Rainbow Six Siege Grim Sky Beginners Guide: How to get started before new operators launch
Rainbow Six Siege is one of Ubisoft's best games. In a portfolio that includes the likes of Assassin's Creed, Watch Dogs, The Division and more besides, that's saying a lot. The game has a community of 25 million players and counting, with massive eSports prize funds supporting a rich competitive scene.
But what about new players? The game – after releasing three years ago in 2015 – has seen a plethora of updates and content support from Ubisoft, and for many players the complex meta and diverse operator roster – over 40! – means it could all come off as a bit… impenetrable.
Fear not – Daily Star Online recently attended a session meant to introduce the title to new players, and we picked up a lot of tips on the way. Thanks to catered advice from the game's development team (and a little hands-on action), we (re)learned the mechanics of the game and how they apply to the game in its current state.
With that, please enjoy our guide below, designed to teach new players that it's not too late to jump into Rainbow Six Siege, and that even the n00biest n00b has a chance of success if they learn a few simple tricks.
Rainbow Six Siege – Grim Sky Update – New Operators and Hereford Base Map Rework
Take a look at some of the new content coming to Rainbow Six Siege in Operation Grim Sky
Rainbow 6 Siege: Tips & Tricks for New Players
During a presentation with the game's developers (and a training session with seasoned Siege players), Daily Star Online picked up some useful tips that anyone coming to the game for the first time will find indispensable:
• During the Preparation Phase:
– Make the most of your drones. Try and keep out of sight, and as the timer runs down, make sure to try and stash your drone somewhere out of sight – it will be very useful in the Action Phase if you need to perform more recon/track enemy movements with minimal risk.
– ID Enemy Operators. Figuring out the configuration of the enemy team is essential to planning ahead: are they equipped with a mix of far- and close-range operators, or are they planning on turtling around the objectives? Knowing their capability will help you plan ahead and avoid being put on the back foot.
– Observe Enemy Actions. Are the opposite team fanning out and spreading out over various floors? Are they setting traps on stairwells leading to the objective? Are they roaming? (IE: leaving the interior of the building to attempt to out-maneuver you). Know their movements, plan accordingly.
• During the Action Phase:
– Make sure to be cautious when you breach. Many Defending Operators can place traps and gadgets that can incapacitate careless operators immediately. Check door frames, floors and even ceilings around the areas you're entering. Never take an entrance for granted.
– Clean floors. When you first enter the building, take it floor by floor and make sure you're as thorough as possible. You may have figured out the opponents are hiding out in the basement, sure, but you don't want to be blindsided by an Operator coming up on your rear and smashing your carefully laid plans to pieces.
– Rush in. Sometimes it's better to just rush in and pressure your enemies. Their setup might require co-ordinated defense efforts and maybe they're baiting you to run down the timer. Pile the pressure on. Bottle them in and it could work in your favour- especially if you've got area denial characters like Capitão on your side.
– Bait defenders. Sometimes psyching our your enemy is the best way to go. Put shield operators in there to draw out enemies, and have other characters land shots from the flank or the sides. High-armour Operators are great for baiting Defenders from their posts, especially if they got itchy trigger fingers.
– Open lines of sight. The entire Rainbow 6 Siege game is built around destructibility in environments. Blow holes in walls, physically attack plasterboard, use explosives and Sledge to open up lines of sight. You can win rounds by landing cheeky headshots through sightlines your enemy's might not even detect if you're careful.
• During the Preparation Phase:
– Reinforce. Communicate with your team and try to figure out which lines of sight and entrances you want completely blocked out, and which ones you're going to actively focus on defending. Barbed Wire is great for slowing down enemies, and giving you sound cues to alert to their whereabouts, so place these on stairwells where possible.
– Barricade. Cover all the doors and windows closest to your objective. You don't want one agent rappelling down from outside to get behind your lines and ruin all your hard work by being sneaky whilst another attacker distracts you.
– Deploy Gadgets. Every Operator has their own unique gadget – Defenders can deploy gadgets that shoot down projectiles, trap opponents on the floor, detonate mines when attackers are in proximity, even poison enemies. Liaise with your team, talk about chokepoints and bottlenecks and figure out where best to lay your deadly plethora of traps.
