Vipul Patole, popularly known in the esports scene as “Stroky” an efficacious fragger. He is widely known for his raving mad 1 v/s many clutch moments during his time with Rebellious Gaming where they constantly finished in Top 10s in the TEC (The Esports Club) Valorant League.
All of that, while the Vipul behind Stroky had also been leading another life as an IT Engineer where he spent afternoons working while grinding Valorant late at night. Stroky is currently an active member of the Team Valor, which includes power packed players like Psykovsky, Buster, Glyph, Pixel, and The Game.
Stroky started off his gaming journey early on with consoles where Contra was his favorite shooter, and later switched onto PC games like Counter Strike 1.6 where he spent most of his early-teens, here’s Stroky sharing some insights about his personal as well as gaming life.
Vipul “Stroky” Patole talking about his journey in Valorant
1. How do you feel about the recent announcement of the Valorant Conquerors Championship for the South Asia region?
2. Apart from Valorant, What other games do you play?
I like to try out any game that comes my way, starting off from mobile games like Clash Royale to Nintendo Console games like Contra. I love playing games from all the genre, let that be MOBA or FPS, gaming has always been my favorite pass-time.
3. What’s your warm-up session like, how many hours do you put in daily? From playing with Rebellious to Team Valor, how do you think has your style changed?
My warm-up session isn’t special, I start off with a 10-15 minute range just to get comfortable with the movements and then a few consecutive deathmatch until I feel confident enough. There’s of course different ways of warming up, but mine is just as simple.
And about Rebellious and Valor, they are two completely different teams, just like two sides of the same coin. With Rebellious, we had players who were out on a break from gaming, but prodigies in their respective fps games in the past. On the other hand, Valor is something in which I have given a chance to new and fresh faces to shine and show what they are capable of. We have to play regular scrims and make defaults to stay in the competition… Hopefully we entertain you guys more in coming future with some new and unique gameplay.
4. You’re known as a versatile player, what role would you prefer playing if you had a choice?
I love to play duelists as they are self-sufficient fraggers, but my individual play style doesn’t allow me to utilize them properly, and I love to lurk around and surprise my opponents which sort of entitles me to go for a sentinel role. In terms of sentinels, I would pick Cypher as my favorite on most of the maps from the current agent pool.
5. How do you manage to do a day job and still clutch those important rounds for your team in Valorant?
I don’t believe that you can’t do a 9 to 5 and still have a career in gaming, especially during the lockdown. You need to manage things, physically as well as mentally. A proper work-life balance is necessary and things happening at work should not hamper your game and vice versa. Just concentrate on things one at a time and keep them at balance. You will then realize it’s actually pretty easy.
6. What words of wisdom do you have for the youngsters that watch your games and aim to follow a similar path?
There are three types of Gamers, one which are naturally gifted, ones who grind hard enough to get better than the average and a small group which never gets anywhere even after spending numerous hours on that game. Ask yourself which group you are part of and plan accordingly, as not all the balls land into the basket, some just lie around unnoticed.
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