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Following the conclusion of the BLAST R6 Major Atlanta, we finally know what are the 20 teams that will travel to Brazil to compete at the Six Invitational 2024.
Although the tournament will be played in three months, it's time to have a look at the Global Standings and at the teams that will play to win the hammer.
Global Standings 2023
Here's how the Global Standings to qualify for the Six Invitational 2024 look after the conclusion of the BLAST R6 Major Atlanta:
|Region||Team||Points||Regional League||BLAST R6 Major Copenhagen||Regional League||BLAST R6 Major Atlanta|
|12||Ninjas in Pyjamas||440||100||140||115||85|
Without a doubt, the absence of teams like Team BDS, MNM Gaming, CYCLOPS athlete gaming, Elevate, and MIBR must be mentioned, as some of these have initiated a debate regarding the Global Standings' reliability.
Six Invitational 2024 - Who's playing?
The Six Invitational 2024 will include five teams from Brazil, four from North America, three from Europe, two from MENA, and six from APAC. The Asian region's spots are divided into two from South Korea, two from South Asia, one from Japan, and one from Oceania.
These are the teams that will play in the Six Invitational 2024:
- w7m esports
- FaZe Clan
- G2 Esports
- DarkZero Esports
- DPlus KIA
- Spacestation Gaming
- Team Liquid
- Ninjas in Pyjamas
- Wolves Esports
- Geekay Esports
- Team Bliss
- Team Falcons
- Bleed Esports
- SANDBOX Gaming
In total, 20 teams will play to lift Rainbow Six Siege's most iconic trophy: the Sledge hammer. Here's a brief look at how each team performed throughout Year 8!
Lineup: HerdsZ, Kheyze, Jv92, FelipoX, nade, Igoorctg (Coach), Abreu (Coach)
They have been unstoppable. After going unbeaten to lift the BLAST R6 Major Copenhagen trophy, the Brazilians have become the first team to win two Six Majors in a row following their victory at the BLAST R6 Major Atlanta.
It's time to face the truth: we haven't seen anything similar since the G2 Esports golden days. From fighting to avoid relegation to double Six Major champions and Six Invitational 2023 grand finalists, w7m esports are the favorites to lift the hammer in front of their crowd.
Lineup: Cyber, soulz1, KDS, Handyy, VITAKING, RafadeLL (Coach)
Regarding consistency, FaZe Clan are the closest team to w7m esports. The red roster won both splits of the Brazil League and reached the semifinals of the BLAST R6 Major Copenhagen and the BLAST R6 Major Atlanta.
It's also worth noting that FaZe Clan was forced to appoint a new coach before the start of Stage 2 following the departure of Matheus "Ramalho" Ramalho. Eventually, the former Six Mexico Major champion Rafadel "RafadeLL" Batista took his place.
Lineup: Virtue, Doki, Alem4o, Benjamaster, UUNO, Ramalho (Coach), Titan (Analyst)
The Six Invitational 2023 champions' Year 8 was a rollercoaster of emotions. Despite reaching the quarterfinals of the BLAST R6 Major Copenhagen, the team went through multiple changes during the summer.
Although the departure of Fabian "Fabian" Hällsten and the arrival of Aleksi "UUNO" Työppönen and Matheus "Ramalho" Ramalho shocked the fans, the roster reached the BLAST R6 Major Atlanta's Top 4 after an inconsistent performance in Europe. Will the current hammer-holders defend their throne, or will we have a new champion?
Lineup: Gryxr, Rexen, Geometrics, Gunnar, CTZN, Goddess (Head Coach), Jobro (Head Analyst)
In fourth place, behind G2 Esports, we have Soniqs. The North American team had two great performances in their region, finishing fourth and first place in Stages 1 and 2, respectively.
Soniqs' best result of the season came in the first Major of the year, as they reached the Top 4 at the BLAST R6 Major Copenhagen. Unfortunately, the team was sent home by the eventual champions w7m esports.
Lineup: FishLike, Pyon, Taiyou, Wqsyo1, Rec, Blueno4ronandes (Coach), Mefisto (Analyst)
SCARZ has been the best Asian team in Rainbow Six Siege's Year 8 after reaching back-to-back Japan League titles. Moreover, the Japanese roster climbed up to the BLAST R6 Major Copenhagen Top 8, as they were the only Asian side to do so.
