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Team Empire Favored To Win Six Invitational

Taking place from February 7-16, the Six Invitational is the culmination of the Rainbow Six Esports year and acts as the defacto world cup for the scene.
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The 16 best Rainbow Six Siege teams in the world will once again descend on Montreal for the Six Invitational. Taking place February 7-16, the Six Invitational is the culmination of the Rainbow Six esports year and serves as the de facto world cup for the scene.

How Six Invitational Works

The 16 teams that will attend the Six Invitational have been separated into four groups of four. Through the typical GSL format, each team will play the other three in their group. After all the teams in the group have played one another, the two with the best records from each group will move on to the playoffs.

The playoffs will be a double elimination-style bracket. Ultimately, the bracket will culminate in the Grand Finals with the top two teams doing battle to win the Six Invitational.

Team Empire The Heavy Favorite

It should not be a shock to anyone who has paid attention to Rainbow Six that Team Empire is a +275 favorite to win the Six Invitational. Team Empire is undoubtedly the premier team in all of R6, winning eight of the 10 events they attended in 2019 and only once failing to make it to the finals.

However, the one event that has eluded Team Empire has been the Six Invitational. In 2019, the Russian team made it to the Grand Finals with little difficulty but ran into the buzzsaw that was G2. Team Empire would be swept 3-0 in the finals. However, there does not seem to be a dominant force to go toe to toe with Team Empire in 2020.

Team Empire is 4-1-2 in the EU Pro League with a +11 map differential with both Forze and G2 taking victories off Empire.

North American Trio

Arguably, the biggest threat to Team Empire resides in North America. However, there is no way of truly knowing which team it is. Team SoloMid (+500), Spacestation Gaming (+900) and DarkZero Esports (+1100) could all have a very real chance of being the final team standing in Montreal.

Group draws could play an important factor for this NA trio. DarkZero has been drawn into Group A with Team Empire, which could mean the mostly American roster could find themselves behind the 8-ball early. However, they should easily take victories over FaZe Clan and Fnatic to ensure a trip to the playoffs.

TSM and Spacestation Gaming have both found themselves drawn into Group B. Aside from battling one another, they also need to face arguably the second-best team in Europe in Rogue and a Na’Vi team that seems to always show up at bigger events. There is a very real chance that only one of TSM and Spacestation manages to make it out of the group.

The Curious Case of Team Liquid

There is an argument to be made that Team Liquid (+650) is the hottest team this side of the Atlantic Ocean. The Brazilians finished at least in the top three in nine of their 11 events through 2019 with some major victories over the likes of FaZe Clan and Spacestation Gaming.

However, Liquid has not exactly shown their best form in the LATAM Pro League so far, dropping maps to INTZ and Ninjas in Pyjamas while drawing with Elevate.

Liquid tends to not play to their fullest potential in regional play, ending season 10 at a middling 7-3-4 record, but they are always highly competitive in the bigger tournaments featuring international competition. Liquid definitely has a chance to win the Six Invitational if they play to their potential but you can be excused for being hesitant betting them considering they have the second-best odds.

Who Will Win Six Invitational 2020?
Team Empire+275
Team SoloMid+500
Team Liquid+650
Spacestation Gaming+900
DarkZero Esports+1100
BDS Esport+1200
Ninjas in Pyjamas+1200
G2 Esports+1200
Team Reciprocity+1300
FaZe Clan+1600
Natus Vincere+1600
Giants Gaming+5000
Wildcard Gaming+6600

Odds as of February 7 at Bovada