Rainbow Six North American League Preview
The 2021 Rainbow Six North American League inaugural season debuts on Wednesday, March 24th in Las Vegas, Nevada. During the past offseason, the North American League was formed when Ubisoft announced the merger of the Canadian and U.S. divisions. Nine teams will be playing in an offline environment at the Esports Arena in Las Vegas, NV, the North American League’s home. The entirety of the 2021 Season of the NAL will be played in an offline environment.
The merger of the U.S. and Canadian division of the Rainbow Six League came as a surprise to the league’s followers. The Canadian League was created to raise talent in our northern neighbor but only lasted one season. Issues were near and wide; before the competition, two teams pulled out of the eight-team league due to funding issues. The pandemic did not help either. Ubisoft, the creator of Rainbow Six Seige and many other famous titles, pulled the plug and merged the Canadian and U.S. divisions.
- Spacestation Gaming
- DarkZero Esports
- Disrupt Gaming
- Susquehanna Soniqs
- Oxygen Esports
Format For Rainbow Six North American League
Nine teams will be playing in a best-of-1 round-robin format with no draws.
Stage 1 kicked off on March 24th. Beastcoast sits in first place after sweeping TSM 7-3 on map Villa. Second place is a tie, Oxygen Esports took down XSET 7-5 on map Clubhouse. The other second-place team is the Soniqs after also winning 7-5 against Disrupt on Clubhouse.
There are eight more Playdays over 5 weeks. A Super Week will finish the regular season to determine the final stage standings. During the Super Week, 3 back-to-back action-filled days of Rainbow Six Seiger Esports will be broadcasted from Tuesday- Thursday of April 20th-22th
Stage 2 and on will consist of 9 playdays over a 7- week period—one Playday per week, with 4 matches taking place on Wednesdays. The matches will be broadcasted at 4pm ET / 1pm PT. This will give all the teams the same amount of time to prepare for the upcoming match. The 7th and final week will be a Super Week with the same format as stage 1.
STAGE 1 Rainbow Six NAL Schedule
All matches will begin at 4 PM ET/1 PM PT.
Playday 1 – Wednesday, March 24th
Playday 2 – Wednesday, March 31st
Playday 3 – Tuesday, April 6th
Playday 4 – Wednesday, April 7th
Playday 5 – Tuesday, April 13th
Playday 6 – Wednesday, April 14th
Playday 7 (Super Week) – Tuesday, April 20th
Playday 8 (Super Week) – Wednesday, April 21st
Playday 9 (Super Week) – Thursday, April 22nd
A $300,000 prize pool will be split over the 3 stages and NAL Finals. Each stage with $50,000 prize pool while $150,000 will be on the line in the NAL Finals
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Rainbow Six Challenger League
The Challenger League is the lower competition league. There are 16 teams in this league mixed from the Canadian and U.S. challenger leagues.
Teams in Challenger League
- Team Generation
- Slaughter House
- The Favelas
- Team Vale
- Hype Unit
- Honor Esports
- Parabellum Esports
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Teams will play in a best-of-one Round Robin format in two groups over 14 playdays throughout 7 weeks. Starting April 3rd, there will be four matches played every Saturday and Sunday. Relegation will take place at the beginning of each stage, where the bottom 2 teams will face off against the Closed Qualifier winners.
Each of the 3 Challenger League Stages will have a $40,000 USD prize pool. The prize breakdown is as followed.
5th – 6th: $2,400
7th – 8th: $2,200
9th- 10th: $1,400
11th – 16th: $0
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