The Sentinels narrowly missed out on making it to the Valorant Champions Tour North American Last Chance Qualifier thanks to the rise of other teams in Stage 2 of the VCT and their own poor performance. But now they qualified for the event thanks to NRG Esports beating Ghost Gaming in the VCT Stage 2 Challengers playoffs.
The Sentinels sit within 45 points of the circuit after finishing bottom of their group in VCT Stage 2 and bowing out of the playoffs in the first round in Stage 1.
With Ghost Gaming leaving the playoffs in the first round of play, they have only amassed 35 circuit points as they did not win any Stage 1 VCTs as they did not make it to the Challengers main event.
The Sentinels now have the 10th most points in North America and only teams that have more points than them can rack up more in the playoffs and at VCT Stage 2 Masters Copenhagen.
WE QUALIFY FOR LCQ LET’S GOOOOO
— Sentinels (@Sentinels) June 17, 2022
The top two North American teams in terms of circuit points qualify for Valorant Champions, if the same rules apply as last year, and the rest will fight for a tournament shot at the LCQ event.
In order for the Sentinels to compete in the LCQ tournament, they would have to stay in the top 10 in the region, and thanks to NRG, they have.
Sentinels Matches at VCT 2022
The Sentinels entered VCT Stage 1 with no changes to their roster and were seeded directly into the Challengers group stage based on their performance last year. They managed to place third in their group with a 3-2 record and qualify for the playoffs.
But that’s about as far as they got, as the team lost to The Guard and Version1 in the first round of play. The team then went through a roster change leading up to the Stage 2 open qualifiers with Eric ‘Kanpeki’ Xu joining in place of Jared ‘zombs’ Gitlin.
Over the course of Stage 2, the team had to have their coach step in to play alongside Dani ‘Dani’ Hashweh in a series due to health reasons with Tyson ‘TenZ’ Ngo and a family emergency with Hunter ‘SicK’ Mims. .
The Sentinels did not win a single match over the course of the VCT Stage 2 Challengers and did not make the playoffs.
Sentinels will now have a chance to make it to the last international VCT event of the year in Valorant Champions at the North American LCQ tournament. The dates of the tournament have not yet been announced.