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Next week, the Six Major will see the top 16 teams meet to compete for a world title. The tournament is split into two parts, with the group stage taking place from Monday to Wednesday, before the top two teams from each group qualify for the three-day playoffs over the weekend.

Group D

The second group to include several European teams, Group D is the most likely to hold surprises.

If Team BDS is the historical favorite of this group, having already participated in five events in a row, their three opponents are less decorated. This will be the second event for the Chiefs and LFO as well as being the first tournament for Astralis.

As the North American seed, Astralis will certainly be looking to join BDS as both teams progress to the playoffs while LFO finished the Six Sweden Major in third place, on commonalities with second-placed SANDBOX. This gives the LFO team a lot of upset potential if BDS or Astralis fail to reach the degree fans expect.

The Chiefs also finished third in their major Swedish group, however, that was with two wins over Oxygen Esports playing with their replaced manager. With two new players, they hope for an improved performance.

Astralis

David “Iconic” Ifidon, Jack “J9O” Burkard and Matthew “Dpfire” Macway are three 19-year-olds who each came to the attention of the North American scene in 2020 when they reached competition age. It took almost two years, but now they finally have their first chance to compete globally six months after joining the legendary Astralis organization.

Iconic in particular will be looking forward to this after finishing the final leg of the NA League as the second best player by SiegeGG Rating. His teammates during this stage transitioned into more support-oriented roles, the most notable of which was Dpfire’s sight of Ace, a big departure from his usual pick, Iana.

These changes all stemmed from picking up Roman “Forrest” Breaux as, after finishing stage three in a disappointing seventh place, they opted to make just one roster change. It worked remarkably well as they topped the NAL rankings at the start of the 2022 season.

After qualifying for the Pro League in 2019, Forrest has spent much of the past two years in the Challenger League. Now he was given another chance in the NAL and became Astralis player and planter Hibana. This in turn allowed team veteran Aaron “Shuttle” Dugger to transition into a more flexible role in which he achieved the team’s second-most win count.

Being such a young team means that only Shuttle has played in the world before with them competing in 10 global events and crowning both the 2018 USN and 2019 DreamHack Valencia Champions. It’s a serious experience that should hopefully be able to guide the team. Their first event also taking place in the United States also eliminates any time zone, culture, or food issues that may rattle players.

There are plenty of reasons for Astralis to be confident. Their match against BDS on the opening day of the tournament will be really huge if they can get the win while winning or losing they should be able to escape their groups which only DZ and SSG have managed to do since NA in 2021.

The BDS Team

BDS is one of the best-known teams in Rainbow Six esports as they have attended every event since first qualifying for the Challenger League, while Stéphane “Shaiiko” Lebleu and Loïc “BriD” Chongthep are considered two of the most great players of all time. their roles.

Despite this, they never qualified for a World Grand Final, let alone won a title. While Heroic beat BDS to be the highest ranked team in Europe, BDS’ experience at this level probably puts them among the European favorites at this event, as they always were last year.

The dynamic of the roster is one that everyone is familiar with at this point and it has remained virtually unchanged over the past year. Shaiiko is at the entrance – a role in which he is the world leader – supported by Bryan “Elemzje” Tebessi. BriD takes care of the factory and the material offense, supported by Adrien “RaFaLe” Rutik. And finally, Olivier “Renshiro” Vandroux plays the soft breach.

With Arnaud “BiOs” Billaudel and Mees “eaglemees” van der Arend also sitting behind the team, the roster has everything it takes to become champions. All of that was also true in 2021 and yet they came close to the semi-finals in Mexico City. With no changes made from an outside perspective, it’s impossible to know if Charlotte will be where it all falls into place.

Looking for an organization

The French compatriots of BDS enter the Major as the second team without an organization to participate in a Six Major tournament. This means that after a very close third place in their group at the Swedish Major, they will be hoping for an even better performance to attract a top organization ahead of the next stage.

To ensure this, the team signed 19-year-old Yanis “Mowwwgli” Dahmani, best known from his time in the Italian domestic league, to act as their main attacking force, who in turn pushed Axel “Shiinka” Freisberg firmly on a hard breach and Nicolas “P4” Rimbaud on a traveling role.

