Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege‘s most beloved and paradoxically least played operator is currently profiting from a bug that finally makes him a viable pick.
Tachanka is one of the game’s Russian Defense operators, and his unique equipment is a mounted machine gun with a front-facing shield. Such an emplacement may sound invaluable in a game about defending small areas, but the rigid nature of the machine gun makes Tachanka extremely susceptible to flanking when using it. This has lead him to be the least picked operator in the game, despite online memes of the character essentially making him the face of Siege. To get an idea of how unpopular he is—tactically speaking—a Ubisoft chart comparing defenders’ win rate deltas to pick rates for PC Platinum and Diamond tiers has Tachanka about as low on both scales as an operator can be.
His flaws may now have a saving grace, however, as a new bug related to the character could give him the advantage he needs. As explained in the video below, if one person on a team goes Tachanka, every player on the team will want to hop on and off the defender’s turret five or six times, which will make each operator a speed level 3.
Speed and armor for each operator in the game are inversely proportional, with the heavy operators boasting level 3 armor but level 1 speed, the more agile operators sporting level 1 armor but level 3 speed, and the medium-sized operators getting the 2-2 split. While this glitch doesn’t seem to have any affect on operators already at max speed, slower operators- like Tachanka- will see a notable speed boost, while also maintaining their superior armor level.
Fortunately for how easy the bug is to exploit, it doesn’t appear to be crippling the competitive scene, as most firefights in Siege involve slowly peaking around corners rather than run’ n’ gunning. That said, it is certainly unfair, and while it seems to still be live in the game, it will likely be patched out soon.