ESPORTSREPORTER.COM / BENJAMIN LITVACK – STAFF WRITER / MARCH 22ND, 2021 /
Have you ever watched a Rainbow Six Pro League match? Ever been confused by half of what the casters are saying? Love watching the game but don’t have time to play it yourself? Well, fret no more! I’m going to be breaking down the various terms, teams, history, phrases, call outs, strategies, metas, history, maps, and operators you will most likely hear during a Pro League broadcast. Soon everything you will be hearing will no longer be gibberish garbage, but gibberish garbage you can understand! So grab a seat, Noob, and let’s get started!
Scoring/Format– Each regular season game is a Best of 1, meaning that the teams will only play one game on one map. Each map is played as a best of 7, meaning the first to win 7 rounds is the winner. If teams tie at 6 rounds each, overtime happens. The first team to win two rounds in overtime will be determined the overtime winner. The new scoring system for the R6 Pro League is 3 points for a regular win, 2 points for an overtime win, 1 point for an overtime loss, and 0 points for a loss. The top 4 teams at the end of Stage will compete against each other to take home the lion’s share of the prize pool allocated to that specific region. Teams will also be awarded Global Standing points based on their placement within their respective leagues all in the hopes of making it to the Six Invitational.
Six Invitational-The Big One, the Grand Daddy, the End of the Road, the BIGGEST tournament in R6 Esports. The top 16 teams IN THE WORLD will be invited to compete against each other for the title of World Champion. Participants are chosen based on their total Global Standing Points accrued by the complete end of the regular season, as well as any potential victors from regional Majors. The current reigning world champions are Space Station Gaming from North America.
EUL-European League. The largest and arguably most competitive region for R6 esports. EUL consists of 10 teams spread out all across Europe. The grand prize for the first place team of the EUL will be 50,000 euros or 60,000 USD, give or take. The team that comes in last at the end of the season will be kicked out of European Pro League back down to Challenger League, while the 1st placed Challenger League team will be auto promoted to Pro League. The team that comes in 9th has to play for their spot against the 2nd place Challenger League team. Based on the final standing from the 2020 season ALONE, the top teams currently in EUL are: BDS Esports (BDS), G2 Esports (G2), Virtus Pro (VP), and Natus Vincere (NaVi).
NAL-North American League. The cross Atlantic rival to the EUL. Yes this is the League that has TSM and Beaulo. The North American League consists of teams from both the US and Canada. The team that comes in first will win a grand prize of 77,500 dollars. Normally the NAL would have relegations similar to EUL, yet due to major volatility with entire organizations leaving the Pro scene and complications from Covid-19, it is unclear right now what the relegations system will be. There’s a common belief that NA is a “Top 4” region, meaning that the top four teams, the ones that compete for the most money in the most tournaments don’t really change that much if at all. Based on the final standings of the 2020 season alone, the top four teams in the NAL are: Dark Zero Esports (DZ), Oxygen Esports (OXG), Space Station Gaming (SSG), and Team SoloMid (TSM).
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