Picking a team of Operators in Rainbow Six Siege is a lot like fitting puzzle pieces together. You have to be able to work as one cohesive unit; there can’t be any gaps for your opponent to exploit. When you choose your Operator at the start of each round, you are making a tactical choice. Will you perform well as this Operator? Will he or she mesh with the rest of your team? Communication with your teammates is key even in the early stages of the round, as teams can only have one of each type of Operator. The right combination of specialists will make or break a team. If you can figure out how each Operator works and how to customize him or her to suit your team’s needs, you can become a master of Rainbow Six Siege. We recommend you check out this feature detailing each Operator’s skills and their respective counter-terrorist background.
Building the Right Team
Of course, it helps to know exactly how certain Operators work best with each other, and that may take some trial and error. Gameplay Designer Andrew Witts had a couple of pairing suggestions to get players started:
“Mute and Castle (Defenders) work really well together because once everyone spends their wall reinforcement, you’re kind of left wondering how to protect other walls from a breach during that round. Mute’s jammer will prevent all breach charges in a certain radius from going off. So it’s another means of protecting your objective room or certain walls you don’t want to be destroyed. Castle just has the ability to shut down choke points. He has a way stronger barricade that he can throw up that’s just like a mini wall. It gives the Defenders one more layer the Attackers will have to try to go through or around. If you put down a Castle barricade and set up Mute’s jammer right next to it, you can’t blow up that barricade. You’re going to have to use Sledge or find a way to disable that jammer in order to take out that Castle barricade.
“Sledge partnered with Thermite is another good example of a unique Operator combination,” Witts adds. “The thermite breaches are very loud when they go off and they draw everyone’s attention with all of the noise and the sparks going off. If you time it just right and use Sledge’s sledgehammer at the same time, you can make a hole somewhere else and the other team won’t even notice, allowing the Attackers to sneak around the Defenders barricades.”
So try different combinations. Get to know the ins and outs of each Operator. Try to figure out which specialists gel with each other. You may discover some new partnerships even the devs haven’t spotted.
Customizing Your Operator
Once you’ve found the Operators you excel with, you’ll also want to tweak his or her loadout to match your style. Fans of Rainbow Six (both the games and the books) are familiar with the concept of the “weapons kit.” In the games, this is something each specialist carries to hold their extra primary weapon, extra secondary weapon and their gadgets. In Rainbow Six Siege, this kit is called the Operator’s “duffle bag,” and players will be able to choose their weapons and gadgets of choice. Each Operator has their unique main gadget, which cannot be changed. However, you can pick your secondary gadget – whether it’s a choice between grenade types or breach charges for the Attackers or defense tools like the barbed wire or deployable shield for the Defenders.
“If I’m an assault-type player on Attack, I might decide I want to bring another assault rifle,” Witts clarifies. “If I’m a protector on Defense, I might go from an SMG to a shotgun because I want to do a little more demolition and cause some destruction in the map. So we give players one extra ingredient in their loadouts.”
As mentioned in our in-depth look at each of the revealed Operators, the exception to the unique gadget rule is the Recruit Operator. He will be able to choose two gadgets. Maybe for one match you’ll decide you want frag grenades and a riot shield, or a breach charge smoke grenades. Knowing exactly how to use each of your weapons and gadgets will be crucial to winning a match, so be sure to familiarize yourself with a range of options.
CTUs in the game:
- Spetsnaz – Russia
GIGN – France
SAS – United Kingdom
GSG 9 – Germany
FBI SWAT – United States of America
The Rainbow series has always been a celebration and a study of the counter-terrorist unit fantasy, and Siege is staying true to this. In the game, you are part of a team comprised of counter-terrorist units from around the world, and knowing the strengths each of these backgrounds offers will help your team even more. Every Operator in the game has a set CTU background – Sledge is SAS, Rook is GIGN, etc. – and it cannot be changed. These various backgrounds mean your Operators will all have different abilities and it also affects the base stats a character might have. The only Operator with a customizable background is the Recruit, so you can supply him with whichever qualifications will best suit your playstyle.
In the Closed Alpha, players will have access to three CTUs: GIGN, SAS and FBI SWAT. SAS Operators have a gas mask that allows them to take less damage from smoke and prevents them from coughing when they find themselves surrounded by smoke. FBI SWAT Operators deal increased explosives damage thanks to their explosives training. Finally, GIGN Operators will have an improved revive ability, so if you find yourself in the line of fire more often than not, you may want to consider finding (or building) a GIGN Operator. We’ll have more information on the other two CTUs soon so keep an eye on the blog.
“Rainbow is a team comprised of the best CTUs from around the world,” says Witts. “For us, the five we’ve chose are the most iconic counter-terrorist units. We wanted to pick from the best teams around the globe.”
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