Ubisoft’s Rainbow Six Siege launched back in December of 2015 and it has gained immense popularity over the years with its intricate and complex gameplay. This tactical FPS shooter will be stepping onto its Year 7 in 2022 and a lot has changed in terms of operator pick rate since its release.
Right now, we are halfway into the last season of Rainbow Six Siege‘s Year 6 and the current season High Calibre will be coming to an end sometime around March 2022. Siege’s development team has shared the official data in their Designer Notes that includes all the latest operator pick/ban rate data of this current Y6S4 patch. And this should provide you with a greater insight into the most played and banned Siege operators in 2022, which might also help you in picking or banning operators in your own matches.
Credit: All the graphs below have been collected from Ubisoft and they contain data recorded from PC-Ranked Platinum and above.
NOTE: Presence – pick rate of an Operator when not banned; Win Delta- The Win Delta is aggregated from Operator’s Win Deltas per Bomb Site.
Rainbow Six Siege Pick Rates
|High Pick Rate (Presence > 40%)||Average Pick Rate (15% < Presence < 40%)|
|Low Pick Rate (Presence < 18%)|
|Buck, IQ, Osa, Thermite|
|Zero, Montagne, Dokkaebi, Blackbeard, Nokk, Lion, Blitz|
|Kali, Capitao, Fuze, Ying|
High Pick Rate
Sledge, Iana, and Twitch sit on top of the presence chart with an over 45% pick rate. This is because of their strong utility and primary weapons that have high damage and are relatively easier to control. In Y6S3 Operation Crystal Guard, Ubisoft removed Sledge’s SMG-11, which was effective in slightly reducing his pick-rate. While Iana losing the ACOG on her ARX200 and 2.0x sight on G36c did not have any major effect on her presence, her win-rate percentage did decrease a little. Twitch’s F2 can still shred enemies with a very high rate of fire, and her Shock-drones are still efficient in clearing utility, which makes her a popular choice.
Ash, whose presence once used to cross the charts, had her pick rate reduced, but still relatively high, with the multiple nerfs she received in the past. These nerfs include the removal of the ACOG on her R4-C, a significant R4-C recoil nerf, reduced number of breaching rounds, and loss of stun grenades. The meta in Rainbow Six Siege has also shifted from the heavy-utility meta to a more balanced one, so an Ash-pick is not mandatory now.
Average Pick Rate
Zofia has also received similar treatment to Ash from Ubisoft. This Polish attacker boasted an almost 80% pick rate on the previous patch, and the major recoil nerf on her M762 AR helped her bring more in-line with the other attackers. The three other hard-breachers of Hibana, Maverick, and Thermite are seeing less appeal, as most maps and objectives can be played with one hard-breacher, and Ace’s fragging power combined with his SELMA gadget makes him more popular than the other choices. However, Hibana and Thermite are still very effective in their job of breaching and have quite good load-outs as well.
Thatcher and Jackal took a slight hit in terms of presence compared to the previous patch. As both these operators didn’t receive any changes recently the decrease in pick-rate is most likely due to players now getting so used to attacking objectives without using them because they are almost banned in every match.
Finka received a buff in the previous patch that allowed her to self-revive herself from DBNO state and also removed the recoil boost of the Adrenal Surge. These changes gave her a healthy increase in terms of pick-rate in such a short time. As a flank-watcher, Nomad is still the best operator and it shows in the presence chart, with her pick rate being much higher compared to others like Gridlock or Zero.
Low Pick Rate
Several attackers are stacked together towards the bottom of the presence chart. Their pick rate is much lower than others as their gadgets are highly situational or not very effective in this current meta. The really high and low win rate of Blitz and Glaz should not be taken as accurate representation because their pick-rate is very low.
|High Pick Rate (Presence > 35%)||Average Pick Rate (18% < Presence < 40%)|
|Aruni, Wamai, Ela, Mira|
|Low Pick Rate (Presence < 10%)|
|Vigil, Alibi, Doc|
|Maestro, Pulse, Oryx, Rook, Castle|
|Clash, Warden, Caveira, Echo|
High Pick Rate
On the defending side, Jager is still topping the presence chart with a great margin. While he used to be picked more in past seasons, the nerf to his speed, gadget, and weapon have toned down his power and pick rate a bit. The most latest operator Thorn has quite a high pick rate, most probably for her new SMG, and her trap explosive gadget also works well to slow down enemies. Melusi, another defender who slows down the pace of Attackers, is in 2nd place, while the intel-providing operator Valkyrie is in 3rd place as she is immensely popular and helpful in almost all maps.
Average Pick Rate
Thunderbird remains in a good position in terms of pick-rate, as she is a 3-speed operator with a good gun and gadget.
The pick rate of the two SAS defenders – Smoke and Mute – have remained consistently in the middle over the years. Both of these defenders have similar versatile loadouts and very crucial gadgets, making them an easy pick on multiple Siege maps. Wall-electrifying operators such as Kaid and Bandit are also picked very often because of their important utility, and with Thatcher banned, this often forces Attackers to bring Maverick or a Kali in their lineup.
The other projectile catcher of Wamai sits very behind Jager in terms of presence. This is most likely because of the place-it and forget-it type of gadget Jager possesses, while Wamai’s Mag-NET disc refills over a period of time, requiring him to play more passive to get use of all his discs.
Low Pick Rate
In Y6S4 of Rainbow Six Siege, the operator pool is so deep that many strong operators are not experiencing a good pick rate. Plant-denial and intel-providing operators of Echo and Maestro used to have a very high presence; however multiple nerfs to their gadgets and guns, including the removal of ACOG, have slashed their pick rate down to less than 5%.
Rainbow Six Siege ranked players mostly ban operators who have strong or unique gadgets like Mira and Thatcher. You can find all the ban statistics of this current Y6S4 patch down below:
Most Banned Attacker
The Thatcher ban has become quite a staple for ranked matches currently, and this makes hard-breaching more time-consuming for the attackers. On the other hand, Jackal is banned to reduce the frustration of getting tracked while on the roam.
|Most Banned Attacker||Ban Rate (%)|
Most Banned Defender
On the defending side, Mira and Valkyrie are two of the most banned defenders because of their valuable main gadget. Valkyrie is supposed to receive a nerf in the next season, where her cams thrown outside the building will now get disabled after 10 seconds.
|Most Banned Defender||Ban Rate (%)|
Do keep in mind that these stats for pick and bans are only for PC Ranked – Platinum and above, and don’t represent the full picture. You should pick and ban operators based on your team’s strategy. And if you want to know which are the best operators in the game right now, find our full operator rankings here.
We will keep updating this article throughout Year 7.