Sentinels has acquired VALORANT star Tyson “TenZ” Ngo from Cloud9 in a deal worth around seven figures. The loan contract signed between C9 and Sentinels back in March included an option for Sentinels to buy out the contract, which the org has now reportedly exercised.
According to sources familiar with the agreement, Cloud9 originally shopped TenZ around for $2 million, but accepted a $250 thousand loan fee from Sentinels that secured his services through the end of May. Then, after seeing how happy TenZ was playing with the new team and considering the ease of working with Sentinels throughout the process, Cloud9 let Sentinels buy his contract outright for $1.25 million.
This reported buyout comes just days after Sentinels won the VCT Masters Two Reykjavik LAN event. At Reykjavik, TenZ put up unreal numbers for Sentinels, leading the entire field of players in both average combat score and kill-death ratio.
TenZ found his way onto the Sentinels roster in March when the team was forced to call in a substitute following the suspension of Jay "sinatraa" Won, who's still under contract with the org. TenZ had previously played competitively with C9 but voluntarily stepped back from competitive action to focus on content creation. Since joining Sentinels, the team has won NA Masters One, the NA Challengers Finals for Stage Two, and VCT Masters Two.
Jack Etienne wished the young VALORANT start the best of luck on Reddit, clarifying that he wanted to make the deal work for him.
“This deal was done before Iceland. It was a dangerous deal for us as we knew we would soon face Sentinels in the Iceland Qualifiers, however, it was important to Tyson to play and I wanted to make it happen for him. Best of luck to Tyson on Sentinels.”
Sentinels also confirmed this by tweeting out ‘He’s here to stay’ when rumors began to fly that the deal had already been made. After winning Masters 2 and taking down Fnatic in the grand final, TenZ expressed his desire to continue playing with the roster.
TenZ had already won two championships in Masters 1 and 2 with the squad. With their win at Masters 2, the team also qualified for Champions at the end of the year. Simply put, Sentinels has seen a lot of success with TenZ on the roster and now have a chance at more.