Superstar Twitch streamer Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek has explained to his fans that when you buy certain high-tier Valorant skins you essentially “pay to lose.”

As one of the most popular Valorant streamers in the world today, Shroud shared how high-tier Valorant skins like the Ruination bundle have certain distracting visuals and audio effects which may lead to a disadvantage when you play.

Shroud’s hot take on the Ruination bundle

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While checking out the new Ruination bundle on his stream, Shroud explained that “using these kinds of skins are definitely pay to lose. This is why I use so many basic ones.” 

“Those skins are cool but you are not getting an advantage,” he continued. “You’re getting a disadvantage because it’s so loud, it’s so annoying, and it’s so in your face.”

Credit: Shroud

After purchasing the Ruination bundle, Shroud tested out the Guardian and demonstrated his theory. “See, if you don’t think that’s pay to lose, you’re out of your mind. Any normal Guardian does not have this lingering effect when you shoot it. That’s like four seconds,” said Shroud. 

The Ruination Guardian has a unique audio effect after firing that could block out other important audio cues, like enemy footsteps or enemy utility usage.

Despite all this, 27-year world-renowned Twitch streamer still buys almost all of Riot Games’ high-tier Valorant skins because he thinks they’re just too cool to pass up.

The former Counter-Strike pro sees Riot Games’ expensive Ultra, Exclusive, and Premium skins as distractions when you play the game. While he has some of his Valorant settings set to high, most pro players prefer to play on low settings to help them see and hear everything that’s happening in their games.

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