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Y6S3.3 Patch Notes

For additional information and further details on the changes listed below, please see our [Y6S3.3 Designer’s Notes](https://rainbow6.com/DN_Y6S33).

Y6S3.3 PATCH SIZE

Below you will find the download sizes for each platform.

  • Ubisoft Connect: 2.21 GB
  • Steam: 1.7 GB
  • Xbox One: 1.2 GB
  • Xbox Series X: 3.7 GB
  • PS4: 1.4 GB
  • PS5: 1.13 GB

OPERATOR BALANCING

ALIBI

Increased Mx4 Storm vertical recoil.

ARUNI AND MOZZIE
  • Reduced P10 Roni Magazine from 19+1 to 15+1.
  • Increased vertical recoil and first kick recoil.
  • Total ammo is now 181 in PVP, 121 in Hardcore and 196 in PVE.
CASTLE
  • Increased number of Armor Panels to 4 (was 3).
  • Reduced number of punches required to destroy an Armor Panel to 9 (was 12).
CLASH
  • Replaced P-10C with Super Shorty.
HARD BREACH CHARGE
  • Increased number to 2 (was 1).
  • Affected Operators include: Montagne, Buck, Fuze, Capitão, Amaru, Nøkk, Ying, and Zero.
KAPKAN
  • No longer limited to placing 1 trap per door/window frame.
MELUSI
  • Added Bulletproof Camera (removed Nitro Cell).
ORYX
  • Reduced Dash refresh time to 8 seconds (was 12 seconds).
WAMAI
  • Increased number of Mag-NETs to 6 (was 4).
  • Reduced catching area of effect to 3.5 meters (was 5 meters).

TWEAKS AND IMPROVEMENTS

PLAYER COMFORT

Performance Metrics

  • PC users can now display real-time performance metrics in the HUD such as FPS, latency, and NVIDIA-related metrics. This feature can be turned On in the General section of the Options menu.

BUG FIXES

GAMEPLAY

FIXED – Attacker is removed from the match if they injure a hostage that is later revived and eliminated by a Defender.
FIXED – Ammo counter flashes red after switching weapons.
FIXED – The G36Cs rail reduces visibility when the Red Dot is equipped.
FIXED – If a player is reconnecting, round doesn’t end when the last opponent is eliminated.
FIXED – "Join Party" option is not functional in the Ubisoft Connect overlay and client.
FIXED – Rim lighting is applied to Operators on the victory screen.
FIXED – Muffled sound is heard on some weapons.
FIXED – Defenders can vault on top of an unreachable location and secure a win for their team in the Doktor’s Curse Event.
FIXED – The attacker’s hammer animation freezes and loops without collision when holding down the trigger button in the Doktor’s Curse Event.

LEVEL DESIGN

FIXED – Bar shadow at 1F Bar disappears when viewed from trapdoor in 2F Library Entrance on Chalet map.
FIXED – Asset and collision issues on Bank map and Kafe Dostoyevsky map.
FIXED – The light of the wall cladding located at 3F Lounge disappears when LOD lowers when viewing it from 3F Casino on Yacht map.
FIXED – Player is unable drop the defuser on the roof above 2F Billiards Room on Coastline map.

OPERATORS

FIXED – Kapkan is not receiving 20p for each activated trap.

USER EXPERIENCE

FIXED – Various UI issues.
FIXED – Various localization issues.

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Y6S3.3 Designer's Notes

In this latest edition of Designer’s Notes, we’ll go into more detail about the balancing changes that’ll come with the Y6S3.3 patch and give you an insight into the reasons behind these changes.

For more information on all the updates, changes, and content that launched as part of Crystal Guard, check out the seasonal patch notes here[www.rainbow6.com].

BALANCING MATRIX AND TOP OPERATOR BANS

WIN DELTA VS. PRESENCE

Please note that we are using presence to gauge the popularity of an Operator. This notion had to be introduced to reflect the implementation of the pick & ban.

Presence definition: pick rate of an Operator when not banned. Win Delta: The Win Delta is aggregated from Operator’s Win Deltas per Bomb Site.

OPERATOR BAN RATE

OPERATOR BALANCING

CASTLE
  • Increased Armor Panels to 4 (was 3).
  • Reduced melee hits required to destroy a Armor Panels to 9 (was 12).

Population targeted by this change: Casual and Top Ranked.

At their core, Castle’s Armor Panels represent one of the most quintessentially "Siege" Operator abilities – reinforcement is in Siege’s DNA. While they’ve served him well over the years, we felt his stock was a little limiting, especially with such a clear counter in Sledge.

Starting each round with one additional Armor Panel, this is expected to change how Castle approaches each map and encourage more creativity in their placement. Now, he’ll be able to employ more complex defense setups and stand out as a more effective anchor pick, while feeling less of a sting if there’s a Sledge on his case. Of course, this increased utility can’t come without a small price – namely that it will take less melee hits to break each panel. Given the amount of time and effort required to destroy one of these with even the reduced value, we feel this is a more than fair tradeoff for the increased defense these barricades bring to the table.

CLASH
  • Added Super Shorty (removed P-10C).

Population targeted by this change: Casual and Top Ranked.

Clash, say hello to the Super Shorty shotgun! With a pick rate of only 3%, the P-10C hasn’t been seeing much use in Clash’s loadout. Given that she already has a machine pistol at her disposal, we wanted to introduce a weapon to her kit that offers a different option from what she already has.

The Super Shorty will open up more gameplay options and utility for Clash, lending well to her up-close-and-personal style of play.

KAPKAN
  • Number of Entry Denial Devices per door/window frame no longer limited to 1.

Population targeted by this change: Casual.

If one Entry Denial Device on a door is a fun surprise, what would you call five EDDs? In an effort to spice up Kapkan’s gameplay, he can now place a greater number of traps on doors and window frames, both increasing their active coverage and possible damage output.

It should be noted that while he is no longer limited to one trap per door or window, the deployment space on each will still have a limit depending on their size. This means that while windows are capable of housing fewer EDDs than doors, they can still be stacked on either side of the frame, including on the inside and outside to maximize explosive impact. Triggered traps on a given frame will then explode in unison, dealing 60 damage each. For reference, depending on armor, you can expect three or more traps to be lethal (or just about).

This is expected to open up quite a few more options for creativity when locking down a site as Kapkan. Now, Attackers will have to contend with more unpredictability when facing him, as trapped doors can go from being a mild inconvenience to a full frag real quick. This should also make his ability function more logically, as given its size, it makes sense that attaching multiple traps to a single surface should be possible.


While you’ll never come across a round with this many EDDs, this should help illustrate just how stacked windows and doors can get with Kapkan’s rework

MELUSI
  • Added Bullet Proof Camera (removed Nitro Cell).

