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Road To S.I. 2022 is a limited time event in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege that was introduced during the High Calibre expansion. Celebrating the lead up to the Six Invitational 2022, the event launched on February 1st, 2022 and will conclude on February 21st, 2022.
The event takes place on the original and reworked versions of the Stadium map with the same rules as the Unranked playlist. The only gamemode available on the map is Bomb. All Operators are available for use during the event, even those players do not currently own.
A follow-up to the previous year's Tournament of Champions, the Six Invitational serves as the ultimate test for what operatives have learned the past year through The Program. Harry Pandey has chosen four captains to lead four teams for this year's events: Ash, Kali, Caveira, and Nomad. Each team is made up of operatives that normally do not work well together, emphasizing their need to put personal issues aside if they want to come out on top.
Zero's Team Rundown
“Alright recruits, gather ‘round.
The Six Invitational’s coming up, so it’s time for a rundown. You were primarily recruited to be a Rainbow Specialist, but you’re also part of a team for this upcoming tournament.
You’re probably familiar with your own team already, and if you’ve been paying attention you’ll know the others too, but let’s go through the rosters just to be safe. Each team is comprised of two units: Attack and Defense.
Thunderbird, you’re with Team Nomad. You won’t be with your team leader in the Stadium. Her Unit’s got Fuze, Maverick, Nøkk, and Twitch. Yours has Clash, Echo, Frost, and Mute. Get to know them if you haven’t already.
Osa, I probably don’t have to tell you, but the others need to hear it. Team Kali rounds out its Attack Unit with Ace, Finka, and IQ. Other than Aruni and Wamai, we have three others joining the Defense: Ela, Pulse, and Smoke. Harry expects everyone to play nice so don’t let me catch you arguing.
And finally, Thorn, you’re on Team Caveira. You’ve got Blitz, Hibana, Lion, Sledge, and Zofia on Attack. Your teammates on Defense are Melusi, Mira, and Mozzie. The match order will be determined soon, but as a refresher, we’re running a double-elimination format. Try not to end up in the losers’ bracket.
You might have heard there’s some restructuring coming. Don’t let that distract you. Top brass expects the best you’ve got. This is both a training exercise and a showcase, so I don’t wanna see you slacking. I’ll be watching.”
Sam “Zero” Fisher: "Congratulations on making team captain."
Eliza “Ash” Cohen: "Thank you."
Z: "Feels like we were just here."
A: "It does, yeah." [chuckles]
Z: "How are you approaching the Invitational this year?"
A: "Flexibility—that is, being able to respond to unexpected events in real time—is a big part of my strategy."
Z: "I guess Flores plays some role in that?"
A: "You bet. I didn’t recruit him for his empanadas or asado. The ability to generate an explosion in such a surgical manner is a game changer."
Z: "Have the events of the last Invitational influenced your strategy?"
A: "Somewhat, but I like to think... hope... that what happened last year was an isolated incident."
Z: "You’re not concerned about Kali being an opposing team captain?"
A: "I was wondering when you’d get to the elephant in the room."
Z: "Everyone’s thinking the same thing. You have to admit, it got a bit personal."
A: "It did, yes, especially in the heat of the moment. Given time to reflect, I feel my reaction to Kali’s insubordination wasn’t appropriate. I... lost my temper."
Z: "Are you still worried that Kali is dangerous?"
A: "I worry that her methods might be dangerous. While she observes the letter of the rules, Kali has little respect for the spirit behind them."
Z: "Do you think you have a shot at winning?"
A: "Of course, but victory isn’t as important as proving that a group of disparate operators can function under any circumstance, against any foe. I have faith we’ll give as good as we get."
Z: "Win or lose, what are you going to do next?"
A: "Take some time off, visit friends and relatives in Tel Aviv."
Z: "Sounds like a good way to wind down."A: "That’s the plan, Sam."
Sam “Zero” Fisher: "Look at you, a team captain."
Jaimini Kalimohan “Kali” Shah: "I consider it a well-deserved promotion."
K: "I pulled my team’s collective ass out of the fire last year. It’s safe to say I’ve proven myself."
Z: "What do you plan to do now that you’re running your own team?"
K: "Win, of course."
Z: "Can you be more specific? It’s very competitive this season."
K: "As Nighthaven’s CEO, I cultivate two things—talent and tools. Talent is crucial in order to get the job done, while tools enhance the capabilities of the aforementioned talent."
