Despite the heat issues, the Berlin Major was the first event in more than three years without a replacement required on day one — SiegeGG
The Berlin Major is the sixth global siege event after COVID-related cancellations in 2020. While there have already been many complaints about the heat at the venue, the tournament has already succeeded in some ways; simply bring players to the site.
Three months ago, visa issues at May’s Charlotte Major meant Elevate, APAC’s oldest team at the Six Invitational, couldn’t attend, while three of the four BR6 rosters competed from Mexico City, more than 3,100 kilometers away.
A few weeks before the Six Invitational 2022, three months prior, the Six Invitational was forced to change venue from Montreal to Sweden while at the Sweden Major, FoxA, the team captain of the second-best team in North America, was unable to attend due to a COVID diagnosis.
The previous two events also saw Australian teams unable to attend due to COVID-related travel issues, an issue which also plagued Virtus.pro at SI 2021. Finally, Merc was unable to attend the Mexico Major due to COVID, HysteRiX was unable to attend. the Swedish major due to his national service, and the SI 2021 event has been delayed three months to May.
The majority of these problems were no one’s fault. No matter how hard players try, going through airports always carries a risk of catching COVID -19, and Ubisoft cannot change global travel rules.
Nevertheless, in hindsight, we also saw RaFaLe unable to play the first SI 2022 games of BDS, SirBoss officially be a replacement at SI 2020, several Brazilian players will not be able to attend the Tokoname Season 10 Pro League Finals and will play kizoku at the Six Raleigh Major.
This means that the last time we had a full tournament with no substitutes or missing teams on Matchday 1 was in Milan’s Season 9 Pro League Final. Held more than three years ago, it was also the last time the international Siege was played in front of European fans.
Disastrous as it may seem, getting all 16 teams to Germany safely and on time has already made this event historic, even looking beyond the remarkable results we saw on day one.
Despite the eventual success, several teams overcame close calls. APAC’s Gaimin Gladiators and Elevate, as well as MNM Gaming’s Turkish player Solotov, each had to push for their visas in time.
Thankfully, everything has worked out so far and all 80 qualified players for the event are on hand. It’s an extremely rare feat that’s not worth glossing over.