The North American (NA) Valorous Champions Tournament (VCT) Last Chance Qualifier resumed on August 11 and an intense battle between Sentinels and 100 Thieves took place. In order to keep their tournament hopes alive, Sentinels and 100 Thieves faced up against one another in the lower bracket. The best-of-three (BO3) series was filled with action from the very beginning. The two teams gave it all on the field to qualify for the next round. Despite taking the first map in Overtime and fighting valiantly on the second, Sentinels fell to 100 Thieves in the series with a score of 1-2. Sentinels suffered a difficult loss, eliminating them from the race for the final berth in the Valorous Champions competition. 100 Thieves will now face Cloud9 in the lower bracket semifinals.
Highlights of the match
100 Thieves maintained a comfortable lead and outscored their opponents 8-4 in the first half of the first game. When the sides were shifted, Sentinels took the pistol bullet and used that momentum to take further rounds. 100 Thieves lead the game 12-9 at one point, but by losing the final round, they gave Sentinels the opportunity to win some important rounds and even the score. The teams engaged in four rounds of overtime before Sentinels ultimately broke the pattern and took the map point. Tyson “TenZ” Ngo played the match with Chamber and was awarded the MVP on Fracture. He had an average combat score (ACS) of 267 and a KDA of 29/23/3.
On Breeze, the first half was rather competitive, with 100T holding a slim advantage with a final score of 7-5. Sentinels, who were on the offensive side, lost the second half, as 100T was able to win several rounds. Breeze won 13-7, and Sentinels was only intermittently able to win two rounds in the second half after dropping the pistol round. Derrek “Derrek” Ha, who played Sova, was the map MVP with an ACS of 298 and a KDA of 20/11/7.
Sentinels’ plans did not materialize on Haven’s first half which was the deciding map for the entire match. 100 Thieves was in a good position to seal the deal as the first half came to an 8-4 final score. Following the half reset, the first two rounds favored 100T, which triumphed in the pistol round and the subsequent round with superior weapons. Sentinels, on the other hand, made a comeback by winning three straight rounds and closing the round score gap. Despite Haven having two or three occasions where 100T was on match point, it was immensely exciting to watch Sentinels fight back. However, 100 Thieves prevailed on the map and won the match by a narrow 13-11 margin.
Sentinels’ loss is a tough pill to swallow for VALORANT and esports fans around the world. Like all sports, every team must bounce back. Hopefully, Sentinels will come back even stronger but this is a huge moment for 100 Thieves as a team after ousting the winners of last year’s VALORANT Champions Tour. You can watch all the matches live here.