Yesterday, Tuesday, September 7, ushered in new changes to shake up the game with the introduction of Season 6 of Year 3: Operation Crystal Guard.
As player rankings reset and they start the ranking process all over again, let’s take a look at the operator pool and determine which players should and shouldn’t pick for the new season. An important note before we start: While the new season has added some balance changes, but nothing so revolutionary that operators have drastically changed placement since the Rainbow Six Siege Operator List last August.
Without further ado, here is the list of Rainbow Six Siege operators for September 2021:
Ace, Aruni, Bandit, Hibana, IQ, Jäger, Kaid, Mira, Smoke, Thatcher, Twitch, Zofia
Osa is the last striker and, like almost all new operators, is incredibly strong right now. Its Talon-8 shield gives attackers incredible locking potential, whether it’s covering the flank or protecting the defuser. The rest of Osa’s kit was geared toward this lockdown style as she has two primary weapon choices, the hard-hitting 55XI AR or the rapid-fire PDW9 SMG, she also comes with smoke grenades or a claymore in her slot. equipment.
IQ has moved from A-Tier to S-Tier since last month due to a change that some consider minor but will have a huge effect. Since Operation Crystal Guard, its electronic detector can use the ping 2.0 system to detect defenders’ electronic devices through walls. This is a massively overlooked change as it gives IQ an extra layer of protection while allowing it to perform its essential role of gathering and relaying information to attackers.
Twitch remains in S-Tier, but it’s worth noting that it has received a huge upgrade to its drone. His shock drone can now jump and laser fire, destroying defender gadgets instead of disabling it. This is a massive change that has enormous potential to help attackers eliminate the huge amount of defensive utilities used in virtually any setup.
Bandit and Kaid remain in S-Tier fulfilling the incredibly important role of locking down the hard breach. Their ability to wade through gadgets and provide a large electronic fortification berth to reinforced walls and hatches make them an integral part of any defensive take.
Doc, Flores, Goyo, Lesion, Maverick, Melusi, Mozzie, Mute, Nomad, Sledge, Thermite Thunderbird, Valkyrie, Wamai, Zero
While Sledge hasn’t changed enough to warrant falling into the B-Tier, he still received a hard-hitting nerf. Every Sledge Main’s worst nightmare came about when Ubisoft confiscated their SMG-11 secondary. While he’s definitely a negative blow to his kit, Sledge’s main and incredibly useful gadget keeps him locked in level A.
Mute and Mozzie still offer an incredibly effective role in preventing information gathering from attackers. Between the pair, they offer enough utility to block almost any entry to the site. This forces attackers to lose drones and information or burn utilities in order to gather more information. Either way, the Mute and Mozzie duo offer a win-win for defenders.
Amaru, Ash, Buck, Echo, Ela, Finka, Iana, Jackal, Lion, Maestro, Kapkan, Pulse, Rook, Vigil, Ying
Another minor change included in the last set of patch notes was the addition of frag grenades at the expense of its blatant violation charge. Considering the large amount of breach utilities available to attackers, the addition of kills is a huge plus for former Operator Spetsnaz.
Despite nerves to make it less oppressive, Echo’s drone still presents a huge advantage to defenders as they are able to block or disrupt an attack with the drone’s concussive blasts. Echo’s mere presence also instills nervousness in attackers, as a last second concussion blow to the attacker planting the defuser can win the defenders’ turn.
Capitão, Castle, Caviera, Clash, Gridlock, Dokkaebi, Frost, Jackal, Mountain, Kali, Oryx, Tachanka
While these Operators offer functionality and integration into larger offensive or defensive setups, they often go unseen as they don’t offer the most powerful gadget, kit, or two. While some of these operators may fill unique roles, many fill roles similar to other more powerful operators.
Alibi, Blackbeard, Blitz, Rocket, Glaz, Nøkk, Guardian
D-Tier remains largely unchanged, primarily as selfish operators or by being difficult to fit into a larger setup. Players are strongly discouraged from using these operators unless one of these operators is the cornerstone of a larger strategy.