Notes, Audiobooks and Rowing: Inside Canadian’s Decision to Return to Competitive Siege
It is almost impossible to imagine a North America Rainbow Six Siege scene without “Canadian” Troy Jaroslawski.
The IGL veteran won the first Six Invitational with Continuum and the Six Invitational 2020 with Spacestation Gaming. He triumphed over Playing Ducks in the final of the third season of the first year of the Pro League and sadly finished second in the Paris Major, SI 2018 and the Pro League Season Nine finals.
Initially, Canadian retired in March 2021, but returned to work with Spacestation Gaming for the Six Invitational to cover passport issues with his replacement, Luke Slota. Before the start of the event, more than a year of being essentially confined to one region due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a long emotional career led to significant exhaustion. It was at SI 2021 that he found the beginnings of his will to compete again, and a month of “refocusing” helped him fully make his decision to come back.
The Canadian has listened to audiobooks on the rower every day since returning from the 2021 Six Invitational, his last competition at the time. Rainbow Six Siege tournament. In addition, he began to meditate and adopt healthier eating habits, which contributed to his decision, announced on July 7, to resume competition.
“Note taking was another big thing for me,” Canadian told Dot Esports. “It’s something my dad always preached to me, but my thing is, I don’t have a notebook with me. I don’t know why it took so long to figure out, but you can just take notes on your phone, so now I have tons of notes.
The Canadian Notes app on his phone is now full of ideas, emotions, Seat strategy ideas, and more. Canadian says the process of taking notes for later reference has helped him “refocus” during emotional and stressful times.
Canadian retirement in March marked North America’s biggest blow Rainbow Six Siege scene since the organization he made synonymous with NA R6, Evil Geniuses, decided to quit Seat entirely in April 2020. While Canadian had already left EG in August 2019, he left a legacy of regional excellence – and tragic losses in the finals – behind the team. To date, Canadian is the only two-time winner of the PC Six Invitational from North America. IGLs are primarily judged on results, and Canadian accolades are hard to dispute. He is, in terms of events and games won, the best North American Seat IGL to touch the game.
The COVID-19 pandemic has not been gentle on North America Rainbow Six Siege, But. Similar to other titles, the global lockdown forced international events to come to a complete stop, sponsors quit organizations, and all regional competitions were to be held online. Overnight, incoming funds for organizations slowed down, the most important aspect of fair competition (LAN) was canceled, and regions were isolated from each other.
“It’s really hard to say how much every thing matters,” Canadian said when asked about his initial decision to step down. “I think the most important thing by far was the [lack of] international local networks.
Canadian said the move from EG’s Seattle apartments to the Spacestation team home had a negative effect on his mental health. The apartments gave the team seclusion from each other when needed – in a team house, privacy is much less common. The Canadian also said he lacks the ability to simply walk to places. He does not drive and always took Canadian public transportation when he got home, which increased his inability to spend enough time alone. Additionally, the pandemic has been tough on Canadian gamers in general. Travel from the United States to Canada was interrupted for most of the pandemic, and they remained without contact with their families longer than most.
In esports around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has also caused growing feelings of burnout. Burnout is already a big problem in esports. Playing the same game 10 hours a day, every day is tedious in itself, and that hasn’t been helped by the shutdown of other amenities compared to professional gaming.
In North America in particular, burnout during the pandemic was abrupt. In every high-level retreat, burnout is at least mentioned in the reasoning of players stepping away from the game. And if not, it’s strongly implied.
At the time, SI 2021 was to be the last Canadian event, the last race before a sunset ride. But it was precisely the event that started the fire again.
The exact date was May 14, the day Spacestation toppled MIBR in overtime and lost a heartbroken to a Parabellum team that reached the group stage. Canadian said he was up all night texting their group chat. Luke, who was in the United States, woke up and started chatting with him.
“I was literally up all night, to put ideas, to answer [Luke] and as the guys woke up to like 800 messages in the group chat, ”Canadian said.
The loss to Parabellum and the barely overtaking MIBR sparked internal questions about Spacestation’s style of play, Canadian said. He also credits a series of scrims with FaZe Clan as the first wake-up call. It was those moments, those with new problems to solve and new questions to be answered, that made Canadian believe he could get back into the game.
“We were beaten by the scrims, it was bad,” Canadian said. “But we learned a lot from that, and it was at times like that when those scrims that, like, weren’t doing well for us, I just found them incredibly precious.”
Playing the national teams over and over again for over a year in a row has left the North American region as a whole “stagnant.” The fresh take on how teams from other regions have played has reignited the passion of the Canadiens.
It was more than just the boredom of playing the same teams over and over again. North American Seat teams have a more structured approach to the game than other regions, which, while effective, makes them a bit devoid of the creative element compared to other regions. Canadian explained that this doesn’t make North America bad, it’s just one of the costs to play the game the region prefers.
Building more healthy, consistent habits, along with the SI spark, resulted in her decision to come back. Publicly, however, the announcement was not received with universal praise. Space station trainer Justin “Lycan” Woods and Nathanial “Rampy” Duvall had somewhat harsh words about when Canadian would return. Tensions between Lycan and Canadian were eased in less than 24 hours, with Lycan saying that while he cares about Canadian and is happy to be better, he was “disappointed with how and when the TwitLonger was executed “.
“I just know if Troy is on an NA team then the storyline will end up being ‘SSG trying to get revenge on Troy’ and we don’t want that,” Lycan said. “… We don’t feel that way. “
Canadian has yet to publicly commit to a team. The next transfer window, the only time it can be officially signed, starts on August 23 and ends on September 5. While there will undoubtedly be conversations that will take place before this date, the Canadian competition will not officially begin until the transfer window opens.