The North American VCT Stage 2 Challengers Finals concluded in a Grand Final match between Sentinels and Version1. Sentinels emerged victorious once again with a decisive 3-0 result, taking $40.000 and securing a spot in the upcoming VCT Masters in Reykjavík.
NA Champions. Ready for more. pic.twitter.com/0x5vwpcVXp
— Sentinels (@Sentinels) May 2, 2021
Although Version1 failed to beat Sentinels and win the Challengers Finals, they still deserve praise for qualifying and making it all the way here with a relatively fresh roster. This crew came out of nowhere and began taking wins in the second stage of the event, and right now they’re one of the two NA teams who’ve qualified for Riot’s first Valorant Champions Tour LAN event where we’ll finally see all different regions compete against each other.
Sentinels are a cut above the rest
We’ve been saying this for a while now, but Sentinels truly stand out and are one step ahead of all other NA Valorant teams. They’ve got it all – great team play, coordination, versatility, and amazing solo fraggers. Even when they stumble, they quickly recover, leaving no room for further mistakes.
This tournament was no exception, and we saw them methodically dismantle all teams they came across. It’s important to state that Sentinels finished all matches prior to the Grand Finals with a 2-1 result, losing on the maps the opponents picked, and with a pretty devastating score. This could be a potential weak spot and one that other teams could exploit in the future.
Still, an excellent performance by Sentinels. They’re one of the rare Valorant teams who’ve consistently performed since the very start of Valorant Champions Tour. It’s going to be interesting to see how they’ll fare in Reykjavík when faced with different teams and other strategies they don’t usually see in NA. Will they still outperform the competition, or will this event finally put a stop to Sentinels’ rampage. We’ll have to wait and see.
Version1 competing in their first VCT Masters event
This event was a roller coaster for Version1. The crew that joined Valorant just a few months ago suddenly found themselves in a situation where they could actually qualify for the upcoming Masters, and they weren’t letting that chance slip by.
Right at the start, they faced Sentinels in their opening match and disaster struck. They lost, but not without inflicting a wound on Sentinels in the first map on Ascent, winning with a 13-4 score.
Dropped down to the Lower Bracket, they suddenly faced elimination and had to play their hearts out in order to beat the teams that blocked their path forward. Andbox fell in the Lower Bracket Round 1, and NRG quickly followed.
The run, runs out. Eh, we're still going to Iceland!
— Version1 (@version1gg) May 2, 2021
Now Version1 found themselves facing Team Envy, the Stage 1 Challengers 2 winners. It was a close match, but they made it. Cloud9 Blue was the final obstacle on their way, and once they’d passed it, they could finally breathe a sigh of relief.
Very strong performance from this young squad. They’re one of the two teams representing their region in Reykjavík, so that’s a huge honor. They’ve accumulated valuable experience and their morale must be through the roof right now. We can’t wait to see how they’ll perform in the upcoming event, and whether they’ll have more surprises up their sleeves.
The VCT Stage 2 Masters – Reykjavík starts on May 24th, so there’s plenty of time for both Sentinels and Version1 to prepare themselves properly. They can study other regions and see how they play, and go into this event feeling confident.
We’re looking forward to more Valorant action that’s ahead of us, and we’ll make sure to cover it. Follow us to stay up-to-date with all news, reviews, and Valorant betting predictions.