Start with your approach to improvement in Rainbow Six Siege
“A goal without a plan is just a dream"
- Brian Tracy
- What type of person/player am I?
- What’s my goal, and why?
- What systems can help me achieve goals?
- What type of player are you?
- Skill levelWhat is your general skill level as an FPS player?
- Take pleasure in?What brings you the most joy when playing team-based games and FPS shooters.Some of us may enjoy having flashy plays, others like the feeling of winning close matches.Example: I enjoy most supporting my teammates and feeling of playing as a cohesive unit.
- Annoyed most by?Which aspect that needs improvement impacts your mood the most.Example: The feeling of teammates playing for themselves and not improving in any area during my playtime.
- How can I get more goodies and fewer baddies?Define actions you can take to increase the odds of having more what you indicated in the pleasure section and minimize the impact of annoying factors.
Example: Playing with similar people who have the same mindset to me.
- What are my strengths?
Think which attributes of capable Siege player you already possess.
Such traits can be either mechanical or mental.
Example: Remaining calm in clutch situations, patience, and giving callouts.
- How can I play to my strengths?Decide how can you increase the value of your strengths.Example: Anchoring/Intel gathering on defense and playing support roles on the attack.
- What are my strengths?
- Areas for improvement
- What are my weaknesses?Similarly to strengths can be either mechanical or mental.Example: My aim can be potato, lack of consistency & not too good at rushing.
- Which weakness causes the most trouble?The one that hinders your progress the most and causes poor performance.Example: Consistency.
- Which weakness is easiest to eliminate?Some weaknesses can depend on multiple factors, but usually, there is at least one con that you should be able to avoid or improve relatively quickly.Example: Rushing.
- How can I lower the impact of weaknesses?Think of actions that you can take to minimize the negative influence of your weaknesses.Example: Not playing operators who require good aim to be useful at all, like Glaz, or avoiding being rusher.
- Engagement level
- How significant is the improvement in Siege to me?All of us treat Siege differently. Some people will enjoy it by only playing the game, others may care a bit more and want to improve, while some of us want to become pros.Example: Sufficiently to improve steadily over time, but not planning to become pro.
- How much effort am I willing to put?Ask yourself how much time and energy you are willing to invest in Rainbow Six Siege and developing yourself as a player.
Example: Currently not dedicating a significant portion of free time for this game.The answer to both engagement questions is essential for being able to define realistic goals.We should not expect significant improvements without major investment!
- How significant is the improvement in Siege to me?
This step is a natural progression from the first point as thinking about answers to the mentioned questions is a prerequisite on the road to defining your own, personal, and independent goals.
How do goals help?
Goals increase your effortPeople who are goal-oriented simply put more effort into achieving their goals than people who do not have a goal. It is quite logical if you think about it. It is hard to put a lot of effort into something undefined.
Goals simplify your decisionsRainbow Six Siege, just like any other area of life, is constant forks on the road. Every match, every action or conversation with your team, you will face decisions (those small and those bigger ones). Goals simplify the decision-making process.
With goals, you do not have to weight all the facts, pros and cons versus your current mood to make the decision of how to respond to certain situations.
- You may want to be a diamond
- You may want to flick like your favorite YouTuber or streamer
- Perhaps you want to be a top fragger on your team
- Is it possible to enjoy Siege while in Bronze rank?
- Can we be frustrated even when winning more than losing?
- Can we feel accomplished while being on the bottom of the team ladder with the least kills?
- What do I want to achieve when playing Siege?
- How long will it take for me?
- Which aspect, if improved consistently, will net me the best results?
- Am I willing to put the necessary work to achieve those goals?
Now that we thought about what type of player we are and what are our goals in Rainbow Six Siege, it is time to make peace with few inevitable aspects of learning and playing the game.
- Learning is a steep and non-linear process
Many people expect to see the right proportion of time and energy invested versus progress.
However, the reality is different. It is quite likely for a new player to see little to none improvement over a significant amount of time.
Only to notice accelerated progress at the late stage of the learning curve.
Why? That’s because the learning process has a compound effect. Every new learning may not be significant by itself, but when a sufficient amount of small improvements is made, you will see notable changes!
- Map knowledge takes time
Learning maps is an essential area in all FPS shooters. Rainbow Six Siege takes the significance of map knowledge to a whole new level due to the destructibility of environments and abilities of various operators to utilize terrain.
