Just like last season, Ninjas in Pajamas will be representing Brazil in another Rainbow Six major. The path that the organization took to get there was the same as last year's: the South American tournament.
Gustavo "Psycho" Rigal talked exclusively to ESPN Brazil about this journey. "The ideal was to qualify via Pro League," he said. "But I still think our campaign should be considered a good one."
NiP is used to not only competing outside of Brazil, but also playing well when they do. Last season, they made it to the playoffs both in the DreamHack Valencia and in the Six Major in Paris -- the one blemish was the Six Invitational in Montreal, where they did not even make it out of the group stage.
According to Psycho, they are "preparing in a different way" than they had previously. The team's mental state is one of the top priorities, which was a big problem against Reciprocity and Chaos in the Las Vegas Minor.
Psycho is eager to face Team Empire at the Raleigh Major, saying their style is based on how the Russian team plays, but "with some tweaks" to the gameplay.
"No doubt it will be an interesting match if it happens," he said.
The current Pro League champion is a favorite with the Major in Psycho's point of view. "I believe Empire or even Secret , who proved to be another team, a better team, when they signed [Daniel "Ferral" Rotheram], [can win]," he stated. "In Vegas we lost to them and it definitely felt like they were playing [on another level."
Since Team Liquid brought the Pro League seventh season title back home, the demand for good results in international tournaments has increased dramatically. Since then, Brazil's best result was Brasileirão 2019, a third place in a league that ran from September of 2018 until July of this year.
Psycho promised a different performance from NiP. "Today we see the game in a totally different way than the last tournament we played in."