Rainbow Six Siege: MNM Gaming qualify for Berlin Major
After securing one point from their overtime loss to PWNZ, Molotovs and Marshmallows or MNM Gaming has managed to qualify for the Berlin Major in their final match of the European League on August 1.
Since September last year, the current lineup for MNM Gaming has not seen a single change despite other teams undergoing roster changes. Their current roster is Josh “Yuzus” Pritchard, Leon “neLo” Pesić, Luke “Tyrant” Casey, Callum “Neonical” Humphreys, Fatih “Solotov” Türker.
The same lineup won the 2021 European Challenger League without dropping any series and only losing 13 games out of 39, putting their win rate at 66 percent for the event, which allowed them to qualify for the 2022 EU League, where the team won the relegation match against HellRaisers. They also made their international Six Invitational debut this year, finishing 13-16th.
In Stage 1 of the EU League, the team finished fifth and was just two points short of securing a qualification spot for the Charlotte Major. However, their performance in Stage 1 means they are guaranteed a top-four finish for Stage 2 since they managed to earn 16 points. The team’s notable upsets include wins over Natus Vincere (NAVI), G2 Sports, Black Dragons e-Sports (BDS), and Team Secret.
Overall, MNM is in a great spot as they have a four-point lead compared to G2 and BDS at 12 points, leaving them no risk of being overtaken by the other two teams should they lose a game.
During their last global event, MNM defeated SANDBOX Gaming and Team Empire with a 2-0 scoreline in the group stages. Their win against Team Empire put them as one of the only two teams to have triumphed against Empire during the 2022 Six Invitational, the other being the tournament winners, Team SoloMid.
Unfortunately, after losing their games against Ninjas in Pyjamas and the Soniqs 0-2, MNM was put into a precarious position. Their next match against Oxygen Esports saw them knocked out of the invitational.
Despite being new to international events, MNM is one of the top contenders in the EU, and the team is rapidly expanding. MNM is the only one in the entirety of the EU League to have an academy roster where talented players are scouted and cultivated. The two European Challenger League wins under their belt show that they can duke it out with the best of the EU, such as G2, Secret and NAVI, and come out on top. The organization as a whole has a 71.55 percent win rate when it comes to series and a 59.19 percent win rate when it comes to individual games, putting them firmly in the upper tier of EU teams.
Next, the organization will be looking to show its skills on the global Rainbow Six Siege stage. MNM Gaming will be in Group D of the Berlin Major alongside Astralis, Elevate and FURIA Esports. The group stages will be played out from August 15-17 at the Theater am Potsdamer Platz in central Berlin, with the event finishing on August 21.