Twenty teams will attend the Six Invitational in Montreal, Canada. Seven teams will come from Europe, six from North America, four from Brazil, and three from APAC.
Group A: G2, KOI, Spacestation, w7m, Elevate
Group B: Soniqs, Team Liquid, MNM, Dire Wolves, Wolves
Group C: Los + oNe, Oxygen, CYCLOPS, Team BDS, Astralis
Group D: Team Secret, Heroic, FaZe Clan, M80, DarkZero
Only two of the twenty teams attending the Six Invitational didn’t make changes in the 2022 season. This is surprising, considering the Siege season started after the SI shuffle and the domestic competitions started.
Wolves, starting the season as Looking For Org, didn’t change a piece in their active roster, ending the European League of the past season in first place. The French roster attended all three Majors, and the domestic success helped the team ensure they kept the same five for the entire season.
Even though the team was transferred to M80, the ex-XSET roster kept the same squad, the roster born by Matheus “Budega” Figueiredo's hands. The Brazilian alongside the North American junction brought consistency, missing only the Jönköping Major.
MNM was close to following in Wolves and M80 footsteps, changing a piece in the roster just before the SI and bringing back Nathan “Nathan” Sharp from NAVI. FaZe did the same as MNM, benching Gabriel “cameram4n” Hespanhol in the last hour and debuting the new talent, Victor “VITAKING” Augusto. CYCLOPS and Elevate from APAC, also announced the arrival of fresh blood into their roster for the beginning of the year.
What makes the teams change so regularly?
In the 2022 season, we saw a tendency in the players being signed by some teams – new fresh blood. Rogue, now branded as KOI, won the Six Major in Berlin just the split after seeing William “Spoit” Löfstedt join the team. The same happened to Team BDS, who won the Six Jönköping Major following Théo “LikEfac” Mariano’s addition. Even TSM raised again, giving space in the roster to new young talent, Keegan “Gasher” Slovensky and Nick “Snake” Janis.
It seems more than ever that fixing mistakes is no longer a thing, and making immediate changes is what is giving more results and has been more efficient. We can also ask how sustainable and frustrating it is for a roster to fix those same mistakes and keep the same bad results. Teams that are succeeding or not always find space to make changes. Is it becoming a strategy to bet on a team's honeymoon period following a roster change?