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APAC Transfers: Latest Updates - Cloud joins Starting Lineup for GUTS, Joghurt Joins as Coach

Here's a quick summary of all the changes in both APAC North and APAC South after the end of Stage 1 and Stage 2.

As SiegeGG's hub for all roster changes in the transfer window post-Stage 2,  this page will be regularly updated with the latest transfer news. Check out the LATAMNA, and EU threads for changes within those regions as well.

Summary of Changes So Far

APAC North:

  • CYCLOPS athlete gaming - Fuji3 signed as coach, Hybrid signed as analyst
  • GUTS Gaming - Cloud joins starting lineup, Joghurt joins as coach
  • QConfirm - Tanler leaves
  • Fnatic - Team to miss out on Six Invitational for first time
  • Talon Esports - Sunbi leaves
  • Nora-Rengo - Ar7hur and Merieux leave, Candy joins, Papilia, YoshiNNGO, Simotuki, and Candy leave
  • Electrify Esports - Roster leaves organisation
  • SCARZ - Team disbands
  • GC Busan Spear - yass joins, roster joins DWG KIA, TemplaT leaves

Oceania:

  • LFO - AngMoh leaves
  • Noble esports - Roster leaves organisation, Loona and Presidnt let go
  • Team Ferox - Roster leaves organisation

South Asia:

  • MercenarieZ - DOC7ER retires, roster leaves organisation

Roster Changes

January 22nd: Sunbi Leaves Talon Esports

After 16 months on the team, Talon's coach of Eun "Sunbi" Jang has left Talon following a disappointing ninth-place finish during the 2020 Season.

January 22nd: Cloud joins Starting Lineup for GUTS, Joghurt Joins as Coach

After spending 16 months as the coach for GUTS Gaming, Yuya "Cloud" Inoue has joined the starting roster for the team with Tomohiro "Joghurt" Ito replacing him as a coach.

Cloud is best known for his time on Nora Rengo back in 2018 when he attended the Season 7 Finals -- Nora's first international event -- while Joghurt coached Unsold Stuff Gaming in the Pro and Challenger Leagues.

It is, however, currently unclear who Cloud will be replacing on the team as the lineup consists of six players at the moment. Whoever leaves the roster is expected to join Nora-Rengo as they require two current pros to keep their 2021 Season spot after four players left last week.

This time, GUTS Gaming's coach Cloud (@Cloud_R6S) has returned to the players.
There is a strong desire to return as a player after serving as a coach.
From now on, he has returned to the players in order to fight in a more solid state as a team.
We look forward to your continued support.

January 22nd: AngMoh Leaves LFO

January 21st: CAG Signs Hybrid as Analyst

The Italian ex-SCARZ coach of Riccardo "Hybrid" Massimino Font has joined the Japanese team of Cyclops Athlete Gaming ahead of their Six Invitation appearance next month. For more on this story including an interview with the team check out the dedicated article here.

Januray 20th: DWG KIA Signs GC Busan Spear for APAC North 2021

The newly-promoted Korean roster of GC Busan Spear has signed with the reigning LoL world champions of DWG KIA. learn more about this story here.

January 18th: CAG Signs Fuji3 as Coach

January 15th: Four-Fifths of Nora-Rengo Roster Leaves Organisation

Announced at midnight in Japan, four-fifths of the Nora-Rengo roster has now been confirmed to have left the organisation.

Read the full article here.

January 11th: Electrify Esports Roster Leaves Org, License Transfer Pending

After finishing last season in 11th place and surviving their relegation matchup, the Electrify Esports lineup has left their organisation.

It is with great sadness to say that we have not reached an extension agreement with our current R6 team and that they are free agents coming up to the Feburary transfer window...

EFY currently holds the license however we agree to transfer it over to any team which picks up this roster.

After initially qualifying for the APAC North league under contested circumstances, where the players from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Phillipines had been barred from participating, the Taiwanese lineup quickly joined the British organization of Electrify. However, it failed to secure many wins across the two stages.

In the end, they finished the season in 11th with four wins across 20 games putting them in the relegation zone. The team successfully survived the relegations thanks to a 2-0 win over their Thai opposition booking them a spot in the 2021 Season.

