Shroud Finally Settles the Phantom vs. Vandal Debate in Valorant

Published 02/28/2021, 8:39 AM EST
SAN JOSE, CA – OCTOBER 27: Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek plays Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 in the Doritos Bowl 2018 at TwitchCon 2018 in the San Jose Convention Center on October 27, 2018 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images)


There is only one wise man whose word is canon if there is any debate in the gaming community. Michael ‘Shroud’ Grzesiek has played countless games ever since he retired from competitive gaming. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, PUBG, Apex Legends, and Valorant are only a few of the titles Mike has played during his stint as a content creator.

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SAN JOSE, CA – OCTOBER 27: Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek stands onstage prior to the Doritos Bowl 2018 at TwitchCon 2018 in the San Jose Convention Center on October 27, 2018, in San Jose, California. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images)

All the custom Shroud in-game items reflect the streamer’s contribution to these titles. With all this bling comes a lot of experience. Therefore, fans often end up asking him their most burning questions. The latest debate that Mike had to settle was about the superior weapon in Valorant.

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Shroud takes the diplomatic route instead of choosing between Valorant weapons

Mike believes there is no clear choice between the Vandal and Phantom in Valorant. According to him, the choice between the two weapons differs according to the situation. He feels that both guns have their merits and so Shroud feels that they work best when players use them with the right Agents.

They are both good guns. They both have their moments. I prefer the phantom on some characters and some fights, and then I prefer the vandal on some characters in some fights. Really depends.”

Shroud also gave some examples about how he decides on which weapon to choose. He feels it’s wiser to go with the Vandal when players cannot afford any armor. On the other hand, he feels he’d rather play with the Phantom if he is planning to camp in corners. Similarly, he would also go with the Phantom if he is facing a lot of smokes, especially on the Split map.

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Mike doesn’t care if he fails to reach Radiant

Shroud is still on the Immortal rank, just one step away from becoming Radiant. However, the streamer said that reaching the highest rank game is not a concern for him. When a fan asked how long will Mike take to reach the milestone, he replied saying, “I keep getting further each day because I don’t necessarily play every day. So, I don’t really expect to get Radiant, like if I do, cool,  if I don’t, I don’t really care. I like playing the game.”

While Shroud managed to reach Radiant in the previous rank season, there might be a possibility that he won’t in this one. Regardless, he keeps delivering amazing content to his fans that they absolutely enjoy.

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Shwetang Parthsarthy

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Shwetang Parthsarthy is an eSports author at EssentiallySports. His love for arguments and games has led him down two paths: being a law student and writing about the world of gaming since 2017. What started as a teenage hobby in the relatively small mobile gaming world with FPS games like Critical Ops and Call of Duty: Mobile, has grown into a professional pursuit with EssentiallySports.

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