Rainbow Six Siege Major Raleigh 2019 Playoffs, Event Format & Team Overviews
We’re approaching the business end of the Season 10 Pro League halfway point, Six Major Raleigh Playoffs. Yes, there have been plenty of surprises in the group stage and, no worries, we’ll address all of them.
Right now, there are just a few more hours to go until the first quarterfinal matches start so let’s jump right into everything you need to know about the rest of this R6S spectacle in Raleigh, USA!
Six Major Raleigh Playoffs | Interesting Facts
Let’s start things slowly with a couple of interesting facts related to the event itself as well as its playoffs stage.
- Yep, it’s true… Evil Geniuses are out of the competition. They were defeated by ex-Looking for Org, now signed by Giants Gaming, who looked outright amazing on both Villa and Kafe Dostoyevsky. Perhaps EG’s loss to Spacestation Gaming was even more surprising looking at the individual qualities.
- Team Empire is still the heavy favorite to conquer the Six Major Raleigh playoffs and take home the biggest share of the $500,000 total prize money. Other notable contestants remaining in the tournament are FaZe Clan and G2 Esports, led by Mav and Pengu respectively.
- There are just eight teams remaining in the competition. As far as the biggest group stage eliminations are concerned, the aforementioned EG is the biggest name. One of the strongest NA sides is followed by the likes of NiP, Fnatic, and Nora-Rengo.
Prize Pool Distribution
The prize pools on RS6 events keep getting bigger and bigger. For instance, the last Major iteration (Paris Major 2018) had $350,000 in total prize pool money. Six Major Raleigh, on the other hand, features a whopping $500,000. Invitationals have experienced an even bigger prize pool growth. Six Invitational 2018 featured $500,000 while this year’s installment had $2M in store for sixteen participating teams.
As for the official prize pool distribution of Rainbow Six Major Raleigh, here’s the rundown:
- 1st place – $200,000
- 2nd place – $80,000
- 3rd-4th place – $40,000
- 5th-8th place – $20,000
- 9th-12th place – $10,000
- 13th-16th place – $5,000
The format of Six Major Raleigh playoffs is pretty straightforward. We’re basically talking about a single-elimination bracket based on best of series. Quarterfinals and semifinals are Bo3 while the grand finals are reserved for a thrilling best of five contest. As for the schedule, you can learn more near the end of this article.
Six Major Raleigh Playoffs Team Overviews
As mentioned above, there are just eight teams remaining in the competition. The group stage already sent eight of them packing, some of which were utterly surprised by the upsets.
When it comes to the eight remaining Six Major Raleigh playoffs teams, let’s take a closer look at each one and see how the square up in trophy conversations!
To be honest, ForZe was an unlikely playoff contestant coming into this event. However, they finished on top of their group with two lenient wins against FaZe and DarkZero. Obviously, PASH4 played a big role in ForZe’s group stage success. The team’s former coach stepped up for the occasion and posed as the key figure in both group stage matches.
As for ForZe’s quarterfinals match against Giants, it’ll definitely be one to remember. Both teams showed off exceptional performances in their group stage matches so it will be very interesting to see them square off against each other in the quarterfinals. It will be a tough contest, that’s for sure…
I’m sure most of you know by now that Giants Gaming acquired Looking For Org’s roster last week, just ahead of the Six Major Raleigh. And, believe it or not, their plan seems to be working. Against all odds, Giants Gaming has made it through to the playoffs, eliminating G2, one of the best-performing RS6 teams out there.
Risze and Hicks seem to be the toughest players on this ex-Looking For Org roster. Risze’s Zofia and Hicks’ Lesion worked like a charm, leaving both NiP and Evil Genius scratching their heads in disbelief. Call me bold but I really like what I’ve seen from Giants. Sure, they did lose their initial match against Spacestation but if their following two matches are any indication of what’s to follow, I wouldn’t be half surprised to see Giants reach well into the playoffs. ForZe will be a tough opponent, meaning we’ll be up for a cracker of a match!
G2 Esports players could make a proper name for themselves if they have a successful Six Major Raleigh playoffs campaign. Remember, we are talking about the team that won the Six Major Paris, Pro League S8 Finals, and Six Invitational 2019. Then, they failed to qualify for the PL Season 9 Finals which was basically the beginning of their poor run of form.
