Favela was Rainbow Six Siege's most hated map, now it's coming to Ranked

Favela was Rainbow Six Siege's most hated map, now it's coming to Ranked

The casual rework is headed to the big leagues in update Y6S2.2.


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Raɪɴbow Six Siege's ᴍᴏsᴛ ʜɪstᴏʀicᴀʟʟy dɪsʟɪᴋᴇd ᴍᴀᴘ ᴡɪʟʟ ʙᴇ ᴀᴍᴏɴɢ tʜᴇ ꜰɪʀsᴛ ᴛᴏ ᴍᴀᴋᴇ tʜᴇ ᴊᴜᴍᴘ ꜰʀᴏᴍ cᴀsual pʟᴀʏ ᴛᴏ tʜᴇ Rᴀɴked ᴍᴀᴘ pool ɪɴ ᴀɴ ᴜᴘcomɪɴg pᴀᴛch. Favela, a ʜɪɢʜly destructible ᴍᴀᴘ ᴀᴅᴅed ʙᴀᴄᴋ ɪɴ 2016, ʀᴇᴄᴇɪᴠᴇd a ᴄᴏᴍᴘʟᴇᴛᴇ rewᴏʀk ɪɴ Siege's reᴄᴇɴᴛ Nᴏʀth Star ᴜᴘdᴀᴛe. Tʜᴇ ᴍᴀᴘ ᴜᴘdᴀᴛe wᴀs ɪɴtᴇɴᴅed ᴛᴏ ʙᴇ a "cᴀsual rewᴏʀk" ᴏɴly ꜰᴏʀ Quick Pʟᴀʏ, ʙᴜᴛ Ubɪsᴏꜰt ɪs ɴᴏw cᴏɴfident tʜᴇ ᴍᴀᴘ ɪs balᴀɴced ᴇɴᴏᴜɢʜ ꜰᴏʀ Siege's ᴍᴏsᴛ competɪᴛive mode.

"We know you want to give it its chance in the moonlight, so Favela is coming to Ranked and Unranked playlists near you!" Ubisoft tweeted on Wednesday.

The reborn Favela has a largely new layout that addresses common gripes while maintaining its visual identity. The most drastic change can be noticed on the exterior of the map, where there are now far fewer destructible walls.

We know you want to give it its chance in the moonlight, so Favela is coming to Ranked and Unranked playlists near you! ➡ Available on Test Server today➡ Coming to Live Servers with Y6S2.2 later this month pic.twitter.com/kTQJ8AIZrTJuly 7, 2021

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Previously, the overwhelming number of walls to reinforce or cover made its bombsites frustrating to defend. On the attacking side, the malleable map gave spawn peekers countless opportunities to score cheap kills. The rework follows a similar framework to Siege's other map redos: plenty of room to breathe on bomb sites, fewer opportunities for spawn peeks, and more staircases for easier navigation.

New Favela already feels like a Ranked map in many ways, except for one important difference: it's a nighttime-only destination. Every map used to have a night variant before Ubi removed them in 2018 for balancing reasons (attackers could hide in the dark a little too well outside). Considering night is the only way to play Favela, I'm guessing Ubi has changed its mind.

Ubi says Favela's positive feedback during its first few weeks has informed the decision to add it to Ranked. I'm enjoying the rework so far, though to be fair, it's hard to tell if any map is balanced until players have spent a few months with it. You can play Favela in Ranked right now on Siege's test server or wait another few weeks for patch Y6S2.2.

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