While P4 was already leading the team statistically on Finka, he now does so even more effectively on Twitch while Mowwwgli on Finka is right behind him by SiegeGG Rating – 1.19 to 1.10. That’s a big improvement because in Stage 3 last year, Valentin “risze” Liradelfo was the second-best player, only scoring 1.02 to P4’s 1.18.

Risze himself stayed on the same operators – Sledge and Jager – and remains the second entry player on offense. It didn’t work out well for him, securing him an offensive entry record of -11 to +6 in the final leg.

His overall rating of 0.81 clearly signals a problem, but the team’s third-place national finish is also team captain Bastien “BiBooAF” Dulac’s best joint performance in three years, showing that Risze is clearly getting the job done. , regardless of the stats.

Vitality has quietly improved over the past year. To take the next step after their performance in Sweden, they will need to deliver quite an upset performance.

Esports Leaders Club

Since Fnatic’s move to Japan, a mix of covid-related travel issues and the rise of South Korean and Southeast Asian rosters have significantly limited the global presence of the Oceania scene. Now the Chiefs have returned to their second consecutive Major Six and hope to put Australia back on the seat map.

To do so, the Chiefs signed two new players, with “bouncinballz” being the most notable star, finishing as the second-best fragger in the APAC South. He achieved this while supporting Trent “Worthy” Mitchell-Roseon the attacking side entry with the pair mostly playing off the unusual operators of Jackal and Buck.

Iana’s main player on the team, meanwhile, is “Ethan” Picard who finished with an offensive rating of 0.74, the fourth-lowest in the league. This is a major change from Stage 3, where he hit a league-high 1.36 offensive rating. He was clearly in trouble, however, by the time the APAC Playoffs began, Ethan was back on top of the team with a particularly strong showing against Talon despite the loss.

The second new player is “Boydy” who made fewer stat splashes but was key to the roster taking on the role of Raine “Dgtl” Wright who in turn moves into the planting and hard breach roles, which Morgan “Fishoguy” Ishizaka played before he left.

Together, the team heads to Charlotte with quite a unique team dynamic. No matter how well bouncinballz plays, however, they’ll need Ethan on his game if they’re going to have any chance of challenging for a playoff spot.

Face-to-face

Starting with the two European teams, during this stage the BDS beat the LFO, 7-4. Previously, BDS had only won eight out of 16 games against the Vitality organization, with Vitality winning seven and one ending in a draw. However, this includes 6 French League games in which the LFO have an excellent record.

Looking only at post-Fabian EUL matches, BDS has a three-to-one record, with the only card lost being in a 7-8 scoreline.

Both teams also have plenty of crossovers with BiBooAF competing alongside RaFaLe for three whole years and BriD for slightly less than that. Elemzje has also played alongside BiBooAF and risze, the latter also being Renshiro’s teammate on Millenium.

The only Chiefs member to have faced any of their three opponents before is Ethan, who on Wildcard lost 0-2 to BDS at the 2020 Six Invitational. Chief’s French analyst Baptiste “Hell” Adiasse was also the direct replacement on Epsilon eSports Benelux roster for eaglemees who is now the BDS analyst.

As for Astralis, the organization and its predecessor, Disrupt Gaming, have never faced any of the other three teams. However, Shuttle lost four out of five cards to Elemzje’s Team Secret roster during the Raleigh Major while on Rogue. He also faced Risze three times, winning with a 4-2 record. Four of these cards were against the first lineup “LFO” in the DreamHack Valencia 2019 Grand Finals which Shuttle won while the other two were in the Minor Ally Quarterfinals.

Finally, at Six Invitational 2018 over four years ago, Supremacy beat Counter Logic Gaming 2-1 in the group stage. This included Shuttle topping the scoreboard for CLG while BDS’ BriD and RaFaLe and LFO’s BiBooAF were Supremacy’s bottom three players.

Players and teams to watch

All eyes are on Astralis and BDS in this group, if they can play like they did in the regular season they should escape the group without drama. As for who takes the top spot, eyes are on Iconic and as always, Shaiiko.

For Looking For Org to take one of these spots, they need both the number of risze entries and the total number of attacking wins to increase, as European teams always struggle with time management when playing. worldwide. Shooting a man would be a death sentence for the team.

Finally, in a very similar fashion, the Chiefs need Ethan on the board and they likely need a career-defining performance from bouncinballz if he is to break down opposition starters.

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