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TSM Valorant Player Wardell Explains Why He Switched CS:GO From League Of Legends



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Matthew Bowman Yu, known as “Wardell,” is a 23-year-old Canadian former CS:GO player who had played for teams like Ghost Gaming, Rogue, and more. Since May 2020, he has been playing Valorant for Team SoloMid.

Wardell spoke in a recent interview with and talked about how he ended up being a professional player in CS:GO as well as revealing why he didn’t pursue on League Of Legends career.

In the conversation, Wardell mentioned that he was Diamond 3 in League Of Legends before grinding in Counter-Strike and stated that he wanted to be a professional player in League Of Legends.

Wardell pointed out that he realized over time he doesn’t have much control of the game in League Of Legends as he does in FPS games even though he was winning against his opponent in lane, which makes him frustrated.

Because of that, Wardell said that he wanted to play a game where he can do much more than simply being a team member and carry an entire team on his back, which is kind of doable in CS:GO compared to League Of Legends.

Interviewer asked:

“You played League of Legends extensively before as well right?”

Wardell replied:

“Yeah, I used to be Diamond III and I wanted to go pro in League of Legends at first. That changed over time when I realized that in League of Legends, I don’t have as much control over the game like I do in FPS.

Even if I were winning in lane, it would get frustrating to know I could lose a game because other lanes were losing. I wanted to play a game where you can do more and carry an entire team on your back. That’s how I went over to Counter Strike because I knew that was possible.”

Interviewer asked:

“What was the reason you wanted to do League of Legends instead of going down the path of FPS?”

Wardell responded:

“I didn’t know there was a pro scene in Counter Strike at the time. When I thought of esports, the only thing I would think about was League of Legends and TSM. I gave that a shot before putting my efforts all into CS:GO.

Through time, I found myself gradually getting better at the game and doing everything I could to get better. I remember saving up to get a better monitor to improve my game just a little extra.”

Later in the conversation, Wardell also talked about being a shy person in real life compared to his personality on Twitch and explained why he struggles to be comfortable in-person.

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