North American Valorant team Sentinels player ‘Sacy’ apologized to his fans for the team’s poor display in the VCT Champions Tour Americas League 2023 and failure to qualify for the Playoffs. The Brazilian said they “tried [their] best” even though they failed to have a good tournament considering their high standards.
The 2022 Valorant Champions winner with a Brazilian organization Loud, Sacy is used to performing on the biggest stages of the game. However, since his switch from South America to North America, things have not been as smooth as he would have liked. After he joined the Sentinels along with his Loud teammate pANcada, expectations were at an all-time high.
But even with winners on their team, the Sentinels are struggling, as their fans witnessed in VCT Lock Saou Paulo, where they crashed out against the eventual champions Fnatic.
Sentinel’s lackluster performance cost them a VCT Americas Playoff birth
Sacy, aka Gustavo Rossi, posted earlier today on Twitter an apology note to the Sentinels fans for their recent lackluster performances. After the Sentinels won the Reykjavik Masters, people were expecting more from them. With the likes of Shazam, Dapr, Sick, and Tenz on the team, the Sentinels Society believed their team could go on to dominate the scene like Astralis CS: GO.
However, that wasn’t the case, as things started to change pretty quickly. After the VCT Champions 2022, Dapr got benched and later let go along with Shazam (who joined G2 esports) to make way for new players. Only Sentinel’s Ace Tenz remained on the first team as the face of Valorant. Sick and Zombs stayed as content creators.
In the meantime, the Sentinels underwent a host of changes in terms of coaching positions. One by one, Rawkus, Syyknot, and Kaplan replaced each other.
Fortunately, the announcement of the recently crowned VCT champions, Loud players Sacy and Pancada, joining the team brought new hope to the fans. Followed by the signings of Zekken and Depph as the IGL (in-game leader).
This started arguably one of the worst phases of the team, as the roster needed time to gel but had to compete in the VCT Champions Tour Americas League.
They started off with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over their fellow NA rivals, 100 Thieves, led by Asuna.
With all the changes to the roster and, more importantly, the coach, it showed up in their in-game performances. Losses against NRG, Leviatan, and Sacy’s former side, Loud, followed.
During this time, Sentinels signed former OpTic player Marved as their sixth man. In a surprising turn of events, he replaced Tenz in the starting lineup, as Tyson was injured.
They blew away MIBR but lost two straight matches against Cloud 9 and Evil Geniuses. Marved did manage to leave a good impression, but things were about to change again. Following the defeats, Sentinels announced the return of Tenz to the first-team squad and decided to part ways with the IGL Dephh. A rejuvenated Sentinels squad won back-to-back matches against KRU and Furia. However, due they still failed to make their places in the playoffs.
It is very disappointing for the Sen City as Sentinels haven’t done anything great after the 2021 Master’s win. This new squad has 3 world champions, Sacy, pANcada, and the Iceman, Marved. So fans can expect this team to bounce back stronger in the upcoming NA Last Chance Qualifiers for their spot in the grandest stage of all, VCT Champions 2023.
Even though their fans are disappointed with the results, they show support for their favorite team.
As mentioned, they will not be able to compete in the Playoff stage. Rather, they will now fight in LCQ (Lower Bracket). They finished with 4 wins and 5 losses from 9 matches. This is certainly heartbreaking for the fans of the org. But it could also be the start of a strong stable lineup. Spearheaded by Tenz, we might see the return of the glory days of Sentinels in the future.
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