Perhaps Pengu, Kanto and the crew aren’t in their best-ever form but they’re still a tough team to play against. And, even if they’re not playing as a proper team (PL S9 EU is the perfect example), they’re still a tough set of individuals to overcome. That said, I expect G2 to annihilate Team SoloMid and have a proper crack at whoever wins between ForZe and Giants. In other words, I can easily see G2 reaching the grand finals without breaking a sweat.
Team SoloMid had a pretty solid group stage. Even though they lost the initial Bo3 match against Empire, it was a pretty close contest with Border being the deciding map. MIBR and Nora-Rengo were no match for Merc and Achieved, leading their team to the playoffs where they’ll have to face off against the mighty G2 Esports.
As I’ve already stated above, I think G2 Esports has an open path to the grand finals. They can’t face Team Empire or FaZe Clan until the grand finals and I’m sure Pengu and the crew will use that to their advantage. In other words, I expect Team SoloMid to be nothing but a shooting range for G2. I’m not trying to bash on TSM, I just can’t see them overcoming G2 considering their (at times) lackluster displays.
Moving on with our Six Major Raleigh playoffs team overviews, we have Spacestation Gaming. We’re talking about a team that dealt the first blow to now eliminated Evil Geniuses. Additionally, they also defeated Giants and basically announced their playoffs aspirations right off the bat.
ThinkingNade and Rampy are keeping the dream alive with terrific displays of individual brilliance during group stage matches. Fultz, the newest arrival, has been playing pretty solid too. His Smoke is getting better and better, on its way to become an invaluable SS asset. As far as their quarterfinals match against Team Secret is concerned, I reckon TN and Rampy will make their presence known and lead their team to the semifinals. If that does indeed happen, I got bad news for SS as they’ll be facing FaZe Clan or Team Empire. Which is the lesser of two evils, that’s the real question here…
A big part of Team Secret’s group stage encounters was their newest arrival, Ferral. As far as kill count goes, he was right up there with LeonGids and Elemzje. However, he did more than just pure kills. His tactical awareness, especially with Valkyrie, did a world of good for Team Secret.
Needless to say, TS didn’t do a lot against G2. However, knowing Team Secret’s aspirations, I reckon all they wanted was to go through to the playoffs, everything beyond that is just an added bonus. And here they are, set to play in the quarterfinals against Spacestation. TS definitely has a chance, but I believe ThinkingNade and Rampy will prove too difficult for TS’s defense.
Team Empire came into this tournament as somewhat of a favorite team. Nothing surprising considering their Pro League S9 title from just three months ago. Empire’s group stage displays were nothing short of brilliant. Dan and karzheka are in the spotlight once again, playing to their full potential and leading their team to an easy 2-0 ticket to the Six Major Raleigh playoffs.
However, their quarterfinals match against FaZe Clan will definitely be a fiery one. Even though Team Empire strolled through the group stage, one bad Bo3 series and they’re out of the competition. And, do you know which team has the ability to punish every mistake? FaZe Clan! Yep, FaZe Clan will fancy their chances against Team Empire even though the latter will be the clear favorites. That said, I can’t wait for Friday afternoon to witness these two giants go up against each other.
The last name in our Six Major Raleigh playoffs team overviews section is FaZe Clan. In contrast to their CS:GO counterpart which always seems to be on a performance rollercoaster, RS6 division of FaZe Clan seems to be doing itself a lot of justice in recent months. Even though their Pro League Season 8 Finals performance left them with a sour taste in their mouth (disheartening grand finals defeat) against G2), this FaZe Clan roster must have high expectations in Raleigh.
Ion and yoona seem to have fit right into the team, displaying solid performances and doing their fair share of work in the group stage. They weren’t spectacular by any means, but decent enough to see their team through to the playoffs. However, their quarterfinals match might write another sad story. As mentioned above, FaZe will be tackling Team Empire in the quarters, a team that’s dubbed as the heavy favorite to take their second top-tier title in 2019…
Six Major Raleigh Playoffs Schedule (PT)
With Six Major Raleigh Playoffs starting in just a few hours, let’s not beat around the bushes and jump straight to the schedule!
ForZe vs. Giants Gaming – 7 a.m.
Spacestation Gaming vs. Team Secret – 10 a.m.
Team Empire vs FaZe Clan – 1 p.m.
G2 Esports vs. Team SoloMid – 4 p.m.
Semifinals #1 – 9.30 p.m.
Semifinals #2 – 12.30 p.m.
Grand Finals – 11.30 a.m.