How to get Good at Rainbow Six Siege

Rainbow Six Siege occupies a unique position in the world of competitive Esports. It is arguably the second biggest FPS, behind CSGO and ahead of COD, but have drastically different gameplay to both. 


Therefore, a player transitioning from another FPS to R6S is going to struggle in the beginning, more so than that player might be used to. To try and nullify this, we’re going to break down and talk about some of the fundamentals of Rainbow Six Siege, and how to improve your gameplay in each area. 


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One of the most significant differences you’re going to notice is gunplay. R6S plays significantly slower than Call of Duty but slightly faster than CSGO, and gunfights reflect that. It is a combination of the patient angle holding gameplay, and the running and gunning present in respawn titles. 


As a result, what you should be focusing on depends on what game you’ve transitioned from. A COD player is going to adapt to the fast-paced nature of a roamer operator quickly, whereas a CS player should be fine with an anchor. 


If you need to work on your angles, learn the difference between the scopes. An ACOG offers you higher magnification and is going to give you an advantage when holding a tight corner. You’re also going to have to learn how holding a corner works. The War Owl on YouTube has a great video on this for CSGO, but the fundamentals apply here too. 


Peaker’s advantage is another thing to keep in mind. Due to the lag and latency of the R6S servers, as well as the difference in reaction times, the person who peaks in a gunfight (the person who makes the challenge) has a split-second advantage over the person holding the angle. 


Lastly, you’re going to want to focus on headshots. Like CSGO, a headshot here is an instant kill. So learn the height of the character models and work on your preaim. 


Learn the Maps


This is the single greatest thing you can do to improve your Rainbow performance. While it is an integral part of other FPS titles, it is much more vital here. The gameplay is designed around the environment and how individual operators interact with it. Some can break down particular walls, shoot through them, and so on. 


On top of that, the map is going to determine your entire strategy. Your knowledge of entries to your bomb sites is going to be the difference between winning and losing. To work on this, hope into a private game and spend some time running around the competitive rotation maps, and spend some time playing them in casual. 


Find your Main


Picking your main operator is an entire process in and of itself, but it is vital to improving. This is different from COD and CS, where you don’t really have operators, at least, not to the same extent. 


So play around with the options, and once you find one you like, stick to it. If you continuously keep switching, then you’re never going to get comfortable with one.