Six Invitational — Rainbow Six’s world championship of an event — is set to begin today, Feb. 11. The tournament brings together 16 teams in competition for a still-growing prize pool, which is now over the $1,000,000 hump.
The tournament is organized in cooperation between ESL and developers Ubisoft and is the most prestigious, highest paying event on the game’s calendar. The 2019 prize pool started at $500,000 like in 2018, but through revenue programs like the Pro League items, it has now grown to six digits. The winners of the tournament will net 40% of the total pot.
Six Invitational 2019 brings a lot of great storylines to the table. As an org, Penta Esports returns to defend its Six Invitational 2018 title, though with a completely different roster. The majority of the quintet that won the previous year are now playing for G2 Esports, who also come in as one of the major favorites. G2 won Pro League Season 8 and were the ones to beat Penta and DreamHack Winter. G2 also conquered Six Major Paris in August, defeating two of the orgs that will be playing at Six Invitational 2019 this week: Evil Geniuses and Ninjas in Pyjamas.
Eyes are also on Mantis, who’ve proven to be the best team in South Korea by a mile. The Koreans had huge domestic success but struggled internationally until they won the APAC qualifier and made it to the crown event.
Six Invitational 2019 will be played in a GSL group stage format, feeding into 8-team single elimination bracket. Pairings for the group stage below: