Shroud on Switching to Valorant from CS: GO :”At Least You Know You’re Not Gonna Get Cheated”

Published 02/09/2021, 2:10 PM EST


Most of the pros who are claiming the scene in Valorant have shifted to the game from CS: GO. The tactical FPS title from Riot Games is perhaps one of the biggest contenders of the classic FPS giant from Valve. The question that arises is, why exactly did this exodus happen? One of the greatest players to grace CS: GO, Michael ‘Shroud’ Grzesiek, recently spoke his mind about this issue.

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Cheater infestation has perhaps been the biggest problem in the gamut of eSports from its very nascence. Hackers have been compromising the competitive integrity of multiplayer titles and ruining the experience of other players since the days of competitive CS 1.6 or even earlier. Over the years, multiplayer titles have been updating their anti-cheat policies and systems to deal with this issue and curb it.

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However, even with improved anti-cheat systems, many titles are having a hard time dealing with cheaters. One major example of this is Call of Duty Warzone. However, in comparison, Riot’s anti-cheat system is one of the most effective ones out there. And this answers the question we addressed before.

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“Have a good time… or have a bad time”: Shroud on Valorant

The former Cloud 9 CS: GO pro seems to have a major dislike for the game’s condition vis-à-vis the cheater infestation. He goes on to express how frustrating the experience had become for him. On a recent stream, he said:

“Every single time you play CS, you’re trying to casually jump into matchmaking… Aimbot, spinbot… headshot, wallhacks. They got it all dude, they’re teleporting around.”

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However, the pro had this to say about Valorant.

“You jump in, you play, you’re confident, you go whatever, play your game, play your two games, have a good time, or have a bad time. But at least you know you’re not gonna get cheated.”

One of the main reasons why Shroud made the switch to Valorant is Vanguard. The anti-cheat system has been able to keep the hacker issue to a minimum in the game. It is also one of the reasons why Valorant could build a loyal player base so soon. With Riot making huge efforts to establish the global competitive scene of the game, Vanguard is the greatest arrow in its quiver.

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Valve has been neglecting many issues in CS: GO over the years, one of which is the cheater infestation. As a result, the game had to see a large part of its player base make the switch to Valorant.

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Samyarup Chowdhury

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Samyarup Chowdhury is an eSports author at EssentiallySports since June 2020. An avid gamer since his childhood, Samyarup has played many titles such as GTA Vice City, IGI, and FIFA, among others. Currently, he is a rather defensive fan of Valorant and the Assassin's Creed franchise.

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