Jay­den ‘Diz­zle’ Saun­ders Cap­tain, Mind­f­reak

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What are the best signs that a Rain­bow Six player is ready for com­pet­i­tive play?

A high win/loss or a strong K/D ra­tio can be good in­di­ca­tors of a player’s in­di­vid­ual per­for­mance, but that only scratches the sur­face. Other things such as map knowl­edge, game sense, and strat­egy are also im­por­tant things to con­sider when pre­par­ing for com­pet­i­tive play. Cer­tain peo­ple ex­cel at the game me­chan­ics, like aim­ing and win­ning gun­fights, and oth­ers ex­cel at pro­vid­ing in­tel, un­der­stand­ing strat­egy and counter-strat­egy. Iden­ti­fy­ing where you ex­cel and then prac­tic­ing to get bet­ter in the other ar­eas, will al­low you to be­come a much bet­ter player in time.

What are the main mis­takes you think peo­ple make that lose them games?

One of the big­gest is a lack of pa­tience. Have the pa­tience to use your drone to gather as much ac­tion­able in­tel as pos­si­ble. Have the pa­tience to gain map con­trol on at­tack, or on de­fense, have the pa­tience to hold your area. This will al­low you to make the nec­es­sary flank or play your team needs. Be­ing im­pa­tient or un­nec­es­sar­ily reck­less can lead to an early death, which puts a lot more pres­sure on your team­mates. If you are a util­ity player or VIP, make sure you do your job be­fore you en­gage in a fire­fight where pos­si­ble. When the sit­u­a­tion is heated, it’s im­por­tant to not make any hasty de­ci­sions that will lead to los­ing the round. Try to re­lax, talk it through and lis­ten to your team so you can plan your next move.

What can you do if you feel like you’re a great Rain­bow Six player, but the team you’re on isn’t work­ing for you?

There are a few things to try first. Can the team change roles or op­er­a­tors around to im­prove the com­po­si­tion? Are the right mem­bers on your team play­ing the right op­er­a­tors/po­si­tions for their play style? This can be a good fix.

If you are that much bet­ter than your team­mates and you want to take it to the next level, I would sug­gest to play against the best play­ers in your re­gion that you can find. Play against them con­stantly and try to prove your­self.

If you are of­fered to join another team think very se­ri­ously be­fore you make the leap. Play with the other team a bit be­fore mak­ing your de­ci­sion. This will be as much for them as it will be for you. It isn't a good look if you jump from team to team as it will de­ter other teams from of­fer­ing you a spot on their ros­ter.

What’s your best ad­vice you give to any­one who wants to im­prove at Rain­bow Six?

Prac­tice, es­pe­cially your aim and mus­cle mem­ory. Most of us spend a lot of time in Ter­ror­ist Hunt, a game mode where you go against en­emy AI. The rea­son for this is you are con­stantly shoot­ing and mov­ing which helps to build mus­cle mem­ory, aim and re­coil con­trol. Watch­ing the pro play­ers is also a very good way to learn, the knowl­edge they hold is in­cred­i­bly vast and in-depth. You’ll al­ways learn from watch­ing the best.

Have the mind­set that you will lose and that's okay, you are go­ing to learn from it. Make sure you play against play­ers that are bet­ter than you. Watch the kill­cams and see what you did wrong and what you could have done dif­fer­ently. Em­brace the loss – it’s a devel­op­ment op­por­tu­nity.


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