Rainbow Six Esports 2022 Season: Map Pool, Twitch Drops, Schedule, and more

Sadnan Nafis
By Sadnan Nafis
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With the conclusion of Six Invitational 2022, where we saw TSM taking the crown, Rainbow Six Esports has been enjoying its off-season for a few weeks. But Ubisoft has announced the start of the 2022 season, with the return of the four regional leagues.

Similar to the previous year, the regional leagues will be divided into 3 stages, and Six Major will be held at the end of each stage. Teams will earn SI points based on their position on the league table, and for their performance in the Six Majors.

Ubisoft has also revealed the revamped map pool for the 2022 season, which will now feature 9 maps (instead of 7). As usual, fans will be able to get free Twitch Drops by watching the official stream of the regional leagues.

Here’s everything you need to know about the 2022 season of Rainbow Six Esports.

MAP POOL

For the 2022 season, the map pool will increase from 7 to 9 maps, with Coastline being replaced from the full list.

Please find below the complete map pool for Stage 1:

  • BANK
  • CHALET
  • CLUBHOUSE
  • KAFE
  • OREGON
  • VILLA
  • BORDER – NEW
  • SKYSCRAPER – NEW
  • THEME PARK – NEW
[R6SE] - The Rainbow Six Esports Season 2022 - Map Pool web

Regional Leagues

ASIA-PACIFIC LEAGUE

For the 2022 season, each Asia-Pacific League Division – North and South – will run for 6 weeks, with the first two weeks having 2 playdays, and the remaining 5 weeks having one playday per week, to the exception of Stage 1, that has been slightly altered to cater to the delay of the regional leagues’ kick-off. (see Stage 1 calendars below)

  • For the North Division, playdays will take place on Wednesdays. The first two weeks will have two playdays, on Wednesday and Friday.
  • For the South Division, playdays will take place on Thursdays. The first two weeks will have two playdays, on Thursday and Saturday.

Each stage will conclude with the Asia-Pacific League Playoffs, which will run for 3 weeks and decide the 4 teams from the region to qualify for the Six Major at the end of the stage.

Stage 1 of the Asia-Pacific League will kick off on March 16 for the North Division and March 17 for South Division.

[R6SE] - The Rainbow Six Esports Season 2022 - APAC Stage 1 schedule

LATIN-AMERICAN LEAGUE

As for previous years, the Latin-American League will host 3 divisions with the Brazil Division, the Mexico Division, and the LATAM South Division. The Brazil Division will be streamed in Portuguese, and we are looking into working with community streamers to cast the Brazil Division in English. The Mexico Division and LATAM South Division will be streamed in Spanish.

The Brazil Division will run for 4 weeks, with playdays happening on Saturdays and Sundays, except for Week 4, which will have 3 playdays on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  

The Mexico and Latam South Division will run for 3 weeks, with playdays happening on Saturdays and Sundays for Mexico and Thursday and Friday for the South Division.

Tune in for the start of Stage 1 of the LATAM South on March 23, Brazil and Mexico division on March 26.

[R6SE] - The Rainbow Six Esports Season 2022 - Stage 1 BR Division schedule
[R6SE] - The Rainbow Six Esports Season 2022 - Stage 1 MX Division schedule
[R6SE] - The Rainbow Six Esports Season 2022 - Stage 1 LATAM Playoff schedule

NORTH AMERICAN LEAGUE

The North American League will have 9 playdays over 5 weeks of competition, with 2 playdays per week, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, except for the final week, which will have only one playday on Wednesday.

Tune in for the start of Stage 1 of the North American league on March 29.

[R6SE] - The Rainbow Six Esports Season 2022 - Stage 1 NA League schedule

Stay tuned for detailed League updates in the coming days, including competitive formats, participating teams and where to watch.

EUROPEAN LEAGUE

Details about the European League will be shared soon. Thank you for your understanding

OPERATOR POOL

Thorn is now playable in official matches.

ATTACKER REPICK

The 2022 season of Rainbow Six Esports will see the removal of the 6th pick feature and its replacement by the Attacker repick feature introduced with Y7S1 of the game. Throughout the preparation phase of each round, Attackers will be able to repick their operators and loadouts as many times as they want.

TWITCH DROPS

Twitch Drops are back for the 2022 season! Tune in online on our channels and earn Twitch Drops for Stage 1 of the Regional Leagues. Duplicate drops are no longer possible, and Battlepoints will be available to help you complete each seasonal BattlePass.

Drops will be enabled on all official streams of the European, North American, Asia-Pacific (South and North Division), and Latin American leagues.

Here is the content for the Drops for this season

[R6SE] - The Rainbow Six Esports Season 2022 -Twitch Drops web

Time watched

Viewers will receive a pack for every 4 hours watched, with a weekly cap of 2 packs per viewer. Please note, that the watch time will not be carried on from one week to another.

Here are the details on how to redeem them

Register your account by heading over to https://drops-register.ubi.com and link your Twitch account to your Ubisoft account. You will then be prompted to opt into the drops feature. Please make sure that your account is linked before you tune in to the broadcast.

All drops will need to be claimed manually. You can track all the Drops progression on the Inventory page https://www.twitch.tv/drops/inventory. When the Drops condition is reached, you will need to click on the “Claim” button in the Inventory page to claim the reward and continue the progression towards the next reward. Please note that the “Claim” button will be available only 24 hours after the end of the campaign (the final playday of Stage 1). The delivery of claimed items will usually be done 48 hours after the end of the Stage.

More information: Twitch Drops are activated for all five platforms the game is currently available on: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X. You do not currently need to own Rainbow Six Siege to be able to earn drops. If you have your Twitch account linked to your Ubisoft account, and your Ubisoft account has been linked with your console accounts or PC, then you will receive the items when you login for the first time after installing.

Sadnan Nafis is a Senior Esports Writer at GameRiv. Sadnan has a love-hate relationship with Rainbow Six Siege. He loves to keep himself updated with new tech videos and is always ready to help others.