Population targeted by this change: Casual and Top Ranked.

Even after the recent rework to her Banshee, Melusi continues to be a strong Operator. In particular, her win rate continues to trend upward. In order to tone down her fragging potential and focus in on her intel side, we’ve replaced her Nitro Cell with the Bullet Proof Camera.

This, combined with the set-it-and-forget-it intel-gathering capabilities of her Banshee will help to better define Melusi’s role in matches outside of seemingly being able to do it all. She’s an intel gatherer at heart and this should help to increase the utility value she brings to matches at the expense of some of her frag power.

ORYX
  • Reduced Remah Dash charge refill time to 8s (was 12s).

Population targeted by this change: Casual and Top Ranked.

As some of you may remember, we tweaked Oryx’s Remah Dash in Y5S2.3, which included an increase to the time it took to refill charges. While the other aspects of the tweak have worked well since then, we’ve decided to roll back the charge refill time.

Charging around as Oryx is one of the main things that sets him apart, so we want to make sure players are able to make the most of this mobility. After all, waiting around to smash through an unsuspecting wall is no fun, so get ready for less downtime and more wanton wall destruction.

You can expect some more tweaks to Oryx in the future as well. His ability to climb through hatches is key to his gameplay identity, but it’s a little slow at the moment. We’re working on a solution to speed this up slightly, but it will take more time, so stay tuned.

WAMAI
  • Increased max Mag-NET System to 6 (was 4).
  • Reduced Mag-NET System catching area to 3.5m (was 5m).

Population targeted by this change: Casual and Top Ranked.

Similar to Oryx, we’ve decided to roll back a change to Wamai from Y5S4 and tweak him slightly to account for this. We’ve heard your feedback about wanting a more viable alternative to Jäger and his ADS, and hope that by increasing Wamai’s total Mag-NETs, this will increase his map control.

To account for the 50% increase in total Mag-NETs, their catching area has been decreased, which is expected to make their placement more predictable and easier to spot for Attackers. While this will temper their effectiveness slightly in larger environments, when used in the tighter confines of many maps, players are unlikely to notice a huge difference.

WEAPON BALANCING

MX4 STORM
  • Increased Mx4 vertical recoil.

Population targeted by this change: Casual, Pros, and Top Ranked.

Please note that recoil simulations shown are representative of recoil on PC without attachments.

Approaching Y6S3.3, Alibi has one of the three highest K/D ratios (1.26) of all Operators when equipped with her Mx4. In an effort to give it a little more kick and require a little more finesse to effectively handle and secure frags with, we’ve increased its vertical recoil. As you can see from the above recoil comparison, the change will require some re-adjustment from players, but should still be manageable to handle.

P10 RONI
  • Reduced P10 Roni magazine to 15+1 (was 19+1).
    • Total ammo:
      • PVP – 181
      • Hardcore – 121
      • PVE – 196
  • Increased vertical recoil.
  • Increases first kick recoil.

Population targeted by this change: Casual, Pros, and Top Ranked.

Please note that recoil simulations shown are representative of recoil on PC without attachments.

Similar to Alibi above with the Mx4, Mozzie also has one of the highest K/D ratios (1.26) with the P10. While Aruni’s K/D isn’t quite as high, the power and precision of the P10 has helped to make her already-stacked kit – from the strong utility of her Surya Gates to her passive which allows for the creation of infinite rotation holes – a force to be reckoned with. To help bring both Operators back in line with their fellow Defenders and encourage some more experimentation with their loadouts, the P10 is getting a nerf to its recoil and magazine.

In its pre-Y6S3.3 state, the P10 had an extremely tight pattern that made it extremely effective, as proven by Mozzie’s impressive K/D. While its vertical recoil has increased, when compared to the updated Mx4 above, the updated P10’s recoil should still be slightly easier to manage. It should still represent a strong pick for both Operators, but we also hope that it will open the door to more experimentation with Aruni’s MK 14 and Mozzie’s Commando. Plus, with the P10’s magazine reduction, players will want to make sure they have a solid bead on their opponents before firing, as they’ll have less bullets to fall back on.

GADGET BALANCING

HARD BREACH CHARGE
  • Increased gadget amount to 2 (was 1).
    • Affected Operators: Montagne, Buck, Fuze, Capitao, Amaru, Nokk, Ying, Zero

Population targeted by this change: Casual and Top Ranked.

When we introduced the Hard Breach Charge a year ago, the intention was to give Attackers more versatility and approach options – something we’re happy to say it achieved, especially in lower ranks. One thing we’ve noticed, though, is that this flexibility is sometimes hindered by its single use. This can dissuade creative or risky plays in favor of choosing the safe option, so we’ve added another HBC to the applicable Operators’ loadouts.

We expect this to encourage more creative uses of the gadget, whether it’s for creating an additional rotation or tying in some more vertical play.

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Y6S3.2 Patch Notes

For additional information and further details on the changes listed below, please see our Y6S3.2 Designer’s Notes.

Y6S3.2 PATCH SIZE

Below you will find the download sizes for each platform.

  • Ubisoft Connect: 1.40 GB
  • Steam: 1.2 GB

TWEAKS AND IMPROVEMENTS

PLAYER COMFORT

Scoreboard – Visual Improvements

  • Reduced overall size and improved readability.

Performance Metrics

  • PC users can now display real-time performance metrics in the HUD such as FPS, latency, and NVIDIA-related metrics.
    • This feature can be turned On in the Options menu, and players can choose between Minimal and Advanced Metrics.

BUG FIXES

GAMEPLAY

FIXED – When one player downs a teammate and another player eliminates the teammate, the player who downed them will be removed from the match.
FIXED – Muffled sound is heard on some automatic weapons.

LEVEL DESIGN

FIXED – The player can get stuck between the barrels and garbage bags at EXT Teacups on Theme Park map.
FIXED – Multiple issues with planting or picking up the defuser in specific areas on various maps.
FIXED – Rappel exploit allows players to reach location that should be inaccessible on new Coastline map.
FIXED – Various LOD issues on Yacht and Tower maps.

OPERATORS

FIXED – Game crashes when Mira’s Black Mirror is ejected while an active Cluster Charge is attached to it.
FIXED – Pulse’s Cardiac Sensor appears to be stuck on the "Connecting…" screen when a player views Pulse in Support Mode.
FIXED – Animation is missing when player tries to exit rappel with Osa’s Talon-8 Shield equipped.
FIXED – Player is able to exit rappel with Osa’s Talon-8 Shield equipped.

USER EXPERIENCE

FIXED – Various UI issues.
FIXED – Shield skins are not previewed in 3D in the Weapon Skins category of the Shop.
FIXED – Thumbnails for shield skins are missing from the Battle Pass purchase side-panel.
FIXED – C4 turns white on the new Nitro Cell model.
FIXED – Various localization issues.
FIXED – Round timer shows incorrect time remaining on Stadia. (Hotfix delivered to PC and Luna last week.)

