Operation Awareness Throwback reignites old rivalries in ANZ Rainbow Six

Four of ANZ’s Siege most iconic teams will be returning for one last hurrah in the name of charity.

Operation Steel Wave might have just launched for Rainbow Six: Siege, but for one day on July 11, Operation Awareness is back, featuring four of ANZ’s most storied teams as they fight it out for charity.

Operation Awareness will be making its return on July 11, as the Rainbow Six ANZ community aims to raise more money for charity during the off-season break.

This time, the one-day event will be presented with a twist ⁠— reforging old rivalries between some of ANZ’s most iconic teams. The former rosters of Athletico, Control, Corvidae, and Taboo will be lining it up for a series of show matches.

The four squads hold a soft spot in the Siege community for many. The old Athletico roster is predominantly made up of the Wildcard squad that went to the Six Invitational in 2020, while there are some familiar faces on their contemporaries in Corvidae, who went on to form Dark Sided and morphing into the Okami roster we know today.

The Taboo and Control rosters from around Season 7 and 8 of Pro League will also be making an appearance, including Six Masters finalist Jaedan “Stryder” Calder on Taboo and caster Brandon “Raven” Langiano on Control.

The teams aren’t the only “throwback” of the event either. Teams will be limited to Launch and Year 1 operators only on “classic” maps like Skyscraper and Chalet. The four teams will duke it out in a single-elimination bracket, culminating in a best-of-three final. 

During the event, fans will be able to donate on the Rainbow 6 ANZ Twitch stream, as well as through their other social media channels.

“We’re really proud of the generous spirit that the ANZ Rainbow Six community continues to show, so supporting Operation Awareness once again was a no-brainer for us,” Shane Bailey, Esports & Brand Manager at Ubisoft Australia told Snowball Esports

All funds raised during Operation Awareness will be going directly to Feel The Magic, an Australian not-for-profit organisation “whose purpose is to create a world where children who are experiencing grief are supported to reach their full potential.”

“Personally, I’m overjoyed that the community has elected to support Feel The Magic, an incredible organisation that runs Australia’s largest and leading grief education and support program,” added Bailey.

“I’ve been volunteering for Feel The Magic for more than four years, so to see the ANZ Rainbow Six community elect to support a cause so close to my heart is truly inspiring.”

It comes a year after Ubisoft’s first fundraising drive under the same name. The first Operation Awareness featured four mixed teams of pros and influencers, raising $2130.47 for mental health charity Headspace.


You can catch Operation Awareness from 12pm AEST live on the Rainbow 6 ANZ Twitch channel.

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Andrew Amos
Andrew Amos
After joining Snowball in mid-2018, Andrew "Ducky" Amos has fast become one of our region's best esports writers. Cutting his teeth in Oceanic Overwatch, he now covers all kinds of esports for publications globally. However, his heart still lays at home, telling the story of Aussies trying to make it big.

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