The Six Masters 2020 is kicking off on April 28 with more on the line than ever before, a $50,000 prize pool, and regional bragging rights to boot.
What once started as the FA Cup of Australian Rainbow Six, the Six Masters has now morphed into a title full of prestige and glory.
It’s making its return in 2020 for the third year running ?— and while we might not catch Siege’s biggest stars on stage, it’ll have big repercussions for the state of APAC in the future.
Eight teams will be matching up against each other in a single round-robin format, similar to how Pro League operates. However, this time, there’ll be no draws, with maps going into overtime if need be. $50,000 is on the line, with $15,000 lining the pockets of the winners.
Get excited Operators! The Six Masters is back for 2020! ???
To kick things off, we’re holding an Open Qualifier on April 18th!
Teams can register here ? https://t.co/bePgzZB4rD
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Seven Pro League teams ?— Elevate, TBD, Wildcard, SiNister, Knights, Fury, and Kanga ?— will be looking to lift the title at the end of the season. One Challenger League team, LFO, will also have the chance to make their mark, after qualifying via the Open Bracket on April 19.
“The Six Masters has truly become a flagship national tournament within the global Rainbow Six circuit and I’m incredibly excited to deliver another amazing season in partnership with ESL,” said Shane Bailey, Esports Manager at Ubisoft Australia.
“With Oceanic teams showing even more promise this past Pro League season in combination with our further dedication to Rainbow Six esports in the region, I’m certain this will be the most entertaining season of Six Masters yet.”
Fnatic is a notable exemption from the lineup for Six Masters. APAC’s perennial champions have just come off yet another Pro League victory in Season 11, however they will not be defending their 2019 title.
Six Masters 2020 will also be the first tournament after the global shift for Pro League Season 12. With leagues across the world moving to LAN events, APAC will be divided into two regions across the coming months.
The upcoming Six Masters will be tied into the new global landscape for Siege esports, with more information to be released at a later date.
The Six Masters kicks off on April 28 at 7pm AEST. Games will be played every Tuesday and Wednesday evening.
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