In an enthralling best-of-five series, Team oNe eSports have defeated Team Empire to become the first Brazilian team to win a Rainbow Six Major.
This feat by Team oNe is much more impressive considering that they formed this current roster just six months ago.
“I think I cried already like… six times. I think I lost count,” head coach Arthur “TchubZ” Martin began in the press conference after the victory. “I remember, I told [everyone] before the SI 2021 that I built this perfect team. Yes, and now it’s proven, five months later.”
Heading into this Six Major event as underdogs, Team oNe almost failed to even make it out of the group stages. On the last playday of the groups, Team oNe needed to beat CYCLOPS athlete gaming with a scoreline of 7-2 or better to survive in this tournament. And somehow, the LATAM team managed to pull this off, as they defeated CAG 7-2, which lead to Siege’s first-ever tiebreaker. The rematch of Team oNe and CAG later was won by the Brazilian team, and they advanced through to the quarter-finals.
In the Playoffs, Team oNe took down the in-form DarkZero Esports and the LATAM giants Team Liquid, which booked them a direct spot in the Grand Finals against the Russian Team Empire.
The Grand Final began without any map advantages, and Team Empire took the early lead with a 7-2 win on Clubhouse. Although on Chalet, Team oNe managed to get their first map win with another 7-2 scoreline.
The third map of Coastline was much more intense, as both teams went back and forth until overtime. However, the LATAM team managed to secure the map with an 8-6 win, which put them on series-point.
The Russian machine was not ready to give up that easily. They managed to tie the series 2-2 with an impressive 7-3 win on Consulate and thus taking the series to the fifth and final map of Villa.
Team oNe took complete advantage of Empire’s lack of experience on Villa, as they dominated the EU Champions 7-1, winning the BO5 series 3-2 and lifting their first-ever International trophy.
Juliano “Levy” Andrade dos Santos was crowned the MVP of this Major, showing the Siege community that this team isn’t solely dependant on the rising star of ‘Alem4o‘.
Team oNe eSports will now return home with the Mexico Major trophy, a $200,000 USD prize, and a guaranteed spot at the Six Invitational 2022.