Sentinels are Out, Acend Secure a Spot in Playoffs

Posted on December 7, 2021

There’s hardly anyone that could have predicted the amount of crazy upsets we’ve seen so far in Valorant Champions. All three European teams have now finished first in their respective groups and secured the top spots in the playoffs, and there’s also a good chance that none of the North American teams will make it past the group stage.

Sentinels, one of the top teams in Valorant esports, have been eliminated after losing the decider match against the LATAM team KRÜ Esports. KRÜ Esports have become their region’s heroes seemingly overnight, while Sentinels seem to be a shell of their former selves.

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On the other side in group A, Acend fought against Team Envy in the final winners’ match of the group stage and emerged victorious.

Envy now have to fight for survival in the decider match against X10 CRIT. X10 CRIT easily eliminated Keyd Stars and they’re now getting ready to take down Envy next. The SEA teams, much like the LATAM squad, have displayed some incredible performance and Envy should definitely be worried.

Europe Reigns Supreme

The age-old question of Europe vs. North America that’s been the topic of many discussions in Valorant has finally been answered. It looks like the European region has won.

All three European teams have dominated the competition and finished the group stage with flawless victories. The North American region still has some hope, since both Envy and Cloud9 Blue have a chance to survive their deciding matches and qualify for the playoffs.

But the biggest hit for the region was the downfall of Sentinels. Once a team that was universally feared, now at the bottom of the barrel. And there’s no excuses this time, either.

During VCT Masters in Berlin, we could have attributed their performance to a lack of incentive since they already had Valorant Champions secured, but what about this time? Well, this time they simply got outplayed and outsmarted. This team’s magic is no longer there, and we can probably expect some first major roster changes before the next season.

KRÜ Esports Carrying LATAM

KRÜ Esports, a team that had some of the lowest Valorant betting odds in this Valorant esports tournament, just eliminated Sentinels who were one of the favourites. It can’t be stressed enough how important this victory was, not only for the LATAM region and KRÜ Esports, but also for Valorant esports as a whole.

The emotions were running high in this match, and once it ended, one could clearly see how overjoyed KRÜ Esports were.

Looking back on the match, we don’t think there’s anyone that could say a bad word about KRÜ Esports. They played their hearts out and delivered one of the best matches that Valorant esports has seen so far. It was a well-deserved win and hopefully we’ll see them continue their journey in the Valorant Champions playoffs.

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