The Six Invitational 2023 is set to get underway in just three weeks, with the world championship set to be held in Montreal and feature a live audience for the first time since 2020. However, with just 100 players set to be in attendance, streaks are about to end.
Seven players across the world have attended every SI so far, but only three are guaranteed to be in attendance next month.
From LATAM, there are Leonardo "Astro" Luis and Gabriel "cameram4n" Hespanhol, who qualified for SI 2017 on Santos Dexterity and every event since on FaZe Clan.
From NA come Dylan "Bosco" Bosco, Gabriel "LaXInG" Mirelez, and Alexander "Skys" Magor, who won the Xbox SI 2017 title before eventually splitting up. Bosco went to eRa Eternity and then Spacestation Gaming, while the duo of LaXInG and Skys stayed on Counter Logic Gaming and Team Reciprocity for a while more.
Skys then moved to DarkZero Esports, then Spacestation Gaming, and now is back to DarkZero. LaXInG started coaching Elevate briefly in APAC, too, but left after one stage.
Then, Troy "Canadian" Jaroslawski won SI 2017 on PC before moving to Spacestation, where he won SI 2020 alongside Bosco and subsequently joined DarkZero. Finally, Tyler "Ecl9pse" McMullin, who lost to Canadian in the SI 2017 grand final, was then signed by Rogue and was most recently at DarkZero with Canadian.
Notably, there are no European names on this list, as most of the European SI 2017 lineups disbanded just over a year later.
Out of these seven names, there are several missing as we approach SI 2023. LaXInG left Elevate on Dec. 2, Ecl9pse officially left DarkZero on Dec. 12, and cameram4n was benched by FaZe on Dec. 17. Meanwhile, Bosco and Spacestation still have the closed qualifier to play, with the reigning SI champions, TSM, in their way.
This leaves just DZ’s Canadian and Skys and FaZe’s Astro currently set to continue their qualification streak.
This is a remarkable drop, as Siege esports’ most consistent players have suddenly found themselves on the sidelines after six years at the very top. There is still time for Bosco to qualify and several other players to be involved in coaching capacities, but this elite list is getting much slimmer.
When it comes to coaches (and not managers), none have attended all seven Six Invitationals.
Adenauer "Silence" Alvarenga reached five Six Invitationals on Team Liquid, but now works as an events coordinator for the organization, while Oxygen Esports’ Anthony "HOP3Z" Nizzardo just hit five, having qualified since 2019. Spacestation’s Justin "Lycan" Woods will also have qualified for the same five if SSG wins the qualifier.
The last coach at this level is Marlon "Twister" Mello, who has reached five already, and will be the first coach to hit a sixth if Secret wins the European qualifier. He previously coached Black Dragons at SI 2018, FaZe at SI 2019 and 2020, and FURIA at SI 2021 and 2022. The only one he missed was SI 2017, as he was 16 years-old during the qualifier.
While he hasn’t won a title yet -- his closest was a loss in the ESL Pro League Season 6 grand-final -- reaching his sixth Six Invitational across four teams will be an accolade only matched by Skys and Emilio "Geometrics" Leynez.
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