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Guide to playing "Thatcher" on "Kafe"

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Kafe Dostoyevsky is a large map with 3 above-ground floors. Each individual floor by itself isn’t that large, but they are very well connected to each other.   The building also has many exterior windows that defenders often use for spawn kills or runout plays. On the other hand, attackers can repel to these windows and scout the interior from the outside. Each side of the building provides different angles you can use, so get familiar with the layout.   Kafe has one objective location on each of the third and first floors and two on the second. Both Objective Locations on the second floor are placed in the Fireplace Hall which makes them rather similar to each other. Also, the 2nd and 3rd floors are well connected to each other so defending their objectives are more or less the same. Only the first floor’s objective is noticeably different.

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▲Kafe Dostoyevsky’s objective locations. Most attacks start on the 3rd floor except for the 1st floor.   Thatcher is an operator that specializes in disabling enemy gadgets with his EMP Grenades. This is a unique ability amongst the operators and can be used in a variety of situations. Typically, you’ll want to aid your hard breacher with breaches. Just know that in Ranked he tends to have a high pick or ban rate.   The new Shadow Legacy update nerfed Thatcher quite significantly. Now, EMP Grenades cannot outright destroy gadgets and instead temporarily disables them. To destroy enemy gadgets, you must toss your EMP Grenade as well as shoot. It goes without saying that this greatly affects how Bandit/Kaid and hard breachers will compete against each other.   Unlike other SAS operators, Thatcher cannot equip the SMG-11 Machine Pistol as his secondary weapon. Because of this, he rarely has any need to equip the M590A1 as his primary weapon. You’ll want to mainly choose between the AR33 or the L85A2 assault rifles. The new update brought new scopes to both these guns. The AR33 can use the Scope 1.5x or the 2.5x while the L85A2 can only use the 2.0x. Choose accordingly.

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▲ AR33 can equip the 1.5x or 2.0x as well as the Angled Grip.

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▲ The L85A2 can only use the 2.0x but has access to the Vertical Grip.   ▣ 3F Bar ~ 3F Cocktail Lounge   If the objective locations have been set to the third floor, the attackers can take the stairs from the first or second floor up, repel up to the second and third floor windows, or use the roof hatch to drop down to the third floor. Use at least two of these routes simultaneously to confuse the defenders.   In order to repel up to the third floor, you must reach the exterior walls. However, there is a good chance defenders will be waiting to spawn kill or runout. Scout the many windows first before making your approach and if there are any open windows, doors, or barricades let your team know.   If you managed to make it to the roof hatch, breach it to gain access to the 3rd floor Red Stairs. Thatcher along with the hard breacher can breach the double wall leading to the Cigar Lounge. Defenders may try to stop you mid-breach from the Red Stairs so make sure to cover your hard breacher. Having a teammate cover you from the Cigar Lounge window would be beneficial as well. If your team successfully breaches the Cigar Lounge, you can breach the wall leading to the Bar Backstore or take the White Corridor to continue your advance.

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▲From the Cafe Rooftop, you can scout from the Skylight window.

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▲If you opened the hatch, have one teammate cover the Red Stairs like so. They can easily catch defending roamers.

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▲Breaching this Cigar Lounge wall should be your team’s primary objective.

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▲While breaching, having a teammate in this position can make for a safer breach.

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▲After the Cigar Lounge breach, you can continue and breach the Bar Backstore wall as well

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▲On the second floor Terrace, you can climb up on these ventilators…

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▲and use the windows to check inside the White Corridor.   ▣ 2F Fireplace Hall ~ 2F Mining Room   There are many routes that connect the 2nd floor to the 3rd, so taking the 3rd floor first will benefit your team. For example, you can look down into the 2nd floor Pillar Room from the 3rd floor Bar or Balcony and safely drop down. In the Cigar Lounge, there is a hatch that leads down to the 2F Train Museum which is a common place for defending anchors to hide in.   Attackers can also climb up to the west-side Bakery Roof and use the windows to check the Mining Room. This combined with a vertical play from the 3rd floor can make for a very effective attack. However, defenders will likely try to stop the 3rd floor from being taken and deploy at least two roamers. Be wary of sneak attacks.   There aren’t any walls that absolutely must be breached, but breaching the Fireplace Hall double wall near the White Stairs can be somewhat effective.There also aren’t any particular spots Thatcher should use his EMP Grenade on. Simply toss it near the Bombsite entrances.

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▲Climb onto the Bakery Roof and break the Mining Room window to look inside the Bombsite.

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▲Be wary of these windows for a possible runout play or spawn kill from the defenders.

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▲Penetrating the 3F Cigar Lounge grants you access to the hatch that leads down to the Train Museum.

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▲Thatcher can use his Breach Charge on the floor to safely scout the area below for a vertical play.   ▣ 2F Reading Room ~ 2F Fireplace Hall   The Fireplace Hall is marked as an objective location once again. The other Bombsite has been moved to the Reading Room, but the defenders cannot afford to lose the Mining Room or Train Museum so attacking these locations is mostly similar to above.   You will want to once again use both the second and third floors simultaneously to attack the Bombsites. The Reading Room Bombsite can be easily reached by climbing onto the 2F Terrace and going through the Pillar Room door. To the left of this door lies the Reading Room entrance, but defenders may be waiting from the 3F Cigar Lounge so check the area with a drone first.   There are many places to breach, but all of them are quite open and susceptible to attacks from defending roamers. If you really want to breach, go for the aforementioned Fireplace Hall wall or the 2F Laundry Room wall that leads to the Reading Room.

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▲The Reading Room entrance is just to the left of the 2F Terrace door.

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▲Defenders may be waiting for you here, so clear the 3F first.

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▲You can try to scout the Fireplace Hall from the 2F window, but the angles you get aren’t very good.

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▲Breaching this White Stairs wall to the Fireplace Hall can be effective.

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▲If you have cleared the third floor and are aware of the defenders’ positions, you can breach this Reading Room wall.   ▣ 1F Kitchen Service ~ 1F Kitchen Cooking   Because the objectives are on the first floor, you don’t need to go up to the third floor or roof. You can try a vertical play from the 2F Fireplace Hall hatch down to the 1F Freezer. Besides that, most of your attacks will take place on the first floor.   The Bombsite is quite large but closed off from other areas. Focus on creating new routes. Your team will need the hard breacher to breach the Bakery or Main Corridor walls leading to Kitchen Cooking or the VIP Corridor to Freezer wall. Bandit or Kaid will most likely try to stop this so Thatcher’s help is needed.   The Main Corridor and VIP Corridor surround the Bombsite and is a common route for defending roamers to take. Attackers should use their magnified scopes to scout the corridors first.

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▲This Bakery wall is a good target to breach, but it will be hard to do if the defenders are waiting in the Prep Room.

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▲The defenders in the Prep Room can make a hole like so to scout attackers.

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▲If you breach the Main Corridor wall to Kitchen Cooking…

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▲get a member of your team to take this long angle to the Main Corridor with a Scope.

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▲You can also go through the VIP Corridor and breach the Freezer wall. Be careful of the White Stairs.

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▲You can drop down to the Freezer from the 2F Fireplace Hall.

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▲If you have a Breach Charge, try a vertical play and watch out for defending roamers on the second floor.

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