While there have been countless whispers surrounding Na’Vi ‘s future in R6S, a recent acquisition of MnM Gaming‘s roster is sure to bring a long-awaited change to the organization.
Announcement! We have acquired @MnMGamingUK Rainbow Six roster. Please, welcome our new squad! 🌈
— Natus Vincere (@natusvincere) June 1, 2019
Previously signed Mock-it Esports didn’t manage to live up to the expectations, as the German roster finished eight in Season 9 of the Pro League. Relegation to the Challenger League was to follow, adding up to the troubles. All of the above has led to Na’Vi dropping the roster in favor of signing MnM Gaming. We will be taking a closer look at the new team, and I will be giving my neutral point of view on the outcome of this change.
Who is Na’VI ‘s new R6S roster?
MnM Gaming is an esports organization hailing from the United Kingdom, with its name standing short for Molotovs and Marshmallows. Their journey into R6S began in 2018, although the organization exists from 2014.
Since their first tournament at the DreamHack Winter 2018 in Sweden, the team took several adjustments to their roster. Getting an unfavorable draw in group stages, MnM Gaming ended playing up against Team Empire and Mockit Esports. Mock-it Esports would later proceed to become Na’Vi ‘s R6S roster. However, this was not the end of their troubles, as more failures were to follow. One that has especially got the team asking questions happened at the ESL Premiership Winter 2018, where they got eliminated by Vexed Gaming.
Arriving into 2019, Season 9 was commencing, and the team needed to undertake changes if to prevail to the Challenger League. First to fall from grace were “Prox” and “Fonkers,” who got replaced by two Method and PACT players, “Kendrew” and “Saves.”
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Although there were those who doubted the future of the team, changes turned out going in their favor. MnM gaming saw their first LAN victory happen at epic26. Regardless of the tournament being a minor one, it did bring the long-needed approval for the team. The feeling of upheaval was to follow them throughout the year, as they would progress to the Challenger League Qualifiers.
👋PRO LEAGUE pic.twitter.com/al67kd5uZE
— MnM Gaming (@MnMGamingUK) May 10, 2019
From the under-dogs, MnM Gaming ended up being the fan-favorite for winning the ESL Premiership Spring 2019. They did not leave the crowds disappointed, as a victory followed against Team Secret. Challenger League Season 9 also saw them marching in, as even Team Vitality could not stop them from taking the title. Such results meant that they are automatically promoted to the Pro League.
What to expect from Na’Vi in the future?
After going through a rough patch with their previous roster, Na’Vi is putting all of their hopes into the newly acquired R6 team of MnM Gaming. Players that will be joining Na’Vi in quest of bringing its former prime are Szymon”Saves” Kamieniak, Luke “Kendrew” Kendrew, Jack “Doki” Robertson, Ben “CTZN” McMillan, and Leon “neLo” Pesic.
Na’Vi is a team used to success, and the expectations for their new R6S roster will be set high. Although MnM Gaming proved to be worthy, under the banner of their new organization, they will be facing giants like Team Empire, LeStream and G2 Esports. It will be interesting to see how they will manage to cope with the new environment, as the Pro-League team of Na’Vi they have faced was far from its glory days.
Regardless, I’m certain they will show no fear walking into the league, and will look to establish themselves early one. After all, a powerhouse like Natus Vincere does bring chills to every opponent standing in its way. With the new establishment, their talent could be nourished further, ultimately establishing Na’Vi at the top of the R6S scene.
The first trial for the new Na’Vi roster was on Thursday in the ESL Premiership, where they defeated Who knows to a final score of 7-2.
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