Siege maps are complex, and players learned by now tons of dirty angles and tricks.
The process of learning even some maps will take time.
- You will get destroyed
All of us feel good when we dominate our opponent. It is a natural feeling of satisfaction to win and be better than others. The opposite is also true – we do not like it when others beat us.
When you are just starting with Rainbow Six Siege, you will get destroyed by your opponents, on a quite regular basis.
Bear in mind that those players have probably put much more time into the game than you did and it is a natural aspect of Player VS Player games. Instead, try to focus on your improvements.
- Mistakes will happen
Sounds like a no-brainer, but how often do you see people being frustrated because somebody made a mistake?
Hell, how often do you make mistakes? I know I make a lot of those – sometimes silly ones, sometimes not.
In Rainbow Six Siege even best pros make bad judgment calls or potato in a gunfight.
Mistakes are an inevitable aspect of humanity. By that, I do not mean to ignore errors. Repeating the same mistakes is an enemy of progress – but instead not letting mistakes take over your mind, impact your mood, and deter from reaching goals.
- You will lose
Just like trading on the stock market: the goal is not to win every single time, but to win more often than not!
Even the best players lose matches. Don’t believe me? Check W/L of your favorite content creator or pro: It is not 100%, is it?
- Improvement takes time
We all have to realize that we won’t get better overnight. I am a big believer that our rewards are proportional to our efforts spread over time.
Expecting instant improvements in Siege is like hoping to lose weight in a day. Not only is such expectation unrealistic, but it is also detrimental to retaining motivation over time.
The anticipation of instant gratification impacts negatively your long term goals due to delay in results when it comes to acquiring new skills and developing the right behaviors.
Learning is a process that shows the most significant results after a while when good actions are performed repeatedly.
- Realize you made a mistake First of all, mistake identification is essential. You cannot improve or prevent something if you do not realize it is there in the first place.Think, “What have I done wrong?”
- Avoid repeating mistakeAsk yourself, “What could have I done better?”
- EnemiesYou can learn so much from your enemies! The easiest way to learn from them is by watching kill cams.Killcams are a great tool in the learning process; don’t neglect them. You may learn new angles from your enemies.
- TeammatesPay attention to what teammates do. How do they set up the objective, where do they place utility and how do they react in different situations
- Watching pro leagueI wish the pro league had an option to spectate a specific player, depending on your preferences. Such a feature would allow players to learn so much more from Pros by spectating their favorite player or focusing on a particular role.Despite the lack of such a feature, watching the pro league is an incredible way of improving in Rainbow Six Siege.Commentators will often analyze round and share insights into why players do specific actions.Watching how professional players act in a specific situation is also valuable to your improvement.
- Watching streamersI am not recommending Youtube highlights so much.Those usually show good and risky plays in high density, instead of actual round flow and deaths.Watching stream can help you improve better by showing so much more than highlights do. One of the essential aspects that you can learn is communication style and creative thinking.
- Reading guidesI believe you’ve got that covered 🙂
- Set challenges that are hard to reach, but not impossible
Make sure that you set your goals and expectations in a way that will keep you engaged in the process while providing small victories and rewards over time.
As an example: if you were Silver III last season, do not set Silver II as a goal. Instead, aim for reaching Gold II by improving on a particular aspect of your game. Note every increase of sub ranks between and its correlation to your improvements!
- Update your goals over time
To ensure increasing progress, we all should review our goals and systems surrounding them. They are in place to support us, not for us to help them!
Once we reached the goal, we should take it to another level or create a new objective that is in line with our expectations and follows the goldilock rule.
Remember that improvement should not be one and done approach. Once you reach your goal, you should set a new one as joy coming from realization will be only temporary.
- Define what type of player are you, what do you enjoy in team-based games and what are your strengths/weaknesses
- Set goals based on answers to above, not because of what other people want to achieve
- Do not set objectives that are inadequate to the amount of effort you are willing to put, example: I want to become diamond, but play 5h a week
- Have realistic expectations towards process: you will make mistakes, getting better takes time, and you will lose matches
- Learn from your own mistakes: notice your errors & think about how to avoid the same situation in the future
- Learn from teammates and your enemies: watch kill cams, watch how your teammates react in specific scenarios
- Watch high-level players: pro league & streamers
- Read guides *wink wink*
- Set hard objectives, but not unrealistic
- Review your progress, goals and your methods