written by DocWhiskey
Information, the King of Kings in Siege is obtained through a myriad different ways, mostly on the defensive side through cameras and drones. On Attack, information is obtained through your scouting drones, and audio queues like footsteps and gunshots, and also via Dokkaebi, provided she was able to hack a defender phone. However, the most efficient way of gathering the information you need to safely make your pushes into the map and onto the site is gained from your drones, which is why today we’re talking all about drone economy.
Drone economy is something that is overlooked by the majority of the casual player base. In game chat is pretty notorious for the “who drones in casual” quip. In ranked, a lot of times you’re not likely to see proper drone work being coordinated or done at all until you start looking towards the high side of gold and up into platinum and diamond ranks, where droning could practically be considered a religion. Saving drones during the prep phase is an excellent way to be able to gather that early round intel without having to waste your second drone during the push to clear the roamers out, and put it to better use during the remainder of the rounds. The more drones, the better off you and your team will be in the long run.
At the beginning of the prep phase, attackers deploy a single drone that can gain access to the building via drone holes or doorways. These drones are incredibly fragile, with only 1 hitpoint and can be destroyed by melee, bullets, explosions, shockwire, or even the metal reinforcements as defenders put them in place. The first thing to do is establish where the objective site is, which will help determine how you attack the map, and what angles you will need to take or watch for flank, windows to watch for spawn peeks or run outs. More than likely, on your way to the objective you will find yourself in a position to scan a defender and make their identity known to the rest of your team, and while it may be habitual after a time to want to scan them, its better to verbally communicate with your team because once that flashy red “you have been spotted” starts showing on their screen, that Bandit you just scanned will start trying to hunt you down because Kapkan told him that Team Rainbow hides cocaine in the wheels. Regardless of the validity of that last statement, it lets the defender know that there is a drone present, and all they have to look for is the shiny red light to destroy the drone and deny any further intel from that source. Instead of swarming the objective site and getting all of your drones destroyed before the action phase begins, find a good place to hide in or around the objective, or along common flank routes or roaming locations. Most of the attacker drones, besides Twitch’s Shockdrone, can jump, meaning you can basically turn any map into the worlds most violent platformer game. Getting up into a position above the eye level of the defenders is always a good move, as most of the time they really don’t have a reason to be looking up unless they’re deploying a thrown gadget, or they saw you playing mountain goat simulator 2019. When using them to flush out roamers or start your site push, most defending players will displace from their positions if they’ve been spotted, or “droned out” as the common phrase goes. You can oftentimes trade a drone for a kill by catching them on the movement if you’re coordinating with another player to secure the kill, but if you can manage to save your drone from certain death, then by all means do so.
Special care should be taken when using Twtich’s Shockdrone, as it can’t jump and is therefore far less mobile than your standard drones are. They are far quieter, however, but will be hunted down relentlessly because of the damage they can inflict on a defensive setup. Saving your drones as Twitch is essential if you want to make full use of them, meaning you don’t take unnecessary risks, in fact sometimes it’s better to just leave the building entirely and piggyback off a teammates drone to get an idea of how to best employ the gadget to get the most use out of the 10 tasers it can fire. The same thing can be said for Echo, a defender who has two Yokai drones, or “those weird quadcopter things”. Echo gets two Yokai drones to place down, and from there he can control and move them around the map, and with the tap of a button they will attach to the ceiling and cloak. While attached to the ceiling, Yokai can deliver a sonic pulse that greatly disorients any, even Echo, for a time. The time affected is also tied to movement, and the fastest way to shake the effects off is to get somewhere safe and wait a few seconds. These drones are an amazing source of information for the defenders, as they can move around at a pretty good pace, and have a smaller vertical profile than attacker drones, making it a bit harder to shoot, and once it’s in place it can provide a 360 degree view of the area it’s in. Like Twitch’s drone, these Yokai are a pretty essential part of Echo’s kit, and should not be wasted needlessly. Between the two, both Shockdrones and Yokai should be held in relatively safe positions until needed, as Yokai can deny a defuser plant or set a teammate up for an easy kill, and Shockdrones can severely cripple a defense that’s heavily reliant on gadget placement, making each an essential part of the team utility when either are on the board.
Keeping your drones alive will make your life on attack one hundred percent easier, every time. It’s that hidden fourth dimension that new players, and some more experienced players don’t utilize enough, but should get into the habit of as soon as possible. Keeping yourself informed on the defender locations and set up will keep you, and potentially your teammates alive and allow you to set up for pressure plays without having to worry about a roaming Caveira coming up and ruining your day. Moral of the story, save your drones. Protect them like you would yourself, especially with the upcoming season rumored to have a new defending operator who can seize control of an attacker’s drone. Nothing like having your own safety net turn into the trap net. Although specific details on that defender haven’t been released yet, based on the accuracy of the last several season’s worth of leaks, I’d be inclined to believe that it’s more or less what is going to wind up being the case.