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Y6S3.1 Patch Notes

Y6S3.1 PATCH SIZE

Below you will find the download sizes for each platform.

  • Ubisoft Connect: 1.29 GB
  • Steam: 847.7 MB
  • Xbox One: 1.07 GB
  • Xbox Series X: 1.56 GB
  • PS4: 1.46 GB
  • PS5: 1.07 GB

BUG FIXES

GAMEPLAY
  • FIXED – After spawning with Blitz or Montagne and switching PC windows, hip-fire spread is reduced.
LEVEL DESIGN
  • FIXED – The operator can lean and clip inside the electrical box at EXT Garage on Villa map.
  • FIXED – Various asset issues on Bank map.
  • FIXED – Various collision issues on Coastline map.
  • FIXED – Various LOD issues on multiple maps.

OPERATORS
  • FIXED – The refill SFX for Lesion’s GU is not triggered.
  • FIXED – When shooting Clash’s CCE Shield with Kali’s CSRX 300, the operator will not receive the Guard Break state nor the animation.
  • FIXED – Osa’s bullet impact decals disappear when deploying her Talon-8 Shield.
  • FIXED – The first-person camera is offset inside Maestro’s Evil Eye when a player spectates through it.
USER EXPERIENCE
  • FIXED – Voice Chat Volume is set to 0 when accepting a party invite on Stadia.
  • FIXED – Under certain conditions, HUD markers will not be visible to players.
  • FIXED – ADS Sensitivity slider jumps in increment of 2 when set to Standard.
  • FIXED – Extra texture is present in first-person view on all of Buck’s uniforms.
  • FIXED – Various localization issues.

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Community Artist Bundle Program Y6S3: FrAgMenT

After releasing the amazing SAU_SIEGE[rainbow6.com] and Sunstark [rainbow6.com]bundles in Y6S1 and Y6S2, we are delighted to continue our collaboration with Prime Gaming for the Community Artist Bundle Program in Y6S3 Crystal Guard!

With this program, we want to celebrate our amazingly creative and dedicated community artists and give them a chance to be represented in-game. Each chosen artist will have the opportunity to design a full set for an operator of their choice and the resulting bundles will become available during Year 6 and beyond.

Today, we are proud to present our next Community Artist Bundle: A Samurai and Oni – a type of yōkai, Japanese spirit – inspired set for Hibana, designed by FrAgMenT.

This Hibana Operator Bundle includes the FrAgMenT:

  • Uniform
  • Headgear
  • Weapon skin
  • Charm

HOW TO REDEEM THE BUNDLE

The FrAgMenT Operator Bundle will be available via Prime Gaming for a limited time, starting from Wednesday, September 22nd.

Prime Gaming members will be able to claim this exclusive set for free. If you’re not a Prime member yet, you can sign up for a free trial.

A Renown Booster is currently available from Prime Gaming until September 22nd when the FrAgMenT Operator Bundle will be live, so don’t forget to claim this too!

Here’s how you can get these Prime Gaming offers:

  • Link your Ubisoft and Amazon accounts here[primegaming.ubisoft.com].
  • Redeem the respective offer through Prime Gaming here[gaming.amazon.com].
  • Receive the content automatically in-game within 48 hours.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Before joining the Siege community, FrAgMenT was mostly known as a community artist for For Honor, which he continues to love, especially for its setting.
In 2018, when FrAgMenT was a Ubisoft Star Player, he was contacted by Ubisoft Australia to draw Siege artwork. As this was his first time drawing tactical gear and modern elements, this was a new challenge for him. During this process, FrAgMenT gained an appreciation for this style of artwork, and along with the support of the Siege community, it led him to join the Siege Champions Program[rainbow6.com] along with other talented community members!
FrAgMenT’s art is all about challenging perspectives and details while telling stories and bringing emotions into his artwork. But why Hibana? FrAgMenT wanted to introduce his passion for Japanese mythology and folklore in a well-fitting way. On top of being his favorite operator, Hibana felt like the perfect choice for his vision. The design is inspired by characters he’s created with some important elements: horns, a headband, and typical Oni colors.
Don’t forget to follow FrAgMenT on Artstation[www.artstation.com], Twitter, and Instagram[www.instagram.com] to see more!

FAQ

What is the Community Artist Bundle Program?
The Community Artist Bundle Program launched in Y6S1 and it brings operator bundles created by some of our most talented and dedicated Siege fan artists into the game.

I’m a Siege fan artist too – what can I do to get selected as well?
Given the length of our production cycle for in-game content, the fan artists for Year 6 have already been determined. However, we are always on the lookout for future participants. If your goal is to see your bundle in-game, continue showing us your passion and strive to be an outstanding member of the Siege community. We have multiple ways for our dedicated community artists to get more involved with the game, such as the Siege Champions Program[rainbow6.com].

How can I get the Y6S3 FrAgMenT Operator bundle?
Link your Ubisoft account with your Amazon account here [primegaming.ubisoft.com]and claim the Operator set through Prime Gaming[gaming.amazon.com] starting from September 22nd. After successfully redeeming the content, it will be available in your in-game inventory within 48 hours. Players must have Hibana available as an operator.

Can I buy the FrAgMenT Operator Bundle with Renown or R6 Credits as well?
The FrAgMenT Operator Bundle is exclusive to Prime Gaming for a limited time only and can be obtained via the Prime Gaming offer as described above. Prime Gaming is included for free with Amazon Prime, and free trials are available for new users.

Will this offer be available on all platforms?
Yes, it can be redeemed on PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series S|X, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Amazon Luna, and Google Stadia.

How long will this offer be available?
Following its release on September 22nd, you have one month to claim this offer via Prime Gaming.

I don’t see my rewards.
If you’re having trouble redeeming your FrAgMenT Operator Bundle, please contact our support[support.ubisoft.com].

For more information about Prime Gaming, visit the Prime Gaming FAQ[www.amazongames.com].

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Y6S3 Crystal Guard Patch Notes Addendum

Updates and fixes made over the course of the Y6S3 Test Server. For the full Crystal Guard Patch Notes, follow the link below.

Crystal Guard Season Patch Notes: https://rainbow6.com/crystalguard

# Y6S3 PATCH SIZE
Below you will find the download sizes for each platform.

  • Ubisoft Connect: 24 GB
  • Steam: 12 GB
  • Xbox One: 20 GB
  • Xbox Series X: 20 GB
  • PS4: 20 GB
  • PS5: 16 GB
TWEAKS AND IMPROVEMENTS

GAME BALANCING

Ranked and Unranked Earning Increased

  • Increased XP and Renown gain in Ranked and Unranked by 15% to match other PVP playlists.