Unfortunately, their most recent performance wasn't one to remember. The Japanese side was sent home in Phase 2 after defeats against Bleed Esports, DarkZero Esports, and Wolves Esports.
Lineup: p4sh4, Always, dan, JoyStiCK, ShepparD, Zheka (Coach), ViKiNG (Analyst)
While regionally Virtus.pro's players have been exceptional, the team couldn't perform as well internationally. The Russians finished both Majors with 2-3 records, meaning they were two matches away from reaching Copenhagen and Atlanta's quarterfinals.
Virtus.pro will have a third chance to do well outside their homeland as they will travel to Brazil in February. The last time Team Empire's core competed at the Six Invitational, the team reached the grand finals. Will the team be able to repeat or even improve that performance?
Lineup: Canadian, Panbazou, njr, Gaveni, Ryce, Mint (Coach)
DarkZero Esports' season saw the team reaching BLAST R6 Major Copenhagen's Phase 2 and BLAST R6 Major Atlanta's Phase 3. Recently, the team suffered a harsh defeat against LOS in front of their home crowd, as the North Americans lost the final match of the series by 0-7.
The Six Invitational 2024 will be the eighth for Troy "Canadian" Jaroslawski, as he won it in 2017 and 2020 for Continuum and Spacestation Gaming, respectively.
Lineup: yass, coted, Woogiman, Harp3rXD, Soldier, HoundBird (Coach)
After missing out on the Six Invitational 2023, the South Korean roster is back to the best Rainbow Six Siege competition of the year. DPlus KIA's performance in South Korea couldn't have been any better as the team won both stages of the South Korea League.
Unfortunately, the roster couldn't do so well outside Asia, as they went 1-3 in both Atlanta and Copenhagen with their victories coming against Team Falcons and LOS.
Lineup: Fultz, Hotancold, J9O, Forrest, Ashn, Callout (Coach), Mango (Analyst), Forceful (Assistant Coach)
Spacestation Gaming qualified for both BLAST R6 Majors after finishing in third and fifth place in the North America League. After going through the LCQ in Stage 2, the Americans eventually reached Atlanta's Phase 3. There, the team lost to FaZe Clan by 1-2.
Despite the lack of positive results, Spacestation Gaming will be in its sixth consecutive Six Invitational. The organization's best result came in 2020 when they lifted the trophy.
Lineup: Maia, Dash, Dotz, Lobin, cameram4n, Norris (Coach), rhZ (Analyst)
After only collecting 85 SI Points in Stage 1, the Brazilians qualified for the Six Invitational 2024 thanks to their impressive run in Atlanta. The orange roster was two maps away from winning against the BLAST R6 Major Copenhagen champions.
Led by the former FaZe Clan player Gabriel "cameram4n" Hespanhol, the Brazilians are one of the most exciting teams heading to the Six Invitational 2024.
Lineup: Paluh, NEWSKWGA, Lagonis, resetz, volpz, hugzord (Coach)
Team Liquid had a promising start to the year after reaching the BLAST R6 Major Copenhagen's grand final. However, all went downhill from there. After missing out on the Gamers8 2023, the Brazilians were group staged from the Brazil League 2023 Stage 2. Eventually, the Blue Cavalry lost in the first match of the Last Chance Qualifiers.
Lineup: Psycho, Muzi, pino, Wizard, kondz, TchubZ (Coach)
The Six Invitational 2021 champions are back in full power as they qualified for every international event celebrated in Year 8.
The ninjas' best performance came at the BLAST R6 Major Copenhagen, where they reached the Top 8. After being eliminated by Team Falcons from the Gamers8 2023, the Brazilians finished in third place in the Brazil League, which allowed them to play at the BLAST R6 Major Atlanta. There, the ninjas were sent home after being eliminated in Phase 2.
Lineup: Kyno, GMZ, DiasLucas, Spoit, Iconic, Budega (Coach), Vivas (Coach), Pedro (Analyst)
Just like Ninjas in Pyjamas, M80 featured in every international competition celebrated this year.
