There’s no doubt that Sentinels is the best team in Valorant (or at least was). The team has had an undefeated streak, beating everyone that came in their way. But, the team faced two losses in a row that saw them getting eliminated from the Stage 3 Masters in Berlin at the hands of Envy. But why did that happen? Why did this cocky team that had the skills to back it up get eliminated from a tournament they were expected to win? Let’s get into three reasons why we believe that happened.
TenZ on Raze
Tyson “TenZ” Ngo is, without a doubt, the star player on the team. He’s been known to pull off incredible plays in clutch situations that really make him the star of the team. However, he wasn’t on his main agents, Reyna and Jett, on map 2. Instead, he was playing Raze. And his tweet below really says it all.
Fuck I suck at Raze, Lost to NV 0-2 GG’s to them. Masters 3 run is over but now we are looking towards Champions, plenty of time to prepare before then.
— TenZ (@TenZOfficial) September 17, 2021
Sentinels are brilliant, but they’re rinsing and repeating their strategy. Their predictable playstyle might have been dominant. But, it was only a matter of time that the top teams of Valorant were able to find ways to counter them and that they did.
Lack of a Coach
Every Valorant team has a coach. But, Sentinels is the only team that decided that they were going to stick with their in-game leader Shahzeb “ShahZam” Khan to call out the shots. No disrespect to ShahZam, but not having a coach means that the team is crippling themselves. Every other team has a coach, and not having one puts Sentinels at a severe disadvantage.
The loss did come as a surprise to Sentinels. But there’s no doubt that they’re going to be back in the next tournament swinging.