Rainbow Six Siege North American League 2021 Stage 3: Playday 2

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Rainbow Six Siege’s North American League has just concluded its second playday of Stage 3. This is an important league as the top four teams will qualify for the Six Major.

Astralis vs. XSET

This match was played in Coastline, which is a map that relies a lot on gunfights. The Maverick ban from XSET was weird because the map doesn’t really need a hard breacher. Astralis started on the attack and they had decent coordination. Astralis’ main objective for the attack rounds was to plant down and then play post-plant. In the sixth round, Astralis got the plant down in a 2v3 situation and then Aaron "Shuttle" Dugger of Astralis just had to stand outside the map. Shuttle was able to pressure the defenders into running outside because the defuser was planted in an angle where attackers could deny it easily. The first half resulted in a 4-2 scoreline in favor of Astralis.

After the side switch, on round eight, Astralis won the round which they shouldn’t have. XSET got the round down to a 3v2 situation and even planted the defuser. But XSET played the post-plant from a very far distance, which allowed Astralis to defuse the bomb and win the round. Astralis continued winning defense rounds and finished the game with a 7-3 scoreline.

Susquehanna Soniqs vs. Spacestation Gaming

This match was also played in Coastline. SSG recently went through a roster change, where they replaced Javier " Thinkingnade " DeAndre Escamilla for Alexander "Skys" Magor. Soniqs started on defense and countered SSG really well. Soniqs waited for SSG to execute and then made plays to deny the plant from going down. Soniqs was able to win four rounds in a row, then from the fifth round, SSG changed their strategy a bit.

SSG started to clear roamers and go for executes, and this allowed them to win two rounds in the first half. The first half resulted in a 4-2 scoreline in favor of Soniqs. After the side switch, Soniqs continued winning rounds. When it came down to the 12th round, Soniqs rushed into the site and got two kills. This allowed Soniqs to get the plant down and eliminate the remaining defenders. Soniqs won the game with a 7-5 scoreline.

You can watch the stream over here. Check out the match details here.

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