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APAC Transfers: Latest Updates - SCARZ Releases yass, Signs nosferatu, C0LDBRO

Here's a quick summary of all the changes in both APAC North and APAC South since the end of Stage 1!

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As SiegeGG's hub for all roster changes in the transfer window during the post-Stage 1 transfer period, this page will be regularly updated with the latest transfer news. Check out the LATAM, NA and EU threads for changes within those regions as well.

Summary of Changes So Far

APAC North:

  • Electrify Esports - Flash benched, swaps with Sino
  • Qconfirm - Funleks retires, Roldinii and Darkk join
  • Talon Esports - Soldier joins, EGG and Nero leave
  • GUTS Gaming - JJ benched, shu signed
  • SCARZ - C0LDBRO, nosferatu signed, yass released

Oceania:

  • Wildcard Gaming - acquires Vincere
  • Team SiNister - LKineup leaves the organisation, takes name Melon Cat
  • Team Ferox - Warden retires, Odah and Nazgul re-signed
  • Elevate - Redd benched
  • Kanga Esports - Spruce retires
  • Wildcard Gaming - Ethan leaves
  • Pittsburgh Knights - Sageon joins

South Asia

  • KIRA Esports - AviM joins, r4ttl3r joins

Roster Changes

September 21st: SCARZ Releases yass, Signs nosferatu, C0LDBRO

Just a day prior to the start of Stage 2 of the APAC North Division, SCARZ has released Sanghoon "yass" Yoo after his contract expired and has signed Heejae"nosferatu"Jun and Chanhyoung "C0LDBRO" Son. The move aims to avoid relegation for the Season 11 Korean Pro League champions, after they finished dead last after a mere two wins -- a situation they described as a "humiliation".

September 20th: Qconfirm Confirms Darkk, Roldinii Signings

September 14th: GUTS Gaming Signs shu, JJ Benched

GUTS Gaming has signed the ex-SIRIUS Gaming player Taishu "shu" Tanabe, who most notably played for FAV Gaming in Seasons 10 and 11 of the Pro League and for SCARZ in Season 9 of the Pro League.

Making way will be Takumi "JJ" Iwasaki, who will be moving to the bench and will continue on as a streamer for the organisation as well.

The change comes after a third place finish in Stage 1 of the APAC North Division and is likely aimed to dethrone the leaders of Cloud9 and Giants Gaming.

September 14th: Noble Signs Former Team SiNister Roster

Familiar to Rainbow Six audiences, the organisation of Noble has now signed the former Team SiNister roster, known in the interim as Melon Cat. Also signed, presumably turning 18 years of age by the start of the Oceanic Nationals 2020, is Presidnt, filling the vacant spot left by the departure of Vincere.

September 7th: Pittsburgh Knights Replaces Retiring Stryder with Sageon

September 7th: Pittsburgh Knights' Stryder Retires

September 4th: Vincere Leaves Melon Cat

September 4th: Talon Signs Soldier After EGG and Nero Leave

Following the departures of core player Haneul "EGG" Kim and substitute Juyeong "Nero" Jeong, Talon Esports has signed Soldier as its fifth player.

September 3rd: Okami Signs Speca in Place of Mangoz

Okami has now become the latest Oceanic team to spring into action with a roster change, bringing back the former Fnatic player Ryan "Speca" Ausden in from the cold. Outgoing from the team is Joshua "Mangoz" Scott, who had been on the team since the start of Season 11 of the Pro League.

Speca, for his part, had not been seen in the top-flight since being dropped from Fnatic after a disastrous few months that saw the team crash out of the Six Major Raleigh and fail to make it to the Season 10 Pro League Finals.

During his time with the team, while Fnatic had finished at the top of the ANZ Pro League, their qualification to the APAC Finals itself was in doubt at one point and the team lost to Aerowolf in the quarter-finals. He did have success with Fnatic, though only domestically, as the team was victorious at the Six Masters 2019.

Now, it remains to be seen how the time off has treated Speca, and whether Okami will be able to close the gap to a Wildcard Gaming also in flux, having finished second in the Six Masters 2020, and shake off its shock loss to the Pittsburgh Knights in the Six August Major 2020.

September 2nd: Odah and Nazgul Re-Signed by Team Ferox

August 31st: Ethan Leaves Wildcard Gaming

Wildcard Gaming captain Ethan "Ethan" Picard has left the team due to personal reasons and his health. A replacement already seems to be lined up, but Ethan's presence on the Wildcard roster will certainly be missed.

The team marked a resurgence as of late, having severely underperformed in Season 11 of the Pro League and at the Six Invitational 2020. Returning back home, changes in personnel meant the team rocketed straight back to the top in the wake of Fnatic's departure from the region, finishing top in the Six Masters 2020 and also winning the Oceanic Six August Major 2020.

August 22nd: R4ttl3r Joins KIRA Esports

August 21st: AviM Joins KIRA Esports

August 19th: Kanga Player Spruce Retires

After finishing in the last place in the 2020 Six Masters tournament, James "Spruce" Feaver has retired citing issues with the game and lack of motivation to continue:

Over the weekend I decided to step down from the Kanga roster and retire from the game. There were a few reasons as to why I decided this was the best decision for myself and the team. The main reason was the fact that I really didn't enjoy playing the game anymore. The current meta to me is boring and tedious and I think the game will only continue to grow in this way (at least to me). This in turn effected my motivation, which I knew would eventually begin to effect my performance, and I didn't think it would be right to hold the team down.

I'm also not being paid to play the game and I just recently turned 22. Funnily enough one day I hope to own a house and be independent and this is in no way attainable unless you're in one of the top teams in all of APAC. I've been grinding at the game now for about 2 1/2 years on PC and I know now that I will never be on one of those teams nor have the motivation to help bring Kanga to be one of those teams. Funnily enough over the last 3-4 months I felt like i'd been playing and developing more than I had over the previous year, but sadly that didn't seem to make me any happier....

August 18th: Ferox Player Warden Retires

One of the best-known players in the Oceanian region, Josh "Warden" Wadham, has retired from competing after three years. In this time he attended two APAC LANs and finished as the runner-up in two Australian National tournaments. Most recently, he joined the Ferox lineup for the 2020 Six Masters season in which his team finished in sixth.

I bought rainbow six on the 26th of September 2015 after playing the closed beta for a day and I have loved every moment of it but it is time for me to move on. Over the last couple of months I have lost all motivation to play and am no longer wanting to commit the time required so I have decided to step down from the team.

...I have enjoyed every moment of Comp and am so thankful to have been apart of the scene since it begun as well as watching it grow to what it is today. It was a pleasure meeting everyone online and at events and was so good to meet people I had been playing with for years and without Siege that would have never happened...

August 16th: Qconfirm's Funleks Retires, Roldinii the Replacement

Ahead of Stage 2 of the APAC North Division, Rattatammanoon "Funleks" Muangngam has announced his impending retirement from the game. Following the third day's game against Excelsior Light in Season 3 of the Operation League Thailand, Funleks will no longer be part of the active Qconfirm roster.

The move comes after the four-times running Southeast Asian Pro League champions only finished in eighth place amongst 12 teams in Stage 1 of the APAC North Division. Set to replace him in both the top-flight and domestic competions is current substitute Parin "Roldinii" Boonnart, with the Thai team now looking to secure a new substitute as well.

While Roldinii has not played in the top-flight, he has been around the domestic circuit, having played a fair few games to build up a reasonable amount of experience. Additionally, Roldinii had been a substitute for Xavier Esports. Despite his relative inexperience, though, this fresh approach may just be what Qconfirm is looking for to revitalise its fortunes in Stage 2 and match expectations.

August 15th: Electrify Esports benches Flash for Sino

APAC North side Electrify Esports has benched Zong Min "Flash" Lin in favour of promoting substitute Kuei En "Sino" Lee to the main roster. The move comes after Electrify Esports finished Stage 1 of the 2020 season in 10th place, with both its wins only coming in the first half. After a dismal 0-5 second half, the team has sprung into action with a roster change, aiming to avoid relegation.

August 15th: Redd Benched on Elevate

After two years of competitive play, Luke "Redd" Cini has decided to step back from competitive play and move to a substitute position on Elevate. 

July 28th: Team SiNister Lineup Leaves Organisation

Just over a year after acquiring the roster, Team SiNister has dropped the team after they finished the most recent Oceanic nationals season in fourth place, just missing out on the "Mini-Major" event that followed. This is as the organisation seemingly looks to focus on their R6 content creators going forward.

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