Despite placing second in the European League Stage 1, BDS Esport weren’t exactly considered a frontrunner to take the Rainbow Six Siege EU Major.
All eyes will be on them moving forward however, having clawed back from the losers bracket to pull off a 3-2 reverse sweep against a formidable G2 Esports.
With G2 having the one map advantage coming in from the upper bracket, the match was a fierce tussle from the outset - with the first map, Villa, going down to 15 rounds. It could have swung either way, but G2 managed to clinch it to push them two maps up.
While momentum was against them, BDS maintained their aggressive play on Oregon, initially going up 3-1 rounds. While G2 answered by picking up a couple of rounds, it was a largely dominant display from BDS - who took the second map 7-3.
Heading into map three, Kafe, and it still felt like G2’s game to win. The pushback from BDS however didn’t relent, eventually levelling the playing field by equalising with a 7-5 win.
BDS looked even stronger in final map Club House, asserting a dominant 6-3 lead against G2. With three map point chances, the pressure was on G2 to achieve perfect consecutive rounds to maintain survival. While they clinched one back, BDS were too consistent to stop - pulling off the reverse sweep to win the EU Major with a 3-2 finish.
With the win, the all-French team take $62,500 and 510 Invitational points, ensuring they’re well on the way to qualifying for the Six Invitational next year.
While they missed out in the final, it was a very promising run for G2 Esports - who had flashes of their dominant past; steamrolling their way through the upper bracket.
The most surprising loss perhaps fell to the early knockout of Rogue, who failed to beat both Virtus.pro and BDS Esport despite coming top in the European League.
This however is only the end of the first stage of the European League, with two more stages on offer to earn points towards the Invitational. Safe to say, after placing fourth in the Invitational this year, BDS Esport are on the warpath to prove they're Europe's greatest chance of lifting the hammer next year.