Phantom Sight Insights from a Rainbow Six Siege Professional Participant



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A professional breakdown of what you have to know in regards to the new operators and the reworked Kafe Dostoyevsky map.

The Aussies have been unleashed on Rainbow Six Siege. That was three months in the past for your complete participant base, however now they’re accessible on the aggressive circuit after a three-month cooling-off interval. So what’s subsequent? One other spherical of DLC – Operation Phantom Sight, to be exact.

Let’s take an in-depth have a look at this replace and get some perception from Fnatic’s Ethan “RizRaz” Wombwell.

Phantom Menaces

Sure, Rainbow Six Siege’s subsequent DLC drop known as Operation Phantom Sight. As an alternative of the same old DLC titles that really feel like the results of a Ubisoft Montreal Siege title generator, this operation designation refers on to the brand new attacker and the brand new defender.

Nøkk – pronounced “nook”, the factor that’s finest related to a cranny – is the brand new Jaeger Corps attacker who takes care of the “Phantom” a part of the title all of the whereas trying like a sci-fi interpretation of a ghostly killer bride. She’s an attacking variant of Vigil, besides the place Vigil no less than gives a UI indication for attackers when a drone is close to him, Nøkk is totally invisible and inaudible (no footsteps) to defenders utilizing cameras.

Quite the look, Nøkk.

Fairly the look, Nøkk.

This solely adjustments if she strikes too quick, fires a weapon, or vaults along with her HEL gadget energetic. In any other case, you’re on the mercy of conserving an in depth eye on mysteriously transferring particles or listening out for telltale barbed wire rustling for the brand new two-speed, two-armour attacker. It’s both that otherwise you face-checking her: she’s not the Predator, so that you’ll see her outdoors of cameras.

Warden is the brand new attacker and aptly ticks off the “Sight” portion of the title. Regardless of his 007 look, this 001-speed, 003-armour dapper gent is a nifty new anchor. (For these unfamiliar with the Siege nomenclature, ‘anchors’ are these operators finest used for taking part in on or near the target website.) Warden’s distinctive neat trick is enhanced imaginative and prescient.

Which will sound drab, however the translation has larger implications. Warden can actively or reactively set off his high-tech Look glasses to disclaim or mitigate the consequences of flashbangs. Plus, his high-tech shades have the additional benefit of boosting total visibility, notably when he’s stationary, which makes it simpler to see via all types of smoke.

Dapper.

Dapper.

Lastly, as an alternative of a brand new map, Operation Phantom Sight ships with a rework of the casually standard however competitively unviable Kafe Dostoyevsky. As an alternative of including much more maps to the pool, Ubisoft Montreal is sagely specializing in reworks over new, with three reworked maps within the pipeline and Burnt Horizon’s Outback as the only new entry for 2019’s fourth season. This familiarity makes maps simpler to be taught for many who’ve performed the older variants, whereas concurrently boosting the general stability.

Espresso, cake and carnage

Reworked Kafe is straight away acquainted, notably for attackers. In contrast to the not-so-long-ago ground-up rebuild of Hereford Base, the Kafe rework is refinement over reconstruction. There are dozens of tweaks and enhancements, which notably make for a map that’s higher balanced for defenders (sure, even on the highest flooring), though sure home windows and no less than one run-out spawn peek has been denied.

There are dozens of tweaks and enhancements, which notably make for a map that’s higher balanced for defenders…

Despite the fact that it was RizRaz’s first contact of the reworked map, he already discovered sneaky angles to homicide me via. “There are fairly just a few line of sights that I’ve discovered,” he says. “They’re very sturdy, so I believe the map change is absolutely good. It’s opened up quite a lot of home windows and other ways to play the map.

“The brand new bomb websites all appear fairly viable. With kitchen and bakery, it was once you would not go there as a defender. You’d lose. However it does seem to be that’s reversed and it’s fairly simple to defend. All 4 [sites] are good; they’re all good to defend, which is nice for a aggressive stage, that means you possibly can rotate and alter strats.

“You may’t be predictable. The addition of the additional hatch and the structure of the highest flooring is quite a bit simpler for defenders. It used to simply be sitting on the skylight as an attacker and smoking and flaming, and defenders couldn’t do something. However that’s modified fairly a bit. I’d prefer to see how these new traces of sight I discovered will work. They could be a bit sturdy however, all in all, it’s actually good.”

The map features changes both subtle and significant.

The map options adjustments each delicate and vital.

Sneaky Nøkk methods

RizRaz feels Nøkk might be a well-liked choose when she enters the aggressive operator pool. His recommendation for taking part in her is to embrace one other beloved Ubisoft title. “Hone your inside Splinter Cell: be quiet. Take note of the default cams. Perceive widespread Valkyrie [camera] and Echo drone spots. Mozzie, as effectively, you’ve bought to get comfy with how he’ll be performed.

