Valorant Masters gave fans another juicy Sentinels vs. 100 Thieves showdown on Sunday, as Tyson “TenZ” Ngo and Sentinels walked away with a dominant victory over their rival.
Facing off against 100 Thieves, TenZ once again showed why so many consider him to be the best Valorant player in the world.
TenZ Feeling Himself
There are few players able to have as more massive an impact with the operator in their hands than TenZ. The kid is just mind-bogglingly good at Valorant. He hits the most ludicrous of shots, incapacitating the enemy team with just his gun skill alone.
With contract drama fogging up his future, TenZ has styled on every opponent he has faced. Against 100 Thieves, Sentinels let him have free reign with the operator, and TenZ went hog wild with it, flicking and quick-scoping people like it’s an unrated lobby.
Being able to perform on this level while having just days worth of experience with this roster speaks to the sheer amount of natural ability TenZ possesses. Going into the latter stages of the Valorant Masters, other teams will need to find ways to shut down the monster that is TenZ, or he will hit shot after shot until Sentinels have won the title.
100 Thieves Macro and Utility Issues
Ever since its championship win in First Strike, the 100 Thieves roster has been hitting its share of turbulence. Still gelling with new Omen player Ethan “Ethan” Arnold, the roster has looked dominant at times, while at other times, well, having performances like this.
100 Thieves did come out of the gate with some new looks on Accent, pushing hard and stacking for mid control, but the tactic was quickly sniffed out by Sentinels, which adapted to it. The mid stack was easily spotted because the utility usage from 100 Thieves was so one-dimensional.
Whenever 100 Thieves tried the mid stack, Sentinels would just push one of the extremities to gather intel, realize where 100 Thieves was and rotate to punish the team. This same issue, of telegraphing plays, appeared in 100 Thieves’ last series against Immortals, but Sentinels were actually able to take advantage.
Toward the end of Haven, 100 Thieves finally did pull out some creative utility usage and coordinated pushes to force overtime, but at the end, it was too little, too late.
Spencer “Hiko” Martin also struggled his way through these two maps. Known for his slow and methodical style, he wasn’t able to get much done at all. His slow play wasn’t the issue, but Sentinels was killing his teammates before he could get n a decent position.
Sentinels shutting down Peter “Asuna” Mazuryk was a huge factor in this series. 100 Thieves is so reliant on the young star to pop off and hit crucial shots, but Sentinels was able to shut him down, crippling 100 Thieves in the process.
Ethan a Bright Spot
100 Thieves’ newest addition, Ethan, was perhaps the team’s brightest takeaway from the day. While many were concerned about Nicholas “nitr0” Cannella moving off Omen, Ethan has performed beautifully on the agent. His play has been so clean, especially for someone who has only recently made the switch from CS:GO to Valorant.
Heading into the future, Ethan will only grow as a Valorant player, as he is already looking like a young superstar. 100 Thieves needs to show that it can adapt and be able to facilitate its star players and incredible talent with proper marco play and utility usage.
With the win, Sentinels advanced to face FaZe Clan in the upper bracket final. The team will look to further utilize its new superstar as it aims for the Masters title. Meanwhile, 100 Thieves drop to the lower bracket to play an elimination match against Gen.G.