Following a thrilling Six Invitational 2022 that completed Rainbow Six Esports Year 6 and saw TSM FTX named World Champions, players and fans are now looking forward to the commencement of the 2022 Season.
Teams from Asia-Pacific, Europe, North America, and Latin America will compete for regional dominance, a berth at the next Six Major in May, and points in the Global Standings in the hopes of qualifying for the Six Invitational 2023.
Let’s take a look at how the North American League will look like when it begins on March 29.
North American League - 2022 Season - Stage 1 Format
Beginning with NA, the nine play days will last five weeks, beginning on March 29 with games on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The structure is likely to remain the same as last year, with a best-of-one map round-robin league. There’s also another feature added to the R6: Siege for the remainder of 2022 and it’s called 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.
Detailed format breakdown and Schedule
- Regular Season: March 29th - April 27th, 2022
- 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.
- Single round-robin league format
- All matches are Bo1
- Scoring system: default win gives 3 points, win in overtime gives 2 points and defeat in overtime gives 1 point
- Tiebreaker rules are:
- Match Win Percentage
- Round Win percentage
- Tiebreaker match
Stage 1 map pool
For the 2022 season, the map pool will increase from 7 to 9 maps, with Coastline being replaced from the full list. The complete map pool for Stage 1:
- BORDER - NEW
- SKYSCRAPER - NEW
- THEME PARK - NEW
Astralis has joined the chat…
Parabellum Esports - Won against XSET in the relegation
XSET - Invited despite being relegated to the Challengers.
With so many roster changes it’s hard to see how the 2022 season will unfold at this point, Winners of Six 2022 Invitational: TSM will surely make things hard for the other teams in North American League though and how the newly incepted Astralis team which was acquired through the acquisition of Disrupt Gaming will perform throughout the season.
Next week we’ll be back with up to date betting odds and a detailed schedule table before the first matches are being played.