“If the situation of default cams, it’s fairly simple to manoeuvre the map, turning [Nøkk’s HEL gadget] on and off. She’ll get picked quite a bit due to the knowledge meta for defenders. Valkyrie’s picked quite a bit. Echo’s picked when he’s accessible [aka, not banned]. Maestro is picked a complete lot. So Mozzie will most likely be picked fairly a bit as effectively. She’ll be a straight counter to all of these and get picked method up there.

“[Nøkk] will create an uncertainty. [Defenders] received’t imagine what they’re seeing anymore. They’ll must not belief the cameras. It’ll be like Dokkaebi. When she was launched, [attackers] wouldn’t shoot sure default cameras, so after they hacked cams they may watch their flank. I believe it’ll be fairly related, however conserving that digital camera up, defenders received’t know what’s actual and what’s not.”

When it comes to armament, RizRaz recommends setting Nøkk up with a mixture of fireplace charge and hard-hitting secondary. “The FMG9 is a very sturdy weapon and doesn’t get used quite a bit as a result of Smoke wants his shotgun. So the FMG9, particularly with the brand new holo sight, might be a must-pick. And the silenced Deagle [secondary] is heaps of enjoyable. It hits exhausting and it’s silenced.”

Wile E. Warden

Whereas Nøkk is a no brainer choose for RizRaz, Warden could show to be a complete lot extra non-obligatory. “I believe he received’t get picked an excessive amount of,” says RizRaz. “The Glaz meta has stopped a bit of bit in its tracks as a result of Glaz is getting modified and Ying bought modified, so the flash and smoke meta has modified. Due to Capitão coming again up on the rise, [Warden] is an efficient counter for Capitão’s smoke bolts. I’ve seen [Warden] in tandem with Smoke, the place Smoke will cease a line of sight together with his gasoline. [Normally], it’s exhausting to see via, however Warden will see via that fantastic.”

Due to the comparatively quick timer on Warden’s Look gadget, it’s finest to make use of reactively. It’s liberating to close down a Ying flash-and-charge tactic and, no less than on the informal scene, you possibly can count on to see a wholesome dose of doubt enter into flash-smoke-and-push methods.

When it comes to loadout, right here’s what RizRaz recommends for Warden. “At a aggressive stage, the shotgun, as a result of making rotates [holes for shifting quickly between rooms] is kind of essential and SMG12 for a secondary.” Warden’s shotgun is especially highly effective at holding kitchen, with the addition of a serving hatch that’s finest for allotting buckshot delicacies.

Countering the newbies

That’s learn how to use the newcomers. However how do you counter them? “Lesion is nearly a must-pick now to counter Nøkk,” says RizRaz. “Once I was enjoying because the attacker, I stepped in three Lesion mines and bought livid. Frost could be a choose, as a result of Nøkk could be too busy taking a look at defaults [default cams] and won’t see what’s beneath. Kapkan can be an alright choose. I believe traps will come again into meta for Nøkk. Extra barbed wire. Shields perhaps, as a result of Nøkk glitches when she vaults.”

For Warden and Nøkk, it’s nice to see… new additions which have the potential to tremendously upset the meta for informal, hardcore and professional gamers alike.

There are some apparent counter choices for Warden, too. “Thatcher and IQ appear to work one of the best,” says RizRaz. “IQ can see Warden when he’s utilizing his glasses. Thatcher can simply disable them. I may see a Thatcher together with Glaz and Blitz: disable his glasses after which push ahead. IQ can shoot Warden via the ground if he’s energetic. I believe Warden might be exhausting to counter, more durable than the attacker.”

Mozzie is anticipated to have large play within the aggressive scene and RizRaz teased that there are some sudden Gridlock strats that make the opposite Aussie operator a viable alternative. For Warden and Nøkk, it’s nice to see that, as an alternative of padding the roster, Ubisoft Montreal continues so as to add tempting new additions which have the potential to tremendously upset the meta for informal, hardcore and professional gamers alike.

When it comes to when to count on the brand new content material, Ubisoft doesn’t prefer to reveal official DLC launch dates till proper earlier than the content material drops. Primarily based on the actual fact Operation Phantom Sight was playable within the technical check server on 21 Could and the three-week hole from public check to launch, it’s a secure guess you’ll see the revamped Kafe map, Warden and Nøkk subsequent week.

Nathan Lawrence is a contract author based mostly in Sydney who writes about video games and movie, and is a shooter specialist. Say hey on Twitter.

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