Now, just a matter of days after the Electrify R6Share skin has released in-game, the team has opted not to renew their contracts with the organisation for next year.

While Electrify owns the league licence, not the roster, EFY in their statement above have said they will transfer the licence along to a new org to ensure the players don't lose their spot in the tournament -- a step not carried out by Evil Geniuses, Luminosity Gaming, eUnited, or Tempo Storm in the North American scene. 

This means the players will now be searching for a new organisation before the 2021 season starts back up in March. Should they be unable to find a new organisation, Electrify will presumably find replacement players of their own and keep the APAC North spot.

January 8th:  Noble esports Roster Leaves Org, Loona and Presidnt Let Go

The Noble esports roster has left its organisation, with the two substitutes of Kaya "Loona" Omori and Jacob "Presidnt" dropped from the team.

December 31st: MercenarieZ Lineup Leaves Org

The reigning South Asian champions of MercenarieZ has dropped their roster ahead of the South Asian Finals against Union Gaming next month. This comes just a few days after the team captain of DOC7ER announced his retirement. The Stage One, Two, and November Regional Major winners will now likely be looking for a replacement organisation before the 2021 season kicks off in March.

MrcZ is announcing the emancipation of our Great Rainbow Six Siege Roster. They gave us a fruitful year and a lot to be proud of. We wish them good luck in their future endeavor.

December 29th: DOC7ER Retires from MercenarieZ

The captain of the reigning South Asian champions of MercenarieZ of Jamal "DOC7ER" Qasim Khan has announced he will be retiring from R6S following the South Asian Finals in January.

Since the South Asian region joined the international circuit, DOC7ER led MRCZ to regional victories during Stage one and two, a Regional Major title in November, and a runners-up finish in August. Furthermore, MRCZ made it to the SI Qualifier semi-finals taking the eventual champions of CYCLOPS to overtime. This makes DOC7ER one of the most successful players in the region and his team by far the most decorated. 

Long story short! Man’s getting old and need to start helping my dad in business or whatever life throws at me since im the only son. Tho Blessed to have such an amazing family i wasnt forced or anything but i think now is the right time to start taking things practically. Because i cannot manage both right now.

Been thinking about this from October 2020 but then we as a team never got time to rest! Its been a hell of a run. I achieved so much during my reign and one thing im always gonna be proud of is that i was always at the top. Well with that said its time to step down and enjoy the game from the crowd’s POV. Im still with my team its a family now but will not play competitive anymore. Not just competitive but as whole not gonna be gaming anymore as casual gaming never satisfy my thirst.

This 9th January game is gonna be my last game. Just gonna rest after this. Maybe one fine day you’ll see me again when the time is right. Till then remember me in your good words.

The January 9th game referenced is the South Asian Finals against Union Gaming to crown the 2020 regional champions while it's likely his return "when the time is right" would be for the 2022 World Cup considering DOC7ER is one of only two notable Pakistani players.

December 29th: Team Ferox Leaves Org

The Team Ferox organisation has collapsed due to covid-related financial difficulties leading them to close down and drop all their teams. This includes their R6S roster which finished the recent Oceanic Nationals in seventh place before successfully surviving relegations. 

This means the players will be looking for an organisation for the upcoming Oceanic Nationals season. Unlike with the exit of Tempo Storm or eUnited, this move does not mean the roster loses their OCN spot as APAC South (consisting of Oceania and South Asia) does not use the licensed format which every other sub-region uses. This effectively means it works just as the old Pro League format did where the players hold the league spot completely irregardless of org backing.

December 12th: Fnatic Confirms First-Ever Six Invitational Miss

For the first time ever, the Fnatic roster will not be attending the Six Invitational, as announced today ahead of the Six Invitational 2021.

Having attended the Six Invitational in 2017 on Xbox and in 2018 -- both under Mindfreak -- and then the 2019 and 2020 editions under Fnatic, the APAC titans' absence will be felt at the 2021 event.

