Penta take the title in Season 2 of the Rainbow Six Pro League

This weekend, Jacob Hale attended Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, where Season 2 of the Rainbow Six Siege ESL Pro League came to a head.
Eight teams fought it out to be recognised as the world’s best Rainbow Six Siege team, and for ourselves, this was also an opportunity to see just what Rainbow Six esports had to offer.
To provide a brief explanation of how Rainbow Six esports is played, think of it as a Counter-Strike-esque game. The mode is called ‘Bomb’, in which attackers attempt to attack and plant a bomb at a bombsite, whilst the defenders try to defend said site within the three-minute time limit. Best of eight, first to five rounds. Fairly simple.
What separates this game from other FPS’, though, is its unique blend of strategic, methodical gameplay alongside tendencies to gravitate towards being a reflex shooter.
This balance makes for some truly exciting gameplay throughout, and was evidenced when the top eight worldwide teams met over the weekend.
The opening round saw the following matchups:

  • Elevate v Ence
  • BRK v Rogue
  • eXcellence v Penta
  • Millenium v Fontt

The standout match was the first of the day: Elevate vs Ence. Ence were definite crowd favourites in Gamescom’s ESL Arena in this EU v NA battle, but Elevate proved their prowess by coming out on top in a 2-1 series win.

There were a multitude of clutch plays and tight moments throughout the series, and it was a shame to see Europeans Ence leave so early in the tournament, but the result didn’t seem to be a shock to most Rainbow Six fans, who had previously seen Elevate come in second place in Season 1.
In the other Quarter Final matches, BRK beat Rogue, Penta saw off Excellence and Fontt made short work of Millenium.
Moving in to the semi-final, Elevate were set to meet Brazilian team BRK whilst the sole remaining Europeans, Penta, were also coming up against a Brazilian team in Fontt.
This time, it was up to Penta to steal the limelight, in particular star man Pengu coming up clutch to win the series for his team.

The Season 2 ESL Rainbow Six Pro League Grand Final was now to be a repeat of Season 1: Elevate coming up against Penta.
With Penta winning the first time around, many fans expected to see more of the same, especially with the seeming dominance Penta have had in recent months.
Penta’s map pick was Consulate, which we gathered to be their strongest map (based on intensive research on Reddit where one commenter said “Allowing Penta to go to Consulate…..”).
On the other side, Elevate’s map pick was Clubhouse, and the decider, if it came to it, was to be Skyscraper.
As anticipated, Penta won the opening map in a 5-1 fashion, blowing Elevate out of the water on Consulate, hardly giving the North Americans a moment to breathe.

Going in to the second map, it was believed Elevate could potentially take the win on their pick and bring the series to its deciding map.
Despite a better performance, Penta were clearly the stronger team, and took Clubhouse 5-3, making them Season 2 Champions, winning the largest share of the $237,500 prize pool.

Attending Gamescom with Ubisoft to get a closer glimpse of what we predict to be one of the next solid esports games was a pleasure. There is no denying that Rainbow Six Siege is as entertaining as any other game out there right now, and after speaking to Francois-Xavier Deniele and Alexandre Remy, we have no doubt that Rainbow Six esports is on a road to the top.
Congratulations to Penta, and we look forward to seeing if any new challengers, or indeed any UK challengers, can compete for the throne in Season 3 of the Pro League, starting September 18th.

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