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Shroud stunned by CS:GO matchmaking rank despite dominant return

Published: 7/May/2019 15:47 Updated: 22/Apr/2020 11:10

by Connor Bennett


Michael ‘Counter-Strike: Global Offensive hasn’t gone away, as he returned to the game for the first time in months. 

The former professional player has been retired from competitive play for well over a year now. Yet, that hasn’t stopped dabbling in Valve’s popular title even now and again.

However, as is the case for all CS:GO players, if you end up being inactive for quite some time, you’re going to find that your matchmaking rank has been significantly lowered. That unfortunate fate was realized by shroud during his May 6 stream, as he was left dumbfounded by his brand new rank.

ELEAGUEShroud spent three years as a member of Cloud9 but couldn’t win that elusive Major title.

Shroud loses his rank

“I’ve never had this rank in my life chat,” shroud said, seemingly teasing a terribly low level. “I’m a double AK player now boys,” he jokingly added, after revealing he had been de-ranked all the way to Master Guardian Elite.

Despite that, his matchmaking ranking isn’t a true reflection of his skills – seeing as he was once one of the top CS:GO pros around. Yet, that ‘shame’ of being an MGE wasn’t going to stop his, albeit brief, return to the game.

That ability never goes away and it was on full display as shroud bounced around a few hours of the game, playing by himself in matchmaking, and alongside former teammate Tyler ‘Skadoodle’ Latham in Faceit matches.

Without even taking part in a warm-up, shroud dove right into a matchmaking game and lit up the game with some highlight clips. He ripped right through a pistol round alongside random, racking up an incredibly quick four-kill streak and showing why, even as a retired pro, he’s still a force to be reckoned with.

Even when he stepped up to take on a higher level of players in Faceit games alongside Skadoodle, his ability to wreck pistol rounds was still on show for all to see.

He may not know Vertigo – which was recently added to the Active Duty map pool – like the back of his hand just yet, but he certainly still remembers where to place his crosshair – taking down enemies by snapping on to their heads with rapid precision.

His highlights were not just confined to pistol kills, though, as the popular streamer showed that he is still just as deadly with a rifle in his virtual hands as he ever was.

Shroud saved a tight round for his matchmaking team by picking up back-to-back headshot kills, despite only seeing one player. He didn’t flip out or celebrate at that time, as he expertly controlled his spray to kill the last remaining enemy who was hidden in a smoke grenade.

Will Shroud return to CS:GO?

Fans who are desperate to see more CS:GO content from shroud probably shouldn’t get their hopes up too much. The former Cloud9 man has an on-and-off relationship with the game since quitting competitive play.

Yet, there is still something magical about seeing him ruin pistol rounds with his almost aim-bot like precision – even if it only ever happens once in a blue moon.


Fake s1mple & Shroud scam streams take over CSGO on Twitch again

Published: 25/Oct/2020 14:15 Updated: 25/Oct/2020 19:35

by Connor Bennett


Troll streams have been taking over the CS:GO category on Twitch yet again, using Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek and Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev’s names to promote scam giveaways. 

Typically, the only times you’ll find Counter-Strike: Global Offensive dominating the Twitch viewership charts is when there’s a major tournament on the go, a former pro like Shroud makes a surprise return, or a celebrity like Neymar shows off their skills.

However, there are times when the game gets some incredible viewing numbers when trolls decide to take over the section and capitalize on its popularity. 

These trolls claim to be someone like Shroud, s1mple, or NiKo while running fake giveaways that put the Steam accounts of CS:GO fans in danger of being hacked. 

Shroud on Twitch
Twitch: Shroud
Despite being a former CS:GO pro, Shroud is still used in these scams.

These fake streams pop up every few months, and have been called out by pros like s1mple in the past, however, neither the pros or Twitch have been able to completely stamp them out yet.

On October 25, with the ESL One New York CIS tournament attracting thousands of viewers, these trolls struck once again by using old VODs from both s1mple and Shroud, once again claiming that fans can win prizes by getting involved.

In fact, at one point, the two channels were in the top three watch channels of the day – amassing 22,000 and 17,500 viewers respectively – and sitting just behind the main Russian stream for ESL One New York CIS. 

Screenshot of Twitch showing the CSGO category with fake streams
Screenshot via Twitch
The fake channels have the names of CSGO pros, but have unusual graphics attached.

The two channels that cropped up intially, s1mple6282 and ShroudWRBE, have since been deleted, but other channels named s1mple1021 and ShroudRXND have taken their place.

At the time of writing, both channels have been running the same fake giveaways and graphics, as well as the same past VODs from both s1mple and Shroud, so it might hard to tell the difference to some viewers, but they’re not the real thing.