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BR6 Week 3 Preview: Decisive weekend for Liquid and NiP, Black Dragons look to keep unbeaten run going

Brazil heads to its third week of competition.

Last chance for Liquid rescue

Team Liquid is one of the most consistent rosters in Rainbow Six Siege. They only missed out on one international event since Feb. 2020, when the team couldn’t qualify for the Sweden Major after two seismic roster changes.

However, the team is in real danger now of doubling that count. Heading into play day five with just four points, four points behind FURIA Esports in fourth, Liquid’s hopes for qualifying for the Copa Elite Six could take another major blow this weekend. 

They face FURIA themselves first up this weekend; a loss against Julio “JULIO” Giacomelli’s side will leave Liquid in a complicated spot, while a regulation victory would reduce the difference from the top four from four points to just one. 

On paper, Team Liquid’s start has been one to forget. All players in the squad have an overall SiegeGG Rating below 0.90, which is very rare to see in a squad that includes the likes of André “NESKWGA” Oliveira and Luccas “Paluh” Molina.

Can NiP continue to nip away wins?

Ninjas in Pyjamas won last weekend’s games, earning five points out of a possible six. However, the team faced two of the arguably weakest sides in the league, 00 Nation and INTZ. So, how much did NiP’s own improvements truly help those results? 

The team has the chance to provide fans with an answer this very same weekend, as they face the Sweden Major champions, FaZe Clan, and the Stage 1 BR6 toppers, w7m esports. 

Ninjas in Pyjamas’ first stage only victim was FaZe Clan, as the Six Invitational 2021 champions won on Skyscraper by 7-5. A possible NiP rebound was reverted the following day though, as the squad lost by the same score against w7m esports. 

Black Dragons look to continue unbeaten streak

Following a perfect start to the stage with four victories, Black Dragons are on the right track to qualify for the Copa Elite Six for the first time since last year’s Stage 2.

The young players in the team seem to have finally adapted to the league, while the experienced duo of Ronaldo “ion” Osawa and Vinicius “Patoxy” Lima have improved dramatically in comparison to their Stage 1 performances.

Grabbing two more victories this weekend would almost guarantee Black Dragons a spot in this stage’s Copa Elite Six, even before heading into Brazil’s super weekend.

Do-or-die weekend for mid-table and bottom teams

At the bottom and the middle of the standings, various teams need to get good results this weekend in order to maintain their Copa Elite Six hopes alive.

00 Nation could miss out on another Major after winning only one game at this stage. The former Team oNe core hasn’t adapted to the game despite winning the Stage 1 Copa do Brasil and desperately need the points. Last weekend, the team put out two very poor performances against Ninjas in Pyjamas and FURIA Esports and needs to do a lot more to string together some form.

All FaZe Clan, MIBR, and INTZ are in similar situations, too, and could also be condemned to play the Copa do Brasil soon.