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How does the Mexico Major affect the SI 2022 Global Standings?

The race to compete at the Six Invitational 2022 is still wide open.

How does the Mexico Major affect the SI 2022 Global Standings?

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With the Major now over, it is time to do the maths. How do these results affect the Six Invitational 2022 Global Standings?

Current Global Standings

The Global Standings is a system introduced by Ubisoft to invite the 16 most consistent teams throughout a season to compete at the Six Invitational at the end of the year. After the conclusion of the November Major, teams that did not qualify for the event will get a second chance, as every region will hold its own open regional qualifier for a total of 20 teams at SI. 

In case of a draw in the standings, the tiebreakers used are as follows, according to the Rainbow 6 Circuit Rulebook:

  • Head-to-head record
  • Total Major Points
  • Percentage of matches won in Regional League
  • Percentage of maps won in Regional League
  • Percentage of rounds won in Regional League
  • Tiebreaker match

With this being said, let’s see how the Mexico Major has shaken up the Global Standings. 

Team Liquid and Team oNe locked for SI 2022

In the semifinal of the Mexico Major, Team Liquid’s  hopes of adding another international trophy to its name were put to an end after a shocking 2-1 defeat against Team oNe. 

However, Team Liquid leaves Mexico as one of the first two teams to confirm its presence at the SI 2022. With 965 SI Points, Liquid will be making its fourth consecutive appearance on the biggest stage in the Siege esports scene.

Team Liquid’s victory over DWG KIA was enough to seal a SI 22 ticket. (Photo: Ubisoft/Kirill B.)

The second team to do so was Team oNe, as the Brazilian squad defeated Team Empire in the grand final to follow in Liquid’s footsteps.

Following a disappointing performance at the Mexico Major, the SI 2021 champions on Ninjas in Pyjamas currently sit in joint-eight place alongside CYCLOPS athlete gaming and the Knights, all with 605 SI Points. 

Meanwhile, a top-eight finish for FURIA Esports saw the Brazilians breaking into the Global Standings’ top 16 for the very first time this season. Despite a seventh place in Stage 1 of the Copa Elite Six, a playoff qualification at the Mexico Major has put the team back in contention.

Close to the Global Standings’ Top 16 is MIBR and FaZe Clan with 390 and 365 SI Points, respectively. Both rosters struggled in Stage 2, with MIBR failing to make it to the Mexico Major due to a Felipo “FelipoX” de Lucia shoulder injury. 

Meanwhile, FaZe’s poor performance at the Copa Elite Six Stage 2 saw it miss out on an international tournament for the first time since the ESL Pro League Season 4 Finals in April 2017.

NA domination despite Mexico disappointment

Despite coming to the Mexico Major as the main hope to stop LATAM’s supremacy, the North American region had the lowest win percentage with 34.7%. However, both TSM and DarkZero had been affected by COVID-19 diagnoses before and during the event.

After the Susquehanna Soniqs and TSM failed to make it through the group stage, Spacestation Gaming and DarkZero Esports were the only NA rosters in the playoffs. Nevertheless, both line-ups were first-rounded by the eventual grand-finalists of Team Empire and Team oNe respectively.

DarkZero Esports at the Mexico Major. (Photo: Kirill B.)

Notwithstanding the underwhelming performances by the North American teams, the NA League is currently the competition with the most teams in the Global Standings’ Top 16 at five.

Oxygen Esports' first place in the NAL in Stage 1 was followed by a sixth position in the following split, leaving the American lineup with 690 SI Points. 

Although its performance in Mexico was one to forget, the Susquehanna Soniqs consistency in the NAL is the key behind its seventh place in the standings after back-to-back Top 4 finishes. Furthermore, the team finished Stage 1 in second place, which gave it the majority of its current SI Points.

Meanwhile, DarkZero Esports, Spacestation Gaming and TSM all collected enough points to break into the Global Standings’ Top 16 for the first time this season with 570, 530, and 500 SI Points, respectively.

If that was not enough, the 17th and 18th placed teams in the Global Standings are all North American, with Disrupt Gaming and Mirage having  500 and 470 SI Points each. 

G2 Esports’ struggles continue

Following a disastrous SI 2021 where G2 Esports was kicked out of the competition by an NA Challenger League lineup, Parabellum Esports, the European squad is currently in the firing line after group stage elimination  Mexico again. 

Kayak at the Mexico Major. (Photo: Ubisoft/Kirill B.)

G2s problems do not stop here, as it is on the verge of dropping out from the Global Standings’ Top 16. With just 500 SI Points, the team is in joint-15th place, alongside TSM and Disrupt Gaming.

Meanwhile, at the top of the table, BDS is likely safe in the Global Standings as the French squad is currently fourth with 845 SI Points. The same can be said of Natus Vincere: despite being first-rounded, the UKIN-majority squad is in fifth with 840 SI Points. 

The fourth European roster in the list is Team Empire who gained 520 SI Points after finishing second in Mexico. That result saw the Russians place in the Global Standings Top 16 for the first time this year.

Looking outside the Top 16, Cowana Gaming is  joint-18th place with 470 SI Points. And with 365 and 360 SI Points respectively, Team Vitality and are also still in the race. 

The resurgence of APAC

No one can deny that the APAC teams surpassed all expectations in Mexico. With DWG KIA beating both G2 Esports and Ninjas in Pyjamas twice, CAG finishing in third place after the first-ever tiebreaker match in a Siege international group stage, and Invictus Gaming defeating TSM twice and bringing Team Empire to overtime once, this tournament is one for the ages for APAC. 

DWG KIA at the Mexico Major. (Photo: Kirill B.)

These performances have given wings to DWG KIA and Invictus Gaming, who can now dream of qualifying to SI 2022. After not scoring a single SI Point in Stage 1, the Koreans now have 390 SI Points under their belt, which puts them just 110 behind the current sixteenth placed roster of TSM. The same can be said of the roster from Singapore, as it gained 330 SI Points after scoring none  in the first stage. 

On the other hand, CAG and the Knights are doing exceedingly well. The APAC North and APAC South champions are joint-eighth place with 605 SI Points each. As long as these two rosters are capable of keeping up the pace, they should be fine. 

Honorable mention also goes to the Thai squad of Elevate, which missed out on Mexico on the very last play day of APAC South and in the APAC Playoffs against DWG KIA. However, its great Stage 1 puts it in a very comfortable fifth place with 735 SI Points and could help it to an international debut at SI 2022.