ESPORTSREPORTER.COM / BENJAMIN LITVACK – STAFF WRITER / OCTOBER 21ST, 2021 /
Ladies and gentlemen welcome to a new short series of articles here at Esportsreporter. As we’re coming to the end of Stage 3 in the 2021 season, there is the reality of relegations that need to be addressed. As a quick note, APAC has a slightly different format for relegations than the other three regions, but we’ll get to that in the APAC article. Relegations in Siege is where the last-place team in the respective region loses their spot at the top level. Now it’s not last place in the current stage. Like I said in an ESR Survival Guide, the points are cumulative, meaning the team that has the lowest total points after all three stages takes that dreaded Relegations spot. That organization/roster is then relegated to that region’s challenger league where they will have to fight it out in Challenger League next year for a chance to make a return to the Pro Level. Think of it as the minor leagues in any sport. They need to win in the minors to compete with the big boys in pro league. A minor correction to the previous relegations article. Only EU has auto relegations. NA and LATAM for various reasons will have the relegations matches as usual, but no team will be automatically kicked out of Pro League. With that correction stated, instead of the 2nd place Challenger League team going up against the 9th place Pro Team, it will be 1st Place Challenger League team vs Last place Pro team in a best of 5 winner takes all match where the winner gets the final spot in next year’s professional scene. Relegations dictate the next year of these players’ lives so you can be damn sure that they’re going to give it everything they’ve got. With that intro out of the way, let’s observe the teams that are most likely going to be within those dreaded relegations spots in LATAM.
Santos-LATAM teams just love to let things come down to the very last possible moment. The case with SANTOS in relegations is no different. The team that would be sentenced to relegations came down to the VERY last game of Stage 3. W7M took an INCREDIBLY much needed win earlier in the day over INTZ earlier that day and vaulted themselves out of dead last place and into 9th place. But those additional three points mattered more than anyone realized. Those three points were enough to bring W7M’s total year points to 24. Santos had 22 points with their game coming up against Regional and Worldwide heavyweight Team Liquid that very same day. Santos needed a full regulation win against Team Liquid of all teams in order to avoid regulations because Santos would lose the Head to Head tiebreaker against W7M if they won in overtime. Alas we know the results of Team Liquid vs. Santos as Team Liquid won solidly 7-4 on Oregon. Santos overall had a very bad year across the board. They finished with 22 points total with a final result of 4 Regulation wins, 2 overtime wins, 6 overtime losses, and 15 regulation losses. They finished in 9th place Stage 1, 9th place in Stage 2, and fell down to 10th and last place in Stage 3. Their fate though, is once again in their hands though as Santos now will go up against the winner of Serie B in a best of 5 winner take all. Santos may have been unable to avoid being relegated but this is the time where they need to step up and prove that they belong in the current best region on the planet.
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