To get Maverick, the ability to create small murder holes through reinforced walls will be amazing. This will never happen, but imagine if an attacking group comes to a bomb website, Rainbow Six Siege Credits take the site, the defenders are pushing to retake, but the attacking team puts some murder holes next to a Mira window... now that Mira window is far more deadly than it was earlier. I think Maverick is going to have a huge influence on the overall meta and the way the game is played, both horizontally and vertically, and I'm very excited to see how our pros and all of the other players use him in various ways.
Our balancing staff take both qualitative feedback from the community at large, they take comments from our expert players via a personal Discord server, we've got pro player evaluation sessions where we attract professional players to the studio and they play pre-alpha variations of those operators and give their responses. We build those operators with this feedback. We also examine the information, the quantitative side, and we make adjustments based on that as well.
We balance the match for play, and the reason we do this is because the maximum level of play is the meta. The lower skills and ranks are where players are catching up with the high level drama over a span of weeks, so we'll see something occur in Pro League that's a comprehensive shift in the meta, then we will see that trickle down to Diamond rank within days, then Silver and Gold after a week or two, and then even below that following a few weeks.
So by balancing the sport at the highest level, we are in a position to find the trickle down impact of that and how it affects all levels of play. Even if Copper and Bronze players aren't proficient players, they are still able to understand from those players and figure out different ways to use what they're doing to their gameplay.
1 thing that players try and game news is to be patient and find out how the ops will perform. There are times where our gamers will have a reaction to a new operator's concept -- and we've seen it, it is a cycle, and it occurs every season. Our gamers hear about what an operator could be, they see that the teaser, and the worst case situation is immediately gone to by some players. That's ok, it's a part of not getting the complete image, so that is understood by us.