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Rainbow Six Siege Operator Tier List: Best Attacking & Defending Operators in 2023

Grim and Brava from Rainbow Six Siege

Rainbow Six Siege Operator Tier List: Best Attacking & Defending Operators in 2023

Attacking or defending, we’ve got you covered.

Rainbow Six Siege, Ubisoft Montreal’s tactical FPS, saw its eighth year of post-launch content drop in March 2023, with the addition of Brava, a Brazilian attacker. Operation Commanding Force means the cast of Operators is approaching 70 and, with so many characters to choose from, it can be difficult to pin down exactly which are the most viable to take into matches. Here, we’re running through the best Attackers and Defenders in Rainbow Six Siege, giving you the ultimate Operator tier list for 2023 and Year 8.

Rainbow Six Siege Attacker Tier List

We’ll start with the Attackers. These have to be versatile and powerful, working their way through Defender reinforcements and closing in on the bomb site.

Thatcher from Rainbow Six Siege tops our best attacker tier
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Currently, there’s no better option than Thatcher. The SAS operator’s EMP grenades are so strong many consider them overpowered, taking out any enemy gadget within their radius. The only issue with Thatcher is that he’ll be banned in a lot of matches as players strive to keep his utility out. 

If you’re not fancying Thatcher, Nomad is another top-tier Attacker. She boasts strong weapons and utility, but it’s her anti-roaming Airjab devices that make her very frustrating for Defenders. There’s simply no better equipment to watch the back of Attackers or combat roamers.

New Operator Brava comes in at A-Tier right now, but that could well change as opponents figure out how best to combat her Kludge Drones. As we’ve seen with past Operator additions, metas shift as players work out how to counter and re-counter.

Our full Rainbow Six Attacker Tier List for 2023 is detailed below:

SThatcher, Nomad
AAce, Brava, Finka, Hibana, Iana, Jackal, Maverick, Sledge, Twitch, Zero, Zofia
BAsh, Blackbeard, Buck, Capitao, Dokkaebi, Flores, Grim, IQ, Lion, Osa, Thermite
CAmaru, Fuze, Gridlock, Kali, Nøkk, Sens, Ying
DBlitz, Glaz, Montagne

Rainbow Six Siege Defender Tier List 

For Defenders, you want them to be robust and reliable, difficult for attacking enemies to break down and breakthrough. 

Mira from Rainbow Six Siege  tops our best defender tier
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Right now, our pick for Siege’s best Defender is none other than Mira. The Spaniard’s weapons – the Vector. 45 and ITA12S secondary – mean she can play as a soft breacher or defensive anchor. Her only drawback is that her Black Mirrors are quite difficult to master, so newcomers to the game could struggle initially. 

If you’re not quite up for the challenge that is Mira, we’d recommend Jäger. The once-spawn-peek legend has been nerfed countless times by Ubisoft but continues to defy all expectations. He retains the lethal 416-C Carbine AR, setting him apart from most other Defenders, who generally possess SMGs. His Active Defence Systems also make him very easy to play – throw these down around the bomb site and watch them cancel out enemy projectiles.

Our full Rainbow Six Defender Tier List for 2023 is detailed below. 

SMira, Jäger, Valkyrie
AAruni, Azami, Bandit, Ela, Kaid, Kapkan, Melusi, Mozzie, Mute, Smoke, Wamai
BAlibi, Castle, Echo, Lesion, Maestro, Pulse, Solis, Thorn, Thunderbird, Vigil
CCaveira, Doc, Frost, Goyo, Oryx, Rook, Tachanka, Warden

There you have it – that’s our Rainbow Six Operator Tier List and they’re our recommendations for the Best Attackers and Defenders in Rainbow Six Siege right now. Be sure to check back in soon because, as new updates and operators drop, this list is sure to adjust accordingly. We’re now looking forward to the second Operation of Year 8.

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