GSK faction in XDefiant
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Rainbow Operators step into the fast-paced environment of XDefiant Season 1

It's Rainbow time!

I've been waiting for the Rainbow Six Siege collaboration, and it is finally here. Rainbow operators will step into the fray of XDefiant Season 1. It's going to be interesting to see them handle the new fast-paced environment.

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Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege is a realistic PvP shooter that is pretty slow-paced compared to XDefiant. This is especially the case when it comes to the R6 Defense Operators, which we are getting two of in Season 1.

The new GSK faction is the XDefiant equivalent of the GSG-9, the German counter-terrorism and special operations unit in Rainbow. The faction will include three operators:

  • Blitz
  • Jaeger
  • Bandit

It makes some sense that they didn't add IQ since she can track enemy gadgets, and that could be considered too similar to the Echelon faction ability. However, it is pretty strange that they added Blitz when there are already Phantoms with a Shield ability (specifically called a Blitz Shield as well). Fans aren't too happy with this choice either.

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However, Blitz's shield (not to be confused with Phantom Blitz Shield, though it is already so confusing) has a flashbang incorporated into it. Blitz is an Attack Operator in Rainbow, so I'm pretty intrigued to see how he fares on the defense side.

The trickiest ability to adapt is Bandit (one of my favorite Defense Operators in R6), who can electrically charge reinforced walls and stop Breachers from destroying them. There is no reinforcing mechanic in XDefiant. However, Bandit can also electrify barbed wire, which you can see on the ground in several spots of the trailer. We can assume that he will use his electricity to slow down and damage enemy players.

Jaeger's ADS (Active Defense System) will be one of the most useful aspects of this faction. It can stop any incoming projectiles, such as grenades, which I can't wait for. The number of times I've died to grenades is insane. From all of the details in the trailer for Season 1, GSK will probably be a crucial factor when it comes to defending one area of a map.

In addition to the R6 operators, XDefiant players will battle each other on the Clubhouse, a Siege map. I am not a big fan of it since I always forget to watch out for spawn-picking. Hopefully, I'll survive for longer than three seconds on it in XDefiant (not very likely).

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Hristina has been a full-time Staff Writer at Pro Game Guides since October 2023. She has a Master's degree in English Language, Literature and Culture from the University of Belgrade. She's used her love of English to write blogs, anime quizzes, books as well as work as a Content Editor before starting at PGG. She lives for the horror genre and you'll often find her playing Dead by Daylight, Lethal Company, and Phasmophobia. Hristina's comfort games are Outlast, Last of Us, and Until Dawn, which she has played or watched other people play more than 10 times each.

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