People all the time look at teams and their support staff, not really understanding what these support staff do or what the difference is between them. Luckily I've previously wrote a blog post on that entire subject (RAINBOW SIX SUPPORT STAFF)
The next question people ask is "how can I become support staff for a team?". Well luckily here is my take on the basic things that you can be doing right now to become an analyst in Rainbow Six Siege.
Firstly though I'm going to quickly differentiate a few things. These tips will allow you to work on yourself and your own analysis with a hope of joining a T4/T3 team if you're lucky. The competition at this kind of level is much lower than Pro League, for obvious reasons, but that doesn't mean that your analysis has to be - you should always be pushing yourself.
Secondly - there is internal analysis (analysis on your own team to spot weaknesses/areas for improvement) and external analysis (analysis on another team to highlight weak areas in their strategies). Due to VOD availability, at Tier 4 or even some of Tier 3, counter analysis opportunities are limited, so I'd first focus on internal analysis.
I feel like I can speak to this process/starting procedure as I myself did this all the same way and went from a Tier 4 project team right through to EU Pro League across a 6/7 month period.
UNDERSTAND THE GAME
This one is absolutely crucial, I actually think more than anything else as an analyst. Working on the assumption that you as an analyst are going to be working with entry level teams, Tier 3/4 - you need to have a very good understanding of the game, in particular at a pro league level.
What I did was make a commitment to watch, re-watch and then analyse both EU and NA Pro League. For me that was Season 8 and Season 9. I watched every single game live as a spectator - listening to casters to just watch and understand, always trying to learn. Then I would watch the VOD on YouTube (The best place to go is R6 Esports VODs), when re-watching I would perform data collection [to come later in this post] and then I would watch it a third time performing a SWOT analysis type method on each team, what did they do well, badly? Did the enemy team give them an opportunity? What threatened their strategy?
All of this contributed to a high level understanding of the game. What are the default META's for each region? Where are the default plant spots? holds? How is 'X' player so good? How do you counter him?
Once you watch 7 weeks of Pro League in this kind of vein, you will feel like you know every Pro League team inside out, trust me. I also collected at that point basic map/operator ban data and basic round by round data. This would allow me to understand if a team had different strategies for the same maps/sites, what operators they would take to achieve that and what operators could be switched in/out depending on bans and the other team. I'd always try and predict the maps and predict the bans, often unsuccessfully because at that time - I didn't know Pro League as well as I could have and that hindered me, but the exercise was completely useful.
UNDERSTAND THE DATA
This one is quite important to be honest. Having worked at a TIer 3 team I dealt with the bringing in of an analyst to work with the academy team.
At the time we received roughly 50 applications from across the EU scene. What we did was ask the applicant to go away and analyse a VOD for us, from a particular teams point of view, the results of this were actually quite shocking.
Only 7 out of the 50 did any kind of data collection on individual rounds to back up their analysis. Another 8 had some very basic data that indicated they had taken from the scoreboard or Liquipedia but it was limited at best. That means that across my small - but also relatively broad - sample, 70% of those wanting to be a Tier 4 analyst did no statistical analysis.
The data, within Rainbow Six, is huge and provides a basis for making opinions from. The reason that particular VOD was chosen was that it was on Bank, in a Tier 3 league and the Thermite (on the team I asked to be reviewed), died first 4 out of the 6 attacks that the team had. This was due to miscommunication/poor droning. A lot of people successfully identified that, but only 5 (out of the 7 who did the data collection) actually justified their opinion with data that the game was lost on the Thermite being the opening death for the attacking team.
Data allows a base to form opinions, its relatively trustworthy as long as its recent and relevant.
The reason I'm telling you this is that actually, you need to be amazing with Google Sheets/Excel as an analyst. Whether you're analysing your own team or your opponents, you need to turn huge data into usable bite size chunks that the team can use to their advantage.
So get good with this stuff, theres plenty of information online. Many Tier 3/4 teams track their own scrims with win loss and map played, thats about it. Realistically you want to be tracking as much quality data as you can.
Make sure to learn the following as an absolute minimum:
Charting & Graphing within Sheets
If you don't know these, you need to learn as they will honestly become useful going forwards. I have a whole dedicated discord section this kind of stuff. When I was at SleepY I built a live internal dashboard that tracked every player individually, plus the team collectively, that could be viewed in real time.
NETWORK WELL & TRY TO GET A MENTOR
Lets say you want to be a Pro League analyst. Thats your goal - realistically you have 2 regions you can do that in. 16 teams overall. For me that was EU/NA. That means you need to be one of the best analysts in the world to do it in Pro League. Pro League spots for this kind of stuff are very very rarely advertised externally, usually if a team wants/needs an analyst or support staff, they'll look to people they know in the community privately first.
This means you need to know those people directly, which is a ridiculously hard thing to do. I found that Twitter was my best source for this. I started with the Atlantic City PL finals, tweeting about it, replying to others and trying to have meaningful conversations and discussions. I carried this through Pro League regular season rounds, Invitational, Pro League again and so on. Honestly, this was a fantastic tool for me as I really did gain relevant followers and make connections with people all around the scene.
The above is relevant because one day, Kixstar tweeted that he was starting a project team - Team SleepY. About one month later, he tweeted looking for an analyst. My connections that I had gained from the above, tagged me in that tweet, about 7 people IIRC including some decently known people. That was my in, after 1 conversation with Kix that night I joined Team SleepY.
But I didn't stop there, I fortunately met with a Pro League player and his coach for a completely outside reason a couple of weeks later. Once our formal meeting concluded, I asked them about analysis and how to get from a project team to Pro League. We had a really long and detailed conversation about stuff, to which I ended up asking if I could be mentored by them.
When I finally came to leave SleepY (much to early in my opinion - but the team went its separate ways with 3 of the players leaving for either CL or PL) - I contacted my Mentor who guided me on what to do next, what steps to complete to achieve my goals..
Mentors can provide such good guidance as they can see it objectively and really guide you through the best path for you. If you're lucky enough to network well and make touch with a PL/CL coach or analyst, speak to them, they'll generally try to help you. I have about 5/6 different PL analysts in my discord, all amazing with the people who ask them questions and look for guidance. Most people in the scene appreciate the need for the support infrastructure around teams to become of a much better quality.
CONTINUOUSLY CHALLENGE YOURSELF TO LEARN
Seriously, this is one of the hardest things to do. You see it with players too. Players get to Tier 3 and they play in a league such as UK Prem and they thing they're the best player in the world - they lose that grind aspect.
You always need to be grinding, trying to improve your analysis, trying to learn the game that 1% better. That really could be the difference that you could make to your team to help them go from T3 -> T2.
If you have Pro League level analysis but with a T3 team, you won't make it to PL unless they do or you move via your network. If you have an amazing network full of great opportunities, but your data collection/Google Sheets skills are lacking, you'll get found out. You really need to work on yourself/your analysis 24/7.