In a double round robin and Best-of-Two (Bo2) format, this tournament is the closest thing to Pro League (format wise) for the Mexicans and will have eight team battle it out for the title of Team Mexico. With the support of big names in the Mexican community and backed up by Latin American and European organizations, the Campeonato Mexicano is starting to get some of that much coveted spotlight.
Besides the talent being shown during the games every week, the content produced by the official Twitch channel is innovative and something that has never been seen in Siege, with their round tables, fails and opinion shows, and even a little bit of comedy.
We were able to speak with Alejandro “Romeo” Déleon about the league, the content and the future of Mexico in the International scene.
Firstly, could you please introduce yourself and the rest of the casters for the Campeonato Mexicano?
Of course, my name is Alejandro Déleon, in the community I am known as Romeo and I’m one of the four casters in the Campeonato Mexicano. Besides me, there’s Foxtrot, Royz, and LinkinPick. We are the ones in charge of bringing all of the action to the fans of the game.
Tell us a little bit about your career and how you got to Rainbow Six Siege.
I’ve always liked video games. At first, I played sports games but little by little I started to steer towards FPS games. I started playing Rainbow Six during the open Beta -- Foxtrot told me about the game -- and since we download it we haven’t stopped playing, it simply hooked us.
And about my career, I started casting a tournament with Foxtrot approximately 3 years ago. It was a tournament that we did for the community and that we literally narrated from his room, with an Xbox, a laptop, and a web camera. To be honest, I’m impressed of how far we’ve come since then, and not only us -- in the tournament that we hosted there were players like Brave (Timbers Captain), Xploidz (player for Athlon Gaming), amongst others that are now competing in the Campeonato Mexicano. And it was these tournaments that took us to the professional leagues with Ubisoft.
We now count with the experience of casting in the Mexican League of Video Games, Xbox Fan Fest, the U League -- which is a tournament with Mexican Universities -- apart from several LAN finals. It’s been a road full of challenges but overall growth and satisfaction.
The Campeonato Mexicano starts it’s second half today, What can the fans expect from these final seven play days?
In this transfer window, there were several changes. The addition of organizations the size of Infinity, X6tence, Timbers, Pixel, Synergy, and Anáhuac is going to change the tournament completely. The players will have a lot more support and more growth, besides more time to practice and prepare for the games. The fact that the teams have gotten will help the league to become a closer competition and the level will increase.
It’s not an accident. I think it’s logical that everyone is realizing the growth that the esports are having in Latin America. In Mexico its popularity has been increasing recently, to the point that it’s becoming a good income to those that are betting on helping grow the scene. If you take that and combine it with how much the influencers want the scene to keep thriving it’s the perfect combination.
Of course, we are also the only tournament in Mexico supported by the company that created the game, an established future with short, medium, and long term, and with an international reach. It’s hard to find all of these characteristics in our country, in this business but we found them.
The recently acquired roster of Infinity Esports is leading the league in a dominant fashion, only losing one map in all of the first half. Do you think that their dominance will carry on through the second half?
They have the potential. They are an excellent team that has a lot of experience in the competitive field and they also know what their style is, but we’ll still have to wait and see. The rest of the teams have also improved themselves and have prepared to face the tournament in the best possible way, which is why assuring that Infinity’s success will continue feels early.
In the international scene there’s little to none Mexican talent -- currently “Geoo” is the sole Mexican player in Pro League, and recently Art from Organized Chaos qualified to the Challenger League, Why do you think this is happening?
Mexico is relatively new to esports. Even though we have talent representing us in other games, Siege recently entered the national scene with a long tournament and we are still growing at giant steps. We also have to account the fact that we are a country in which console dominates.
At this moment there are a lot of Xbox players making the transition to PC, to be able to compete at a professional level, and with the creation of the Campeonato Mexicano and the entry of all of the organizations I have no doubt that in no time there won’t be a player but a team representing us in Pro League.
As a part of North America, I think it’s pertinent to ask; what do you think has been the biggest reason why NA hasn’t been able to take a Major title in the last two years?
Personally, I believe that it’s been a lack of consistency. America, in general, tends to be very emotional region. We saw it in the Six Invitational 2018 Grand Final between EG and PENTA Sports, EG had PENTAon the ropes but the moment things started to go wrong they couldn’t find how to fix it.
We also saw this with FaZe Clan vs G2 Esports in Rio, FaZe started to have a bad day and they let their emotions get the best of them to the point that they couldn’t beat G2. Obviously, the level in the rest of the world has increased. Teams like Fnatic and NORA-Rengo clearly show that the gap keeps getting closer and closer between regions.
Is there a possibility that the Campeonato Mexicano will have LAN Finals?
I can assure you that there will be a LAN Final in Mexico City. For the time being, I cannot reveal more details about the place or the date but it is a fact that we will have the best two teams in the tournament facing one another. It’s important that the fans keep an eye out for our social media.
Lastly, do you have a message for the Siege fans around the world that are considering watching the Campeonato Mexicano?
Firstly, to those that have already followed us along this almost 7 months, I would like to thank you for the support that you have given us, with the Campeonato Mexicano, Six Major Paris a few months ago and a couple of weeks ago with the Six Invitational 2019. All of the work that we do so that the esports in Mexico can grow, and obviously with the certainty that in no time we will have a Mexican team in Pro League.
Secondly, to all of those that are starting to follow the Campeonato Mexicano, I invite you to take part in all of the content that we have weekly, from the shows like Talento en la Mira, Carga Explosiva, Heroe, Villano and Tachankazo, the round tables, or the Casters Columns, all the way to the match streams; we have something for everyone in our shows, and in all of our social media have a unique content for all of Latin America. And lastly, there’s a lot of big things coming for Rainbow Six Siege in Mexico and Latin America, it’s time to turn around and look at the level of the teams in this region.
The second half of the Campeonato Mexicano starts today at 3 pm CST.