Jacky ‘Stewie2K’ Yip announced his intention to play Valorant professionally even if the doesn’t get a team when the partnership program kicks off. According to Sentinels player Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek, the former CS:GO pro could become one of the best in the esport.
In an interview with Dexerto following Sentinels’ elimination in the VCT last-chance qualifier, shroud hailed Stewie2K’s qualities after the 24-year-old expressed his wish to compete in Valorant.
“I think Stewie2K would do great,” shroud said. “A lot of people struggle to adjust to Valorant because it is very different from Counter-Strike. But I mean, Stewie2K is a good player. I think he could compete with the best.”
Stewie2K and shroud competed together in CS:GO in 2016 and 2017 on Cloud9. shroud then turned to streaming, while Stewie2K went on to make history for North American Counter-Strike, winning a Major with Cloud9 and an Intel Grand Slam with Team Liquid.
shroud added that he would welcome the chance to play against Stewie2K in Valorant.
“If he actually decided to compete and he got a spot on a pro team, I think he would do great. I’d love to play against him,” shroud said.
Stewie2K is currently a streamer under Evil Geniuses after competing for them in CS:GO during the previous tournament season alongside two of his former Cloud9 teammates, William ‘RUSH’ Wierzba and Timothy ‘autimatic’ Ta. The latter played Valorant professionally in 2021 under T1’s banner before returning to CS:GO at the start of this year.
Stewie2K is now grinding Valorant’s ranked ladder and has hit Radiant, the highest ranked tier in the game, multiple times.