ZOFIA
Modified M762 recoil so it’s slightly easier to control.

  • Horizontal spread to the left has been reduced.

ACE & FUZE
Modified AK-12 recoil so it’s slightly easier to control.

  • Horizontal spread to the right has been reduced.

FLASH EFFECT UPDATE

  • Decreased the duration of the flash effect based on player’s orientation.
  • Affects Stun grenades, Ying’s Candela and Blitz’s G52-Tactical Shield.

BUG FIXES

GAMEPLAY
  • FIXED – Windows cursor remains stuck on screen, blocking camera movement.
  • FIXED – Reinforcing a partially damaged hatch does not destroy the original wooden surface.
  • FIXED – Battle Pass reward system is not functional for all game modes and completing a match results in an infinite error message.
  • FIXED – Revive animation isn’t canceled when players fall through a hatch while reviving a teammate.
  • FIXED – Operator first-person view shifts downwards when players lean right while rappelling.
  • FIXED – Defenders can exit onto Skyscraper scaffolding without being detected.
  • FIXED – Players don’t receive Kill score if they are eliminated after they DBNO an opponent and a teammate finishes the opponent.
  • FIXED – Death Replay camera is offset if player is eliminated by an electrified wall.
  • FIXED – Health bars of spotted opponents are visible in HUD.
LEVEL DESIGN
  • FIXED – Multiple LOD and LOS issues on various maps.
  • FIXED – Various defuser planting and retrieval issues in specific areas on maps.
  • FIXED – Exploitable gaps on various maps.
  • FIXED – Multiple clipping, collision, destruction, and asset issues on various maps.
  • FIXED – Multiple lighting issues on various maps.
  • FIXED – Environmental destruction does not occur around indestructible assets.

BANK

  • FIXED – EXT location on Bank map that’s normally inaccessible can be accessed by players.
  • FIXED – Deployment animation is no longer available if the barricade animation is canceled on the door that is west of 1F Teller’s Office on Bank map.
  • FIXED – Operator floats and shakes when positioned between the trash bags and concrete ramp on Bank map.
  • FIXED – Aruni’s Surya Gate does not deploy on the door that leads to 1F Tellers’ Office on Bank map.
  • FIXED – Players can navigate onto the top of the fridge on Bank map.

BORDER

  • FIXED – Hostage is located in 1F Workshop not 1F Server Room as specified by the objective location on Border map.

CLUBHOUSE

  • FIXED – Multiple navigation issues where the operator is floating and shaking in specific locations on Clubhouse map.
  • FIXED – Drone can navigate under floors on Clubhouse map.

COASTLINE

  • FIXED – Echo’s Yokai loses signal near 1F North Stairs and 1F Hallway on Coastline map.
  • FIXED – During Preparation Phase, a red wall can be seen on one side of the window located at 2F Hallway on Coastline map.
  • FIXED – Echo’s Yokai loses signal if it’s navigated near the wall at 1F North Stairs on Coastline map.
  • FIXED – A gap is visible when Osa’s Talon-8 Shield is attached to the door between 1F Service Entrance and 1F Kitchen on Coastline map.
OPERATORS
  • FIXED – Lion, Finka and Iana’s first-person device animations are not interrupted by Oryx’s Remah Dash or Nomad’s Airjabs.
  • FIXED – Operators with wearable electronic devices are not revealed after being pinged by IQ’s Electronics Detector.

ACE

  • FIXED – Ace’s S.E.L.M.A. Aqua Breacher destroys Osa’s Talon-8 Shield when thrown.

CLASH

  • FIXED – Energy bar for Clash’s CCE Shield is missing.

DOKKAEBI

  • FIXED – Dokkaebi’s 3.0x scope reticle appears in EOR replay.

ECHO

  • FIXED – Collisions involving Echo’s Yokai interfere with navigation.
  • FIXED – Echo’s Yokai can be attached to any exterior doorframe.

FLORES

  • FIXED – Flores’ RCE-Ratero Charge gets destroyed near fences on various maps.

FUZE

  • FIXED – Drill SFX for Fuze’s Cluster Charge continues playing when device is destroyed.
  • FIXED – A reinforced wall is treated as a soft wall if Fuze deploys the Cluster Charge exactly where another device is deployed on the other side.

GRIDLOCK

  • FIXED – Gridlock’s M249 SAW has only 60 bullets when reloading with 1 bullet in the chamber.

HIBANA

  • FIXED – Occasionally, some of Hibana’s X-Kairos pellets don’t deploy when shot in succession.
  • – FIXED – Reload animation for Hibana’s X-Kairos experiences glitches.

IQ

  • FIXED – Multiple detection and ping issues with IQ’s Electronics Detector.
  • FIXED – Camera pulses remain stuck on screen of IQ’s Electronics Detector after cameras are destroyed.
  • FIXED – Captured Mozzie drones don’t appear as captured in IQ’s Electronics Detector.
  • FIXED – Regular ping appears instead of smart ping when IQ uses the Electronics Detector to ping the counter defuser in PVE.
  • FIXED – IQ’s Electronics Detector detects friendly drones that have recovered from disabled state.

KAID

  • FIXED – Area of effect feedback for Kaid’s Proximity Alarm remains stuck on screen in Support Mode.
  • FIXED – Kaid’s Rtila Electroclaw activates without delay when it drops from one surface to another.

LION

  • FIXED – Lion doesn’t get +5 pts when the EE-One-D detects an opponent.

MAESTRO

  • FIXED – Maestro’s Evil Eye can’t destroy Gridlock’s Trax Stingers when they’re deployed on uneven surfaces.
  • FIXED – Shooting the back of Maestro’s Evil Eye while his shield is open, destroys the device.

MIRA

  • FIXED – Mira loses points when another player breaks a Black Mirror that has a friendly gadget deployed on it.
  • FIXED – Crash occurs if player ejects Mira’s Black Mirror while a device is deployed on it.

MUTE

  • FIXED – Mute’s Signal Disruptor doesn’t get destroyed when an opponent shoots the antennas.

NØKK

  • FIXED – HEL Presence Reduction grants Nøkk immunity to slow effect produced by Melusi’s Banshee Sonic Defense.

OSA

  • FIXED – Osa’s weapon collides with Talon-8 Shield if she picks it up while rappelling.
  • FIXED – Handles on Osa’s Talon-8 Shield are incorrectly positioned when she equips/unequips the device while rappelling.
  • FIXED – Osa’s hitbox is too small when she rappels and picks up the Talon-8 Shield.
  • FIXED – Various Osa animation issues.
  • FIXED – Osa does not have a Nighthaven model phone.
  • FIXED – Player can cancel the equip animation for Osa’s Talon-8 Shield.
  • FIXED – SFX is missing when Osa picks up the Talon-8 Shield.

