The Usual Suspect
A couple of days ago, Ubisoft made an official announcement on their Rainbow Six Siege subreddit that Clash has been disabled due to exploits.
The community manager, UbiNoty stated, “We are deactivating Clash today. We have become aware of an exploit, and have decided to deactivate Clash. As such, Clash will not be available for play until we have resolved the issue. We appreciate your understanding. You can check for updates here or at Twitter@Rainbow6game.”
Clash is a defensive operator that utilizes a large, transparent riot shield that can cover her entire front and sides from enemy gunfire. This shield has been an exploit-ridden gadget from her introduction on August 13th, 2018. This time, it looks like players have found a way to lets teammates fire through Clash’s riot shield while remaining relatively protected. The Youtube user, ninjabladesJr shows off this exploit in the video below:
For other exploits regarding her shield, Clash has been disabled during both Operation Phantom Sight and again during Operation Shifting Tides for an extended period of time. She had only made her return a month prior, January 2020, before she was taken off again. Reddit user, /u/eronth says that “Clash has spent more time deactivated than activated since I’ve picked this game back up.” and he isn’t even exaggerating here.
Clash, unfortunately, is a bit divisive even when she is working correctly. Even though she isn’t considered very competitive of a character, her annoying ability that disrupts the normal flow of the game has earned herself a lot of haters. The hate is so great that she is banned quite often in ranked games, even when there are more dangerous operators to ban. Many players are suggesting that she needs a complete overhaul for not only the exploits but to make her more fun character to play as and against.