Shroud, the “King of Reddit” | Streamer profile & Settings
Shroud is a household name in the world of esports and streaming. The “King of Reddit” once dominated the Twitch streaming charts and follower counts being one of the most prolific streamers on the platform before moving exclusively to Mixer where he continued with similar acclaim. With Mixer shutting down in summer 2020 – Shroud is free to choose his new streaming home. Will Shroud return to Twitch, put more time into YouTube, or move to Facebook Gaming?
First, let’s take a look at the man behind the curtain.
The making of Shroud
Michael Grzesiek was born June 2, 1994 in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. His earliest encounter with PC gaming was enabled by his father Thomas, a prolific gamer in his own right. On several occasions Shroud recalled a youth filled with LANparties and a stacked house of Gaming Rigs set up with the coolest equipment. Growing up in this gamer supportive environment did wonders for Michael and his later career in esports.
By 2011, Michael was playing World of Warcraft and various titles, and was far from the “quickflick” god of FPS we know today. Under peer pressure he was “forced” to try out CS:GO during the beta period in early 2012 . The classic Counter-Strike 1.6 helped established esports as a competitive discipline, and its remake quickly became Mike’s favorite pastime. By 2013 he was already playing competitively and streaming the game on a regular basis.
Around this time his CS:GO team and his “gamer name” aligned. His handle thus far has been Eclipse and the team he played with was oddly named Eclipse as well. To evade confusion and establish his unique brand he came up with Shroud, a synonym for Eclipse. Thus the legendary name was born.
“King of Reddit” and Cloud9 Shroud
Playing CS:GO brought in the viewers and his skill promptly earned him the title “King of Reddit”. Almost every time Shroud streamed, Reddit’s /r/GlobalOffensive subreddit had a clip up with teammates yelling “Hi, Reddit” and “King of Reddit”, creating the meme and a legendary status with the community.
SShroud’s talents didn’t go unnoticed by the big boys in esports either. After some time streaming and playing with semi-professional teams he was offered a spot with Complexity Gaming, one of the most established Counter-Strike teams in North America. The roster was then picked up by Cloud9 and in the years that followed reestablished the North American Counter-Strike scene.
Together with teammates Tyler “Skadoodle” Latham and Jordan “N0thing” Gilbert the Cloud9 squad went on to compete at the highest level of competitive CS:GO all the way to Summer 2017.
On August 15, 2017 it was announced that Shroud and N0thing would step down from the active roster to give way for new talent. Several months later (April 18th, 2018) Shroud left the Cloud9 organization to pursue his passion as an independent full time streamer.
The Battle Royale era and beyond
Close to his retirement from professional CS:GO, Shroud started investing more and more time into the up and coming title PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG). Coincidentally or not the rise of the Battle Royale genre and Shroud’s FPS prowess aligned at just the right time in his career. This in turn skyrocketed him to the top of the Twitch charts. The importance of Shroud’s persona and influence can be seen in-game titles such as Fortnite, Apex Legends or Escape from Tarkov who have either directly partnered or benefited from the presence of Shroud on their servers.
Meanwhile, unburdened by the pressures of competitive play and practice, Mike could allow himself to play titles he is passionate about like World of Warcraft or the Assassin’s Creed series and still attract his now loyal audience to his stream.
His peak Twitch viewership count hit 212,955 on February 12th, 2019. It was estimated at the time that 2019 would net him something in the ballpark of $5.2 million USD from streaming, partnerships and merchandise.
Shroud’s setup and streaming
Shroud’s Twitch earnings did reach around $80,000 per month in 2019 but the hugely popular streamer moved exclusively to Mixer in October 2019. In June 2020 it was announced that Mixer would shutter and on June 22, the top streamer tweeted:
“I appreciate the Mixer community and everything I’ve been able to do on the platform. I love you guys and am figuring out my next steps.”
Shroud’s net worth is estimated to be between $8-12 million and his popularity endures.
While the esports community still speculates where Shroud will make his new streaming home next, his fame in playing and streaming Valorant, CS:GO and PUBG continues.
Shroud’s streaming settings and configurations are, as you would imagine, of the highest spec. He’s sponsored by a number of key brands including Logitech.
Shroud’s streaming setup is estimated to be worth around $6,000-$7,000. His gaming PC runs an Intel I9-9980XE processor and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080Ti graphics card. He has a Gigabyte X299 Designare EX motherboard and 128GB of Corsair Vengeance RGP Pro RAM sitting in an Acer Predator Orion 9000 case.
His Logitech deal likely results in his tools of the trade being a wireless Logitech G Pro Ghost gaming mouse, and mechanical keyboard. He has a Logitech G Pro X headset but he doesn’t use the microphone, choosing instead a Shure SM7B microphone. He also has an HD Pro C920 webcam and uses a Herman Miller Aeron office chair instead of one of the usually popular gaming chairs.
Shroud’s Valorant settings/setup
With Valorant quickly becoming esports latest great hit and Shroud’s proven gaming prowess, his Valorant settings are of interest to many players.
For this game he uses custom graphics settings with material, texture, and detail quality on high.
His UI quality is set to low with distortion, vignette, and shadows turned off. He also disables V-sync.
For Shroud’s Valorant mouse settings he puts:
- DPI at 450, EDPI at 351,
- Polling Rate at 1000Hz,
- Game Sensitivity at 0.78,
- Windows Sensitivity at 6,
- Zoom/Scope Sensitivity at 1.
He uses mouse wheel down to jump.
On the keyboard, he uses F to use, and X to use his ultimate ability.
Shroud’s Valorant crosshair settings are:
- Colour: Cyan, with Outlines and Center dot turned off,
- Inner lines at 1/8/2/3,
- Outer lines at 0/0/0/0,
- Movement/Firing error turned off.
Shroud’s CS:GO settings/setup
As Shroud played competitive CS:GO, Shroud’s CS:GO setup is much viewed.
He uses full resolution with scaling “Stretched” and Vsync turned off.
His field of view is usually at 68.
He uses a crosshair style of 4 with a size of 3.5, thickness of 1.5, and a gap of -2.
For his mouse in CS:GO play Shroud uses:
- DPI of 400, EDPI of 1000,
- Polling Rate at 1000Hz,
- Game Sensitivity of 2.5,
- Windows Sensitivity of 6,
- Zoom/Scope Sensitivity at 1.
He uses WASD keybinds with mouse scrolling for jump and CTRL for crouch.
He also uses R for Reload, E to use, G to drop, and a combination of numbers and characters for his ten equipment slots.
Shroud adds keybind shortcuts to enable him to quickly purchase certain weapons and grenades.
Shroud’s PUBG settings/setup
PUBG is one of Shroud’s most-streamed and most-watched streamed titles.
Shroud’s often emulated PUBG settings include having graphics options like foliage, shadows, and effects turned to “very low,” but he likes to keep his textures settings at “high.”
He has his view distance “very low” and his field of view at 102.
He’s known to run with full resolution settings and brightness at 81.
For his mouse he runs:
- DPI at 450, Polling Rate at 500Hz,
- General, Vehicle and Targeting Sensitivity at 55,
- Scope Sensitivity between 47 and 60.
For Shroud’s PUBG keybinds, he uses the WASD setup but with LEFT ALT for walking, B for prone, the scroll wheel click for autorun, and C and V to peek left and right.
A thumb button on his mouse takes him to freelook, Q changes fire modes, and he uses SHIFT and number keys for healing and other items.
He uses M to toggle his camera and E for his map.
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