With the introduction of professional competitions for Mexican and South American teams, the creation of the Copa Elite Six, and the Brazilians’ success in Paris at the 2021 Six Invitational, we could say that LATAM has entered a golden age.
However, in terms of format, LATAM leaves a lot more to be desired. There exists a lack of chances for rosters to recover from a poor Stage 1 or 2; it does not award improvement, but it awards momentum.
In contrast to any other region in the world, LATAM takes into account results from previous stages. This means that standings are not reset at the beginning of the stage and the teams begin the tournament with the same amount of points they had at the end of the previous stage.
While it may seem an issue that could blow itself over, or may not affect others, it has already proven unfair to teams even outside of LATAM in terms of the Global Standings. Additionally, it could well stunt the future growth of the lower and mid-table teams in LATAM itself.
Has This System Already Helped Brazil?
Although the Global Standings is a very young system, used just once in Rainbow Six: Siege, Brazil’s unique format has already adulterated the race to the Six Invitational.
In the 2020 season, FaZe Clan had finished in fourth place in Stage 1, scoring 225 points from the regular phase and 165 from finishing in third place of the Brazilian Six Major.
FaZe Clan lost its form shortly after, winning only three maps out of a possible 18 in Stage 2 of that season. However, thanks to their strong results in Stage 1, FaZe secured the fifth place to secure 180 points.
If not for the Brasileirão’s unique system, FaZe Clan would have ended Stage 2 in seventh place, which would have seen them drop from the 2020 Global Standings’ Top 16 and, in their place, Natus Vincere would have travelled to Paris for the eventual Six Invitational in 2021.
How Would This Affect Current Standings in Other Regions?
If the format used in Brazil was also used in other regions, we would have seen many differences so far in 2021, especially in Europe and APAC.
In Europe, Team Vitality would be in fourth place, which is an improvement compared to their current situation. Natus Vincere would also benefit from this system, as they would already be qualified for the Mexico Major. Team Empire would be in fifth place, while Cowana Gaming would still be a contender to get that Six Major spot.
Also, with eight to 10 point leads over the fifth placed teams, Team BDS and Natus Vincere would be in a really good spot to secure Top 4 finishes in Stage 3 as well.
In North America, Mirage would be in fourth place instead of DarkZero Esports, while Oxygen Esports would be tied with Mirage in fifth place. And with one game in hand, Oxygen would would have a solid chance to retake fourth place from Mirage.
In APAC North, Cloud9 would comfortably be in…
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