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Sentinels Move Past FaZe Clan to Valorant First Strike Semifinals

The fan favorite Sentinels have taken down FaZe Clan, swiftly sweeping them 2-0. Sentinels will advance to the First Strike semifinals, where they will match up against the winner of T1 vs. 100 Thieves. 

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At the beginning of the series, it was looking as though Sentinels would take the two wins swiftly and easily, winning the first four rounds in commanding fashion. Instead, FaZe was quick to respond, changing up their style, making it competitive and entertaining for the rest of the series. 

Came to Play

In the biggest series of their Valorant careers, the members of Sentinels and FaZe Clan came prepared and ready to play. The players on both sides of the map were beaming with confidence, making for some intense gun battles and entertaining Valorant gameplay. 

That confidence was what defined this series. Headline players like Jay “sinatraa” Won and Michael “dapr” Gulino were eager to outduel opposing superstars like Corey “corey” Nigra and Andrej “babybay” Francisty. The end result was an intense and compelling two game set. 

An Improved FaZe Clan

The FaZe Clan that limped their way through the qualifiers, losing to Equinox, Moon Racoons and SpaceStation along the way, was nothing close to the FaZe Clan that showed up against Sentinels. 

Despite members like Shane “Rawkus” Flaherty struggling, FaZe was locked in, and managed to go toe-to-toe with one of the most talented teams in Valorant, constantly trading rounds. 

For corey, his new fans were given a show of just how dangerous the former Overwatch star is with a rifle in his hands. For corey’s old fans, they knew the type of show they’d be getting, watching him go up against the likes of sinatraa, dapr and Jared “zombs” Gitlin in a winner-take-all showdown. 

It was also an impressive showing for 19-year-old Zachary “ZachaREEE” Lombardo, who took the necessary step up when teammates babybay and Rawkus were struggling on Bind. ZachaREE picked up 30 kills across the two games on his main Cypher. 

Babybay also had an impressive performance on Breach, a pick the former Atlanta Reign star has never pulled out while under the FaZe Clan banner. He managed to pop off on the Breach after a rather poor showing on his signature Jett. 

Although they didn’t manage to get a win, the FaZe Clan players can’t be too upset in themselves, as their opponent will advance as one of the favorites to be crowned the North American champions. 

Sentinels: a Top Team in the World 

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Although FaZe Clan put up a fight, Sentinels were able to make quick work of them, taking Bind 13-8 and Split 13-5. Coming into Valorant First Strike as one of the best teams in the world, their dominant performance against FaZe Clan only bolstered that claim. 

Shahzeeb “ShahZaM” Khan may have been the most impressive on the side of Sentinels, securing 39 kills over the course of the series and averaging a combat score of 288. 

Hunter “SicK” Mims and sinatraa also put up impressive performances, with sinatraa on Phoenix and Raze, and SicK on the Raze and Skye. SicK managed to have a KDA (kill/death/assist) of 18/10/4 on Skye, one of the more impressive performances we’ve seen on the new agent. 

While FaZe Clan will call it quits for 2020, Sentinels will move on to face the winner of 100 Thieves vs. T1. That match will take place on Saturday, along with Envy vs. Team SoloMid. Both those series can be streamed live on Twitch and Youtube.

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