TenZ impresses in Sentinels debut - Upcomer
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Former Cloud9 star and current content creator Tyson “TenZ” Ngo dominated in his return to competitive Valorant with Sentinels in the North American Masters tournament. The former Counter Strike prodigy took a step back from competition in early 2021. But, he is now a substitute for Sentinels following the suspension of Jay “Sinatraa” Won for sexual assault and abuse allegations.

TenZ came into the first-round match against Luminosity Gaming with a bang. He notched over 20 kills on each map in the three map series.

TenZ statistics

Besides the 20 kills in each map, TenZ piloted three different duelists in the match. He ended the entire series with an average of 221 damage per round–almost two kills a round. He also had a 1.3 kills to deaths ratio over the course of the series. His best map was Icebox were he put up 27 kills on Reyna with four-three kill rounds.

He ended the series with a 336 average combat score. The next closest in that statistical category was his teammate Hunter “SicK” Mims with 223.

Sentinels favorites to win Masters

Once the substitution was announced, many in the competitive Valorant community felt as if the tournament was all but over. The 19 year-old competitor has been considered one of the best players in the world and adding him to a top team in the region should make him almost unstoppable.

So far, that line of thought has shown to be accurate as TenZ and the rest of the Sentinels squad breezed through Luminosity. Even in the map that Luminosity won, Sentinels had the momentum most of the game until the underdogs forced overtime.

As the squad moves through the rest of the upper bracket, expect teams to focus on stopping TenZ before they attempt to deal with the rest of the Sentinels.

Declan is an esports journalist and part-time editor for Upcomer. He is an avid gamer and League of Legends player. You can find him at the bottom of the leaderboard in most games or on Twitter.