ROOK

  • FIXED – Health bar flashes when players equip one of Rook’s armor plates after being revived.

TWITCH

  • FIXED – Twitch’s Shock Drone lights appear detached.
  • FIXED – Twitch’s Shock Drone clips through any asset.
  • FIXED – Twitch’s Shock Drone gets destroyed near fences on various maps.
  • FIXED – Landing SFX plays twice after player jumps Twitch’s Shock Drone.
  • FIXED – Twitch’s Shock Drone does not appear during EOR replay.

ZERO

  • FIXED – Total loss of functionality is encountered when swapping between Zero’s Argus Camera and other Observation Tools.
USER EXPERIENCE
  • FIXED – Multiple UI and graphics issues.
  • FIXED – Various Match Replay issues.
  • FIXED – Various localization issues.
  • FIXED – Various voice chat and VFX issues.
  • FIXED – Various customization and Shop issues.
  • FIXED – Surrender vote remains active when round ends before the vote expires.
  • FIXED – Player usernames are sometimes replaced with random numbers and letters representing the profile ID of a linked account.
  • FIXED – Operator icons and player usernames shake when players move around.
  • FIXED – Tactical map was not updated after release of reworked Bank map.
  • FIXED – UI elements present during EOR replay do not respond correctly after player modifies the HUD Display Area.
  • FIXED – MMR Rollback popups appear after players complete a match, not when they log into the game.
  • FIXED – Online ID on PS5 is split in Simplified Chinese.
  • FIXED – A PC player has the communication disabled for all Stadia users if the PC user activates the Crossplay Communication option only after entering the session.

Kompletter Artikel: Y6S3 Crystal Guard Patch Notes Addendum

SIXTH GUARDIAN CHARITY PROGRAM Y6S3: INDSPIRE

In Year 6 Season 3, the Sixth Guardian Program[news.ubisoft.com] rolls onward! The program aims to support a charity via the sales of an in-game bundle which is available throughout the entire length of a Season, with 100% of net proceeds (with a minimum of $6 USD per bundle sold) going to the charity. Your purchases will help to directly support a charity and help a diverse range of causes. Together, we hope to unite the Rainbow Six Siege community and make a positive change outside of our game.

Since the program’s launch in the past year, together with our community, we have raised well over $200,000 USD* for charity! Big thanks once again to our first two Sixth Guardian partners: AbleGamers Charity[ablegamers.org] and Stack Up[www.stackup.org].

The Siege team is excited to reveal that throughout Crystal Guard, players will be able to purchase this Thunderbird SG Bundle, with all proceeds will going towards an incredible charity called Indspire[indspire.ca]. Their North Star (see what we did there) goal is to see every Indigenous student in Canada graduate school within a generation. Indspire serves First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students in remote communities, rural areas and urban centres across Canada. With the support of their funding partners, they disburse financial awards, deliver programs, and share resources with the goal of increasing graduation rates for Indigenous students. We felt this was a perfect organization to partner with on a Thunderbird-themed bundle, and we’re honored to be working together on this.

This bundle features a full Thunderbird set with Indspire’s signature gradient colors and Sixth Guardian branding. Specifically, the set includes:

  • "Sixth Guardian Uplift" Uniform
  • "Sixth Guardian Uplift" Headgear
  • "Sixth Guardian Uplift" Weapon skin
  • "Guardian Thunderbird" Charm

The bundle will be limited in time and available only for this Season. Make sure to check it out before Season 3 ends!

If you’d like to donate directly to further support Indspire, click here to go straight to their Donation page.[indspire.ca]

Learn more about Indspire – https://indspire.ca/

* Not final numbers as Year 6 Season 2 is still ongoing at the time of this writing

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New Rainbow Six Siege Streamer Charms for Y6S3!

Announcing the next Streamer Charms!

Each season will bring the release of new charms, as well as a return of the streamer’s charms from previous seasons!

New

RazaH[www.twitch.tv]

Heideltraut[www.twitch.tv]

Nesk[www.twitch.tv]

Returning

Ad9m[www.twitch.tv] Alfredoplays[www.twitch.tv] AnneMunition[www.twitch.tv] Beaulo[www.twitch.tv] Bighead[www.twitch.tv] BikiniBodhi[www.twitch.tv] Bnans[www.twitch.tv] Braction6[www.twitch.tv] Drid[www.twitch.tv] Gabbo[www.twitch.tv] IceyCat25 Interro[www.twitch.tv] JerichoFive[www.twitch.tv] JessGOAT[www.twitch.tv] Jinu6734[www.twitch.tv] Just9n[www.twitch.tv] Kalera[www.twitch.tv] KingGeorge[www.twitch.tv] KittyR6[www.twitch.tv] Kixstar[www.twitch.tv] LagonisR6[www.twitch.tv] Lil_Lexi[www.twitch.tv] Lt Custard[www.twitch.tv] MacieJay[www.twitch.tv] Matimi0[www.twitch.tv] MrBboy45[www.twitch.tv] Narcoleptic Nugget[www.twitch.tv] PaladinAmber[www.twitch.tv] Pengu[www.twitch.tv] Punjistick[www.twitch.tv] REMGURI / 렘쨩[www.twitch.tv] Rubsarb[www.twitch.tv] Salty Academy[www.twitch.tv] SexyCake[www.twitch.tv] Shorty[www.twitch.tv] SilphTV[www.twitch.tv] TangyD[www.twitch.tv] Tatted[www.twitch.tv] THE_M3RY[www.twitch.tv] Tranth[www.twitch.tv] Varsity[www.twitch.tv] WhiteShark67[www.twitch.tv] z1ronic[www.twitch.tv] Zander[www.twitch.tv] Zigueira[www.twitch.tv] yo_boy_roy[www.twitch.tv] Mag6[www.twitch.tv] CCSesports[www.twitch.tv]

How to acquire charms

These charms are only available by subscribing to the respective streamer’s Twitch channel with a linked Uplay account. For more information on how to link your Uplay and Twitch account, as well as opt-in for Twitch Drops, please refer to this FAQ[support.ubi.com].

How to get involved

Given the length of our production cycle for in-game content, the participants for Y6S1 S2, S3 & S4 have already been determined. We are always on the lookout for additional content creators to add to the program and will be exploring new candidates in 2021. If your goal is to see your charm in-game, we use the following criteria to begin the selection process for potential candidates:

Requirements to be considered

  • Approximately 350+ concurrent viewers – preferable.
  • Average of 10 Rainbow Six streams per month.
  • Average of 20 hours of Rainbow Six streamed per month.
  • Positive standing with Ubisoft/Rainbow Six Siege.
  • High-quality level of content.
  • Twitch Partnered.
  • Rainbow Six Siege reserves the right for final decision.

