There has been fan speculation going on about ex-CS:GO pro turned full-time Twitch streamer Shroud to switch to competitive Valorant.
And for the first time, he personally spoke about the possibility of going pro in Riot Games’ new FPS.
Return to Esports?
Shroud has been successful in making a name for himself in the game streaming scene. However, despite the global success, many fans wonder about his return to his early roots— professional eSports.
Dubbed as the “human aimbot,” Shroud’s in-game FPS skills are always a delight to watch especially in the competitive scene.
Specifically, his audience are eager to see him compete in the pro scene again, from titles like Apex Legends to Warzone.
Many CS:GO pro players already made the switch to Valorant, and it was only about time for Shroud’s possible eSports comeback to be the subject of speculation.
After Mixer’s shutdown, shroud himself added fuel to the fire fed with a number of cryptic Valorant-related posts.
Only a Stand-in
However, Shroud dismissed the hopes of many fans on his August 22 livestream, where he said he’d only play for a professional Valorant team as a “stand-in”.
Reading from his Twitch chat, he says:
“Would I join 100 Thieves if they offered? No,”
“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.”
At least in his current career plans, the “human aimbot” doesn’t think about being a permanent member of any Valorant roster.
Being a professional Valorant eSports player would mean he’d spend long hours training and playing the Riot 5V5 FPS title, which would leave him little to no time left to stream his games of choice on a regular basis.
“I would never join a team… But I’d always be welcome to play as a fifth or if they just don’t have people – they need a fill [in].”
Shroud’s statements put an end to his fans’ high hopes to see him competing at the top level of Valorant eSports, which is only growing bigger.
Fellow content creator Dr Disrespect also previously said that the idea of Shroud’s comeback to the eSports scene on Valorant would be a great move.
“Because I think Valorant will, you know, within the next year, two years, three years, it will be like the sort of Counter-Strike level, maybe. I don’t know. There is a hardcore following, hardcore player group, a community if you will.”
Seeing Shroud back on the professional eSports scene might be entirely out of the picture for now, but at least he’s open to the idea of being a “stand-in” player from time to time.