Michael Grzesiek, professionally known as Shroud, is a Canadian video games streamer and a former professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player. He’s widely known for playing Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. To be famous in the world of Esports, it’s safe to say you need to be able to appreciate a good meme. True superstardom in this world doesn’t take place through big press-conferences, red carpets or glamorous photoshoots. In Esports, you’ve gotta master the art of Reddit. The combination of being absolutely incredible at your game of choice while simultaneously not taking anything seriously. Maybe nobody in Esports history embodies this more than the King of Reddit himself: ShroudyRowdy. From clutching on the biggest stage with Cloud9 to the top of the Twitch charts. Down listed are some of his unknown facts.
Disclaimer: The facts listed below are completely something from my perspective and might differ from yours. Feel free to mention anything I’ve missed in the comments section. But before anything give a read through mine.
Top 10 Facts about Shroud You Probably Didn’t Know!
1. Shroud joined Cloud9’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster on September 1st, 2014.
Cloud9, as we know, wasn’t Cloud9 from the very first. It was known as complexity. After Cloud9 acquired complexity’s roster, they featured Shroud as a stand-in. Shroud was a streamer who had been competing for ESEA qualifiers with Exertus Esports and Manajuma during 2013 and early 2014. After he finished the regular season with Manajumas, he joined compLexity or rather Cloud9.
2. Shroud was introduced to gaming as a child by his father!
From his beginnings in Mississauga, Canada, Shroud was bred to play games. He lived with his father, who built computers obsessively and introduced Shroud to gaming as a child. Since a very young age, he has been handling computers, his father would let him sit on his lap and would let him do anything he wanted to do on computers. The turning point was when his father introduced him to Counter-Strike. Shroud as a child picked that game very quickly and had a good grasp over it since a very young age.
3. Shroud was a huge fan of Summit1G on Twitch and wanted to give streaming a try.
He’d actually lost interest in CS during source, but his FPS fire was rejuvenated when a friend gifted him CS: GO on Steam a year or so later. It was a long time before he saw any success on the platform, but his pro-career in CS: GO allowed his stream to grow.
4. Shroud made his LAN debut with Cloud9 in 2015 at ESL ESEA Pro League North America: Season 1.
Shroud and C9 won the NA bracket and finished second to Fnatic in the international finals. In an era where North America was considered the minor leagues of pro-CS, C9 making it to the pro league finals was huge. Cloud9’s summer run in 2015 was big for NA CS and Shroud was quickly building a reputation for being one of the most talented players in North America.
5. C9 defeated SK Gaming in the Finals of ESL Pro League Season 4, to bring a significant title to American Counter-Strike.
That fateful summer of Cloud9 was capped-off with a bang. And this team was single-handedly making a case for North America’s potential to compete on the international stage. At this point, Shroud had been relegated to more of a supporting role than his early days of wowing on stage with his aim.