APAC Transfers: Latest Updates - Mid Season 11

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UPDATE: [KR] Cloud9 parts ways with h3dy.

As SiegeGG’s hub for all roster changes in the transfer window during the Season 10 mid-season transfer period, this page will be regularly updated with the latest transfer news. Check back here to keep up to date with all upcoming changes in the APAC region and keep up to date with EU hereNA here and LATAM here.

Summary of Changes So Far

JP:

NORA-Rengo - Ar7hur joins, SouLBoi signed, Maavie released

ANZ:

HomeLess - Pittsburgh Knights acquires roster

SEA:

Valor eSports - Polar Ace signs acquires roster

Qconfirm - Pxkie dropped, Tanler7 signed as coach

KR:

Cloud9 - H3dy leaves

Roster Changes

[SEA] February 25th: Qconfirm Drops Pxkie, Signs Tanler7 as Coach

Qconfirm at the Rainbow Six Operations League Thailand. (Photo: R6 Operations League Thailand)

The reigning top-seeded Southeast Asian team of Qconfirm has confirmed that Pakkapon "Pxkie" Pongyeetho has been dropped from the team after half a season together. At the same time, the roster has signed its first coach in Tanler7, who joins from lower-tiered Thai team Analog Esports.

It is unclear as to why Pxkie was dropped, though going by statistics he had been the worst player on his team in the first split and was only the 19th-best player overall in the league. Playing primarily on Thatcher and Jaeger, he accrued a 1.05 rating, but only had 0.74 Kills Per Round and a KOST of 0.67.

With Qconfirm already having had Funleks as a substitute, he will now join the core roster for the second split of the Pro League as the team pushes to secure the first seed for the APAC Finals over Giants Gaming again, with both teams almost guaranteed to qualify. Funleks himself has had an appearance in the Pro League this season with Qconfirm, and also played last season with NEX Esports (now Xavier Esports), meaning that Qconfirm is unlikely to take much of a hit from this change.

[KR] February 19th: Cloud9 Parts ways with H3dy

Longtime Cloud9 player Kwon "h3dy" Yugeun has been dropped from Cloud9 amidst a period of turmoil for the team. Having joined the roster when it was known as Team Yetti in January 2018, after having completed his studies in Japan and a corresponding stint with NORA-Rengo, h3dy's departure comes after a US$5,000 victory with Cloud9 in mid-January this year.

While somewhat of a surprise, the changes come after constant underperformance from the Korean roster since its signing with Cloud9, after which the team crashed out 7-1, 7-1 to Aerowolf at the Season 9 APAC Finals. Through its time with Cloud9, the roster did win a non-Korean match -- at DreamHack Valencia 2019 against x6tence -- but also lost to 0RGL3SS (now Wildcard Gaming) 2-0 and to NORA-Rengo 2-1 afterwards at the Six Major Raleigh APAC Qualifier LAN and the Season 10 APAC Finals.

Cloud9 player h3dy at DreamHack Valencia 2019.

Even domestically, the team's dominance is no longer what it once was. Cloud9 has been struggling to dispatch domestic teams, having needed two games against TRIPPY in the Six Invitational 2020 Korean Qualifier to avoid failing to qualify to an APAC LAN for the first time and currently finding itself in second place in the Pro League. First having to play two games with former captain and star player Park "OCN" Hyeon as a coach-turned-stand-in and then having had Lee "Harp3rXD" Hyojun fill that slot from the third game onwards, roster stability has been sorely lacking for the team.

Now, after playing the first split with h3dy, the team has let him go. Through this period of play in the Pro League, h3dy was only the 12th-best player in the league, securing a 0.96 rating primarily on Thatcher and Smoke and a 0.65 KOST. While h3dy's statistics have been decent in Korea, the story changes when looking at the change at an APAC level. At the Season 9 APAC Finals, he was the third-worst player at the event with a 0.58 rating and while at the Season 10 APAC Finals he did improve that to a 0.68 rating, he was actually the worst player there. At the Six Major Raleigh Qualifier LAN, he performed the poorest as well with a 0.45 rating, and was third-lowest at the Six Invitational 2020 Qualifier LAN with a 0.77 rating.

As such, dropping h3dy in preparation for the Season 11 APAC Finals -- for which the team has already qualified for -- makes sense, though it remains to be seen which player is drafted in as the replacement, whether OCN will resume his head coach duties or return to a player role, and whether Harp3rXD will make his position on the roster permanent.

[JP] February 16th: NORA-Rengo Releases Maavie

Citing university committments, NORA-Rengo has released the relatively new Riku "Maavie" Kaizo after just five months with the player.

