In one of the most unexpected sweeps in recent esports history, DarkZero has defied the odds to win big at the Six Charlotte Major. Following a table-topping performance in the Group Stage, DarkZero powered through the Playoffs, winning three fixtures back-to-back to secure the $200k grand prize. It was an iconic victory, with two of DarkZero’s players picking up prestigious MVP awards and wowing viewers in an intense, unprecedented grand final.
To complete their journey, the DarkZero squad defeated G2 Esports, Heroic, Team oNe eSports, Team Liquid, and finally, Astralis. It was an unexpected run that produced remarkable results for the organisation, which hasn’t seen a Major R6 win since 2020. This result completely defied predictions across the board, with DarkZero entering the Rainbow Six tournament with odds of around 11.00 to win the entire event.
DarkZero On Top
Let’s put this victory into perspective.
At the Six Invitational in 2020, DarkZero finished 5th-6th; in 2021, the team finished 13th-16th. Then, at the Six Mexico Major, DarkZero picked up a 5th-8th finish, and at the Six Sweden Major in 2021, secured 13th-16th. At the Six Invitational 2022 in February, DarkZero landed a 7th-8th finish.
Now, just three months later, DarkZero has slammed its opponents into the ground, securing the top spot at the Six Charlotte Major. By contrast, favourites to win, Heroic, finished 13th-15th, with Team Liquid, another bookmakers’ favourite, ending up 3rd-4th. It was a week that you wouldn’t believe if you hadn’t seen it yourself. When it came down to Six Charlotte Major betting, many punters were left slack-jawed by the ultimate result.
Following this victory, there are huge expectations on the line for DarkZero to achieve big things at the next Six Major, which is to be held in August. This is a team that many expected to fail in the Group Stage, but instead, the squad went on to defeat some of the best Rainbow Six teams in the world.
The Rainbow Road Ahead
This is by no means the end of the R6 competitive calendar. If you’re eager to dive back into some Rainbow Six esports betting, you won’t have to wait very long. Before the year is up, there are two more Major events – one in August, and one in November. Currently, there is no information regarding either event aside from a date and an air of excitement.
Now that Heroic has suffered a fall from grace, FaZe Clan failed to qualify, and predictions have been shattered, we may experience a shift in power in the coming months. Could DarkZero be the new top contender in the Rainbow Six scene, or will another underdog step up to assume pole position? It was just days ago that the upcoming, UK-based esports organisation, Wolves Esports, announced its entry into Rainbow Six esports.
As part of its foray into the R6S competitive scene, Wolves picked up the LookingForOrg roster, and while it didn’t win big, there’s plenty of potential for the road ahead…
Let’s wait and see where the year takes us.