After taking a break from professional play, Tyson “TenZ” Ngo is finally back in professional play, and is standing in for Sentinels in the Valorant Masters North American tournament.
The Valorant NA scene was completely caught by surprise when it was announced that Jay “Sinatraa” Won would not be participating in the Masters tournament due to an ongoing dispute involving his ex-girlfriend Cleo Hernandez.
Fans were then equally shocked when they learned that ex-Cloud9 star TenZ would be Sentinels’ stand-in player for the tournament. While TenZ is considered one of the best Valorant players in the world, Sentinels’ odds of winning against the best teams in North America were still low, as TenZ has never even practiced with his new team.
However, after witnessing TenZ’s Valorant Masters debut, Sentinels fans had nothing to be worried about. TenZ finished with a 23/18/8 KDA average against Immortals, which also resulted in a 2-1 victory for Sentinels. He also scored a ridiculous 27/15/9 statline in the final game on Icebox using Reyna.
Sentinels then went on to demolish former First Strike NA champions 100 Thieves in the first game of the upper bracket semifinals with a 13-2 score on Ascent. This would guarantee them a third-place finish in the tournament. They were able to clutch a hard-fought overtime win on Haven 16-14, which sent 100 Thieves to the lower bracket.
TenZ’s expertise playing the duelist role fit Sentinels play style perfectly. Additionally, when Sentinels pairs him up with Hunter “SicK” Mims’ who uses another duelist like Phoenix, the team is just about unstoppable. Both TenZ and SicK are always the top-fraggers on maps where they play the duelist role.
In the past two matches, TenZ has averaged a 22/16.2/6.4 KDA record, which is close to his peak performances as a professional player under the Cloud9 banner. This means TenZ is only scratching the surface of what he’s capable of with his new squad.
Sentinels will battle FaZe Clan in the upper bracket final of the Valorant Masters tournament on March 20 at 7:00 a.m. GMT+8. Interested viewers can catch the game live on Riot’s official Twitch or YouTube channels.