Kantoraketti plays on stage at the Six Invitational

Rainbow Six Siege pros reveal who's the best player in the world

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With the new season of Rainbow Six Siege esports just getting underway, we look back at year two and get the pros to tell us who was the best in the world over the past 12 months.

It may feel like the Six Invitational was just a few days ago, with those epic memories of the final still fresh in our minds, but the Rainbow Six Siege pro scene is already back to work. Season 7 of the Pro League kicked off earlier this week and the biggest names in the world of Rainbow Six are back to battle it out online to become the best in their region and eventually qualify for the end-of-season finals.

Of course, the start of a new season is a good time to look ahead. There are new-look rosters to analyse, new organisations entering the scene for the first time and, of course, a new patch that we’re still trying to wrap our heads around. However, it also presents a great opportunity to look back at the previous year of competition.

Back at the Six Invitational, the crowning event on year two of Rainbow Six esports, we caught up with a number of top-level players to find out who they think is the best in the world based on their performance in the last 12 months.

Surprisingly none of the players said themselves, despite being given the option to do just that – but, unsurprisingly, the one name that kept popping up was Niclas ‘Pengu’ Mouritzen from PENTA Sports.

While all the players gave us their answers before Pengu’s championship winning clutch and epic performance in the second half of the final, there’s no doubting that he’s worthy of being mentioned so many times. Throughout the entirety of year two, he’s been the star player on PENTA, bringing them multiple championships. Even when the team struggled in late 2017, he was still putting up solid numbers.

Pengu may have been the most popular choice, but there other names mentioned too. His fellow PENTA player Joonas ‘jOONAS’ Savolainen was also name-dropped by the pros, with him and Pengu being the core of that PENTA roster for a very long time. You can almost guarantee that if both of them are performing well, then PENTA will walk out with the win.

Outside of these two PENTA players, only a handful of other names were mentioned. Ville ‘SHA77E’ Palola, the newest member of the PENTA team got a shout out, while his former ENCE team-mate, Juhani ‘Kantoraketti’ Toivonen, also showed up once. Finally, two Brazilian players, Gustavo ‘Psycho’ Rigal and Leonardo ‘Astro’ Luis were mentioned as among the best out there.

Of course, there are many top-quality players in the world of Rainbow Six and we hope that by this time next year, there’ll be a few more names thrown around in this conversation.