FNATIC makes history at the Rainbow Six Pro League Season 8 Finals

Aussie team FNATIC made history at last weekend’s Rainbow Six Pro League Season 8 Finals, besting a top seed team under tremendous pressure.

Hours before FNATIC flew to Brazil to take part in the event, team captain Etienne ‘Magnet’ Rousseau was hospitalised and underwent emergency surgery for appendicitis. Team coach Jayden ‘Dizzle’ Saunders stepped in to fill his role, and together, team FNATIC beat the top seed North American team, Evil Geniuses, to secure a top 4 spot in the tournament. This epic win marked the first time an Aussie team has made it into such a position in a Rainbow Six tournament.

FNATIC was joined in the semi-finals by Japanese team NORA-Rengo, making the Season 8 Finals the first event where two Asia-Pacific teams progressed to such a level in a single tournament. Sadly, both teams lost their next matches, falling to G2 Esports and FaZe Clan; G2 eventually emerged as the grand finals champion.

Ubisoft announced that the Rainbow Six Pro League Season 8 Finals was the largest Rainbow Six Esports event ever held, with more than 8,000 fans attending each day.

Better yet, Dizzle has already confirmed that Magnet is “out of hospital” and “recovering well.”

Rainbow Six: Siege is available now on Windows PC, Xbox One and PS4.

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