After the delay of the Six Invitational 2021, it is finally upon us. The Invitational is now authorized to be hosted in Paris, France, and will take place from May 11th until May 23rd. Here’s a complete guide to the event so you are prepared for action!
19 teams from 4 regions of the Rainbow Six Esports circuit will compete in The Six Invitational 2021. Initially, Six Invitational was a 20 team event but unfortunately, Wildcard Gaming will not compete at the event (because of International health and safety regulations). The event itself is split into 2 parts:
- Group Stage: May 11th to May 16th (This stage will be broadcast from the players’ hotel because of the health guidelines)
- Playoffs: May 19th to May 23rd. Taking place at the Palais Brongniart which is a historical venue (that housed Paris’ stock exchange) in the heart of Paris.
It is worth noting that because of health and safety regulations there will be no live audience at the LAN event.
Six Invitational 2021 is going to be the first cross-regional competition since the Six Invitational 2020. The format itself got a little bit updated for the seeding’s accuracy with more matches played. At the start of the Group Stage, all teams will be split into 2 groups.
The top 4 teams (BDS, Cloud9, TSM, Giants Gaming) are cross-seeded in Groups A & B. For the other 16 teams a random draw was made in the following order: Top 5-8, Top 8-16, 4 qualifiers.
The total amount of matches played will be 81. 8 best teams from each group will qualify for the Playoffs.
Playoffs are a double-elimination bracket with every match being a best of three. The top 4 teams of Group A and B will battle it out in the upper bracket, and the 5th and 8th positions in each group will fall into the lower bracket. The Grand Final will consist of a best of five match with an upper bracket map advantage and unlimited overtime.
The prize pool for the competition reached the maximum cap of $3,000,000. Of course with the help of those players who contributed to the in-game Battle Pass “Road to S.I” to support their favorite teams and players.
- 1st Place: $ 1,000,000 – 33.3%
- 2nd Place: $ 450,000 – 15%
- 3rd Place: $ 240,000 – 8%
- 4th Place: $ 170,000 – 5.67%
- 5th – 6th Places: $ 135,000 – 4.50% each
- 7th – 8th Places: $ 105,000 – 3.42% each
- 9th – 12th Places: $ 75,000 – 2.50% each
- 13th – 16th Places: $ 55,000 – 1.83% each
- 17th – 18th Places: $ 40,000 – 1.33% each
- 19th – 20th Places: $ 30,000 – 1% each
Schedule and Where to Watch
At the moment only the group stage schedule is available and could be found on the official Rainbow Six Esports Twitter account.
In case you want to tune in and watch the event, you can do so via the official Twitch and YouTube channels:
If you want to find a stream in a different language, a full list of them is available here along with some health and safety information regarding the event.