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The Rainbow Six Siege Pro League Season 9 Finals have finally begun. Taking place in Milan, Italy, eight of the top teams all over the globe are clashing for the title of world’s greatest. The top two teams from four regions (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America) are seeded into a single-elimination bracket. However, notable team absences include Six Invitational 2019’s champions G2 Esports as well as top LATAM squad Team Liquid. The road is open for any team to show up and steal a victory this weekend.

The APAC rivalry continues

Rainbow Six Siege Pro League Season 9 Finals: Evil Geniuses, FaZe Clan, Team Empire, Fnatic
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The first match of the day saw the now-classic matchup of Fnatic and Nora-Rengo. The two Asia-Pacific teams have constantly maintained their position as global top-tier teams, but unfortunately, they found themselves facing off in round one. The APAC rivalry is a back-and-forth with Nora-Rengo famously knocking out Fnatic during the quarters of Six Invitational 2019. Recently, however, Fnatic got their revenge in the APAC finals, setting the score at four to two. Both maps went the distance, going into overtime. However, Fnatic had the upper hand this time around, closing out both maps and sending the Japanese home.

The Russian Machine grinds on

Rainbow Six Siege Pro League Season 9 Finals: Evil Geniuses, FaZe Clan, Team Empire, Fnatic
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The Six Invitational 2019 runners-up, Team Empire, face off against the North American fan favorite DarkZero Esports. Colloquially known as “The Russian Machine,” Team Empire are tournament favorites, coming in with the first seed for Europe. However, slight drops in performance in Rainbow Six Siege Pro League and a recent roster change have shown vulnerabilities in the Russian squad. DarkZero capitalized on, this bringing a close map one on Bank, going all 15 rounds. The Russian Machine kept their engines strong though, clutching up the map and bringing the momentum into the second map. The quick 7 – 3 sent the NA favorites DarkZero swiftly out of the bracket.

FaZe up

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The third series of the quarters saw the battle of Europe and Latin America in the French LeStream Esport team and Brazilian FaZe Clan respectively. Throughout Rainbow Six Siege Pro League Season 9, FaZe Clan have slowly climbed to the top of the LATAM rankings, clinching a first seed. LeStream Esport is a team filled with experience but yet to show any results internationally. In a now familiar story, the first map went to the wire with FaZe Clan closing out on overtime. The series closed out in a 2 – 0 as the second map went by faster in a 7 – 3 fashion. With the win, FaZe Clan are the only LATAM representative in the semifinals.

Their tournament to lose

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The final match of the day pitted NA stars Evil Geniuses against LATAM’s Immortals team. Despite a less-than-desired year, Evil Geniuses look like potential finalists since their EU rivals G2 Esports, failed to qualify. Like FaZe Clan, Immortals have been a decent LATAM team throughout the seasons. However, with giant Team Liquid failing to qualify, this gives Immortals the opportunity to prove themselves internationally. Immortals’ run didn’t start too hot, with Evil Geniuses wiping the floor during the first map Oregon, 7 – 2. The Brazilians showed signs of life in the second map, going to overtime. Evil Geniuses eventually closed out the series, becoming NA’s last hope in the tournament.

While the day was filled with constant 2 – 0 series, many of the maps went to the wire. Now, Milan is down to four teams. Who will become the Season Nine champions? Keep up to date with the rest of the event here on Daily Esports.

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