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Rainbow Six Siege for Beginners: A Primer by Emaaz

First and foremost, the only actually useful thing is learning.
The maps, the Operators and their gadgets, the mechanics of the game are all things you can master only through hours and hours of practice, not only on the battlefield (no pun intended) but also during your “dead time”. Got ten minutes before a class or dinner? Why not watch an R6S video on YouTube to entertain yourself (there are plenty of good YouTubers playing Siege daily: MacieJay, Serenity17, Skittlz, and NarcolepticNugget are just the most famous ones) or read a couple articles about tips for improving your gameplay? (gotcha here ;] )

Next on the list, you should find your “comfort zone” in the game: try out a bunch of Operators at first (I’d say Sledge and Thermite on one side, Rook and Mute on the other) and find out which one of them suits your playstyle the most, then stick to it for a bit. Wait until you’re pretty confident that you have a basic knowledge of maps and game modes before trying out new Operators and/or new guns.

Try not to bite off more than you can chew. Don’t change Operators at any round and don’t swap accessories every match.
Your one and only reason to pick an Operator you’ve never used in your first hours in Siege is your main Operator has already been selected by someone else. If this happens, that’s a hell of a good reason (and a good opportunity) to try out something new. But otherwise, always try to choose the Operator you feel most confident with because, and this is the first tip I’m giving you:

R6 is all about confidence.

Self-confidence especially. Fearing enemies and being scared of the possibility of getting killed ain’t gonna take you anywhere in Siege.
So, be confident in your skills and your sixth-sense. If something tells you that you’re going to win that 1v1 (maybe because the enemy just shot another one of your teammates so they aren’t focusing on you or maybe they don’t even know you’re there) just try it. The worst that can happen is you fail and die, but at least you tried and maybe managed to do something good for the team (lit an enemy, opened a Mira window, planted the defuser…). Obviously, being confident does not mean being stupid and impulsive, just try and find the good balance.

You may think I’ll be overwhelming you with this “fluff” about mental stuff, but 80% of you being good and by good I mean really, really good at this game is you being a god in thinking on your feet and problem solving: if enemies do that, I do this; if I can’t do this, I’ll do this other thing. But everything has to happen in fractions of seconds, so you better be quick with your strategy planning and the only way to do it is — you guessed it — through practice.

Let’s get started:

Find a team. Have you ever seen someone playing football all alone, or with random people he doesn’t even know? You might have but I’m willing to bet they did not perform very well. Same goes for Siege. First thing you should do after having learned the basics of the game is find someone to play with. But not just “someone”. We are not machines. Try to find someone you like spending time and playing with, build a virtual friendship with them and get through that Siege life together. [insert charming phrase about our Discord here].

Drones are life. If you are not sure where enemies are, drone rooms to make sure they are clean. Try not to lose your drone in the prep phase: instead of sticking it on a chair in the objective where it’ll get destroyed, try and leave it outside of the building near your spawn or in a place where you know you can pick it up later in the round. Having two drones during the round is double the fun.

Learn your role, because you’re not just a guy with a gun. When defending, decide whether you wanna be a “roamer” (stay outside the objective, in the rooms near it or above/underneath it, trying to catch enemies who are approaching the objective), or an “anchor” (someone who stays inside the objective, behind cover, holding the angle on a specific door/window or two, waiting for enemies to come).

Improvise. Adapt. Overcome. This is that one time where memes are actually life. Always be ready for a change of plans. Enemies could be anywhere in the map and they can defend in so many different ways that you can’t predict all of them. So always be ready to even walk your way out of the building, get around it and try getting inside from another window. Things are a bit easier when you’re defending: you know enemies will be coming for the objective sooner or later, but don’t let that fool you. There’s no reason to be roaming if your team is in a 3v5 situation: once one of your teammates dies without having a refrag back, just get back up near the objective (even inside of it, if the situation becomes critical). Don’t stand behind reinforced walls or underneath an hatch just because “they’re reinforced”, because:

Nowhere is safe. Literally nowhere. Defenders can run out the map and spawn kill you one second into the round and, if that happens, it is entirely your fault. Same thing goes for attackers: they could be breaching inside from anywhere, so don’t think “They’ll never come from here!” because guess what? Eventually they will, and you’re gonna be fucked. Again, always be prepared.

Never move without a purpose. Try and think about what you are doing and why you are doing it: don’t peek from windows if you don’t know where enemies are and don’t run around the map unconsciously.

ALWAYS aim down sights when entering rooms and always check corners for enemies unless you know they are clear.

ALWAYS be prepared for an enemy to come up to you. A round is just three minutes, but those three minutes must be 100% focus. “Wtf was he doing there?” is not a good excuse for dying like an idiot.

ALWAYS be aware of what happens during the round: where your teammates are (if a teammate is in a room, that room should likely be clear and safe); which operators the enemies have (if they have a Frost, watch out for mats); how much time is left until the end of the round (especially if you are defending, time is your bff).

ALWAYS aim for the head. A single headshot is always a kill. Don’t aim at crotch or chest level, instead try and shoot for the head. Even if the recoil is high and 20 of your bullets hit the wall behind him, one bullet in the right place is enough.

Don’t be stubborn. If an enemy is shooting at you from perfect cover, there’s no reason to risk your life to try and kill him. Just back up and change your plan; if you are dealing with a roaming defender upstairs and the objective is two floors below, leave him be and just focus on the objective, especially if time is running low. You’ll take care of him once he comes downstairs.

Don’t waste time attacking. Try to make sure all rooms near the objective are clear as quickly as you can, then focus on taking the objective.

Don’t be toxic. If someone does something stupid, he’ll be the first one to notice it, no need to be like: “OMGG DUDE TF U DOING U SUCK BROO I FUK UR MUM”.

Don’t get angry. Not because “it’s just a game”, but because that’s not good for your gameplay and for your team. Getting angrier and angrier only makes you do sillier and more impulsive things. Just be calm, and if you die, you die. You’ll do better next round.

Be smart and enterprising. Do you know you’re spawning near a window that’s often used to spawn kill? Even if it’s still barricaded, shoot a couple bullets through it. You may take out or seriously injure some roamers waiting for a late spawn peek. Are you near a room that’s usually used by roamers to stand in and wait for the flank? Shoot a couple bullets through the nearest breachable wall or door and again you could manage to get a free kill with no effort at all. Have the feeling that the defenders aren’t covering a part of the map or they haven’t reinforced a specific wall/hatch? Go for it, it may be the key to winning the round.

There you go! The list is complete, for now. I’ll try my best to keep it updated and add things as they come to my mind or I learn them. Be sure to check it out every once in awhile!

-Emaaz

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