The Sentry’s run at the VCT NA Last Chance Qualifier may have been cut short, but the team continued to make waves with superstar streamer Tarik “tarik” Celik joining the organization.
There’s also the tantalizing prospect that Michael “shroud” Grzesiek could return to the team. The CS:GO pro turned Twitch celebrity only played three games for the team before being knocked out of the LCQ, but this version of Sentinels was the best the team had watched in a long time.
While the 28-year-old seemed like an unlikely choice at first after spending four years away from professional play, coach Shane “Rawkus” Flaherty says he’s proven to be a good fit for the team.
In an interview with Valoranting, Rawkus explained why they decided to sign Shroud for the LCQ and how he had adapted so well to the team.
Shroud reached out to the Sentinels
“We needed something concrete and we didn’t have a lot of options to choose from for this role,” Rawkus said. “He reached out to us. He wanted to do it.
“We also thought that the role of smoke in general was a very comprehensive role. He is also an experienced player and he had the right mindset for our team.
In fact, Shroud was on the same page as in-game leader Shahzeb “ShahZaM” Khan. “He thinks about the game the same way ShahZam does,” Rawkus added. “It made sense. The other options we were considering at the time weren’t quite what we wanted.
During his time on Sentinels, Shroud proved to be extremely receptive to any feedback given to him. He also wasn’t shy about getting to work mastering his role as the team’s lead controller.
As he started to feel most comfortable on Omen, he soon recruited other agents like Brimstone, Viper, and Astra.
“He also learned the most lineups I’ve ever seen. Like crazy queues that haven’t even been invented yet,” Rawkus said.
Unfortunately, he didn’t have many opportunities to use them. In their LCQ opener against The Guard, he found himself constantly planting the spike, which meant he was rarely able to get into position to use the post-planting lineups on Viper.
It was a mistake on their part, Rawkus said. “Everyone was so focused on winning, we forgot the most important thing, which is getting the peak,” he laughed.
Since then, Shroud has expressed interest in continuing his career in pro Valorant. And now that it’s been confirmed that the 2023 VCT season League of the Americas will be hosted in Los Angeles where he lives, stars are lining up for Shroud’s return – even though it’s not on the Sentinels roster. .
You can watch the full interview here.
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