Theyâ€™re now looking to replicate this success at ESL Premiership Winter in Manchester this weekend (23 November), going up against MnM Gaming, Fierce Esports and Iâ€™m With The Boys.
â€œI think anything other than a win weâ€™re going to be unhappy with,â€ Naâ€™Vi player Luke â€œKendrewâ€ Kendrew told Ginx TV. â€œThe mood is good. It felt kind of surreal to be lifting the trophy of the Pro League, something Iâ€™d been following for quite a while. So weâ€™re just looking to win again.â€
The rise of Naâ€™Vi began when Kendrew, Leon â€œneLoâ€ Pesic, Ben â€œCTZNâ€ McMillan, Jack â€œDokiâ€ Robertson and Szymon â€œSavesâ€ Kamieniak all transferred to the team from UK esports organisation MnM Gaming back in June this year.
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While itâ€™s clear to see a correlation between the teamâ€™s jump to Naâ€™Vi and their subsequent success, Kendrew believes their intense hard work sparked the turnaround.
â€œI think the reason for the rise is the work that weâ€™ve put in,â€ Kendrew said. â€œWe just grinded really hard, like double scrimming pretty much every single day. [It was] six months of just pure work and determination to get to Pro League and anything on top was a bonus. So winning the event was obviously the cherry on top of the cake.
â€œObviously joining Naâ€™Vi was such a big boost for us all. It made this our full-time job so we had more time. I was working at a petrol station before, the week we got into Pro League I handed in my notice and they said I didnâ€™t have to work it, so I pretty much quit. So it was nice to be able to do what I love full time. Itâ€™s a lot of weight off your shoulders.â€
The team, mostly comprised of UK players, hasnâ€™t had an easy ride though. Doki was banned from Rainbow Six Siege for six months in October for â€œsevere toxicityâ€, with Ellis â€œPieâ€ Pyart filling in as a temporary replacement.
While their recent success suggests Pie has blended in perfectly, the sudden roster change forced the team to adjust their play style entirely.
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â€œThe thing about Ellis and Jack is theyâ€™re completely different players. We had to alter our play style and put Pie on more of a supportive role. Whereas Jack was mainly just an entry fragger.
â€œNo one can replace Jack so we had to make changes in our play style to fit Ellis in. But at the end of the day, he fitted in really well. Heâ€™s done what he needed to do.â€
But is there a concern the winning formula could be disrupted when Doki returns in 2020 after the ban?
â€œI havenâ€™t really thought about it,â€ Kendrew replies. â€œThatâ€™s about five months down the line. Weâ€™ll deal with that when it comes, but right now weâ€™re focused on Pie being in the main roster and focused on Invitationals, Pro League, and the Premiership.
â€œJackâ€™s one of my closest friends in the Siege community so, even though heâ€™s not in the main roster anymore, heâ€™s still one of my closest friends and I talk to him pretty much every single day. Heâ€™s always helping in scrims as well, heâ€™s got an outside perspective.â€
Looking beyond the Premiership, Naâ€™Vi are ready to prove theyâ€™re one of the best teams at the Six Invitational in Montreal next year, the biggest event in the Rainbow Six Siege calendar.
â€œThatâ€™s where the best teams in the world get to tussle, so Iâ€™m hoping we show we can be one of the best teams in the world.
â€œLike I said at the beginning, anything other than winning is not satisfying me. The first goal is to get out of the group stage so we can play on the stage, and then after that, winning the tournament is the number one priority.â€
Rainbow Six Siege ESL Premiership Winter Finals 2019 kick off Saturday 23 November.