They’ll need to bring their A game.
It’s win or go home time for popular North American squad Sentinels in the VCT North America Last Chance Qualifier.
After suffering a close 2-1 loss at the hands of The Guard in the upper bracket quarterfinals, Sentinels must now pull off a perfect lower bracket run in order to qualify for Valorant Champions Istanbul.
Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek and his teammates will play Shopify Rebellion (formerly Luminosity) next in their bid to stay alive in the tournament. Shopify are fresh off a 0-2 loss to Cloud9, despite a close battle on both maps.
Sentinels will face Shopify Rebellion in the VCT NA LCQ lower bracket
The last time Sentinels faced Shopify Rebellion was during the VCT NA Stage 2 Challengers group stage, when the latter was still playing under Luminosity Gaming’s banner. The organization eventually announced their exit from competitive Valorant — just the first of many to do so in the wake of uncertainty surrounding franchising spots next year.
Their last encounter went Shopify’s way, with the Masters Reykjavik 2021 champions falling 2-1 to a squad powered by a lights-out performance from Brandon Michael “bdog” Sanders.
Tyson “TenZ” Ngo had a standout showing as well, and the series at times felt like a battle to see which team’s star could perform better.
However, a lot has changed since then. Sentinels have added Shroud and Jordan “Zellsis” Montemurro to their squad. At the same time, TenZ has dropped his signature Jett in favor of Chamber, while the team also now has a dedicated Raze player in Zellsis, something they have been lacking.
For Shopify, this may be their last chance to play on the international stage for a while. The organization has already been rejected from franchising by Riot Games, leaving the players’ futures up in the air.
Sentinels will get their shot at redemption on August 7, 7:00 am GMT+8 | August 6, 4:00 pm PT | August 6, 11:00 pm GMT. Fans can tune in to the match on the official Valorant Twitch and YouTube channels.
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