Tarik breaks down why Shroud joining Sentinels is ‘already paying off’ for VALORANT heavyweights

The key lies in his defensive plays.

Twitch star Tarik Celik is thrilled to see Michael Shroud Grzesiek performing well for Sentinels in the VALORANT NA VCT LCQ, and he believes the move is paying off because theyre using him effectively.

Sentinels lost their first series against The Guard in the Upper Quarter-Finals. However, they bounced back in the first round of the lower bracket, beating Shopify Rebellion in a close series.

The human aimbot was pivotal in that, clutching up on defense. Tarik believes thats where he thrives best: Shroud is not meant to be a crazy fragger star.

Instead, the Twitch streamer described him as a defensive VALORANT machine.

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Shroud shines in ‘clutch moments,’ Tarik says

The way I see Shroud being utilized efficiently is they put him in the clutches. They put him in post plans. He’s an anchor on the site for defense, explained Tarik, who is no slouch himself.

And Sentinels are doing that in their VALORANT campaign.

When he’s anchoring, he’s getting two kills. When he’s put inside the clutches, he’s winning them. That’s how I see Shroud. He’s an impact player. He’s not the type of guy to drop 30, typically. He’s going to get kills that matter.

Sentinels are one series away from elimination. Theyll need to beat 100 Thieves on Aug. 11 to stay in contention for the qualification spot.

However, Tarik has liked what hes seen from them so far: He said the first series against The Guard was a narrow loss, and the second against Shopify Rebellion should have been more one-sided. So, he thinks they dont look bad.

But whether they can topple their next opponents is a different beast. Shroud could be the key, especially if he gets into the groove weve seen him capable of many times.

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