The players on Sentinels' VALORANT team can crown themselves the new kings of North America after a 3-1 victory over Cloud9 in the PAX Arena Invitational. Sentinels' championship win is its first in the Ignition Series.
Nearly one month before the PAX Arena Invitational, Sentinels competed in another Ignition Series VALORANT tournament hosted by T1 called the 'T1 x Nerd Street Gamers Showdown.' Despite a strong performance from star player Jay "sinatraa" Won, Sentinels finished 5th-6th due to a less-than-elite performance from the team around the 2019 Overwatch League MVP.
If someone was to evalute Sentinels' chances at the PAX Arena Invitational based on T1's Ignition Series tournament, they couldn't be more wrong. Shahzeeb "ShahzaM" Khan, Hunter "SicK" Mims, Jared "zoms" Gitlin, and Michael "dapr" Gulino all stepped up at various points throughout Sentinels run to the finals. Against Cloud9, sinatraa was proably the least crucial player for Sentinels in the convincing 3-1 victory to win the organization's first Ignition Series championship.
Seeing Sentinels come together as a roster come together on a higher level than before was exciting, but after the first few games of the PAX Arena Invitational, it became clear that this was not the same team that placed outside of top 4 one month ago. Sentinels was placed into a group with Cloud9, Team Owl, Complexity Gaming, and Renegades, and went undefeated in securing a #1 seed into the bracket.
Sentinels would only drop a single game outside of its finals match against C9 in it's 2-1 victory over Gen.G in the Quarterfinals. Sentinels then eliminated T1 x Nerd Street Gamers Invitational champion TSM 2-0 before winning against Cloud9 in the finals. As the competitive VALORANT scene continues to grow, look for Sentinels to continue to solidify itself as one of the world's elite teams in the coming months.
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