The Six Invitational 2021 group stage saw Parabellum esports surprise everyone with their dominant Day 2 performance. Here’s how the group stage played out and a look at the playoffs bracket.
The Six Invitational 2021 completed its group stage matches with both APAC teams finding at the bottom of the table.
The Six Invitational 2021 is the first offline LAN event for Rainbow Six Siege since the start of the pandemic. The tournament was to take place in February but Ubisoft had to postpone it due to local rules and regulations concerning international travel. Giants gaming and Cyclops Athlete Gaming are now out of the Six Invitational 2021. The remaining seventeen teams advance to the playoffs.
The Six Invitational 2021 tournament was to originally feature 20 teams from across the globe. However, Virtus.Pro and Wildcard gaming were unable to attend the event leaving just eighteen in the fray. Group A had ten teams while Group B had just eight teams. The top four teams from each group advanced to the upper bracket of the playoffs. The 5-9th place teams from Group A will play in the lower bracket playoffs while only three teams from Group B can move forward.
Six Invitational Group Stage Results
Here are the final group stage standings for the Six Invitational 2021
Team Empire and BDS are tied for the first place in Group A. Both teams have eight wins and one loss each. While Team Empire lost to Darkzero esports, Team BDS dropped its game against Team Empire. The tie-breaker rules means Empire takes the top spot in the group followed by BDS.
Liquid and FaZe Clan round out the top four teams in Group A. Team LIquid finishes the group stage with a 6-3 score while FaZe Clan does marginally worse at 5-4. These four teams have now qualified to the upper bracket of the Six Invitational Playoffs.
Despite having a similar score as CYCLOPS athlete gaming, Cloud9 stays alive in due to round differential. G2 esports also survived a scare and finishes the group stage with a 3-6 score.
Latin American teams were dominant in Group B. Both MIBR and NiP had strong showings in the group stage. NiP finished with a 4-3 score losing matches to TSM, MIBR and a surprise loss to Parabellum esports. MIBR lost matches to Spacestation Gaming and TSM esports but was very dominant in the rest of the group stage.
Not one of the favorites to top the group, but definitely a dark horse, Parabellum esports has been a revelation in the tournament. The team had a slow start to the tournament, even losing 0-7 to Oxygen esports on the opening day. But Day 2 saw Parabellum rise up to the occasion and stand tall amidst the best R6 teams in competition. The Canadian team defeated NiP and Spacestation Gaming, the Six Invitational 2020 finalists. They also won versus Giants Gaming to sit atop the leaderboards after day 2.
TSM, MIBR, Ninjas in Pyjamas and Oxygen esports round out the top four in Group B of the Six Invitational 2021. TSM had a strong showing but was also on the losing side of two surprise upsets against Giants Gaming and Mkers.
Six Invitational Playoffs
After two eliminations, and eight teams qualifying to the upper bracket, the Six Invitational 2021 is in full swing. The playoffs take place over five days starting on May 19.
With a double-elimination bracket, teams have an opportunity to prove their worth on LAN. All matches are best-of-three series with the grand finals being a Bo5 with unlimited overtime. The upper bracket winner has a 1 map advantage for being in the grand final.
The Six Invitational 2021 has a $3 million prize pool with one-third going to the best team.