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Commencing on Tuesday, February 13th, the Six Invitational 2024 has prompted a thorough examination of all the teams participating. Let us commence with Group A!
Below is an in-depth look at all the teams set to appear in Group A:
The current world champions are headed to the Six Invitational 2023 as one of the main contenders to hoist the sledgehammer, following the BLAST R6 Major Copenhagen and Atlanta victories of w7m esports.
All eyes will be on Karl “Alem4o” Zarth, as the Brazilian returns to his home region to participate in a top-tier competition since leaving Team oNe. The G2 Esports captain won’t be the lone Brazilian member in the European powerhouse, as former FaZe Clan coach Matheus “Ramalho” Gonçalves will be behind the Six Invitational 2023 winners.
It has been a year full of fluctuations for G2 Esports. After finishing in the BLAST R6 Major Copenhagen’s Top 8, the team made multiple roster and staff changes following their performance in Saudi Arabia. Eventually, the team reached the semifinals of the BLAST R6 Major Atlanta after an erratic performance in Europe.
DarkZero Esports is one of the most thrilling squads heading to the Six Invitational 2024 following the additions of Nathan “Nafe” Sharp and the Six Invitational 2022 winner Jason “Beaulo” Doty.
In terms of results this season, the purple squad’s best result was a Top 8 finish at the BLAST R6 Major Atlanta. Now, led by the two-times Six Invitational champion Troy “Canadian” Jaroslawski, the Americans expect to perform well in Brazil despite the profound changes.
Ninjas in Pyjamas
After missing the Six Invitational 2023, Ninjas in Pyjamas are back at the most premier Rainbow Six Siege tournament of the season.
The Brazilians had a noteworthy year in terms of consistency, as they qualified for every international event possible: both BLAST R6 Majors and the Gamers8. Unfortunately, they couldn’t clinch the title in any of them.
Ninjas in Pyjamas’ best performance this year was a quarter-final finish at the BLAST R6 Major Copenhagen, where they were defeated by Soniqs. In Atlanta, the team couldn’t advance past the Swiss Stage.
Since the organization’s last appearance at a Six Invitational, the team has undergone two roster changes, adding Gustavo “Wizard” Gomes and Raul “kondz” Romão. Furthermore, the team brought in the Six Mexico Major champion Arthur “TchubZ” Figueira as the squad’s coach.
Geekay Esports’ impressive performance at the BLAST R6 Major Atlanta secured them a qualification for the Six Invitational 2024. It was a challenging journey for the majority Saudi-Arabian roster, as they had to compete with Jake “Leadr” Fortunato due to Ahmet “SRSLy” Hasan’s visa issues.
Two months after Geekay Esports’ loss against the eventual BLAST R6 Major Atlanta champions w7m esports, we should be able to see the MENA League roster at its fullest outside of their region for the first time.
Throughout the year, Geekay Esports have been learning from their mistakes to surpass Team Falcons in their home region. Recently, the team emerged victorious in the Saudi eLeagues Season 2023 Stage 2 and the MENA Community Face-Off Series 2023.
Although only two years have passed since the organization’s last Six Invitational appearance (Feb. 2022), the team looks completely different. The only players who featured in the Six Invitational 2022 and still compete for FuryX, Kim “EnvyTaylor” Seong-soo and Lee “Nova” Si-hun, now serve as part of the coaching staff.
Since then, the team has made multiple roster changes, adding South Korean talent with the aim of elevating their international performances. Unfortunately for the yellow squad, their results outside of their region have been disappointing.
Heading to the Six Invitational 2024, FearX added the highly experienced Jang “RIN” Byeong-uk to their coaching staff with imaginative ideas. Additionally, the roster signed the Six Sweden Major champion and former MIBR coach César “Dark” Adriano.
Despite the team’s performances at the BLAST R6 Major Copenhagen and the BLAST R6 Major Atlanta, their results in South Korea qualified them for the Six Invitational 2024 – which saw them finishing above Team BDS and MNM Gaming in the Global Standings. This situation in the global standings prompted a significant social media backlash from some viewers towards the players, who believed the yellow roster did not perform well enough to earn a spot in the Six Invitational 2024, while Team BDS and MNM Gaming had secured positions in at least one quarter-final match. Can the South Koreans prove those fans wrong?
Here are some of the most captivating storylines to anticipate in Group A!
Alem4o and TchubZ will clash for the first time since parting ways with Team oNe
On February 11, 2022, Oxygen Esports’ triumph against Team oNe put the Brazilian lineup in a difficult position. Although they had won more maps than the green roster and Natus Vincere, the golden squad finished at the bottom of the Six Invitational 2022 Group D standings. Two years after sharing a room for the last time as Team oNe members, Karl “Alem4o” Zarth and Arthur “TchubZ” Figueira will cross paths again as adversaries in São Paulo, Brazil.
Since then, the Six Mexico Major champions have achieved success individually. While the coach revived the ninjas’ international standing, the player became the sixth Brazilian player to win a Six Invitational after accomplishing the feat with G2 Esports.
It’s noteworthy that, in July 2023, Ninjas in Pyjamas and G2 Esports were in the same Gamers8 2023 group. Unfortunately, both teams followed divergent paths through the bracket and did not face each other.
G2 Esports against DarkZero Esports, a Siege derby in the making
G2 Esports and DarkZero Esports will meet at the Six Invitational 2024 for the fifth time since May. 2022. After crossing paths twice at the Six Charlotte Major, the purple squad and the samurai faced off once at the Six Invitational 2023 and the BLAST R6 Major Atlanta.
With two wins for each side, their upcoming clash will make a difference in the record. However, the Europeans emerged victorious in the only best-of-three series between both sides, defeating the Americans at the Six Invitational 2-0 in the tournament’s lower bracket. Meanwhile, the purple roster defeated the samurai twice at the Six Charlotte Major.
Dejavu for Geekay Esports
Geekay Esports will face Ninjas in Pyjamas for a second time this season, as the Brazilians were the team’s first international opponents in Atlanta. During that encounter, the Saudi Arabian-majority roster emerged victorious in maximum overtime.
It will also be the team’s second encounter with G2 Esports, as they also competed against the European powerhouse in Atlanta. Unfortunately, the roster lost the match by 5-7.