– Open lines of sight. The entire Rainbow 6 Siege game is built around destructibility in environments. As with attacking, to defend you'll want to know where your enemies are coming from: Blow holes in walls, physically attack plasterboard, use explosives and Sledge to open up lines of sight.
• During the Action Phase:
– Roam. Most attackers will expect to find most operators on one floor, guarding the objective. Lots of maps in Siege are built to support player rotation have paths that let you circulate enemy formations to splinter their crews. Use this to your advantage, and get the drop on attackers.
– Slow them down. So many defender gadgets are built to play interference with enemies, giving you more time to bolster defense or get moving around the map to split up groups of attackers. Hack their phones and stop them listening out for you, trap them in stairwells, deceive them with holograms – there are many options. Get creative, and experiment with operator synergy too.
– Bait attackers. Similarly to playing attack, you're going to want to bait attackers away from the main objective as much as possible. Maybe you've set a pretty significant trap on another floor and you want the enemy to pursue you right into it. Maybe you've got another operator waiting for them elsewhere. Maybe you're just seconds away from victory and need one last-minute distraction…
– Play with the timer. All you need to do to win most modes is run down the timer without being wiped out or having the enemy diffuse your bombs. Distract, tease, poke, wound, taunt, be mobile. Keep the enemy guessing, and keep them away from your target, and you should do quite well.
Rainbow 6 Siege: Best Operators for New Players
According to Rainbow 6 Siege's development team, the best defenders and attackers to use for new players are chosen because of the simple application of their gadgets, and how they can be easily rolled into teams that can support newer players thanks to the general usefulness of the operator's abilities.
Here's who we were told suit n00bs the best:
• Best Defenders for New Players:
– Rook. A good team-player, Rook can drop armour for allies and let them soak up a bit more damage – that could be vital. Thanks to how robust and impenetrable his armour is, Rook is also a great option for players that don't know maps to be left defending rooms.
– Valkyrie. This Operator can drop gyroscopic 360-degree cameras that can attach to any surface, so using her for new players is great for getting used to maps and learing how to call out enemy positions / loadouts. Works well with operators like Pulse and Caveira who need as much coverage as possible to work the best.
– Lesion. For new players, Lesion is great for getting to grips with chokepoints, and learning where his poison mines can be deployed. He's not great if you want to be great DPS, but he's handy for irritating and slowing down enemies.
– Mute. An Operator used primarily to disrupt communications, Mute can jam comms between other players with signal disruptors – stopping remote breach charges or drones from operating. Can work remotely, so players not wanting to be in the middle of the action can hide out and be helpful safely.
– Jager. By deploying gadgets that can prevent the detonation of thrown projectiles, Jager is a great operator to use if you're into zone denial or area control. By limiting damage your allies take, you have every chance of being MVP in a game of Siege.
Best Attackers for New Players:
– Sledge. Whilst a lot of other Operators make a lot of noise when they detonate charges and destroy walls, Sledge only makes a little bit of noise by comparison, meaning his flavour of destruction can be favoured by players not wishing to draw attention to themselves, but still carve a path for their allies.
– Fuse. This room-clearer extraordinaire can easily breach and clear a room with little help from allies if you're tenacious enough. Cluster charges attached to walls, then to ceilings, can expose and take down groups of foes in rapid succession.
– Lion. Equipped with a state-of-the-art drone, Lion can detonate massive pulses of radar ping that tag enemies if they move during detection. Massively useful in the current meta, one radar ping can save your entire team's life by exposing the movements of other agents.
– Thermite. Using a dedicated explosive charge, Thermite is an unstoppable Operator that can easily undermine enemy teams that rely heavily on fortifications. One of only two Operators that can blow up reinforced walls (the other is Hibana).
– Thatcher. For new players that don't want too much risk but want a decent amount of reward, Thatcher is your go-to: EMP Grenades can disable gadgets through walls, meaning you can stop enemies in their tracks without exposing yourself, opening up good elimination opportunities for your allies.