Shroud claims Valorant will overtake CSGO because of one key difference

Published: 19/Apr/2020 13:33

by Connor Bennett


Streaming superstar Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek has explained why he believes Valorant will “probably” overtake Counter-Strike: Global Offensive once it finally releases – though CS:GO does have still a few cards to play.

Since Valorant was initially teased by Riot Games as ‘Project A’, plenty of comparisons have been made between it and Valve’s iconic Counter-Strike: Global Offensive title. There are similarities in the economic system, buy menu, and more – though Valorant does have it’s Agent abilities.

Many Counter-Strike professionals have already tried their hand at Riot’s title and found plenty of success, with a few even making the switch competitively. As a result, there have been questions about whether or not this is the game that will finally dethrone CS:GO – and shroud has weighed in.

Many comparisons have been made between CS:GO and Valorant.

During a recent stream, the former Counter-Strike professional was asked if he believed that Valorant would take down the game he made his name in. “Do you think Valorant will overtake CS? Erm, probably,” the Canadian responded. 

“I just think because its a much easier game to get into, much more pleasing to the eye, like a little bit more casual. Counter-Strike is a little bit more hardcore – a little bit more, but, you never know. With the Source 2 stuff that they plan to do, maybe it’ll be insane, who knows,” he added.

The former Cloud 9 member noted that the competition is certainly a good thing for CS:GO, though, seeing as Valve will have to keep the game updated in order to try and stave off players switching games.

The biggest change, as shroud pointed out, will come in the form of the switch to the Source 2 engine that has been rumored in a number of reports and insider claims.

Whether or not Valorant will be able to dethrone CS:GO on every level, though, very much remains up in the air. 

The eight-year-old Valve title has been going through a renaissance of late, constantly topping its concurrent player count record and having new updates that fulfill long-time requests from players.


Valve lifts Fnatic star KRIMZ’s mysterious CSGO VAC ban

Published: 1/Dec/2020 3:21 Updated: 1/Dec/2020 6:46

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


Valve has lifted the VAC ban on CSGO legend KRIMZ, and although fans think it was probably due to a matchmaking tool, the reasons are still unknown.

The CSGO community stood still on November 28 after Freddy ‘KRIMZ’ Johansson announced he had been VAC banned. Valve never specified why, which made the situation a bit of a mystery.

“It seems that my account got vac banned,” he said. “CSGO can you fix this asap pls.” It sounded like he was probably more confused than anyone else and was adamant he’d done nothing wrong.

CSGO fans think he might have been banned for using a third-party tool named esportal to find matches. However, there has been no official word to support it.

FNATIC coach Andreas “Samuelsson” Samuelsson issued a statement not long after. “We have reached out to Valve, TOs, and third-party community websites… to understand the nature of this unexpected shutdown,” he said. “We have no reason to believe this is the consequence of any intentional use of any illegal program.”

Either way, it didn’t take Valve long to rectify the issue. They’ve already lifted the ban, and it’s been a huge relief to CSGO players and FNATIC fans around the world.

The first one to spill the beans was ‘DonHaci.’ “Krimz has been unbanned,” he said. “His VAC ban has been removed from his Steam page.

KRIMZ’s Steam profile isn’t private, which means anyone can take a look and see for themselves. His fans have been pouring in and leaving comments to celebrate and share their relief.

Still, nobody is more excited than the man himself. KRIMZ made a brief statement on Twitter and expressed his gratitude for having it fixed. “I’m free [motherf**ers], he said. “Thank you CSGO for sorting it out quickly.”

Interestingly, Valve still hasn’t explained why they banned KRIMMZ in the first place. KRIMMZ hasn’t elaborated on it either.

In the end, though, the key takeaway is that it appears to have been a mistake. The CSGO community is thrilled to have its favorite son back.