Perennially billed as a dark-horse team at the event, no matter its recent international success, the Fnatic roster has always qualified to the main stage -- a matter of great pride for its coach of Jayden "Dizzle" Saunders. However,  the team will be unable to repeat this feat in 2021 as it has chosen to focus on its move from Australia to Japan in order to properly compete in the APAC North Division.

The roster had been set to make its move right after the end of Season 11 of the Pro League in May, but had been unable to due to travel restrictions in and out of Australia and Japan brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

While allowed to play in the APAC North Division for the 2021 season, high latency against the other Asian teams (brought about by the fact that four of five players were a great distance away in Australia) meant that the roster barely escaped the relegation zone.

Determined to return its players to their former APAC-champions glory in the 2021 season, Fnatic has decided to forgo playing in the Six Invitational 2021 qualifiers and instead use the off-season to focus its roster on moving to Japan.

December 10th: SCARZ Disbands After Relegation

The former Korean Pro League champions of SCARZ have disbanded after relegation from the APAC North Division.

November 19th: Yass to Play for GC Busan Spear Over ChanZo in APAC North Relegations

The hottest team in Korea outside of Cloud9, Gaming Club Busan Spear (GBS), has announced that it will be playing with Yoo "yass" Sang-hoon in place of Wonkyun "ChanZo" Jeon. The move comes as a surprise, having been announced right on the first day of their APAC North Relegations matches.

The team has enjoyed great success in Korea with ChanZo, finishing second to Cloud9 in the Korean Open 2020 - Summer, but it seems that a semi-finals loss to SGA eSports in the Autumn edition of the national tournament prompted GBS to make a change.

Despite that, GBS had beat both APAC North rivals, SCARZ and Talon Esports, by 2-0 margins in the Korean Open.

Fans will be familiar with yass, with the player having played for SCARZ in Stage 1 of the 2020 season of the APAC North Division. That's not all the top-flight experience yass has, having played for SCARZ in Seasons 10 and 11 of the Pro League as well, while also having had made it to the APAC Finals in Season 9 with Ageless.

Only time will tell, however, if GBS has made the right call with such a late change.

November 1st: Candy Replaces Merieux on Nora-Rengo Ahead of APAC North Relegations

Following the departure of Tsukasa "Merieux" Asano from the team, Nora-Rengo has signed Masahiro "Candy" Minagi from the Sengoku Gaming roster.

November 1st: Merieux Leaves Nora-Rengo Ahead of APAC North Relegations

After spending all of his top-flight career on Nora-Rengo, since the Six Invitational 2018 Japan Qualifier, Tsukasa "Merieux" Asano has left Nora-Rengo. His departure comes after Nora-Rengo finished in 10th place in the 12-team APAC North Division, thus sending the team to relegations.

The team is currently set to face eva:e in the APAC North Relegations on the 21st of November. The match is of particular note because former Nora-Rengo player Riku "Maavi" Kaizo had left Nora-Rengo, allegedly acrimoniously, and had joined eva:e right after.

Current eva:e player Maavi with Nora-Rengo at the OGA PIT Minor in 2019.

Merieux's departure means that only Toya "Papilia" Miyazawa remains on the team that made it to the semi-finals of both the Season 8 Pro League Finals and the Six Invitational 2019. For his part, Merieux will be retiring from Rainbow Six and will look towards pursuing a career in Valorant instead and is currently looking for a team.

His exit at this stage also leaves Nora-Rengo needing to gel with a new player ahead of their relegation game against eva:e. However, with no scheduled matches for the team to do so, until that game, the former APAC champions may be looking at relegation from the APAC North division for the 2021 season.

October 31st: Qconfirm Coach Tanler Leaves Team

After one year coaching the Thai players of Qconfirm, Tan "Tanler" Manosamut has left the team.

October 20: Ar7hur Leaves Nora-Rengo, Alleges Unpaid Salaries

After a disappointing 2020 season in the APAC North Division, Nora-Rengo's Brazilian coach of Arthur "Ar7hur" Schubert has announced that the 22nd of October will be his last day with the team. This is following confirmation that the Japanese team would have to play in Relegations.

Read the full article here.