Crazy is the best word to describe what has been going on between the best Rainbow 6 teams trying to find their way to Jonkoping Major 2023.
Five matches were played in the latest round, three of them going to overtime.
The Quick Recap
The opening match of the day featured FURIA Esports and Black Dragons, with the black panthers winning in triple overtime. With one point gained during the contest, Black Dragons have moved one step closer to earning a spot in the Copa Elite Six. However, FURIA prevailed as Diogo “Fntzy” Lima had a great game with 16 kills, helping them keep their Major chances alive in their quest to eventually surpass BD.
Straigth after that, because to two outstanding performances from Luccas “Paluh” Molina and André “NESKWGA” Oliveira, Team Liquid defeated MIBR by an 8-6 score. Paluh finished with the highest SiegeGG Rating in the game (1.45), adding two more entry kills to his Stage 3 record while somehow maintaining an undefeated balance of 11-0 (+11).
Lastly, FaZe Clan struggled to defeat TropiCaos and had to play in maximum overtime despite Pedro “PpWs” Sabino and Diego “ZaaK” de Albuquerque’s subpar play. A combined total of 43 kills from Joao “DRUNKKZZ” Giordani, Raul “kondz” Romao, and Lucca “yektz” Tosta prevented the team from losing a point. In round 12, DRUNKKZZ went wild by finishing a 1v3 post plant clutch to force overtime.
After a sluggish start to the stage, w7m esports defeated 00 Nation 7-2 to win the day. Ninjas in Pyjamas will now have to compete in LATAM’s SI Regional Qualifier in order to advance to the Six Invitational 2023 after Team oNe defeated them 7-5.
NiP vs Black Dragons Rivalry
Since the 2021 season began, Black Dragons and Ninjas in Pyjamas have squared off five times, once for each stage played. Black Dragons have a slight 3-2 edge that could give them a nice confidence boost before the matchup.
It’s interesting to note that in the past two years, no map has been played twice.
The Ninjas in Pyjamas had a 14-game winning streak against the Black Dragons between January 2019 and October 2020, despite the Dragons having a 3-2 record against them since November 2020.
Black Dragons prevailed 7-2 in the first match of this season, while Ninjas in Pyjamas triumphed 7-2 in the second.
Black Dragons’ Chance For a Comeback
At the Six Invitational 2018, Black Dragons made their lone international Siege appearance and advanced as far as the quarterfinals. Ninjas in Pyjamas took over the lineup four months later, and they helped them win the world championship in 2021.
Black Dragons get another opportunity to compete internationally nearly five years later. Black Dragons, who have 13 points going into the last two playdays, might take the first step toward Jönköping Major qualification today by earning a berth in the Copa Elite Six.
Black Dragons’ Stage 2 fiasco is the ideal illustration of why people shouldn’t count their chooks before they are hatched, despite the fact that the team’s current standing would make people believe that the task is just halfway done. The team last stage missed out on the Berlin Major after entering the last two playdays in second place with 13 points.
Black Dragons must demonstrate that they have learned from their past mistakes, or else the team will undoubtedly have a harsh end to the weekend, since the lineup is competing to qualify for both the BR6 Finals and the Jönköping Major.
Ninjas in Pyjamas can no longer qualify for the Jönköping Major as a result of suffering a defeat against Team oNe. This also implies that the team has no possibility of placing among the top sixteen teams at the Global Standings.
Simply said, the team has the potential to return the Black Dragons back to the world stage, since a win would likely advance the team to the Copa Elite Six.
The Swedish Dream Still In The Air
As a result of Vinicius “Patoxy” Lima Sens’ performance in the final round, Black Dragons’ Friday outcome was a maximum overtime loss against FURIA Esports. Despite the defeat, FURIA Esports is presently in sixth place, while Black Dragons are currently in fourth.
Both of the Ferreira siblings can still make it to the Jönköping Major because both teams still have a chance to qualify for the Copa do Brasil.
The greatest player for FURIA is Thiago “handy” Ferreira, who has the third-highest rating in the league, followed by Felipe “nade” Ferreira, who has the seventh-best rating. We might witness the first family of siblings compete in a Siege Major, based on potential outcomes.