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Capping off a weekend in which a dominant G2 Esports ran out eventual winners of the Rainbow Six Siege Paris Major, Ubisoft fully revealed the upcoming Operation Grim Sky season for Siege.

Operation Grim Sky is a British-themed season that brings two new Operators and a massive rework of the Hereford map. In the extensive new gameplay trailer, we can see both Maverick and Clash in action, both bringing potentially game-changing new gadgets to the table.

Maverick operates much like it looked from his teaser trailer. His blowtorch allows him to precisely burn holes through reinforced walls and doors, creating new sightlines, murder holes, or even an entry point. His gadget is limited by the amount of fuel in the tank, which Ubisoft says is roughly enough to create a single entry point. Players are going to have to make tough decisions about when and where to use Maverick, although the near-silent blowtorch opens up many sneaky tactical opportunities. The downside to Maverick is that his gadget is quite slow to use, leaving him vulnerable. He’s also just a 1 Armor / 3 Speed Operator so he’s going to go down fast if he’s spotted.

Clash, meanwhile, is the first defender with a shield. Her shield is full-length, transparent, and can fire out a stream of electric energy that damages and slows down opponents. However, the electricity can take a long time to recharge, limiting her ability somewhat. Unlike other shield Operators though, Clash can put her shield on her back and use a proper primary weapon such as an SMG, making her a potentially versatile pick.

Lastly, there’s the Hereford map rework. This map has received much more wholesale changes than the Clubhouse rework and is now practically unrecognisable from how it once was. While the overall shape remains similar, the building is now much wider with longer sightlines and reworked bomb sites, all with an aim to catering towards high-end play.

Rainbow Six Siege Operation Grim Sky is a free update due to hit the test servers today, with a rollout to the main game early in September.

What do you think of the two new Operators, will either of these be must-picks? And what about that Hereford redesign, are you sad to see the old map go or pleased to see it rebalanced?