Season nine of the Rainbow Six Pro League may be over, but for an unlucky few teams, this week will be their last chance to save themselves from being relegated to the Challenger League.
Relegation matches kick off tonight with the North American division at 7pm CT. Soniqs and 92 Dream Team will first compete to see which team qualifies for the Pro League. The loser of that match will then have to take on Rise Nation, whose season nine was underwhelming, to say the least.
Rise is a team that clearly has some skill, evident by wins against Spacestation Gaming and Team Reciprocity, and a tie with Evil Geniuses. Unfortunately, most of the season was much less impressive, and now they’re in serious danger of playing in the Challenger League.
The Latin American division will also have their day of relegation matches on May 8 at 5pm CT. ReD DevilS, who went 4-1-9 in season nine, will defend their Pro League spot against the loser of Team oNe Esports vs. YeaH Gaming.
By the end of season nine, ReD DevilS had only amassed one meaningful win against a faltering Team Liquid. The competition is sure to be stiff no matter which team ReD DevilS have to face, which will make it tough to cling on to their spot.
European division relegation matches will end the week on May 10 at 12pm CT. Team Vitality will play against MnM Gaming to decide who will have to face Team Secret in relegation.
After a rough 4-0-10 season, Team Secret will undoubtedly keep fans guessing as to how they’ll perform. Despite the unimpressive record, Team Secret had two big wins against G2 Esports and CHAOS, who are some of the best teams in the division.
These relegation matches may be hard to watch at times, but they serve an important purpose in the R6 competitive scene. Relegation ensures a strong sense of competition and ever-increasing stakes as the regular season rolls on through 14 weeks. There’s been a lot of talk about how skilled Challenger teams have been this season, and now is their chance to earn a spot in the Pro League.