Some Rainbow Six Siege players were surprised when the notes for patch 4.2 revealed that Twitch’s Shock Drone ammo would be reduced from 15 to just 5 shots. It’s a significant nerf but, since the release of the patch notes, Ubisoft have explained why it’s such an important one.
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It’s all down to the gadget economy. “Given that she currently has 30 total charges available,” UbiTone wrote of Twitch’s shock drones on Reddit, “this could lead to all Defender cameras + most gadgets being destroyed. This is simply too much.”
By reducing the number of charges the drone can carry means “players will have to make a conscious decision on which Defender gadgets to leave up or destroy, instead of killing all Defender Cameras, all the Defender gadgets, and having few shots to spare for an unsuspecting Operator.”
UbiTone gave a little more information from behind the scenes, saying that “the average number of gadgets destroyed by one Shock Drone in a single round is 1.4 (this includes cameras).” Which shows that, despite complaints, Twitch’s shock drone can still be used a whole lot more effectively, even with the now reduced number of shots.