Sentinels win the first-ever global Valorant championship against Fnatic
02-Jun-2021 by Sparky
The grand finals of the VCT 2021: Stage 2 Masters - Reykjavík has finally come to end with Sentinels walking away as the champions. The highly awaited EU vs NA faceoff witnessed a lot of high octane action as Fnatic pushed Sentinels to their absolute limit, sadly they could not win a single map in the BO5 series.
On the other hand, Sentinels won nine consecutive maps through the course of this tournament defeating teams like Fnatic, Vikings, and NUTURN Gaming to deliver a statement performance. They showed complete domination to raise the trophy high, becoming the champions of the first-ever Valorant tournament taking place on LAN in Iceland.
Fans were excited to witness the culmination of the North America versus Europe rivalry, and both teams did not disappoint. It was a showcase of both technical team play and insane individual skills from all the representatives.
This was also the first time Sentinels were truly tested by an opponent. Even though Fnatic lost, they were able to keep all the matches extremely close.
The first two games on Split and Bind went down to the wire, where Sentinels clutched out critical rounds in overtime. Almost all the rounds towards the end of each game were absolute nail-biters, with the North American representatives barely edging out their European rivals.
Fnatic showed great resilience and a better understanding in their rematch against Sentinels, but ultimately, weren’t able to get the upper hand during overtime.
With the VCT Stage 2 Masters tournament win, Sentinels have earned their spot in the upcoming Valorant World Championship tournament at the end of the year.
They were also awarded US$200,000 in prize money and 400 VCT Circuit Points.
Michael “dapr” Gulino expressed that he and the team were happy to not have to worry about chasing after qualifier points anymore, but that they would still look to win every tournament they enter. This includes all the remaining Challengers and the final Masters event in Berlin, Germany.