YOUR GUIDE TO THE ASIA-PACIFIC LEAGUE: SEASON 2021 – STAGE 1

Posted by Rainbow 6 2021-03-15 in ESPORTS

Stage 1 of the Asia-Pacific League is about to kick off with an adjusted schedule to cater to the Six Invitational 2021 now scheduled in May. Playday 1 of the South Division will start on March 18th at 6PM AEDT, while the North Division will start on March 19th at 6PM SGT.

You will find below key information ahead of the start of the league:

PARTICIPATING TEAMS

NORTH DIVISION:

– Cloud9
– Cyclops
– GUTS Gaming
– FAV Gaming
– Fnatic
– T1
– Talon Esports
– DWG KIA

SOUTH DIVISION:

– Giants Gaming
– Wildcard Gaming
– Xavier Esports
– QConfirm LFO
– Seventh Heaven
– Pittsburg Knights
– Okami LFO
– Elevate

SOUTH DIVISION PLAYDAY 1

APAC SOUTH SCHEDULE 1 mini

NORTH DIVISION PLAYDAY 1

APAC North Division schedule

STAGE 1 ADJUSTED CALENDAR

APAC Stage 1 calendar resized

MAP POOL

APAC MAP POOL mini

OPERATOR POOL

Tachanka and Aruni have finished their grace period and will now be added to the Asia Pacific League operator pool.

ON AIR CREW

Coming soon on @R6esportsAPAC

WHERE TO WATCH

English: Twitch.tv/Rainbow6
English: Youtube
Japanese: https://www.twitch.tv/Rainbow6JP
Japanese: Youtube
South Korean: https://www.twitch.tv/Rainbow6KR
South Korean: Youtube
Mandarin: https://www.twitch.tv/Rainbow6TW

ASIA-PACIFIC LEAGUE SEASON 2021: COMPLETE UPDATE

Competitive format

In Season 2020, we managed to merge the 4 local Pro Leagues into one Asia-Pacific League, composed of multiple layers: the North Division and the South Division (composed of the Oceanic Nationals and the South Asia Nationals). From what we’ve learned last season, we feel that there are still too many discrepancies between the sub-regions, therefore we have decided to simplify the structure.

For Season 2021, the Asia-Pacific League will still be divided into 2 divisions, but this time, each division will gather 8 teams and will have the exact same format: an online round robin and Best-of-one matches with overtime.

– The North Division will be composed of the 8 teams located the northernmost of the region, meaning mostly teams from Japan, South Korea and Central Asia.
– The South Division will gather 8 teams located the southernmost of the region, meaning from South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

In addition of these 2 divisions, we will continue to organize a series of Open Tournaments in South Asia, the South Asia Nationals, to offer up-and-coming teams the opportunity to hone their skills and reach the worldwide stages.

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At the end of a stage, the top-ranking team in each division will be automatically qualified for the Six Major, based on the regional league point system.

The teams ranking 2nd, 3rd and 4th in each division will be joined by the 2 best teams from the South Asia Nationals, to decide who will get the 2 remaining slots for the Six Major in a special weekend of Playoffs.

The 8 teams participating in the Playoffs will face off in a double elimination bracket. All matches up until the semifinals will be played in a Best-of-1; from then on, including the semifinals themselves, matches will be played in Best-of-3.

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Competitive Calendar

For 2021, each division – North and South – will have 1 playday per week over 7 weeks.

– North Division playdays will happen on Wednesdays, starting at 6PM SGT
– South Division playdays will happen on Thursdays, starting at 6PM AEDT

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Note: To leave room for the Six Invitational 2021, the calendar for Stage 1 has been adjusted.

Asia-Pacific league prizepool

Asia-Pacific League Stage 1, 2 and 3:

North Division prize pool

1st placeUSD $15,000
2nd placeUSD $7,000
3rd placeUSD $5,000
4th placeUSD $4,500
5th placeUSD $3,000
6th placeUSD $3,000
7th placeUSD $2,000
8th placeUSD $1,500

South Division prize pool

1st placeUSD $15,000
2nd placeUSD $7,000
3rd placeUSD $5,000
4th placeUSD $4,500
5th placeUSD $3,000
6th placeUSD $3,000
7th placeUSD $2,000
8th placeUSD $1,500

South Asia Nationals prize pool

1st placeUSD $3,000
2nd placeUSD $2,000
3rd placeUSD $1,000

Additionally, teams qualified for the Asia-Pacific League Playoffs may receive a share of the dedicated prize pool of the event as follows:

APAC Playoffs prize pool

1st placeUSD $5,000
2nd placeUSD $3,000
3rd placeUSD $2,000
4th placeUSD $2,000

In addition, teams that would have qualified to the cancelled May Major, will still receive a fair share of the overall May Major prize pool, based on their performance in Stage 1.

May Major prize pool split

1st placeUSD $62,500
2nd placeUSD $31,250
3rd placeUSD $18,750
4th placeUSD $12,500

R6 SHARE update

All organizations meeting the eligibility criteria in both the North and South Divisions of the Asia-Pacific League will be included in the R6 SHARE program, an initiative aimed at supporting their development in the long run.

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