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The formats and dates that have changed in each region have been discussed in separate articles ( NA , EULATAM , APAC ), but the global rules have also undergone numerous changes in line with the start of Season 2021.

The following is a summary of the rulebook with the interpretation by SiegeGG. The square brackets refer to the individual rules that should be referenced in each case.

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Academy roaster

First of all, from the biggest change. Top-tier groups can now sign up for secondary rosters who can compete in domestic tournaments just like the main team. [4.3] This has forced the Spanish National roster to be released last year due to concerns that Giants Gaming and Electrify would be in conflict of interest, even though they didn't actually have the opportunity to fight in the APAC league. It is due to not getting.

The main advantage of having a second roster is that you can register two people from the Academy Roaster as sub-players in the main roster.

This rule is especially useful in situations where you need to stand in suddenly, as happened in Spacestation Gaming, Wildcard Gaming, and T1 (all of which are currently represented by coaches). For the team, the option of retaining sub-members over the long term will be more effective.

This rule is already in use by Black Dragons. The team has Pablo " resetz " Oliveira as a sub of the main team and a main player of the Academy Roasters.

Black Dragons Academy Team Lineup

On the other hand, to prevent conflicts of interest, Academy Roasters are not required to qualify for the Challenger League. [3.1.2] In other words, if you win a domestic tournament, you will receive the prize money, but the right to participate in the Challenger League will be passed to the runner-up team.

At the moment, four teams, Black Dragons, Team oNe, Fenix ​​Esports and Over Knight, have Academy Roasters.

At Siege, the official roster-related rules of having a second team would be a good sign.

Last year, groups in the LATAM region received permission to have a secondary roaster following a rule revision. However, FURIA was the only one who benefited from the rules at that time, and the founder of the group later expressed disappointment with this revision .

Unfortunately, the Siege world is still reluctant to plan to have an academy. Many players and movements are restricted. But Ubisoft seems to be aware of this and will one day create a better environment for the new academy team.

Ubisoft has since accepted the complaint and has been able to attract more players to the LATAM region than ever before.

 Team oNe Academy team lineup

Unconfirmed, according to new Academy rules, EU and APAC teams may not have to play in domestic leagues (if desired).

At this time, all organizations enrolled in the "R6 SHARE" program are obliged to compete in tournaments in their respective countries (if applicable), which many top tier team players complain about. Was up.

Given that only one team can compete in a domestic tournament, the Academy Roaster may fulfill its obligations. In other words, one army does not have to take that responsibility.

Finally, Giants Gaming cannot re-contract with the Spanish National roster, as one organization can only participate in one region at a time. But by chance, Giants Gaming is likely to be the only top professional team to be exempt from playing in each national tournament.

time out

The time-out, which was widely introduced in the LATAM region in 2020, was newly introduced in online games from 2021 [5.1.4] and was already implemented last weekend. The exact process of the timeout is:

  • Must be requested within 15 seconds of the start of the operator selection phase
  • Time-out time is 45 seconds
  • Both teams can talk to the coach (not just the team that requested the timeout)
  • Each team can request once per map

It goes without saying that increasing the time for discussion and getting instructions from the coach is very useful before important rounds and in changing the game.

TSM timed out in 5-2 situation during a match against beastcoast

Transfer period and forecast of each tournament schedule

First, as in 2020, there will be no transfer period in 2021 and 2022 after the November majors are over. [4.5.3] This is intended to prevent rosters who qualify for Invitationals from being released before the tournament. However, there are opinions that this rule, which requires the same members to be maintained for seven months (from August to March), is not beneficial to other rosters.

(For Panix who tweeted "This is a good rule" about the transfer prohibition rule)

Somville: This idea that Inbi qualified teams usually can't change rosters before Inbi is called the "Panix Rule" within the Ubi team.

Last year, due to the "disappearance" of the transfer period, supr formed suprSoniqs, Melon Cat (formerly Noble) was disqualified from the Invi qualifying, and many more North American CL teams entered the Challenger League. He was told that he was disqualified. Everyone tried to transfer players during this suspension period and was rejected.

Also, considering that the transfer period has been from the day after Sunday when the tournament finals were held for the past few years, the transfer period for the 2021 and 2022 seasons has been announced, and the majors scheduled to be held in the future And Six Invitational dates can be predicted.

For example, if the 2021 Invi ended on February 21st as originally planned, the transfer period would have been from 22nd.

With this in mind, the duration of the next major tournament will be like this.

  • Chic Itenvitational 2021 --Ends May 23 (Sun)

    As of February, it was scheduled to be held for 13 days (9th to 21st), so if the same schedule is to be carried over, the tournament will be in May. It will be from the 11th to the 23rd. If this is the case, the North American CL schedule will be set to the 23rd next weekend.

  • August 2021 Major --Ended Sunday, August 22

    The Paris and Raleigh majors were both held for 7 days, but the playoff format may change to double elimination next time.

  • November 2021 Major --Unknown
  • Six Invitational 2022 --Ends February 20th
  • May 2022 Major --Ended May 22
  • August 2022 Major --Ended August 21st
  • November 2022 Major --Unknown
  • Six Invitational 2023 --Ends February 19th

Of course, these are all uncertain and subject to change on the Ubisoft side.

North America

The most striking of the North American regional rules ( which you can see here ) is that the qualification match is likely to take place as usual [6.9].

In other words, the team in 9th place at the time of stage 3 will play a qualification playoff with the winning team of the North American Challenger League in Bo5, and the winning team will be invited to the North American league in the 2022 season.

I was a little surprised at this. That's because the North American League currently has only nine teams instead of the planned ten.

When Europe increases from 8 teams to 10 teams after Season 11 or when Mexico's championship quota increases from 7 to 8 teams before the 2021 season, both leagues will play a qualification match. Instead of teaming up, they simply promoted the winning team of the Challenger League automatically.

Perhaps this is because Ubisoft will give the right body a tenth license to pick a North American League roster that will be valid even if it doesn't meet the eligibility requirements, as was the case with beastcoast, XSET and Mirage this year as well. Probably.

Latin America

The Latin American regional rules updated for 2021 have not yet been released. However, as with last year, Mexico is expected to automatically promote the winning team of the Challenger League to the Mexican League and play a qualifying match between the team at the bottom of the country's championship and the Challenger League runner-up team.

This is the second year of the Mexican Championship, with a permanent ban from Estral Esports, starting with seven teams instead of the planned eight.

The most worrisome thing about Latin American rulebooks is about the globally introduced timeouts and academy roasters, and what about teams in the region who already had these authorities as of the 2020 season? Will it be treated?

In Latin America, each team is allowed two time-outs per map (previously two per turnaround point), but the new global rules only allow one. The Academy Roaster has also added an NBA-style draft system that wasn't used in Season 2020 . Secondary rosters are also allowed to participate in the Challenger League, which is not allowed by the new universal rules.

Presumably, the rules of Latin America will change to match the universal rules. Anyway, it's unknown at this point.


There are no changes to the top tier format (Bo1 roundabout), number of teams, or qualification match format in Europe. The only thing that has changed is the schedule , and Matchday has already been held twice. There was a big change only for the Challenger League, which allowed an additional 4 teams to participate through the open qualifying.

As a result, the tournament will be a total of 16 teams, including MnM, Chaos, the champions of each of the nine domestic leagues, and one team that has passed the previous open qualifying. The 16 teams will be divided into up to 4 groups to make a round-robin, and the top 2 teams from each group will advance to the subsequent double elimination tournament. Therefore, the champion of the EU Challenger League is decided.

However, CL will be held after stage 3 because there are also domestic leagues.

Asia Pacific

Finally, the APAC was restructured and divided so that the North and South regional leagues were about the same strength. Click here for details .

In addition to this, the South Asian region was expanded to Bhutan and the Maldives, albeit with minor changes. [2.1] This was the South Asia Open qualifying playoffs last weekend, and although he missed out on two more maps, it's already being used by Maldivian players at Spideytime.

But the most interesting thing is that the Global Rulebook doesn't explain how a qualification match will take place, it simply says:

We will share the mechanics of promotion and qualification (between APAC North and Japan National and Korea National / APAC South League and Oceania National, Oceania Challenger League and Southeast Asia Championship) later in the season.

Last season's APAC qualification format was one of the most confusing in Siege esports history . It would definitely be good if this was also changed by the structural modification of APAC.

Finally, on the current stage, there is a battle between the North and South APAC champions to decide on the "Stage 1 APAC Champion".

Normally, these two teams would automatically qualify for the Six Majors, but the next major has been replaced by the Six Invitational, so this time they won the entire APAC and earned the maximum prize amount and SI points. It will be a battle to decide which team to play.

The championship match will be held on the same weekend as the APAC playoffs, where the 3rd to 6th place teams from North and South APAC and the top two teams from South Asia will compete.

The rules will be officially applied throughout Season 2021, but can be modified at any time as needed by Ubisoft.

Four organizations are already taking advantage of the new academy rules, and many teams are using timeout rules. Many teams will continue to take advantage of this important change.

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