The Sweden Major was another great addition to the annals of Rainbow Six: Siege competition. Once again we saw a new champion, this time a growing roster of FaZe Clan who had been fighting for a title for years.
We have also seen the continued rise of the APAC region, long considered inferior to other major regions in Europe, North America and Brazil. We have now witnessed a resurgence of talent in APAC unprecedented since the days of Fnatic and Nora-Rengo competition. DWG KIA is leading this movement, entering the top 10 for the first time.
As a region, North America continued to struggle. Only one NA team is represented in the top 10, the least in some time. If they continue to underperform internationally, they will slide lower and lower in the global rankings.
Now, let’s take a look at the 10 teams with the best performances over the past six months.
Note: Due to the lack of a pre-major ranking publication, placement changes relate to our unreleased rankings prior to Sweden Major, rather than post-Mexico rankings.
10. FURIA Esports (-2)
FURIA is considered a secondary power in Brazil, admittedly very talented, but a cut below the real contenders. The competition is so fierce in Brasileirão that even a team as good as theirs have to fight tooth and nail just to win the Major at every stage.
Unfortunately for Fntzy and company, they made a particularly difficult group this time around and were unable to deliver internationally.
At least for now, they will have to wait for their chance at the top.
9. Thief (+19)
No, the change in classification is not a typo. Rogue improved his position to 19 places thanks to his performance at the Sweden Major. Previously, they had been chronically poorly classified, with several seasons of poor performance weighing them down. While they managed to reach the EUL top four, no one expected them to compete for the Major. Not in their first international team event – although they had potential it would take time to materialize.
However, they have shown that they can really compete with anyone. Wins over FaZe Clan in the groups and a 2-0 victory over reigning major champions Team one in the quarterfinals prove that Rogue is truly back.
8. Team fluid (-1)
Liquid is the only team in the top 10 not to qualify for Sweden Major. While they were one of the best in the world after an appearance in the SI 2021 Grand Final, they took a big risk by changing two players before stage 3, adding AsK and reset in place of xS3xyCake and muringa .
The move seemed to work quite well online, as Liquid lived up to their expectations with a second point total in Stage 3 of BR6. However, they would suffer a premature exit just before qualifying for the Major with a loss to the Pajama Ninjas. Liquid’s roster is still new and has yet to be fully tested in international competition.
7. DWG KIA (+4)
So much can be said about DWG KIA. The Koreans put themselves on the map after qualifying for the playoffs in Mexico against reigning world champions Ninjas in Pajamas. Fans have announced the rise of the APAC region, while detractors called it a fluke. While their online performances in APAC were far from perfect, they returned to the tournament in Sweden and looked to do some damage, despite an incredibly difficult group.
Their performance exceeded everyone’s expectations, with the Koreans leading their group and advancing to the semi-finals, where they would be 1: 1 to defeat the future FaZe Clan champions and qualify themselves for the semi-finals. the grand finale. With this performance, DWG KIA established itself as legitimate contenders for international titles and put APAC on the Siege map.
6. Space Station Games (-1)
While SSG is arguably the best team in North America, that may not be enough anymore. The region appears to have taken a step back since the return of international play and, out of three events, has the lowest win rate of any region.
Twice now, North America has failed to win a single card in the Major playoff stage. It looks like the region needs some deepening into SI to reaffirm its status, and perhaps the Space Station is the best chance to achieve that at SI 2022.
5. Empire team (-4)
Team Empire has seen periods of enormous domination followed by periods of inconsistency where they seem to struggle to find their true style of play. The “old” Empire was back at Six Mexico Major when the team won a match. in the grueling semi-final against its European rivals Team BDS, before falling in the grand final to the fashionable saw that was Team on. They have also looked to maintain their online form, again winning second place in the EUL behind BDS.
Even after receiving arguably the toughest draw in the group, many expected Team Empire to advance to the Sweden Major playoffs, and they almost did. It was played out in the last game of the group stage, but in the end it wasn’t in Empire’s hands. Now questions arise as to whether the Empire has returned to their incoherent state, or if we will see them reign supreme in the SI again.
4. BDS Esport (-1)
The French team is our best team in the world outside of Brazil. Their dominance in the European region has been impressive and they have shown flashes of that dominance in their international appearances.
However, BDS hasn’t shown that it can break through and really fight for a title. Despite regularly reaching the top four places and looking like one of the best teams in the tournament, the French have never managed to qualify for an international grand final match.
The Swedish tournament was no different, with BDS looking good in the group stage to clash with future winner FaZe Clan in the quarter-finals. Unlucky maybe, but to be the champions you have to beat the best in the world, and so far BDS hasn’t shown the ability to beat top Brazilian teams in a LAN series.
3. Team on Esports (-1)
In the ruthless world of Brazilian Siege, Team one is the new kid on the block. Often seen as an inexperienced but promising team that needed time to develop, “Alem4o and company” ended this narrative with a shocking victory at the Six Mexico Major in August. Now big winners, the young stars sought to repeat their magical journey and become the first team to win two consecutive majors.
Unfortunately, this was not the case. After a solid but not dazzling group stage, the team met Rogue in the quarter-finals, a game that most expected to go easily to Team oNe en route to a highly anticipated game against NiP. Much to the surprise of almost all spectators, the Brazilians were outmatched and left the tournament in the quarterfinals with a 0-2 loss to the Germans.
This is not the end for Team oNe, as the team will be looking to recover and win the BR6 final and possibly the Six Invitational next year.
2. Ninjas in pajamas (+4)
Long one of World Siege’s elite teams and organizations, the Ninjas entered Phase 3 of Season 2021 in dire straits. After winning the Six Invitational in May, the team shelled Mexico terribly, and many wondered if the team had not lost their advantage in a fiercely competitive region. These questions only became more important when NiP suffered a terrible Stage 3, just for the ninth best score of all BR6 teams for this stage.
Due to the nature of the goals at Brasileirão, they could still attend the Copa Elite Six, and there they would start the road to recovery. Qualifying for the Major by beating longtime rivals Team Liquid was just the start, as the Ninjas would prove that they are still world class during the Sweden Major himself.
Reaching the final and narrowly losing a hard-fought Best of Five to FaZe Clan is nothing to be ashamed of. The pajama ninjas have reasserted themselves as contenders for the upcoming Six Invitational 2022.
1. FaZe Clan (+3)
FaZe Clan’s run to the top of the Rainbow 6 world was nothing short of impressive. After missing the Mexico Major, the team turned a corner and since then seem unbeatable. Scoring the most points of any team in Stage 3 of BR6 and winning first place in the Copa Elite Six only paved the way for a completely dominant race at the Six Sweden Major.
Now the BR6 and Six Invitational finals await FaZe, but the road will not be easy. As Brazil has established itself as the preeminent region in the R6 world, they will face stiff competition to maintain their grip on the top spot.
To learn more about how rankings are calculated, check out our blog post explaining the system.
To see the full list, check out the leaderboard page for the most recent update!