners’ matches ought to be played during the first day.