Rainbow Six Siege Year 5 is now live with the launch of Operation Void Edge. For those who have been keeping up with the tactical Tom Clancy shooter, Ubisoft have once again expanded the game’s playable roster of Operators.
Following the game’s release in December 2015, we’ve come to expect two unique new additions to the ever-growing lineup with each season of content. While Ubisoft have confirmed that Operators will be introduced at half the pace in the not too distant future, for now we can enjoy the latest Void Edge duo: Oryx and Iana.
Having sampled both Operators at a recent preview event, we’re here to give you a quick breakdown of what to expect from Iana including her unique gadget and some potential counters.
Name: Nienke Meijer
Origin: Katwijc, Netherlands
Gadget: Gemini Replicator
Stats: Speed 2 / Armour 2
Primary Weapon: ARX200 Assault Rifle / G36-C Assault Rifle
Secondary Weapon: MK1 9mm Handgun
Equipment: Frag Grenade / Smoke Grenade
Iana’s playstyle revolves around deception and trying to draw out defenders with her Gemini Replicator. This allows her to create a decoy which can then scout the map and gather intel though won’t be able to fire at enemies or use gadgets. The replica will look exactly like her, copying any equipped headgear, uniform, or weapon skins.
However, her decoy will automatically expire after several seconds and won’t be able to climb ladders or rappel. It can also be shot down with a single shot. While Iana has an infinite number of replicas, the gadget has a cool down – if the Gemini is destroyed by an enemy this cool down time will be longer.
Although similar to Alibi’s Prisma holograms, firing at these decoy won’t ping the shooter’s location on the HUD. Nor can the decoy itself drop pings.
She can be used to put pressure on defenders and force them into giving away their position or potentially waste their limited supply of gadgets and equipment.
While potent, there are plenty of ways to counter Iana. Mute’s Signal Jammer will fry any replicas that step too close with electrified surfaces also able to destroy the fake Iana, making Operators such as Bandit and Kaid soft counters. Maestro is another strong choice against her using his Evil Eye which can also detect a heat signature, allowing him to spot if it’s a decoy. It’s also worth pointing out that Vigil can’t be detected by the Gemini Replicator when his cloaking device is equipped.