Sentinels, the renowned North American Valorant team, has made a surprising move by parting ways with their head coach, Don “SyykoNT” Muir, just three weeks into the VCT Americas regular season. 

The team’s analyst, Adam “itskaplan” Kaplan, will be stepping up to replace him as the new head coach, according to Sentinels CEO Rob Moore.

Sentinels part ways with coach Syyko midway through VCT Americas season

Sentinels part ways with Syyko in sudden mid-season roster change
Screenshot by Nigel Zalamea/ONE Esports from Rob Moore’s Twitter

Syyko was a vital part of the Sentinels’ roster rebuild during the offseason period leading up to VCT Americas. 

He joined the team in 2022 and made his intentions clear — building a Valorant superteam that would compete for international trophies. In addition, he brought in two of his former XSET players, Zachary “zekken” Patrone and Rory “dephh” Jackson, to strengthen the team’s lineup.

Sentinels had a rocky start to the season, suffering an early elimination loss to the eventual champions of VCT LOCK//IN, European squad Fnatic. 

They managed to bounce back in the opening week of the regular season, defeating 100 Thieves 2-1 in their VCT Americas debut. After that, however, the team has struggled to maintain that momentum, suffering back-to-back losses to NRG Esports and Leviatán in the second and third weeks of group-stage play.

With the team tallying a 1-2 record, Moore announced a sudden change in leadership, with Syyko no longer coaching the roster.

Although the exact reason for the decision to part ways with Syyko is unknown, Sentinels will be hoping that the roster change can reignite their season and improve their performances in the coming weeks.

Sentinels Valorant roster

  • Tyson “TenZ” Ngo
  • Zachary “zekken” Patrone
  • Gustavo “Sacy” Rossi
  • Bryan “pANcada” Luna
  • Rory “dephh” Jackson
  • Jimmy “Marved” Nguyen (substitute)
  • Adam “kaplan” Kaplan (coach)

Sentinels still have three more weeks and six matches left to play in VCT Americas, which provides ample time for the team to turn their season around. 

Itskaplan will have a big task ahead of him to get the team back on track. His first test will be against LOUD, the Valorant Champions 2022 winning Brazilian squad that Gustavo “Sacy” Rossi and Bryan “pANcada” Luna left behind in favor of joining Sentinels.

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