Despite winning the North America League 2023 Stage 1, the Brazilian-majority roster couldn't make it to Copenhagen's Phase 3. In July, the team finished in second place in the Gamers8 2023. Finally, the roster finished with a 0-3 record in Atlanta after losing against Bleed Esports, DarkZero Esports, and Wolves Esports.
Lineup: BiBooAF, Shiinka, P4, Mowwwgli, DEADSHT, Lyloun (Head Coach), Helbee (Assistant Coach)
Wolves Esports have been incredibly consistent since the organization picked the French roster, as they have qualified for every Six Major and Six Invitational since the Six Charlotte Major.
Unfortunately, their consistency has never been successful. This year, Wolves Esports couldn't make it past Phase 2, as they finished both Majors with 2-3 records. However, it's worth remembering that Wolves Esports finished in 5th - 6th place at the last Six Invitational, the team's best performance outside of Europe.
Lineup: Hashom, Tr1ixd, x.Ke, nudl, SRSLy, ALO (Coach), WaZo (Analyst)
Geekay Esports missed out on the BLAST R6 Major Copenhagen after finishing the MENA League Stage 1 in second place. However, the team's Top 8 finish in Atlanta saw the roster climbing up to 15th place on the Global Standings.
The Saudi Arabian-majority roster was Atlanta's Cinderella and became the first MENA roster to qualify for a BLAST R6 Major Phase 3. After their performance in the United States, Geekay Esports is one of the most exciting teams in the scene.
Lineup: Darkk, Lycolis, BGMan, i9, KritJ, MadDuckRanger (Coach), Sepi (Analyst)
FURY qualified for the Six Invitational 2024 mainly thanks to the team's efforts in their region, as they won Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the Asia League.
In Copenhagen, the team was one map away from sending MNM Gaming home. Meanwhile, in Atlanta, the Thai squad defeated Knights and was one map away from qualifying for Phase 2 as their loss to DarkZero Esports saw the team missing out on the second stage of the tournament.
Lineup: Odah, Fishoguy, Brendo, Sageon, Wettables, MinGoran (Coach)
Just like FURY, the Australian roster qualified for the Six Invitational 2024 thanks to the team's superiority in their homeland.
While the team's performance in Copenhagen was one to forget, the Australians redeemed themselves in Atlanta. After beating Wolves Esports on Chalet, the team was one round away from qualifying for Phase 2 as they lost to Spacestation Gaming on maximum overtime. The situation would be repeated in their second match against Wolves Esports, as Team Bliss was sent home after losing the last map of the series by 7-8.
Lineup: Joker619, MSSS, Madskills, OKillz, P9, Valantino, Jlad, Q6z.
Team Falcons was one of the surprises in Copenhagen as the Saudi Arabian roster reached Phase 2. Unfortunately, the team couldn't win any of its matches in the second stage of the competition.
In July, Team Falcons competed in the Gamers8 2023, where they defeated Ninjas in Pyjamas and G2 Esports. Eventually, they finished in 4th - 3rd place after losing against Team BDS.
In Stage 2, Team Falcons couldn't qualify for Atlanta as Geekay Esports went flawless in the MENA League. However, Falcons' 355 SI Points proved to be enough as the MENA region will send two teams to a Siege international competition for the first time ever.
Lineup: Hovenherst, Asphy, Terdsta, Reeps96, MentalistC, BruceZz (Head Coach)
Bleed Esports was one of the surprises in Atlanta as the Asian roster finished Phase 2 with a 3-2 record. It was enough to climb up to 19th place on the Global Standings after missing out on the BLAST R6 Major Copenhagen.
In Atlanta, Bleed Esports defeated CYCLOPS athlete gaming twice, M80, and Soniqs. However, the team couldn't move to Phase 3 after losing against FaZe Clan, DarkZero Esports, and Spacestation Gaming.
Lineup: Nova, GoodBoy, Arukaze, Mephi, Demic, EnvyTaylor, Fanxy (Head Coach)
Last but not least, SANDBOX Gaming closes the Global Standings Top 20. The South Korean roster qualified for the Six Invitational 2024 after Team BDS' defeat against G2 Esports in the quarterfinals of the BLAST R6 Major Atlanta.
Although SANDBOX Gaming couldn't move past Phase 1 in both Copenhagen and Atlanta, the South Koreans qualified for the Six Invitational 2024 thanks to their performances in their homeland.
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