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EGLX: Rainbow Six Siege Canada Nationals

It’s our game

It’s a game that’s become as Canadian as ends at the town curling centre or shinny on the pond. And this past weekend, it took place on a big stage at EGLX. I’m speaking, of course, about Rainbow Six Siege (R6S).

Team Canada — a team of mostly longtime friends and very-experienced players — add a fourth consecutive trophy to their collection after sweeping Yes.

To capture the event best, I went deep with Adam Climan, esports and communications manager, as well as a past participant and Team Canada team leader, Davide “FoxA” Bucci.

The stage is finally set

EGLX serves as the largest stage the Canadian Nationals have taken place on. Climan says the hope is that it’s helped the Canadian Nationals become something completely different. “We wanted to bring it to a larger venue and experience a great event where the industry is just coming together. Here we are with I think it’s 40,000 gamers able to experience our game on a great stage.

FoxA led Team Canada back in Season One, and he’s sure that things have changed thanks to the larger stage. He sees how this could all be a little overwhelming for participants. “I think that Canadian Nationals can be great for a lot of the teams that aren’t in regular leagues. They have an avenue to participate and play on a big LAN — which can be terrifying and nerve-wracking, but it’s also an incredible feeling.”

The Canadian Connection

While I’m on the topic of the Canadian Nationals being an incredible feeling, a lot of that has to do with the level of support the game has in Canada. Rainbow Six Siege is developed and maintained by Ubisoft Montreal. It’s our game. Something Canadian players can be proud of. Climan sure is. “For my team, and the team that built the Canadian Nationals, We’ve made it, right? It’s made in Montreal. It’s Canada’s game, you’re right. You’ve got it. So we should be the best at it. And we are getting there. This is still just a first step for us to get some great teams competing at maybe even the global level.”EHVklTqX4AAOgmC

FoxA certainly feels the nationalism of R6S “When I was getting into the scene, little events were being held across Montreal and all over the place really. I was 18, and I was putting in the work to make it as a pro. But every little event just felt like five friends versus five other friends, so there’s something very Canadian about that.” Having competed internationally for years now, FoxA knows there’s nothing quite like coming home. “Those events in Toronto and Montreal always feel ten times busier for me. I think it’s because there’s always a larger audience supporting me, and that feels great. I’ll never forget the feeling of winning DreamHack in my hometown of Montreal and the support there was there.

Merching the moment

Ubisoft is not shy about the fact that merchandising is a vital part of the R6S scene. The company has an entire design team in Montreal HQ creatively crafting R6S goodies for the Ubi Workshop line. “We’ve got a great team back in Montreal, creating all of this stuff. And for me, it just adds to the experience. We’ve got a great store booth set up here to help grow this event even more in the future. But the whole point of it is allowing fans a way to show their passion and appreciation for Rainbow Six Siege. There’s a lot of pride in them for it. And when people stride over to say hey, I’m excited to wear the R6S Canadian Nationals jersey or sweater or tee-shirt, there’s an enormous amount of pride in that for everybody.

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Nerf Canadian R6S?

Team Canada took home their 4th straight title on the Canadian stage. The team has dominated the Canadian landscape without an equal. It may be time for the organizers to think about ways to equalize the playing field. Like perhaps breaking apart Team Canada and having individual players draft teams from a pool, or perhaps having extra operator bans. However, I could very well be wrong. Maybe there’s a group of five Canadian R6S players out there who can end Team Canada’s streak at four wins. I guess we’ll see next year.