The previous months have been tumultuous for SI 2020 champions Spacestation Gaming.
First, IGL Troy “Canadian” Jaroslawski retired in March, forcing Spacestation to play with its analyst, Luke Slota, as a stand-in for NAL Stage 1. Then, Luke’s passport couldn’t be renewed in time for SI 2021, and Canadian needed to be referred to as again only for the occasion.
As such, Spacestation wanted a everlasting fifth participant, one it settled on whereas nonetheless in France for SI: Matthew “Hotancold” Stevens.
“It wasn’t till we have been at SI  and speaking concerning the play model that we needed, that we actually have been like wait a minute like Matt really is likely to be the most effective decide, not these different guys that we’re ,” mentioned Justin “Lycan” Woods, Spacestation’s coach in an interview with SiegeGG.
Lycan says Spacestation was contemplating Alexander “Skys” Magor, who retired after SI 2021 and talked about Jack “J90” Burkard as a participant he’s had his eyes on.
Hindsight is at all times 20/20, and it’s clear that Spacestation made the correct selection with Hotancold. They instantly rocketed up NAL rankings, and completed Stage 2 with the best quantity of factors ever achieved in an NAL stage: 22.
After he was controversially lower from DarkZero in Feb. 2021, Hotancold went on a “revenge tour” of types with Mirage. He posted a 1.23 SiegeGG Ranking in his solely stage with Mirage, and solely misplaced out on Stage 1 MVP honors on account of Pablo “Gryxr” Rebeil having probably the greatest levels in NAL historical past. Hotancold’s upwards ascension continued throughout Stage 2: he posted a league-leading +12 in Entry +/- and 1.33 SiegeGG Ranking.
Uncooked stats apart, Hotancold has slotted in completely to this new-look Spacestation that burned a path by means of the NAL common season.
“We’re very completely different than what we have been earlier than,” mentioned Lycan when requested about what modified after the Six Invitational. He detailed a couple of minor modifications, such because the shift from a laid-out plan to a method that consists of Spacestation’s spy drones recognizing the defenders’ setup, after which, “all the things is made up on the fly.”
“We mainly went from a system that was scripted, I feel that is an ideal phrase for it, to one thing that is very free-flowing and ‘improv,’” mentioned Lycan.
After the LATAM area’s success at SI 2021 within the new meta of “Rainbow Six Siege”, different areas are following go well with. The “20-second meta”, which was sluggish and plodding, has been changed by a hyper-aggressive meta that facilities round early picks and map management. Key to those modifications have been the nerfs to “catcher” gadget operators Jaeger and Wamai, and the discount in energy of bulletproof defender devices.
The top outcome has freed up gamers to take much less inflexible operator lineups and freed them to take extra dangers, which has led to quicker, extra thrilling gameplay. Lycan says one other key to unlocking the brand new meta was the understanding that typically, you don’t must undergo the set bulletproof utility, you possibly can simply go round it, like LATAM does.
“We took what we noticed that we favored from every of them [The LATAM teams at SI] and we sort of molded this factor which we consider to be our model of a LATAM workforce,” mentioned Lycan.
Lycan says they picked and selected sure parts of Ninjas in Pyjamas, Workforce Liquid, and FaZe Clan that they favored, and molded one thing they consider is on the chopping fringe of the meta. Lycan particularly believes his workforce is extremely just like Workforce Liquid by way of the gamers they’ve.
If Spacestation has actually found out one thing particular, it’ll must show it throughout the Mexico Main. Outcomes throughout regional competitors are all nicely and good, however the worldwide occasions are the place actual glory is received.
Spacestation’s group has been truncated by the Australian journey restrictions that forestall Knights from attending. Simply Natus Vincere and FURIA would be the North Individuals’ group stage opponents, as a substitute.
Catch Spacesation Gaming subsequent on the Six Mexico Main towards Na’Vi, set to be performed on the Rainbow6Bravo Twitch channel on August sixteenth at 10 AM CDT (UTC-5).