Maavie debuted in the Pro League in the latter half of Season 10, and proceeded to the APAC Finals where NORA-Rengo was demolished by a rampant Aerowolf. However, thanks to his Rainbow Six career taking too much time away from his schooling, Maavie has now been released by NORA-Rengo and it is unclear if he will be able to continue competing.

[JP] February 13th: NORA-Rengo Signs SouLBoi from Unsold Stuff Gaming

[ANZ] February 12th: Pittsburgh Knights Signs HomeLess

The ANZ Pro League team of HomeLess has been signed by the up and coming organisation of the Pittsburgh Knights.

HomeLess previously came from the open qualifiers to finish second in last season's Challenger League and be promoted to the Pro League for Season 10. This season they currently sit in fifth place just below Wildcard Gaming, however, with games against both Fnatic and WC already played, there's plenty of room for them to grow as other teams above them play their hardest games of the season. The team is best known for their standout performance last year when they topped a number of Pro League teams in the Six Masters group stage while known as ACME Association.

The HomeLess roster playing on a LAN environment

Pittsburgh Knights (who shares no relation to the Pittsburgh Embers), meanwhile, now enter the scene as a fairly new organisation who already have teams in Rocket League where they played the opening game of RLCS Season 9 last Saturday, Smite where they finished last year's World Championships in the quarter-finals, Paladins, PUBG, Apex Legends and Madden. As well as this, they've gained notice due to a number of high profile partnerships such as with Coca-Cola and Wiz Khalifa.

We briefly asked the player of Stigs about the pickup:

Myself and the team are extremely excited to be working alongside the Pittsburgh Knights, we have been waiting for an opportunity like this for a long time and we cant wait to see what the future holds for us under the Knights banner. We have worked so hard this past year and a half to get where we are today and i couldn't be any prouder of my team, we really do have something special here!

We have five individuals that have come together with the same goals, asperations, work ethic, motivation, passion and love for Rainbow Six. We are five best mates trying to make our dreams come true and by joining the Knights we are one step closer to achieving just that. Also with our amazing support staff such as Pikniq our coach, KataVACE our Manager and DeWolff our Analyst we have the recipe for greatness and we are taking huge strides in the right direction, during this 6 week break we are going to be working super hard on improving ourselves so that we are ready for the second half of Pro League.

[SEA] February 5th: Polar Ace Signs Valor eSports Roster

Polar Ace Esports has signed the Southeast Asian roster of Valor eSports, marking the entry of yet another foreign organisation into the region. The Polar Ace roster had finished top in Season 10 of the Challenger League, but has found going tough at the top-level, finding itself in seventh place with just four points from eight maps played.

Polar Ace is not new to Rainbow Six: Siege, having fielded North American CCS Esports and Challenger League hopeful rosters. What's more, the organisation's teams have been budding grounds for now top-tier players Zachary "Nyx" Thomas and Jason "Beaulo" Doty.

[JP] January 30th: NORA-Rengo Signs Ninjas in Pyjamas Coach Ar7hur

In a surprising move, NORA-Rengo has signed former Ninjas in Pyjamas (NiP) coach Arthur "Ar7hur" Schubert just three days after he had announced his departure from the Brazilian squad. In his Twitlonger, Ar7hur had said that he had to step away from NiP to return to his home city to spend time with with his family -- something not possible with NiP or any other Brazilian team as nearly all required the coach and the players to stay together in team houses. However, he did not rule out a return to the Pro League, citing that he could still coach a team online.

As mentioned in a new Twitlonger, Ar7hur's new position allows him to coach the former Japanese champions online, through a NORA-Rengo provided English-to-Japanese translator, though it seems that the move only materialised very recently. Having intially left NiP, he did not expect to be coaching a team so soon. However, after being contacted and trialled by NORA-Rengo, both parties agreed to the move and announced the signing on the final day of play for the first half of the APAC Pro League.

Yasuhiro "kizoku" Nishi, the owner and former head coach of NORA-Rengo, will not be leaving the team, but will be relinquishing his coaching position to the vastly more experienced Ar7hur. However, being the owner, he will continue with the team in an ownership and managerial capacity, with Ar7hur likely to stand behind the team at LAN events. To get there, however, NORA-Rengo will have an extremely uphill battle, being four points adrift of second-placed FAV Gaming -- provisionally slated to go to the APAC Finals, and potentially the Pro League Finals, at the end of the season.

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And so, that's every change within the Asia-Pacific region of the Pro League so far in this transfer period. Check back here for more updates over the coming days!