The Russian defender “Tachanka” was considered a meme operator in Rainbow Six Siege for a long period, but now he is being completely reworked to fit the current meta of the game.
Ubisoft just revealed the new Tachanka rework live during the EUL, where we got to see the new buffed Tachanka in all his glory. The rework is intended to address and fix some of the flaws of this operator. Check out the rework trailer down below.
Here’s how Ubisoft describes the newly overhauled Russian operator:
“The Shumikha is capable of launching multiple incendiary projectiles that, like Tachanka, are equipped with very short fuses…”
— Dr. Elena “Mira” Álvarez, Director of R&D
Tachanka’s new gadget, the Shumikha Launcher, is perfect for area denial and for covering unfavorable angles. Its heavy incendiary grenades can bounce multiple times, and their fuse timer only starts after the first bounce, giving them a lot of versatility.
With the launcher, we’re aiming to introduce an easy-to-use gadget that you’ll need great practice to properly master. As an alternative to Smoke’s Grenades, Tachanka’s Launcher can react faster to enemy push by covering more than one angle and benefitting from a high rate of fire.
Tachanka is equipped with 10 grenades at the beginning of a match and the Launcher can hold up to 5. For maximum effectiveness, use several grenades together to cover a wider area and prevent your opponents from avoiding them. Once launched, you’ll only be able to reload one at a time. Make sure to choose that moment wisely. (Each fire grenade lasts 5 seconds)
The team’s intention in giving Tachanka a rework was to turn him into a more reliable competitor, while keeping the spirit of what makes him such a beloved character. With that in mind we have taken his LMG, previously mounted on the old turret, and transformed it into a primary weapon option.
A weapon with a low rate of fire, the DP27 can break rotation holes on soft walls. This places Tachanka into a critical position, as he can remodel defense points and create his own angles to launch his grenades. This is a powerful weapon that will have the attackers on the lookout!
Finally, we’re giving Tachanka a Withstand Ability. Similarly to Zofia, he can now stand back up when he is down. Showing his strength and resilience, Tachanka is taking a stance and stepping back into his power.
It seems that the Siege community’s favorite meme operator will no longer be a meme-pick, as with his mobile DP27 LMG and his Shumikha Launcher, Tachanka will be a strong choice for all the anchors in the site.
The new Tachanka rework is going to be deployed tomorrow on the PC Test Servers, so make sure to test out the new operator and report any bugs you find on R6fix.