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Valorant First Strike North America NSG Qualifiers: Gen.G Esports beat Sentinels 2-0

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Image Credits - Sportskeeda
Dipanjan Dey
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Modified 29 Oct 2020, 13:40 IST
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Valorant First Strike North America - NSG Tournament Quarterfinals witnessed an upset as Gen.G Esports defeated Sentinels. Several experts predicted this, but it came as a shock for Sentinels fans as they were one of the tournament's top teams. 

Gen.G Esports picked up the first map and showed why Ascent feels like home to them. Gen.G returned after yesterday's Day 2 performance in the Valorant First Strike North America - NSG Tournament. However, a 2-0 whitewash for the Sentinels in the Valorant First Strike tournament Quarterfinals was not expected. 

The upcoming Valorant First Strike North America - NSG Tournament Quarterfinals will have T1 facing Envy, TSM facing 100 Thieves, and Cloud 9 Blue facing The Slimy Boogermen.

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Gen.G Esports beat Sentinels in Valorant First Strike North America - NSG Tournament Quarterfinals

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Image Credits - nerdstgame Twitch

"When things start to go wrong for them, it all falls apart," said Ryancentral about Gen.G Esports. Ascent was a bit of a disaster for Sentinels as only Sinatraa was able to cross the 25 kill mark. ShahZam and Zombs tried their best with Jett and Omen, but it wasn't achievable.

It is essential to notice how Gen.G Esports have made it a habit to take an early lead. In the previous Valorant matches, they maintained the pressure from early on, making the enemy team crack.

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Valorant First Strike North America - NSG Tournament commentators Tombizz and Ryancentral mentioned how Sentinels were too dependent on individual talent instead of the whole team playing together. On the other hand, Gen.G showcased the real power of teamwork in Valorant. 

Gen.G had players like Shawn, Mkael, and gMd putting in some consistent 30+ kills on Ascent to make it 13-5 on the first map. Before the first swap, Sentinels had 4 while Gen.G lead with 8. It became inevitable after the first four rounds were swept clean by Gen.G Esports. 

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Similarly, Split, which was Sentinels pick, did not help them much in the Valorant First Strike North America - NSG Tournament Quarterfinals. Sentinels won the first two rounds as Attackers, but Gen.G had pushed in a massive way to make it 9-3 before the Switch.

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Image Credits - TheSpike.gg

Sinatraa and Zombs managed to get 13 and 12 kills respectively. The general lack of enthusiasm was quite apparent in the way Sentinels were playing. It was indeed shocking to see that the best team in the world had to go down like this.

If the overall performance of both teams is considered throughout the tournament, Gen.G is leagues ahead of Sentinels. Sentinels showed signs of weakness when they lost a map to Sakura Storm. 

Coincidentally, that map was also Ascent, and perhaps Gen.G selected their pick based on Sentinels record. This dramatic turn of events has massively shaken the Valorant community. However, it is not all over for Sentinels as there will be a second round in the Valorant First Strike North America - NSG Tournament.

The tournament will have a redemption factor for all the teams who've lost. The next match will see TSM vs 100 Thieves. Hopefully, fans will experience another classic Valorant match between these two as the final four winners will make it through.  

Also read: Valorant: Riot Games enforces new Sentinel dynamics in Patch 1.11

Published 29 Oct 2020, 10:03 IST
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