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Communication Tips In Rainbow Six Siege

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Wed 15th May 2019 - 10:15pm

Rainbow Six Siege is a cooperative experience. Whether you like it or not, each member of your team contributes to what makes you win or lose your ranked games. As such, you want to have good communication.

Today, we’re going to break down the key elements needed for someone to effectively communicate with their team. Those playing with friends are obviously going to have an easier time with this, but these tips will still come in handy if you find yourself losing games because of bad callouts.

Text vs Voice

This isn’t really a contest, the hands-free approach of voice comms is so much more beneficial compared to typing that you may want to invest in a good microphone if you don’t have one already. However, let's say you can’t afford one or just don’t have the confidence to talk to people online, then no worries! These tips will still be of use, you’ve just got to know when to type. To be blunt, you should only be using text chat when dead. The ability to react to sudden encounters in the game are too important to sacrifice movement to give a callout, unless you're solely playing on cams/drones.

Short and Sweet

Being able to use in-game sounds effectively is a key part of how to be a better siege player. Because of this, the last thing you want to hear is someone constantly talking over the sound of footsteps, explosions or gunfire. This is especially true in rounds where you’re needed to clutch. Try to stick to short phrases like “destroyed the Bandit wire” or “Twitch and Ash in Basement” that are straight to the point and easy for teammates to digest. Make sure you speak clearly (if you are speaking) so that a teammate doesn’t have to ask back what you said. In a moment to moment game like Siege, time is a valuable resource.

Be Polite

No one likes toxicity, and Siege is an easy environment for it. Even if a teammate to destroying walls they shouldn’t be or intentionally damaging teammates, it shouldn’t be affecting the ways in which you are communicating with the rest of your team. If someone isn’t listening to your correct callouts and dying for it, that’s on them. Don't flame them. You should give out the information to everyone in a polite manner and focus on your gameplay. You may find yourself arguing with people over comms or text, but when things get too heated, you should consider muting them to help prevent tilt. Also try to avoid talking over people if you can help it, though if you’re using text then this isn’t an issue.

Make Sure You’re Right

This may sound silly, but I have died far too many times because I have a friend that doesn’t know left from right. Information that starts with “I think” really isn’t as good as you think it is. That doesn’t mean you can’t be vague though, so long as it’s useful. If you know the enemy Frost is roaming but don’t know where, call it out so others can keep their eyes peeled. They might even see them and give out more accurate information that was prompted by your initial callout.

Retain Information

There’s no use in repeating something that was said five seconds ago and it can come across as somewhat rude. You have to show that you’re listening to your teammate’s calls and this is a great way to do it. However, there is a balance to be found here. If the enemy Doc is still in Snowmobile Garage on Chalet after thirty seconds of an initial callout then it’s worth mentioning it again.

Hopefully, you can use all these tips to help climb the ranked ladder. Obviously, there are more factors to consider when climbing (map knowledge, recoil control, etc.) but the fundamentals on how to communicate well in Siege are a crucial element that should not be ignored.

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