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Five Melusi tips to help you dominate in Rainbow Six: Siege

Published: 25/May/2020 8:39

by Andrew Amos


Melusi is the latest defender to be added to Rainbow Six: Siege as part of Operation Steel Wave. Before you get your hands on the South African operator though, here’s a few tips so you can know what to expect.

Operation Steel Wave is here, and with it comes new operators for Rainbow Six. Melusi is the new defender introduced in Year 5 Season 2, and she’s bound to rise up through the meta.

Her Banshee gadgets are great at disrupting enemies, while having three-speed makes her a lethal roamer. Before you jump into testing out the South African defender though, here’s a few tips so you can learn the ropes.

Banshees only work in line of sight

While some devices like Mute jammers track through walls, Melusi’s Banshee devices don’t. They only affect enemies within its direct line of sight. This means if you put it next to an entryway, it’ll only start slowing attackers as they walk in.

Place your Banshee so it can trap enemies in its line of sight before you see them.

Take this into account when you are placing your Banshees. You want to put them in a place where the enemy is forced to use utility to clear it, or risk getting killed when walking up to melee it.

On top of that, placing them out in the open to cover multiple points might even be a better option. Even if you get the audio cue briefly, it gives your team a wealth of information about the enemies’ whereabouts.

Putting your Banshees in chokepoints will maximise their effectiveness.

Put your Banshees in chokepoints

You’ll want to use Melusi’s Banshees in two ways. One is to slow the attackers down when executing, and force them to use utility. The other is to mark where roamers may be entering from.

The best way to do these jobs at once is to put your Banshees into high traffic chokepoints. You might want to save one for defending sites, but putting them on staircases and in big entry positions will get you maximum benefit.

Bearing in mind that they only work in line of sight, you’ll want to make sure the enemy’s presence is made known before they can do anything to clear it.

Keep these tips in mind when deploying Melusi’s devices, and you’ll become an attacker’s worst nightmare.


Wamai throwing disc in Rainbow Six: Siege
Wamai can help protect Melusi’s Banshees.

Partner her with Wamai or Jager

Melusi’s Banshee devices are vulnerable to explosives. Ash’s Breaching Charges, Zofia’s Lifeline, and general Frag Grenades pose the biggest risk of destroying it. They can also be destroyed by melees and Sledge’s Hammer, but that requires enemies to get up close to the Banshee.

To solve the first problem, protecting Banshee’s with Wamai and Jager devices are a must. It’s no different to defending a Goyo shield, and the longer the Banshee is active, the more likely you’ll be able to capitalize on it.

You don’t need to dedicate all three ADSes or all five Frisbees to protecting Melusi’s Banshee, but even one can do a decent job of chewing up enemy utility.

Don’t be afraid with the T-5 SMG

While she doesn’t have an ACOG like leaks suggested, Melusi’s T-5 SMG is still nothing to scoff at. There’s a reason why Lesion mains love this gun ⁠— it’s one of the best primaries defenders can get their hands on.

T-5 SMG in Rainbow Six: Siege
Melusi has access to the T-5 SMG, one of the best weapons available to defenders.

The SMG does 28 damage with an extremely fast 900 RPM. While it doesn’t have the hitting power of Jager’s 416-C Carbine at range, in short-ranged gunfights, the T-5 SMG can be lethal.

This, coupled with Melusi being a three-speed operator, is perfect for surprising enemies and taking them down without them having a chance of fighting back.

Make use of her three-speed and roam

There are not many three-speed defenders left since Jager got ‘nerfed’ to two-speed. While he’s still an effective roamer, getting a new three-speed defender is a luxury players should abuse.

Pulse, Bandit, Caveira, Ela, Vigil, and Alibi are the only other three-speed operators. None of them really compare with Melusi in terms of raw fire power and utility to catch enemies off-guard though.

If you set up your Banshee’s correctly to detect attackers on entry, and bring a couple of Proximity Alarms on your team, Melusi should be able to find a couple of quick picks with ease before heading back to the site to bunker down.

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Team Liquid suspend Rainbow Six coach Mav over abuse allegations

Published: 7/Jan/2021 1:57

by Andrew Amos


Team Liquid Rainbow Six coach Rafael ‘mav’ Loureiro Freitas has been suspended six months into his tenure over allegations of domestic violence. The former FaZe Clan star has denied the allegations, stating they aren’t “as pictured.”

Mav has been accused by his former partner of instigating domestic violence while they were in a relationship with the Rainbow Six coach.

‘SilverMistR6’, who has now locked her Twitter account, claimed that Mav slammed her against a wall in a bar after he got drunk one night while still on the FaZe Clan roster. Other users backed up her story with screenshots and videos.

The allegations caught wind on January 5, with Team Liquid suspending the coach within 24 hours.

“These are extremely concerning and serious allegations. We want to assure the community and those who raised these concerns that we are investigating thoroughly, and all work with Mav has been suspended until we complete our investigation,” the team said in a January 6 statement.

“After first learning of these incidents [on January 5], we immediately began conducting a formal review to determine the appropriate course of action. We’ll share an update as soon as the investigation is complete.”

Mav himself has denied some of the claims. While he admits he “was wrong to push [his partner],” he claims there’s more to the story.

“I said I was wrong to push my ex ⁠— you shouldn’t push anyone, period. It wasn’t as pictured, but of course I’ll always be canceled and have to read things like an abuser when I pushed her away,” he said on Twitter according to a translation.

Mav is one of numerous people within Brazilian esports to be swept up in sexual assault allegations over the last few days. CS:GO pro Lincoln ‘fnx’ Lau was accused of leaking a private video from Twitch streamer and host Renata ‘Elfa’ Schozen without her permission.

The two were in a relationship in 2019 when fnx recorded an intimate video of them, which he allegedly shared in a WhatsApp group without her consent. Three people told Schozen about the incident, and she has also threatened legal action.

Brazilian League of Legends caster Gabriel ‘MiT’ Souza was also dropped by Riot for the 2021 CBLoL Season after he was also accused of sexual assault by members of the community.

Team Liquid are expected to take part in the Six Invitational 2021. It’s unclear if Mav’s suspension will jeopardize his ability to travel to Europe to coach the squad.