Sentinels and 100 Thieves are the first North American teams to qualify for VALORANT Champions Tour Masters 3: Berlin. The two squads placed in the top four at VCT Stage 3 Challengers Finals, and will face each other in the upper bracket finals on Friday. Sentinels defeated Rise and Envy to qualify for the international LAN, while 100 Thieves went through FaZe Clan and XSET.
The two teams will start the international tournament on September 10, along with the rest of the field as it is decided. So far, only Vision Strikers and F4Q from South Korea have also qualified for VCT Masters 3: Berlin.
Sentinels and 100 Thieves qualify for Masters 3: Berlin
Sentinels won their first match with ease, taking the series 2-1. While the series score may imply that Rise put up a good fight, the underdogs only just took their one map but lost the other two emphatically, 13-3 and 13-4. Against Envy, Sentinels took the series 2-0, but Jaccob “yay” Whiteaker and his new squad put up a fight. Envy took Sentinels to all 24 rounds on each map, losing 13-11 on both maps.
North America's best are BOUND FOR BERLIN! pic.twitter.com/iv4bxdUqiq
— Sentinels (@Sentinels) August 12, 2021
100 Thieves also forged a smooth path to Masters qualification. They dispatched FaZe 13-6 and 13-9, and then took care of XSET 13-11, and then 13-11 again. XSET almost forced overtime on both maps, but 100 Thieves denied them the chance, shutting the team down in the final possible round. Peter “Asuna” Mazuryk was the standout performer for 100 Thieves as he recorded an ace against XSET, and multiple multi-kill rounds against FaZe and XSET. The teenager created space as Jett and Reyna for his team to play off of, and went toe-to-toe with some of the top fraggers in the region in FaZe’s Andrej “BABYBAY” Francisty and XSET’s Zachary “zekken” Patrone.
The Challengers Finals event continues on Thursday, Aug. 12, after Sentinels and 100 Thieves qualified for Masters 3: Berlin. TSM will take on Rise here, as FaZe Clan battle Luminosity for the opportunity to take on XSET and Envy, respectively.