Who is Shroud, ex professional CS:GO player?

Jul 8 • 3 min read

Michael Grzesiek, also known as his gamer name Shroud, is a former professional Counter-Strike Global Offensive player who retired after 4 years of playing for professional and popular teams like Cloud9. Shroud is also a famous Twitch streamer and content creator, thanks to which he got discovered for his talents in CSGO. There's much more to find out about this player, all of which will be explained here.

Professional Career

Grzesiek is, before all else, a streamer who previously went by the name of mEclipse before being known famously as Shroud. Grzesiek also streamed a lot of CS GO where he showed off his talents to viewers.

Counter-Strike Global Offensive

He started playing CS:GO ever since it came out in 2013 and was soon signed as a stand-in for compLexity Gaming in 2014. In the same year, Michael was signed by Cloud9, and two years later he contributed greatly to winning first place at ESL Pro League Season 4.

A year later, in 2017, Shroud managed to achieve second place in ESL One Cologne 2017 alongside Cloud9 again. His professional carer as a CSGO player lasted between 2013 and 2018, after which Shroud willingly announced his retirement to focus on Streaming full-time and exploring other opportunities for his skills.

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Twitch Streamer & Youtube

Most of his fans come from the Twitch streaming platform. Currently, in 2021, Shroud has over 9 million followers on Twitch, making him one of the biggest and most popular account on the platform according to its data. That won't seem as significant when you discover that he features over 9100 hours of streaming time on Twitch and over 455 million total views on his account since March 2021.

That's not all, as Shroud also runs a successful Youtube channel where fans can watch highlights of the best parts of his stream. Shroud currently has close to 7 million subscribers on Youtube, over 861.000.000 total views, and the numbers don't seem to be stopping any time soon in terms of growth.

When Did Shroud Quit CSGO?

Michael was one of the best CSGO players that were active during his career. He was a part of a great team for all those years, played with amazing players, and managed to win quite a few prestigious and valuable awards. However, even though everything was going great, he decided to retire from playing the game professionally and focus on exploring new opportunities with his stream and other content creation activities.

From 2013, until early 2018, Shroud played CS:GO as a pro player. However, in April 2018, he announced that he will officially retire. This didn't mean that he is giving up playing CS:GO, but it meant that he was done with playing professionally.

Shroud CS GO Gear & Settings

Many who aspire to this professional player also want to see what it's like playing with the same settings and equipment as him. Here is everything Grzesiek uses to keep his Subscribers and followers impressed all the time.

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Mouse: Logitech G PRO SuperLight

Monitor: Alienware AW2721D

Keyboard: Logitech G PRO X

Headset: Logitech G PRO X

CPU: Ryzen 9 5950X

GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2090

Motherboard: ASUS ROG Strix X570-I Gaming

RAM: HyperX Predator RGB 64GB

Case: Maingear VYBE

In-Game Preferences

Mouse: DPI 450, Sensitivity, 2.40, eDPI 1080, Raw Input ON, Hz 1000, Zoom Sensitivity 1.00, Windows Sensitivity 6, Mouse Acceleration OFF.

Monitor: Resolution 2560×1440, Aspect Ratio 16:9, Hz 240.

Crosshair: cl_crosshaircolor 3; cl_fixedcrosshairgap -2.5; cl_crosshairstyle 1; hud_showtargetid 1.

CL_BOB: cl_bob_lower_amt 5; cl_bobamt_lat 0.1; cl_bobamt_vert 0.1; cl_bobcycle 0.98.

Will Shroud Return to CS:GO?

It's true that many of his fans were devastated when they heard about Shroud's retirement from the game. And for many years, he never even played CS:GO on his stream. But, recently in April, we saw an announcement from Michael saying on Twitter that he was returning to CSGO. Not among the pro players yet, but he did start playing the game at least.