Former Cloud9 star and professional CS:GO player Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek has revealed that he had the opportunity to stand in for FaZe Clan at ESL One: Belo Horizonte.
Shroud stepped down from Cloud9 in August of 2017 and officially retired from professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in April of 2018.
He now dedicates his time to streaming full time and is one of the most popular streamers on the Amazon owned Twitch platform. His game of choice is PUBG but he can still be found playing Fortnite and CS:GO on occasion.
The Canadian star has also been playing in a fun ESEA Open team with some of his former Cloud9 teammates, Sean ‘[email protected]’ Gares and Jordan ‘n0thing’ Gilbert, as well as some legends of the European scene in the form of Tomi ‘lurppis’ Kovanen and Robin ‘fifflaren’ Johansson.
It sounds like he also had the opportunity to play for one of the very best teams on Earth, though, as he revealed during a recent Twitch stream that he had been asked to play for FaZe Clan as a stand-in.
Shroud says that he was asked to play for them at the event that they are currently playing in, ESL One: Belo Horizonte. Presumably this was soon after they received the news that Olof ‘olofmeister’ Kajbjer would not be in attendance.
FaZe Clan eventually ended up attending Brazilian event with Jørgen ‘cromen’ Robertsen, the same Norwegian player that helped them secure a top four finish at the ECS Season 5 Finals in London.
However, shroud fans will certainly be disappointed to hear that there was a possibility of seeing their favorite player in a FaZe jersey at a tournament where they are one of the favorite teams to take the title.
Interestingly, shroud’s teammate on the “Old Guys Club” ESEA roster, n0thing, is playing at the $200,000 event as a stand-in for Mousesports and helped the European side secure a 2-0 victory over Não Tem Como in their opening match.