Z: "Your tools are all proprietary to Nighthaven?"
K: "That’s right. The Invitational is an opportunity to test our designs in a live environment... or as close to live as you can get without putting lives at risk."
Z: "That must attract a lot of potential investors who want to see your toys in action."
K: "Nothing in life is free, Sam."
Z: "Back to talent. What can you tell me about your newest recruit?"
K: "Osa’s an excellent addition to the team, as well as to Nighthaven. Her efficiency, both in the lab and on the field, is beyond compare. She’s also responsible for many of the ‘toys’ that we’ll debut."
Z: "What do you appreciate most about Osa?"
K: "Her meticulous nature. I trust her to perform flawlessly. It doesn’t matter whether she’s overseeing a research project or a field operation. Osa focuses on details and doesn’t cut corners."
Z: "Does this impact her flexibility?"
K: "No. Even if it did, I understand my peoples’ strengths and I play to them."
Z: "I take it you don’t expect to lose?"
K: "No. [laughs] Why would I?"
Z: "It’s said that failure builds character."K: "Does it? I wouldn’t know."
Sam “Zero” Fisher: "How’s it feel to wear the captain’s hat?"
Taina “Caveira” Pereira: "Like any other, it eventually shapes to the head."
Z: "For someone used to working in the shadows, you seem confident in a leadership role."
C: "One can keep a low profile and still maintain command. You know better than most what can be learned from such a vantage point."
Z: "I do, indeed. How’re you handling Thorn’s temper?"
C: "She’s headstrong. It’s gotten us into some difficult situations, but I’m trying to show her how to use a... lighter touch. Smashing your way through everything can only take you so far."
Z: "How about the rest of your team?"
C: "My team supports me. They know I can—and will—make tough decisions when the time comes."
Z: "Given the opposition, how do you intend to achieve victory?"
C: "Knowing my team’s capabilities, I point them in the right direction and then get out of the way. As they advance, I provide necessary support."
Z: "What if you lose someone?"
C: "Then we press on. One of us moves to fill the gap as best they can."
Z: "Do you view this as a game?"
C: "To some extent, but simulation prepares us for real life. We all know the risks when deployed in the field. Anyone who claims otherwise is naïve. The Invitational is our chance to perform when the stakes are not as high."
Z: "What about afterward?"
C: "We return to the field, where the risks are higher, and we act. Hopefully each of us has learned something valuable from this."
Z: "One last question. Do you enjoy working as part of a team?"C: "Of course... as long as I’m in charge." [laughs]
Sam “Zero” Fisher: "Last year you fought as part of Capitao’s team. This year, you’ve been given your own. How’s the experience been so far?"
Sanaa “Nomad” El Maktoub: "A bit of a mixed bag, to be honest."
Z: "Are you referring to Nøkk’s little stunt with your new recruit?"
N: "What else? It was a bureaucratic nightmare! [chuckles] I’m relieved no one was seriously injured. Or drummed out."
Z: "I totally agree. Has Nøkk recovered?"
N: "Yes. She got more than she bargained for. Had I been in Thunderbird’s position, I might not have been so gentle."
Z: "How’s Thunderbird doing?"
N: "She fits right in. Everyone feels more secure with a medic on the team. I‘d prefer we suffer no casualties, but we can’t ignore the possibility."
Z: "I‘ve seen Thunderbird in action. She doesn’t need a chopper to fly."
N: "She adapts well to every circumstance. Her physical agility and reaction time are undisputed."
Z: "As the new kid on the block, I figure she’ll be a mystery to the other teams."
N: "Yes, but not for long."
Z: "Still, it could provide a crucial edge during the competition."
N: "To me, this isn’t a competition. It’s a collaboration. The teams come together to demonstrate and learn. Even if my team loses, we have all achieved victory in that respect."
Z: "That’s a valid point of view."
N: "I can’t help but think some of us have forgotten our purpose. Nothing good can happen when we have conflicting objectives. I joined Rainbow to make a difference, not to play silly games."
Z: "What do you think we can we do to make it right?"N: "I don’t know. But if we work together, I think we can figure something out."
High Calibre features its own Battle Pass. It is composed of 100 tiers across a free and premium track. Each tier rewards players with exclusive customization items, Alpha Packs, currency packs, and boosters for a total of 131 rewards. Progression towards the Battle Pass can be earned in any playlist (excluding Training Grounds). It was released on November 30th, 2021 and will conclude on February 21st, 2022.