ESPORTSREPORTER.COM / BENJAMIN LITVACK – STAFF WRITER / MAY 14TH, 2021 /
Welcome ladies and gentleman. The first stage of the brand new year has finally ended. The regions all their current champions, and have doled out the prize money, as well as the highly coveted Six Invitational points for next year. Yet we don’t care about NEXT year’s Invitational, because this year’s is kicking off in just ten days’ time from when I’m writing this article! Some of you may be wondering, why does this even matter? The short answer is: because it all leads to this. This is the World Series, World Cup, the Olympics whatever you want to refer to it as. The best teams in the world will compete in one grand tournament. Only one though can walk away with the title of world champion. Before I start covering this gigantic tournament, it’s very much worth reminding people that this Six Invitational features teams based on last year’s standings. It’s also crucially important to remind you guys that the Invitational was supposed to take place in February, before this stage began. Some of the teams competing at Invitational are sitting at or near the bottom in their respective regions, yet they still qualified for the Invitational. In fact, quite a few teams are not anywhere near the top of their regions currently, not only that but there have been dozens of roster moves since Invitational was initially supposed to happen. Regardless though, these are still some of the best Siege players in the world competing for a one million dollar prize, so every team will be going all out. So let’s quickly cover each of the teams as well as the format in this tournament of champions!
The Six Invitational will work like this. There will be 19 teams competing. Yes it’s supposed to be 20, but due to travel restrictions imposed by the Australian government because of the pandemic, Wildcard Gaming forfeited their standing and won’t be competing in the tournament, automatically taking last place. For the sake of this article, I will be describing the rules and format as they were designed. Anyway, there will be two groups, Group A and Group B, ten teams per group. All teams will play against each other once, with each game being a Best of 1. The top 8 teams from the group stages will advance to the playoffs. Once we’re in the playoffs, that’s when things really do start to get exciting. It’s a double elimination bracket and each game will now be Best of 3. A double elimination bracket means that if a team loses a game, they’re not entirely out of the tournament. They can fight their way through the loser bracket and still end up competing in the grand finals. If a team loses two games, they’re out. The grand finals will be a Best of 5 featuring the team from the winner’s bracket, and the team from the loser’s bracket. The team from the winner’s bracket will enter the grand finals with a one map advantage. The prize pool for this year’s invitational is a staggering three million dollars, with the grand prize winner walking away with a solid one million dollars from the total prize pool. This is going to be a ten day tournament for a one million dollar prize, and the title of world champions. Nobody is going to hold anything back, stay tuned to meet the teams that going to be competing in this mother of all tournaments.
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