Rainbow Six Siege: All Operators Pick Rate and Ban Rate in 2021 (Y6S2)

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 has stepped onto its Year 6 in 2021 and a lot has changed in terms of operator pick rate since its release.

Currently, we are halfway into Rainbow Six Siege‘s Year 6 and the running North Star Season 2 will be coming to an end on September 7. 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 Y6S2.2 patch. And this should provide you with a greater insight into the most played and banned Siege operators in 2021, 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

Attackers

Image comparison with the previous patch
High Pick Rate (Presence > 40%) Average Pick Rate (15% < Presence < 40%)
SledgeZofia
IanaHibana
AceNomad
TwitchMaverick
ThatcherIQ
AshBuck
JackalFlores
Thermite
Low Pick Rate (Presence < 10%)
Amaru
Lion, Ying
Zero, Montagne, Dokkaebi
Nokk
Kali, Blackbeard, Gridlock
Capitao, Finka, Blitz
Fuze, Glaz

High Pick Rate

Sledge, Iana, and Ace sit on top of the presence chart with an over 50% pick rate. This is because of their strong utility and primary weapons that have high damage and are relatively easier to control. Ubisoft has already noticed this high presence and will be nerfing these three operators in the upcoming Y6S3 Crystal Guard season, where Sledge will lose his SMG-11, Iana will lose the ACOG on her ARX200 and 2.0x sight on G36c, and Ace’s AK-12 will have greater recoil.

Ash, whose presence once used to cross the charts, had her pick rate reduced with the multiple nerfs she received in the past, which includes 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.

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. Thatcher and Jackal are the top 2 most banned attackers in Siege because of their strong gadgets, so when they are unbanned, players will most likely pick them over other options.

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.

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. Alongside the low presence, Attackers such as Kali, Glaz, and Blitz also have a lower win delta, most likely because of their relatively weak primary weapons.

Defenders

Image comparison with the previous patch
High Pick Rate (Presence > 40%) Average Pick Rate (15% < Presence < 40%)
JagerMute
ValkyrieAruni
MozzieSmoke
Melusi
Kaid, Thunderbird
Alibi
Bandit, Lesion
Mira
Wamai, Ela
Low Pick Rate (Presence < 10%)
Vigil, Frost, Doc
Goyo, Kapkan
Maestro, Pulse, Oryx, Rook
Castle, Warden, Caveira
Echo, Clash
Tachanka

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. In 2nd and 3rd place are Valkyrie and Mozzie, the two intel-providing operators, who are quite important in forming a balanced team.

Average Pick Rate

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 Y6S2 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%. While Rook, Kapkan, and Frost might not get picked very often, their win rate percentage is still among the top 3, which displays the power of the lethal trap operators and the 2.0x scope of Rook’s MP5.


Ban rate

Rainbow Six Siege ranked players mostly ban operators who have strong or unique gadgets like Mira and Thatcher. The Thatcher ban has become quite a staple for ranked matches currently, and this makes hard-breaching more time-consuming for the attackers. You can find all the ban statistics of this current Y6S2.2 patch down below:

Most Banned Attacker

rainbow six siege operator ban rate attackers
Most Banned AttackerBan Rate (%)
Thatcher83
Jackal63
Montagne19
No Ban9
Blackbeard6
Nomad5
Flores4
Maverick4
Ace2
Hibana/Nokk1

Most Banned Defender

rainbow six siege operator ban rate defenders
Most Banned Defender Ban Rate (%)
Mira70
Valkyrie47
Kaid29
Clash21
Melusi9
No Ban8
Echo6
Ela3
Aruni, Caveira, Maestro,
Jager, Kapkan, Thunderbird
1

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.

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