ESPORTSREPORTER.COM / BENJAMIN LITVACK – STAFF WRITER / APRIL 6TH, 2021 /
Everyone knows the tale of David and Goliath right? David, a small human, going up against the giant, Goliath, and winning against all odds. It’s the original underdog story. Everybody loves cheering for the little guy going up against the unstoppable force, watching him fight bravely even though he has absolutely zero chance of winning. If he wins, he triumphs over impossible odds. If he fails, he earns everyone’s respect and admiration for fighting so valiantly.
Now imagine this. Instead of David winning against the giant man Goliath, imagine if Goliath tore David apart limb from limb, tossing him around like a rag doll. That version of David and Goliath sums up the last week of the R6:Siege Pro League across all four regions.
Let’s begin in APAC North and quickly go over the most gentle of dominations this past week: Cloud 9’s 7-3 win over Fnatic (pronounced Fanatic).
Throughout the first half played out on Consulate, Cloud 9 found a truck, and then proceeded to run over Fnatic with it repeatedly. Cloud 9 won five of the first six rounds. EnvyTaylor on Cloud 9 just refused to lose a gun fight as he got a 4k (k meaning kills) in round one, and 3k’s in rounds two, three, and six. He finished the game with a staggering 15-8 K/D ratio. Yet Fnatic’s 2021 troubles only continued as three of their five players finished the game with a combined total of ZERO kills. Yes you heard me right. Three players combined for zero kills. And like I said…this game was the most gentle of the dominations this past week.
Okay, time to move over to Brasileirão in LATAM. The first stomp of the week came in the game of W7M against the region’s number two team in Team Liquid. The game was played on Consulate with W7M starting on the defense with Liquid on Attack. Just a quick reminder: almost every single map in Rainbow Six Siege is defender favored, Consulate being no exception. So even though W7M began the game on the favored side, Team Liquid went on to win the first five rounds in a row as well as planting the bomb defuser, you guessed it, five rounds in a row. The fifth round was especially painful as Muringa managed to kill FOUR members of W7M and he never even set foot INSIDE the building! W7M at the very end of the first half were able to finally win a round, though it did require Panico killing three members of Team Liquid, and the defuser still needed to be disabled. That was to be the only high note for W7M on the day. Once the sides swapped and Liquid went on the defense, they proceeded to quickly lock out the rest of the game. To add insult to injury, in the very final round of the match Paluh from Team Liquid saw what his teammate Muringa did earlier in the game and went “Hey I can do that too!” and proceeded to get his very own 4k to put the final nail in W7M’s coffin and end the game 7-1, Team Liquid’s very convincing win.A 7-1 loss is very bad. The only thing worse would be a team managing to get a flawless 7-0 victory.
Well let’s go over what happened in the NAL this week in the game between TSM and XSET. Coming into this week, there were a lot of questions about TSM. They had just suffered a truly humiliating upset loss against the new to the league Beastcoast team 7-3. Now everyone was wondering if XSET, the other new team, would also have a stunning upset against TSM. The match was played out on Kafe Dostoyevsky with TSM beginning on defense and XSET on the attack. The first omen that it was going to be a very bad day for XSET came in round three. Roughly a minute left on the clock and it is a 3v1. Geometrics, the last remaining player for TSM, for all intents and purposes should lose the round. He’s the last member of his team, the Attackers have a ton of time left to either figure out where he is and kill him, or plant the defuser and kill him when he tries to stop it, XSET wins either way, we move on to round four the score set at 2-1. That’s what SHOULD have happened. What actually happened was: Geometrics kills Drip, the man carrying the defuser with 50 seconds left. Ok planting the defuser is no longer an option for XSET because Geo is sitting right on top of the diffuser. No big deal, it’s still a 2v1, they simply have to push him at the same time, establish a crossfire, if he kills one of them that’s fine because the other will surely have him dead to rights, right? Wrong. Geo rotates his position and manages to kill Butterz at 33 seconds, turning a 3v1 into a 1v1. Fifteen seconds left on the clock and Filthy, the last member alive for XSET has to try and set the defuser, which takes seven seconds to do, or lose the round due to running out of time. Geo knows this as well, so all he does is walk up and finish off the last member of XSET as he finished planting the defuser. Geo clutches a 3v1 round with a bomb diffuser disable on top of it. It only got worse for XSET from then on, as Achieved the IGL and captain for TSM went on to have one of his best games in a very long time. He managed to get a 3k in round 4, another 3k in round 6, and got a 4k in round 7 while simultaneously clutching a 1v3 as well just like his teammate Geo. TSM absolutely buried XSET that day as well as any doubts that people might have been having about them as a result of their loss to Beastcoast.
Generally speaking, all regions of professional play had one game that was very painful to watch. However, EUL has to come in first. It’s usually bad enough when one team is so dominant over another, but in EUL four of the five games were absolute blowouts. Many games were so lopsided that there isn’t even enough time to cover all the moments in just one article. The only game that can actually be called a “game” was Team Vitality’s 7-5 win over Team Empire. Other than that: NaVi won 7-3 score over Team Secret, Rogue vs. Virtus Pro was a 7-2 Rogue win, BDS vs TrainHard 7-1 to BDS, G2 Esports vs Cowana Gaming 7-1 to G2. Let’s start with the least painful of the above: NaVi vs. Team Secret.
Doki is back everybody! The storyline of that game is Doki, the “Flying Scotsman” has returned. He may have been banned for a year, but no one can say he has lost any shred of skill as he went on an absolute tear and finished the game with a staggering 16-8 K/D ratio, nearly averaging an incredibly two kills per round. Moving on to Rogue vs. VP, it looks like Rogue is back. They summited the mountain last year in Stage 1, then plummeted to below rock bottom in last year’s stage 2. Yet Rogue seem to be back to their former unstoppable glory, with Accez and Leongids both ending the day with a 10-7 K/D and Korey following right behind them at 9-4, Rogue were just running circles around the Russian team with only one member, P4sha (pronounced Pasha) finishing with a positive rating on the day. At least Virtus Pro can say that someone on their team went positive on the day.
Over in BDS Esports’ slaughter of TrainHard, nobody on the side of TrainHard had a positive rating. The game was much more of a BDS highlight reel as Shaiiko did “Shaiiko things”, finishing the game 10-6 as his teammate RaFaLe finished the game 9-2 with a flawless 100% KOST rating on top of that. Last, but most certainly not least, we move on to the G2 Esports vs. Cowana Gaming game. For everyone who was still wondering how G2 were going to fair without all time great Pengu, who retired at the start of the season, G2 finally put the last of those worries in the dirt alongside Cowana Gaming. It truly didn’t seem to matter how well any individual player did on Cowana Gaming, because no matter what Cowana did, G2 was just better. They clutched out every single round where there was a clutch opportunity. Cowana only managed to scrape a win in round three before the absolute machine that is Virtue from G2 put them in a shallow grave, ending the day with an 11-3 K/D ratio and 88% KOST.
And that’s all! PSA: In this weekend’s version of the David vs. Goliath story; David, for your own sake, stay home next time.
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