Team Empire steamrolled through their competitors to win the Rainbow Six Siege EU November Major, representing a possible turning point for the squad.
While French team BDS Esport were the favourites to win after their dominant display at the August EU Major, Team Empire appear to have found their groove - beating Tempra Esports and BDS Esport in convincing victories to hit the grand final through the winner’s bracket.
BDS pulled their way through the loser’s bracket to meet them once again in the grand final, but Team Empire saved their strongest performance for it - winning the entire EU Major in a quick and breezy two match game.
With their one map advantage from going through the winner’s bracket, Team Empire beat BDS 7-3 and 7-2 on both maps respectively - with the latter at points looking on the verge of a clean sweep until BDS pulled back some rounds.
This 3-0 win means Team Empire take $62,500 of the prize pool, and have also secured enough points to qualify for the Six Invitational tournament next year.
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It’s even more impressive for the Russian team considering they haven’t had a major win this year, with their last big success back at the Six Major Raleigh in 2019.
Consistency within Rainbow Six Siege esports seems to be a tough nut to crack, however, and while BDS Esport couldn’t match Team Empire’s performance - they still look like a considerable force heading into the European Finals taking place in December.
The final bracket (Picture: Ubisoft)
The European Finals will see BDS Esport, G2 Esports, Virtus Pro and Natus Vincere compete for the title of European Champions, having achieved the most points from Stage 1 and Stage 2 from the revamped league format.
By that point, there might be a significant new meta in play - with the changes introduced in Operation Neon Dawn looking to shake-up the maligned 20 second meta.