In addition to the title, prize money and SI points, the 80 players who meet in Sweden next week will also compete for a number of awards. “Siege” sports records for match numbers, titles, title belts and more can all be retrieved depending on next week’s results.
Here is a look at some of these awards and the players who can claim them.
So which player do you think has played the most games on all level one (Pro League Final, Major and Six Invitational) LAN? Well, the greatest player of all time, Niclas “Pengu” Mouritzen, is currently sitting at 40 and the back-to-back SI finalist Gustavo “Psycho” Rigal is sitting at 43. Hitting both of these, however, is DarkZero’s Tyler “Ecl9pse” McMullin :
- 44 – Ecl9pse
- 43 – Troy “Canadian” Jaroslawski & Psycho
- 42 – Julio Giacomelli & João “Kamikaze” Gomes
- 40 – Gabriel “cameram4n” Hespanhol, Leonardo “Astro” Luis and Pengu
Although Ecl9pse has never won a level one event, he has participated in every single Six Major and Six Invitational to date including a runner-up at SI17 and semi-finals under SI18, SI19 and Paris Major. That puts him at the top of the list.
The three NiP players meanwhile played 19 of the 42 or 43 games in their SI20 and SI21 campaigns with the improved format, which really helped them collect the maps. Psycho is one place ahead of its two teammates due to JULIO and Kamikaze’s inability to attend the season 10 finals.
Seven of the above eight names compete in Sweden for either DZ, NiP or FaZe. Having multiple players on the same team means that only Psycho can claim the title directly between these names. But Astro and Cameram4n could take together first. Canadian is locked out of this position unless his teammate Ecl9pse can play for one of his matches.
Win a record
While Pengu led the charts for raw match numbers, he has unsurprisingly won the most series with victories in 35 of the 40 played. The five he lost came one each in season 6 against BD, season 7 against Liquid, Raleigh against Empire and two at SI20 against Fnatic and NiP.
With nine possible matches to win in Sweden, the Canadian can beat Pengu’s record as he sits on 26 league wins at the moment over 43 matches. However, this requires that he not only wins the Major, but does so without losing in the group stage. No other player can catch up with Pengu at this event, but with Psycho at 24, JULIO and Kamikaze at 23, and Ecl9pse at 21, this should be an achievable goal for all these players at SI22.
Should the Canadian win Six Sweden Major with a flawless group game, this would add 13 map wins to his total. At the moment, he has a record of 58-46, which is the second highest in the world behind Pengu at 76-20, far out of his reach.
However, if we extend the definition to include “R6” Minors, Pengu’s record is 97-33 and Canadian is 84-63, just 13 maps behind him. Even though he is still far behind in actual silverware, a win in Sweden will both reduce the gap in this respect and put the two Siege legends neck and neck on two separate winning records.
Of the 80 players playing next week, as many as 25% of them have all won a level one title before. Half of these 20 are the complete lineups of NiP and one, four come from Raleigh’s winner, Team Empire, another four come from the SI20 winning SSG list, there is Ellis “GiG” Hindle who coached Natus Vincere to victory in season 10 finals and Renshiro who won the Pro League way back in season 2.
These 20 make up 22% of all tier-one title-winning players while the four Empire players and the Canadian make up 29% of all multiple winners.
This shows how ridiculously rare it is to achieve that feat because even at the highest level of play only five out of 80 players have lifted several global trophies, a group the other 15 players will be eager to join.
Looking a little wider, a win by DZ would place Canadians in the top five by pure trophy lifting along with the five winning players in Paris Major, while a win by Empire would undoubtedly make them the second best team in the Siege. history, depending on how highly you value SI titles over six major wins.
- 7 – Pengu
- 6 – Goga, Fabian, Joonas
- 4 – Kantoraketti
- 3 – Canadian
- 2 – ShepparD, JoyStiCk, Scyther, Dan, karzheka, Necrox, nvK, Yung, Falko, KS, SHA77E
- 1 – 37 other players
Victory title belts
By using a tee title system similar to that used in boxing and professional wrestling, we here at SiegeGG have traced the path of the theoretical Siege Title Belt holders throughout the history of competitive “Rainbow Six: Siege”.
From the time the gBots won over GiFu in the very first Pro League game, they kept the belt until the next loss when it went over to the team that beat them. This has been going on for six years, now passing between all four regions and arriving at Six Sweden Major.
While the belt spent almost the entire year 1, 2 and 4 in Europe, Spacestation Gaming’s SI20 victory took the title to North America where it has remained ever since. The Covid-19 pandemic meant that there were no international tournaments where NA could lose the title for 15 months, while Mirage’s last-day victory over Soniq and OxG’s last-second victory over TSM during stages 1 and 2 meant that the title did not travel to either SI21 or Mexico Major competitions.
Now, 21 months later, Spacestation Gaming enters Six Sweden Major with the title belt where foreign hands will in all probability finally get it again. FURIA and Empire get the first shot on Monday, November 8.
You can see the entire six-year course over 232 games here.
During the three previous six major events, Europe has undeniably been the best region. In addition to two titles, European teams made up eight of the 12 semi-finalists, with Europe’s worst performance on Mexico Major being roughly equal to NA’s best performance on Paris Major.
The same can not be said about Six Invitational results, while Europe has won two titles, North America on paper has been the more consistent region when looking at the number of top-four places.
If you combine the results of these major events, the global trophy cabinets look like this at the moment:
- EU – 4 first places, 3 second places and 6 third / fourth places
- NA – 2 first places, 3 second places and 5 third / fourth places
- LATAM – 2 first places, 2 second places and 4 third / fourth places
- APAC – 1st third / fourth place
Obviously, when the Pro League tournaments are added to this bill, Europe will run away with it as they won eight of the 10 finals.
Still, only this year has LATAM caught up with NA’s overall titles and is right behind them in second and third place. This means that LATAM’s current dominant line is close to making them the second best region in Siege’s history, which would be a huge achievement for the region given North America’s presence in e-sports.
Even if you also think about the seven Pro League seasons of which both NA and LATAM were a part, LATAM has both won a real title during season 7 and participated in more major finals than North America – four to three. North America’s only Pro League title during season 3 was three months before LATAM’s debut on the international stage, which makes it somewhat unfair to hold it against them.
Should LATAM’s dominance continue, it is possible that the region will end year 6 with more big trophies in its cabinet than even Europe, an unthinkable scenario at the beginning of the year.