Consideration for Removal

  • Less than 10 Rainbow Six Siege main streams over 3 months.
  • Level of quality dropping below an acceptable level.
  • Standing with Rainbow Six Siege/Ubisoft compromised.
  • Any actions that may negatively affect the R6S/Ubisoft brand.
  • Loss of Twitch Partnership.
  • Rainbow Six Siege reserves the right for removal of any charms.

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Crystal Guard

Introducing Crystal Guard, Rainbow Six Siege’s third season of Year 6! This season, we’re introducing our latest Operator, Osa, an engineering prodigy from Croatia who brings expertise to Nighthaven with her quick wits and unapologetic enthusiasm for ’60s sci-fi movies.

This season is packed with a plethora of updates including changes to Operator armor and DBNO scoring as well as balancing for Twitch, IQ, Mute, and Fuze. Players also have a new way to customize Elite Uniforms. Read more in the Patch Notes below.

View Patch Notes[rainbow6.com]

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Y6S3 PRE-SEASON DESIGNER'S NOTES

In this latest edition of Designer’s Notes, we’ll go into more detail about the balancing changes that’ll come with Crystal Guard and give you an insight into the reasons behind these changes.

BALANCING MATRIX AND TOP OPERATOR BANS

WIN DELTA VS. PRESENCE[/h3]
// MATRIX ASSET – ATTACKER

// MATRIX ASSET – DEFENDER

Please note that we are using presence to gauge the popularity of an Operator. This notion had to be introduced to reflect the implementation of the pick & ban.

Presence definition: pick rate of an Operator when not banned. Win Delta: The Win Delta is aggregated from Operator’s Win Deltas per Bomb Site.

OPERATOR BAN RATE[/h3]
// BAN ASSET – ATTACKER

// BAN ASSET – DEFENDER

SYSTEM REWORKS

AMMO COUNT + MAGAZINES
  • Adjusted ammo count for primary and secondary weapons to set a consistent magazine ammo range for each weapon in a weapon type

Population targeted by this change: Casual, Top Ranked and Pros.

Over the past couple seasons, we’ve spent a great deal of time behind the scenes looking at how we could rework the ammo system. Specifically, we wanted to establish a consistent ammo count range between weapons of the same type, while also improving the experience and increasing the ammo of "utility" weapons like DMRs and shotguns. Below, we’ve broken out the updated total ammo ranges for each weapon type (except for secondary shotguns which will remain unchanged), alongside explanations for each weapon type’s change:

// CHART1

In addition to everything noted above, each weapon will also get one extra bullet, similar to what you previously saw with open bolt guns. Unlike open bolts, closed bolt guns will get this extra bullet in their initial magazine.

DAMAGE DROP-OFF & SILENCERS
  • Adjusted damage drop-off for each primary weapon type (except for shotguns with spread pellets) to have consistent, linear curves
  • Unified damage drop-off for silencers (15%) across all primary weapons (except for shotguns with spread pellets)

Population targeted by this change: Casual, Top Ranked and Pros.

Similar to streamlining "hidden" passive abilities with past updates, we’ve wanted to rework how damage drop-off functions for a while now. With so much going on under the hood, weapons have historically had multiple different damage curves that address damage drop-off over distance while reacting differently to certain attachments – specifically silencers. This made it hard to pick up a new weapon (even if it was the same type as the last one you were using) and understand at a glance how it would react to long-range engagements without first taking it to the lab.

With Y6S3, we want to take the guesswork out of damage drop-off by giving each primary weapon type (except for shotguns with spread pellets) its own distinct, linear curve that’s consistent across every weapon in that type. While you won’t notice a change with pistols, secondary SMGs and regular shotguns, the following weapon types and Glaz’s OTs-03 have all received tweaks to their damage drop-off curves. The first distance value represents the point at which damage begins to drop off. Damage will drop off in a linear curve until it reaches (and then stays at) its minimum damage at and beyond the second distance value:

// CHART2

As for silencers, we’ve made the damage reduction of this attachment consistent across all guns. As many of you have rightfully pointed out in the past, the loadout screen previously claimed that silencers had the same effect on all guns, even though there were slight variations in the damage reduction per weapon. With Y6S3, we’re making 15% damage reduction the uniform value across all weapons that have a silencer equipped, which will now be reflected accurately on the loadout screen.

FLASH DETECTION
  • Ying’s Candela, Blitz’s G52-Tactical Shield, and the Stun Grenade use a new flash detection system that calculates flash duration. It takes the environment and angle of the explosion into account as well as players’ distance and orientation.
  • If an Operator is affected, they will always be flashed at 100%, but the duration will change each time, increasing the reliability of the flash effect.

Population targeted by this change: Casual, Top Ranked and Pros.

One of the most frustrating parts of coming face-to-face with a flash has always been the consistency. It’s not fun to use a gadget and be unsure of exactly how it will affect your enemy. In order to address this, we’ve completely reworked how flashes interact with operators and the surrounding environment in order to take the guesswork out of encounters.

The new flash detection system uses four parameters to determine the intensity of flash a player will encounter. Whenever a player throws a flash, it now calculates the operator’s distance from the explosion, the orientation of that operator, the environment around them, and the angle of the explosion. This calculation is performed for every player caught in a flash’s radius, ensuring everyone’s results are accurate to their situation, while still being consistent across matches.

With this change, we hope that players will be able to trust the consistency of their flashes once more as they come to understand exactly how they should react in a given situation. We expect that this reliability will also increase their effectiveness in combat, making them a more valuable resource.

HP REPLACING ARMOR
  • Operator armor will be converted to HP:
    • 3-armor operators will have 125 HP
    • 2-armor operators will have 110 HP
    • 1-armor operators will have 100 HP
  • Rook’s Armor Plates will grant a buff to permanent HP for the round:
    • Picking up Armor Plates will buff an operator’s maximum HP by 20 until the end of a round
    • Any heals will heal up to this new maximum value for the duration of the round
  • HP is now represented using a bar in the HUD instead of a circle

Population targeted by this change: Casual, Top Ranked and Pros.

Many of you likely got your first taste of this on the Y6S2 Test Server. Well, we’re happy to extend this rework to Siege’s Live servers this season. The goal was to streamline certain "hidden" passives that are difficult to understand at a glance in a match without hitting the lab or looking at a ton of different variables.

To streamline this and establish clear health pools for all operators, each armor class has been assigned a different HP total. This should make it easier for players to accurately judge the impact of an offensive play and coordinate accordingly, taking the mystery out of armor values. We’ve also updated the way HP is represented in the HUD to make the information clearer at a glance, specifically the different amounts of HP for each armor class and the immediate effects of damage, heals and overheals on these values. This also means that everyone – from players to casters – will see HP represented in one unified style.

