For the second consecutive year, Team Canada took home the top prize at the Canada Nationals for Rainbow Six Siege. The competition at the 2019 Enthusiast Gaming Live Expo (EGLX) was fierce, and in the end Team Canada dominated their opponent, Team Yes, from beginning to end, finishing with an impressive 3-0 in the best-of-five set. Team Yes consisted of players Cinnamon, Snug, Jolly, Rowdyowly, and Misio, while Team Canada consisted of players Wiskerzz, Evlwaffle, Bryan, Jarvis, and Euphoria.
Jolly from Team Yes was in fine form and the MVP on Saturday thanks to his skills against other teams. Throughout the series leading up to the Grand Finals, Team Yes showed formidable skill, however the final match-up exposed the difference in experience at this high level of play between both groups. Team Canada was always structured and worked as a single unit, whereas there were times when Team Yes fell apart and did not seem as interconnected, particularly in their attacking rounds.
Over the course of each game, Team Canada was able to defend without issue and attack effectively, while Team Yes did reasonably well on defense, but found it impossible to succeed in their attacks and were unable to clinch in a single successful attacking round on the Bank or Consulate map, which allowed Team Canada to move forward in their advantage. With that said, Team Yes still showed tremendous skill and put up a great fight, coming close to taking the second round and losing only in overtime.
Each team chose predictable Operators to ban throughout the Grand Finals. Valkyrie was consistently banned by Team Yes, and as the commentators described, this was primarily because Team Canada player Jarvis is quite strong with Valkyrie, and the Bank is a map where she can shine above others thanks to her tool kit. Surprising no one was the banning of Montagne, who with his large shield can offer extreme protection to players and advance worry free in the face of firepower and explosives.
The banning of Echo was also expected as he can consistently and effectively deny a team a plant. His Yokai drones stick to flat surfaces and can cloak, and his weapons are strong as well. All in all, Echo simply brings too much firepower and utility, and is a pain to play against at the highest levels of competitive action. Finally, the banning of Hibana was also expected, or if not her, we likely would have seen Thermite banned in her place. Both characters bring excellent utility for breaching, which is necessary in many of the maps seen in the Grand Finals.
In the end, player Bryan took the MVP award for the Grand Finals for his outstanding contribution to both attacking and defending for Team Canada.
The tournament looks to have been a great success overall. The Rainbow Six Canada Nationals is part of a series of events sponsored by Ubisoft, which looks to grow the Canadian esports market and provide the necessary exposure and experience for teams that may not be able to yet compete at an international level. This means that apart from Team Canada and Team Yes, there was some outstanding play on Saturday, October 19 from teams PsykoPaths Gaming and Thread the Needle.
Although Team Yes was outplayed in the Grand Finals, there is no doubt that we will see players like them rise again in future events. With more experience there is no doubt that they can become top dogs at an international level, and Ubisoft has been playing a fantastic role in this regard.
The efforts by Ubisoft to grow the Canadian esports scene have had a positive impact, and hopefully we will see other organizations sponsor similar types of events with the goal of providing Canadian players a place to compete at a high competitive level.
TheGamer also had the opportunity to chat with Adam Climan, the esports and communications manager at Ubisoft Canada, who is passionate and dedicated to ensuring a long-term expansion of domestic talent. Check out the interview here for a detailed look at exactly how Ubisoft is working to promote and grow the Canadian esports scene, now and in the future.