Blackbeard R6 Siege operator B&W design by r6siegecenter
Blackbeard R6 Siege operator B&W design by r6siegecenter

PROs:

  • Two face shields preventing headshots
  • Deagle is a powerful pistol
  • Has a choice between DMR and AR
  • Great at watching angles

CONS:

  • Not good at anything else
  • Slow movement speed with face shield equipped
  • Low face shields’ HP
  • Weak AR

Blackbeard

Offensive operator

Not as powerful as he once was, Blackbeard is a great option for more passive players who like to hold angles on defenders to cut off rotations or penalize cheeky opponents trying to peek you.
 
In R6 Siege Blackbeard serves the role of Angle watcher.
He is best in the hands of players with the precise aim as hitting your shots is the main influence BB player will have on the round.

Organization

Navy S.E.A.L

Availability

DLC Y1S2

Armor Rating

Medium

Speed Rating

Medium

Biography

Jenson grew up in a comfortable upper middle-class family with no military history.

He decided that he wanted to be a Navy SEAL at a young age and devoted his life to achieving this goal. With the help of his father, a kinesiology professor at the University of Washington, he started training at twelve and enlisted at eighteen.

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Operator guide

Detailed information on how to play Blackbeard R6

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Utility

What is the utility?

In R6 Siege Blackbeard can use two face shields which, when equipped on his primary weapon, prevent Blackbeard from taking damage to the head.
Each shield has HP of 50, which does not regenerate.
Status of shields is displayed in the right-bottom corner of the screen. It does not display the exact HP number left on a shield.
 
When using a primary weapon with an equipped shield, Blackbeard is moving 30% slower. 
To move faster, players can either take off a shield or switch to the secondary weapon – Deagle.

How to use utility?

Mechanically Blackbeard is extremely easy to use. 
Faceshields have to be manually equipped by pressing the unique utility button. The shield can be detached by pressing the button again, after which game will swap the order of equipping shields (pressing button again will fit 2nd shield).
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When choosing a location from which Blackbeard wants to challenge defenders, he should focus on avoiding exposing the body as much as possible. Therefore the best place for Blackbeard to hold angles are windows, skylights, and half walls.
 
As a Blackbeard situated in a window, you do not want to rappel upside down in a reversed position. Such placement allows defenders to shoot the top of your head which is left exposed if the defender has an angle of elevation over you. 

Interactions

SYNERGIES

  • Maverick
    Can create murder holes that would uncover just head of attacker, thus synergizing with BBs strengths
  • Shield attackers
    Shield operator can provide mobile coverage for Blackbeard.
    Back in days this combo was so overpowered that ESL did not allow having BB with another shield operator. 

Counters:

At this moment in Rainbow Six Siege, Blackbeard is not a counter to any specific utility or type of play.
Blackbeard however counters peeking from defenders, which is an essential aspect of R6 Siege.

Countered by:

No specific unique defensive utility counters Blackbeard R6 Siege. He is, however, susceptible to:
  • High fire rate weapons
  • Explosives
  • Runouts
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How to play -
Blackbeard R6 Siege

Playstyle

ANGLE WATCHER
 
Currently, in R6 Siege Blackbeard is utilized primarily as an angle watcher who sits at locations where only his head is exposed to defenders.
His shield can still tank two shots, giving the player “extra lives.” Thus BB remains an excellent choice for holding vital angles and limiting defenders options for rotations.
 
As an angle watcher, you will spend much of the round waiting for defenders to peek you or try to rotate through an angle that you are holding. Such a role requires advanced aim as a number of shots you will have on your opponent may be limited. Especially with the distinguished sound of Blackbeard’s weapons – smart defenders will not peek attacker knowing that it is Blackbeard. 

Difficulty

EASY
 
Blackbeard is rather situational operator who does not bring much benefits with objectives located on floors without windows, especially basements.
 
He is easy to use, but currently requires better aim from player due to significantly lower HP of the shield.

Loadout guide -
Blackbeard R6 Siege

Available options

Primary weapons

Secondary weapons

Universal gadgets

Rainbow Six Siege breaching charge

Breaching charge

Charge allows opening a hole in unreinforced walls, hatches and barricades.

Also usable on penetrable floors to create a new angle.

Rainbow Six Siege stun grenade

Stun Grenade

Camera deployable on walls to surveil areas.
Can see through smoke and survives direct shots to its front panel.

Loadout suggestion

Loadout choices are an individual aspect, and rarely there is a “go-to” loadout in Rainbow Six Siege.
Sight choices are purely personal and depend on the player’s playstyle, map, even objective & specific role.
Please treat the below suggestion as what it is – our preferences.
We encourage you to experiment to find your setup.

Remember, just because something works for someone else, does not mean it has to and will work for you!

Suggested loadout:

Primary weaponBarrelGripScope
MK17 CQBFlash hiderVertical grip1.5x scope
Secondary weaponBarrelGripScope
DeagleMuzzle brakeN/AN/A
Gadget
Breaching charge

Why such loadout?

SR-25 is DMR available to Blackbeard, which is rather average from a statistics perspective but compensates with low recoil. 
When possible, I choose automatic weapons over DMRs, and Blackbeard is not an exception. However, if you like DMRs then SR-25 is a good option, especially with Blackbeard’s playstyle and MK17 not the best weapon in the game. For DMR you should always equip Muzzle brake and Vertical grip.
 
MK17 CQB is one of the weakest ARs in R6 Siege, which is a trade-off for Blackbeard’s face shields.
I recommend to equip Flash hider for best recoil control – horizontal recoil doesn’t change much with Compensator.
MK17 has very high ADS time, but due to Blackbeard’s role of angle watcher, we still recommend to use Vertical grip.
As BB, you’re going to hold long angles frequently. Hence, we recommend picking 1.5x scope to ensure the best visibility on long-distance engagements.
 
Deagle is the only option for Blackbeard’s secondary. It has high damage per bullet, with a quite high kick. Luckily for Valkyrie, Ubisoft allowed Deagle to equip muzzle brake in the Y4S2 patch.
I suggest using a laser on this gun for desperate situations so you can hip fire enemies more effectively.
 
Stun grenades are an excellent tool for attackers who push aggressively impacted defenders. As an angle watcher, located usually in a window, you won’t be that driving force of the attacking squad.
As a result, my universal gadget of choice is a Breaching charge, which can help you to create new angles or destroy Castle barricades quickly.

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