Rainbow Six Siege’s latest defender, the 3-speed 1-armor Thunderbird, has just about all the pieces going for her. She’s quick, carries an aggressive payload of both impression grenades or a nitro cell, and is coming into the sport with top-of-the-line weapons ever seen on protection: Finka’s Spear .308 assault rifle. After which there’s her main gadget, a bundle of autonomous therapeutic bots that may periodically restore 30 well being to anybody standing close to it.
That is lots of helpful stuff multi functional place, and some hours right into a closed preview session with Thunderbird, I used to be beginning to get nervous that she’ll be overpowered out of the gate. That could possibly be true (her Spear rifle stands proud like a sore thumb among the many dinky SMGs that the majority defenders are caught with), however I am not satisfied her Kona therapeutic stations will likely be as overwhelming as they initially appear.
Like every good Siege gadget, the Kona comes with just a few dangers and counters that might make it match fairly properly in Siege’s evolving meta.
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For example, Thunderbird’s Kona stations do not solely heal teammates. Anybody who steps inside just a few meters of a charged Kona (each has a 35-second cooldown between heals) will get blasted with slightly therapeutic paintball that restores 30 HP. That is the identical as Doc’s stim pistol and, just like the launch defender, downed gamers can use a Kona to select themselves again up. Thunderbird has the potential to do extra therapeutic each spherical than Finka and Doc mixed (the Konas don’t have any ammo restrict, only a cooldown), however the situations need to be excellent for them to be helpful.
The success of a Kona station will depend upon the place it is positioned: You wish to maintain it someplace accessible to your staff, however not susceptible to gunfire and never too near rooms the place attackers can storm in and use it themselves. Based mostly on my time with Thunderbird to date, I additionally observed a bent for defenders to by accident use a Kona by getting too shut, which at full well being will overheal them as much as 130 and slowly degrade again to 100. That is good and all, however you are higher off conserving your distance till you really need the Kona after an in depth scrape. The very last thing you need is to desperately want a heal and discover that its cooldown has simply begun. Placing a steadiness between accessibility and utility will likely be robust, particularly as a result of the Kona can solely be positioned on the floor under you (like Mute’s jammers).
The Kona does comply with some easy logic that helps it prioritize targets—if two persons are in its vary when it comes off cooldown, it’s going to stim the one with much less HP. You can too overlap their protection for double the regen. That is what occurred within the clip under with two Konas, although as you may see, I used to be in a position to take down the anchored Thunderbird and use her therapeutic as an attacker:
Going immediately from near-death at 5 HP to 65 in a single second was unprecedented in Siege prior to now. If the third bot had been there as properly, I might’ve been nearly fully restored. That is fairly wild, however on the identical time, that second demonstrates how simply the Kona can fall into the incorrect fingers (me). And my battle with the Thunderbird that was tenting her Konas additionally illustrates that it does not matter what number of therapeutic bots have your again in Siege. One headshot remains to be an instakill. Thunderbird’s impression will not be like Overwatch, the place fixed therapeutic can mathematically make sure you win a battle. All well being actually does in Siege is give a participant some wiggle room to take just a few hits and have a preventing probability.
As a frequent anchor on protection, no person actually expects you to clutch a spherical that began with two or three roaming teammates getting picked off. On a very good day I can take out two or three as they push the positioning, however I sometimes have so little well being by attacker 4 that every one they need to do is tag me anyplace and I am lifeless. It is in these conditions that I can not wait to have a Kona station round. A single pellet can bulk me up sufficient to possibly survive the following battle.
Just a few notable Kona station details and counters:
- One bullet will destroy it
- IQ can see them above/under floor, and the Kona’s restriction to flooring placement makes it further susceptible
- Thatcher’s EMP grenades quickly disable it
- Twitch’s Shock Drone destroys it
- Zero’s digital camera lasers can most likely destroy it (although I did not attempt)
Thunderbird’s therapeutic bots won’t all the time make a distinction in a spherical, however her spectacular equipment certainly can. She chooses between Caveira’s SPAS shotgun or Finka’s Spear .308 assault rifle, although I can not think about I will be taking the middling shotgun typically. The Spear is a reasonably commonplace rifle on assault, but it surely boasts spectacular stats towards protection’s SMG-heavy arsenal. It additionally advantages from an AR’s harm vary, which means Thunderbird can comfortably problem attackers down lengthy hallways or exterior and deal most harm, although she is restricted to 1X sights solely.
The gloves have actually come off with Siege weapons these days. Defenders with dominant weapons was once the exception (Maestro’s LMG, Jager’s 4-16 C), but it surely more and more looks as if any operator can have any weapon if Ubisoft thinks it’s going to be enjoyable—Aruni has her DMR, Zero can go for Bandit’s MP7, and Wamai enjoys IQ’s AUG. The world’s all topsy turvy, however I feel I am okay with it.
Thunderbird pairs her dominant gun with a 3-speed score and the selection of impression grenades or nitro cell. I think she’ll be a very talked-about roamer due to her loadout alone. In that approach, Thunderbird feels just like the roamer’s different to Rook—a defender who can maintain her teammates alive by plopping down just a few devices after which overlook about it.
Contemplating what number of sophisticated devices we have seen within the sport lately, it’s good to have one other noob-friendly defender. Her Kona stations won’t all the time save my life, however I am going to by no means complain about having them round.