Sentinels’ hot streak has finally come to an end. The team’s domestic and international dominance has been one of the major talking points of Valorant esports for the whole of 2021 so far, and it has given rise to some of the scene’s most popular and beloved personalities. Masters Berlin, however, proved to be a competition too far for the favorites.
Sentinels was handed its first-ever loss on LAN to G2 during the group stage, the European team who had previously been the first to take a map from them in the game earlier that week. It was Envy, though, that landed the hammer blow, beating them in a convincing 2-0 fashion in the quarter-finals to knock them out of Masters Berlin.
For a team so used to winning, and for many fans who aren’t used to seeing their idols dealt such a big loss, Sentinels loss was one of Masters Berlin’s biggest talking points. It is arguably the biggest headline of the entire event. But perhaps we shouldn’t have been so surprised? Sentinels are a team like any other; it has good days and it has bad days. The purple patch was never likely to last long in an esport that is as young and competitive as Valorant — even if Sentinels has, at times, looked utterly invincible.
Ultimately, the team has still qualified for Champions in December, and it is still the best team in North America overall. Sentinels will be back. The question is whether it will back better than ever or still bearing the mental scars of Berlin.