Sentinels buy TenZ in a million dollar deal from Cloud9

Last week has been phenomenal for Sentinels. Sans dropping a map, the North American squad triumphed at Valorant Championship Tour 2021: Stage 2 Masters in Reykjavik, Iceland. Besides winning $200,000, Sentinels are also the first team to secure their berth for Valorant Championship 2021 which will be held at the tail end of the year.

The addition of Tyson “TenZ” Ngo categorically has been one of the reasons behind their recent success. Amid the suspension of Jay “sinatraa” Won for six months for non-cooperation into an investigation initiated due to several allegations levelled by his former girlfriend, Sentinels loaned TenZ from Cloud9 in March 2021.

The 20-years-old lad has been performing consistently since his arrival and the statistics speak for themselves. The loan contract also had a purchase clause and according to a report by The Esports Observer, Sentinels has acquired the service of TenZ in a “seven-figure” deal. This means that his buyout price was anything more than a million dollars.

Team Sentinels at the VALORANT Champions Tour 2021: VCT Masters Reykjavík Grand Finals on May 30, 2021 in Reykjavik, Iceland. (Photo by Colin Young-Wolff/Riot Games)

There were speculations that the deal had been under process for quite some time and the organizations had come to an agreement before the Reykjavik event. “Hey to give some context this deal was done before Iceland,” wrote  Cloud9’s CEO Jack Etienne on Reddit. 

“It was a dangerous deal for us as we knew we would soon face Sentinals in the Iceland Qualifiers, however it was important to Tyson to play and I wanted to make it happen for him. Best of luck to Tyson on Sentinels,” he further added.

Since the addition of TenZ, Sentinels have won NA Stage 1 – Masters, NA Stage 2 – Challengers 2, NA Stage 2 – Challengers Finals and finally the Reykjavik Stage 2 Masters.