Despite qualifying for the Six Invitational 2021, Altiora will be dropping their Canadian roster to participate in the North American League 2021 season.
On Jan. 5, Ubisoft announced that Rainbow Six Canadian Division would be fused with the US Division to create one unified North American League for 2021. And Altiora Esports will be taking this offer to join the NA League with a brand-new roster, which means after the Six Invitational 2021, the Canadian lineup will, unfortunately, be dropped.
Altiora owner Joe Guaneri told Dot Esports:
Altiora has accepted the NAL license offered by Ubisoft on Jan 5. and is in the process of forming a new team. Due to the transfer window beginning on Feb. 22., the new team is not yet finalized. Unless Altiora encounters any other stipulations from Ubisoft, this should be set in stone.
However, Altiora announced on Twitter that they are “exploring ways that we can continue to support this Canadian team and the Canadian ecosystem as a whole.”
SI’21 playoff stages will run from Feb. 17-21, and after the International trip from Paris, the Canadian roster would have to quarantine and gather visas again to make it to the NAL LAN bubble that begins on March 8. If Altiora wants to compete in the NAL, it seems like they have no choice other than to take in a new American lineup.
It’s a tough situation for the Altiora organization, as they plan to form a new roster when transfer period begins on Feb. 22nd. However, as of now, there’s no information about who is going to be included in this new “American” lineup.