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Shroud responds to rumors about him going pro in Valorant

Published: 23/Aug/2020 16:47 Updated: 23/Aug/2020 16:52

by Joe Craven


Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek, ex-CS:GO professional turned full-time Twitch streamer, has cast doubt on a switch to competitive Valorant, following months of rumors about him possibly going pro in Riot Games’ new FPS.

Despite establishing himself as one of the world’s biggest streamers, shroud has regularly been the subject of rumors regarding a return to esports. From Apex Legends to Warzone, fans of the ex-Cloud 9 star want to see him compete at the highest level.

With many CS:GO pros making the switch to Valorant, it stands to reason that shroud would be subject to the speculation. However, following the shutdown of Mixer, shroud himself fed into the rumors with a number of cryptic Valorant posts.

Valorant gameplay
Riot Games
Valorant has attracted many CS:GO pros.

Despite the ongoing speculation, shroud poured cold water on fans’ hopes during an August 22 livestream, in which he said he’d only play for a professional Valorant team as a “stand-in”.

“Would I join 100 Thieves if they offered? No,” he said, reading from his chat. “Would I join a team as a stand-in if they ever needed me? Sure. So, you know, let’s say that Jimbo can’t play because of something, and then they needed me – sure, I’ll fill I don’t care.”

However, shroud said on his stream, at least in his current mentality and career plans, he will not transition to being a permanent member of any Valorant roster.

“I would never join a team [though],” he finished. “But I’d always be welcome to play as a fifth or if they just don’t have people – they need a fill [in].”

The comments will disappoint fans who want to see shroud competing at the top level of Valorant, the game many are tipping to be a huge esport.

He confirmed he’d be open to filling in from time to time, but becoming a full-time Valorant pro, as many thought he might, appears very far away indeed.


Mr Beast struggles through ridiculous 24-hour ice house challenge

Published: 30/Oct/2020 5:33 Updated: 30/Oct/2020 5:47

by Brad Norton


Jimmy ‘Mr Beast’ Donaldson is no stranger to over the top challenges but his latest video was one of the most difficult he’s ever filmed, as he struggled to endure 24 hours in a house made completely of ice.

While Mr Beast loves to giveaway crazy prizes to competitors, friends, and even just strangers on the street, he also loves a good challenge. From 24 hours in a prison to surviving on a deserted island, the popular YouTuber has done just about everything.

Looking to push the boundaries even further, his latest task was to endure the freezing cold for a full day. It wasn’t just a cold room with the air conditioning cranked, it was an entire house made of ice. Brick by brick the structure fully was completely encased in ice to keep Mr Beast as cold as possible.

Everything from the chairs to the toilet was also frozen solid. Mere hours into the attempt it had quickly become “one of the harder challenges [he’s] ever done.”

Mr Beast Ice house challenge
YouTube: Mr Beast
A few hours into the challenge and Mr Beast had to start getting regular checks to ensure he wasn’t in proper danger.

So what was the motive to remain in the ice house? If Mr Beast survived all 24 hours, his closest friends would have to cover themselves “in syrup and feathers” in public. On the other hand, if he left early, the same punishment would be applied.

After a few hours of pacing back and forth to keep his body active, he bargained for a pair of gloves. A nearby crew member handed them over and agreed to a $10,000 deal to be Mr Beast’s “spy” throughout the challenge.

This was certainly one of the more unique challenges on the channel as the gimmick never let up. Mr Beast was even forced to eat a stack of pancakes with a fork made entirely of ice. At the 12 hour mark, he conceded that “it was brutal.”

“Literally the coldest I’ve ever been in my entire life,” he said after the fact. “I was miserable.” Despite the odds being stacked against him and his friends trying to make the challenge even harder, he pushed through to the very end.

Days after revealing his most expensive video ever, it turns out this rather simple challenge was quite costly as well. 

“This video cost me around $300,000 to make. For the price that it cost me to build an ice house, I could have bought a real house.”