It’s also important to note that this is the first step in an eventual move away from rigid armor and speed ratings. They can be artificially limiting when trying to realize an operator, so in the future we would like to rework speed values in a manner similar to this HP rework, ultimately opening more options for balancing operators. While we don’t have a timeline to share at the moment, we’re investigating this and will be sure to follow a similar process of working with pros, testing on the Test Server, and digging into your feedback to ensure any reworks meet your expectations.

SCREEN SHAKES
  • Screen shakes that result from explosions are now reduced across the board and are completely removed from certain device explosions
  • Screen shakes are completely removed from explosions caused by:
    • Ela’s GRZMOT Mines
    • Zofia’s KS79 Lifeline concussion grenades
    • Echo’s Yokai sonic bursts
    • Nomad’s Airjab Launcher repulsion devices

Population targeted by this change: Casual, Top Ranked and Pros.

While screen shakes can be an important effect to convey the power of an explosion, we’ve heard from players that they can be overwhelming, uncomfortable, and particularly intense when the effects come from multiple sources simultaneously. In response to this, we’ve reduced the intensity of screen shakes coming from explosions, while removing screen shakes from certain gadgets completely.

Since this change affects quite a few operators and gadgets, we wanted to dig into some of the reasons for these changes. Looking first at concussive blasts and Echo’s Yokai bursts, we’ve found that their effects can be frustrating, jarring, and produce some physical discomfort when paired with screen shakes. At the end of the day, they should be efficient at disorienting affected players in-game without creating discomfort outside of the game. Of course, they will still retain their other disorienting effects to ensure they operate as you’ve come to expect in-game. For Nomad’s Airjabs, our intention was to make the screen shake intensity consistent with the lethality of the explosion, so we decided to remove screen shakes from the non-damaging explosion. The push-back will still feature a screen shake as you would expect, but the non-lethal explosion of the device will not add to the ability’s existing shake.

Our intention is for this to create a competitive environment where screen shakes are experienced in expected scenarios, but are not overbearing. Specifically, approaching this as a matter of comfort rather than a nerf. It’s also worth noting that we’re investigating options to accommodate players who are prone to motion sickness in the future. While we don’t have any dates to share, we’ll be sure to share updates when we can.

OPERATOR BALANCING

A NOTE ON OSA

We know you’re excited to give Osa a try on the Test Server – we’re right there with you! While the Test Server will launch tomorrow as mentioned in the reveal, Osa’s Test Server debut will be delayed by one day. The team wants to make sure we do her justice for her debut. Just like her work leading Nighthaven R&D, sometimes it takes a little extra time to make sure you’re getting the best possible first experience.

That means Osa will be available to play on the Test Server beginning Wednesday, August 18. You’ll still be able to check out the many operator changes below and map buffs coming tomorrow, so we appreciate your patience as we get Osa ready for testing. We can’t wait to hear what you think of her!

FINKA
  • Added Frag Grenades (removed Hard Breach Charge)

Population targeted by this change: Casual, Top Ranked and Pros.

Moving into Y6S3, Finka’s win delta is the highest of all Attackers, but her presence continues to be among the lowest. She has an effective loadout, but so much of her play requires effective coordination with her team.

By replacing her Hard Breach Charge with Frags, the intention is to approach her in a way that’s similar to Iana. Whereas Iana is an intel gatherer with Frags and the GONNE-6, we wanted to extend this to an operator in the healer/support role, making Finka the clear choice. Our hope is that this change in utility will open up more on-the-fly strategic options for her.

FUZE
  • Cluster Charges
    • Can be deployed on reinforced surfaces and Mira’s Black Mirror
    • Charges take longer (3s) to pass through reinforcements
    • Reduced charge bounce after triggering
    • Extension tube is now vulnerable to damage
    • Added gadget light to signify phase of activation
    • Added VFX for Cluster Charge triggering on soft walls and reinforced surfaces
    • Added SFX for Cluster Charge triggering on reinforced surfaces
  • Increased recoil on AK-12

Population targeted by this change: Casual, Top Ranked and Pros.

Despite having an interesting ability, Fuze has struggled to increase his presence. We know that some of this comes from his ability, specifically that it can be difficult to understand exactly what effect it will have on the other side of the surface it’s applied to. To improve on this, we’ve reworked Cluster Charges. In an effort to make their effects clearer, we reduced the amount they bounce after being triggered and added a light to show what phase of activation the device is on. Probably most exciting is that Cluster Charges are now useable on reinforced surfaces.

Now that they’re no longer restricted to soft walls, Fuze’s Cluster Charges will be useful in a much wider range of scenarios. This is expected to make Fuze a strong counter for heavy utility strategies thanks to his increased effectiveness against bulletproof utility. Plus, the more versatile nature of being able to deploy on reinforced surfaces should make Fuze more fun to play, as this opens up more options for in-the-moment strategies.

For those looking to counter Fuze, this rework also opens up some new options:

  • Now that it can be deployed on reinforced surfaces, electricity can be used to effectively destroy it.
  • It also won’t trigger if it’s within the range of Mute’s Signal Disruptor, although if the disruptor is placed once the Cluster Charges have already been triggered, it won’t have any effect.
  • The updated visual effects will allow players to accurately anticipate where the charge has been placed.
  • While players won’t be able to shoot the gadget until it has breached the surface, its extension tube can now be destroyed with any type of damage. Note, no matter how quick you act, the gadget will always release at least one sub-grenade.
  • The charge will now take longer to drill through Castle’s Armor Panel and Mira’s Black Mirror, making them a little more reliable.

For information on the increased recoil on the AK-12, scroll down to the Weapon Balancing section.

GLAZ
  • Increased OTS-03 magazine size to 15 bullets (from 10)

Population targeted by this change: Casual, Top Ranked and Pros.

As it stands with the Balancing Matrix, Glaz has a very low presence and win delta. Considering he only has a single primary weapon available to him, it’s important that it serves him well. Tying into the rework to ammo mentioned above, we’ve increased his DMR’s mag size and updated his maximum ammo to fit the weapon class’ new normalized values. This should encourage more active play in the field, especially when he previously had less ammo when compared to other DMRs.

Now, missed shots won’t be as immediately punishing given his larger magazine and ammo reserve. Players will be able to approach combat situations more aggressively, making him a more viable pick for players who like the range of his loadout, but also want to get in their opponents’ faces more often.

IANA
  • Removed 2.0x scope from G36C
  • Removed 2.5x scope from ARX200

Population targeted by this change: Top Ranked and Pros.

Since the last update, Iana’s presence has been steadily rising, to the point where she now has the second highest amongst Attackers. An increase was expected following Zofia’s nerf, but similar to Ace and Sledge who are receiving nerfs to bring their presence, versatility and fragging potential in line with other Attackers, Iana is also receiving some tweaks to her kit.

