In their first official match since their group stage elimination at Champions, Sentinels rallied from a rough start and a one-map deficit to defeat NRG Esports in their first VALORANT series of 2022. After a quiet showing on Fracture, TenZ propelled the team to a 2-1 series win with incredible showings on Haven and Bind.
The series started on Fracture, Sentinels’ pick and typically a go-to ban for NRG in their recent open qualifier events. But NRG suckered last year’s North American juggernaut in and played an aggressive style that stunned a timid Sentinels squad. TenZ did not look like a superstar in the first half, with only five kills on Jett and going zero-for-five on first duels. He woke up in the second half, with two triple kills in the first three rounds. He was outdone by the duo of tex and ANDROID, however, who pushed NRG across the line by a 13-10 scoreline.