Sentinels Make History, Undefeated in VCT 2021: Stage 2 Masters
The North American Sentinels make history to be the first-ever international VALORANT champions at the VCT 2021: Stage 2 Masters – Reykjavík.
Sentinels took down Europe’s Fnatic in a dominant 3-0 to be the first to hoist the VALORANT Masters trophy in Reykjavík, Iceland.
The Sentinels came in with a lot to prove for their region in the game’s first international tournament. Despite the subbing in of Tyson “TenZ” Ngo earlier in the year, Sentinels started out the tourney with a bang sending Fnatic to the lower bracket in a close 2-0 series.
Day after day, it seemed as if the rest of the competition posed no challenge to the Sentinels as they swept region after region. They took down Brazil’s Team Vikings in 13-7 and 13-6 maps in Icebox and Haven.
Afterwards, they had no trouble dealing with the Korea’s NUTURN Gaming (13-5 and 13-4) which narrowly took down their region’s own in Version1. With their first encounter against Fnatic being as close as it was, the Grand Finals was set to be as competitive as ever with the teams hungry for their first-ever international win.
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The finals started out neck-and-neck with Sentinels and Fnatic going overtime in Split, a map the North Americans picked for themselves. However, Sentinels were always able to even it up and eventually take the win 14-12 despite Nikita “Derke” Sirmitev’s heroics.
In Game 2, it got even closer with Sentinels in the backfoot 8-4 in the first half on Bind. They promptly returned the favor, however, to tie it up once again for overtime. Martin “Magnum” Peňkov stepped it up to take Fnatic to double overtime 14-14, but in the end, Sentinels stayed true to their name and were able to defend against Fnatic’s advances to take the series to match point 16-14.
In the last game of the series, Sentinels wanted to secure their win early in Haven starting the first half 9-3 on attacking despite Fnatic running a dual sentinel line-up with Sage and Killjoy. Being so close to the finish line, Fnatic tried their hardest to stop Sentinel in their tracks almost evening it up 12-11.
But in the end, Tenz came up clutch taking down Jake “Boaster” Howlett’s Raze with his signature Sherriff. Despite their initial two-man disadvantage, Sentinels were able to hold out in C site long enough to take the map and win the series 13-11. Tenz ended the tourney leading all across the board with 206 kills, an impressive 1.87 KDA, and 289 average combat score per map.
Sentinels went undefeated the entire tournament, never losing a single map to anyone all throughout. They will be taking home $200,000 for their efforts and 400 points for the VCT 2021 circuit.
With their win, Sentinels are now qualified for the premier VALORANT Champions 2021 at the end of the year. In Stage 3, Berlin will be the next home for the VCT 2021: Masters.
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