Specifically, the longest-range scopes for her two primary weapons have been removed. The intention here, much like the others mentioned above, is to lower her overall versatility, as she is capable of excelling in just about any situation. Now, it will be more important that players make strategic use of her Gemini Replicator to get an edge on their opponents rather than simply picking them off at range with such a powerful kit.

To give some more background to this balancing philosophy, with all these changes to weapons, we want to make sure that operators with really strong or essential utility don’t also excel as strongly in the fragging department. That’s not to say that we want to completely cut their fragging potential if they have strong gadget utility – simply that we want to find a balance between the two. As a gadget-based game, removing utility puts more emphasis on weapons. We try to explore weapon-based adjustments first where possible, as this allows us to make more granular adjustments to the balance without causing the meta to swing too strongly to being weapon-first, utility-second. We previously saw this happen after adjusting the utility meta, which made utility easier to clear. These wild balance swings create frustration for players, so we think it’s important to take a more iterative approach to find that sweet spot, and it just so happens that beginning with weapons is often the best starting point.

IQ
  • Electronics Detector
    • Can use Ping 2.0 through walls
    • Can ping operators with wearable electronic devices (Vigil, Counter-Defuser, etc.)

Population targeted by this change: Casual, Top Ranked and Pros.

When it comes to intel gathering, IQ has historically been a solid pick. This is despite the potential shortcoming that much of her value requires quick and effective communication with the rest of her team. Unfortunately, not all players find themselves in situations where this is possible. That’s where Ping 2.0 comes in.

We’ve updated IQ’s Electronics Detector to now use the Ping 2.0 system when scanning for electronics. This means IQ no longer needs to use comms to contextualize pings. Once pinged with the Electronics Detector, the rest of the team has the most important intel at the ready on-screen. The goal here is to make IQ even more effective in her intel-gathering role and make it easier to share information if voice comms aren’t available. This also allows her to keep the focus on her actions in-match instead of having to also make regular call-outs, which should help speed up her game.

This rework also increases the effectiveness of her interaction with Dokkaebi. Since cell phones function as wearable electronic devices when in use, IQ is now able to share more contextual info with her team when she spots Defenders affected by Dokkaebi’s Logic Bomb.

MUTE
  • Signal Disruptor
    • Disruption zone shape changed to sphere with the same radius of 2.25m (from cylinder)
    • Warning zone shape changed to sphere and radius reduced to 4.75m (from cylinder, 6m radius)
    • Added AoE VFX (red area removed)
    • Added new LEDs
    • Improved accuracy of bullet collision

Population targeted by this change: Top Ranked and Pros.

The heavy utility meta has made it very clear that while many operators offer incredible utility through their abilities, some are still overtuned. One of those operators is Mute. He has become an popular pick for his Signal Disruptor, which acts as an extremely powerful denial tool thanks to its large area of effect – particularly vertically. From denying intel to denying entire reinforced walls, the Signal Disruptor has been in need of a tweak for a while now.

In its pre-Y6S3 state, it used a cylindrical shape for its area of effect, which began at the device’s base and extended vertically. This allowed it to cover a significant amount of space in a column, effectively denying on its own terms while also outclassing the options of similar operators. With Y6S3, its area of effect has been changed to a sphere, extending outward with the Disruptor at its center. This means that while the disruption radius will stay the same at ground level, it will not extend to the same vertical heights as before.

With this change, the goal is to make Mute less of a jack of all trades denial expert and instead make him more focused on intel denial. Since the device’s disruption radius is the same at ground level, he’ll continue to excel at cutting off drones. This should then open the door to more viable denial picks like Bandit, while encouraging a wider range of strategies and synergies.

SLEDGE
  • Removed SMG-11

Population targeted by this change: Top Ranked and Pros.

Coming into Y6S3, Sledge continues to show an upward trajectory on the Balancing Matrix, rising in presence and win delta. A big part of his comes from the high degree of utility in his loadout that makes him incredibly versatile.

By removing his SMG, this will bring his overall versatility down and encourage a slightly more focused approach to his moment-to-moment play, given his strong soft breaching capabilities and vertical control. We may be closing one door for Sledge, we can’t imagine anyone better at breaking open another door in its wake.

TWITCH
  • Equipped with a regular drone during Preparation Phase – only 1 regular drone available
  • Shock Drone can jump
  • Shock Drone’s projectile changed to laser (from taser)
    • Deals 5hp damage (from 1)
    • Has infinite range
    • Does not disable electronic devices
  • Shock Drone has a larger bullet collision (double the size)

Population targeted by this change: Casual, Top Ranked and Pros.

It’s possible that some of you caught a hint of this earlier this year, but the secret’s out – Twitch’s Shock Drone can jump now! That’s not all, though. In addition to getting a little more mobility, we’ve tweaked the drone’s projectile to bring its damage type more in line with other gadgets. This means that it will now deal damage that destroys gadgets, rather than disabling them.

To offset this increase in utility, Twitch won’t immediately have access to a Shock Drone. Instead, she’ll begin the Prep Phase with her sole regular drone. Once the round starts, though, she’ll be able to use her new and improved Shock Drone. While we expect many of Twitch’s existing strategies to stay the same following this rework, normalizing the drone’s damage type to match other lasers should help make its effect more clear at a glance. Since this is quite a large change, however, we want to hear what you think about it.

WEAPON BALANCING

AK-12 (ACE, FUZE)
  • Increased recoil on AK-12
    • First shot kick increased
    • Vertical recoil increased
    • Horizontal spread will be stronger and constant to the right
    • Long burst recoil will start on the 10th bullet (was 12th)

Population targeted by this change: Top Ranked and Pros.

Please note that recoil simulations shown are representative of recoil on PC without attachments.

We know recoil changes can be frustrating, especially when they target an operator as widely loved (at least by Attackers) as Ace. They require you to rethink and relearn muscle memory, so we want to help with that process. Moving forward, we will be sharing diagrams that break down the before and after for any recoil changes. This should help to visualize the change up-front and take a lot of the guesswork out of the relearning phase.

For Ace, it’s likely not surprising that he continues to boast one of the highest Attacker win deltas on the Balancing Matrix. His AK-12 is a force to be reckoned with and the utility that comes from a ranged hard breach makes him a powerful all-around operator which is reflected in his presence. By giving his primary a little more kick, this should help bring him more in line with other Attackers while maintaining the unique utility he brings to a team.

Fuze is a different story. As mentioned above, his Cluster Charge has been buffed considerably, which is expected to make him a strong counter to current heavy utility strategies. Our intention is for his increased effectiveness against bulletproof utilities to far outweigh the AK-12’s nerf. As always though, we will be keeping a close eye on him post-patch to make sure this change is tuned appropriately and can tweak as necessary.

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