Valorant Pro ShahZaM Explains Why Sentinels Lost to BBG

Published 04/05/2021, 5:01 AM EDT


Owing to the likes of TenZ, ShahZaM, Zombs, Sick, and Dapr, Sentinels is often considered the best Valorant team in North America. Naturally, fans around the world had sky-high expectations from the roster in the ongoing open qualifiers of VCT stage two’s Challenger One event.

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Surprisingly, Sentinels lost to BBG (Built by Gamers) in Ascent and Haven by a 13-5 scoreline. It was evident that the losing team wasn’t at its best. From late rotations to losing opening duels, it made a plethora of unexpected mistakes.

Following this defeat, Sentinels will now have to take part in the open qualifiers for Challengers 2. If it does not win the open qualifiers yet again, it is unlikely that the supporters of the team will witness it at Iceland for Masters.

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ShahZaM appreciates the BBG Valorant roster for doing its home work

To say the least, Sentinels losing to BBG was hugely upsetting for the Valorant community. From casual viewers to retired CS: GO pros like Shroud, everyone was rooting for a brilliant performance by TenZ. However, the star player failed to deliver on most occasions, and even missed opportunities where he could have wiped out the entire BBG squad.

It is worth noting that TenZ wasn’t the only underperformer for Sentinels. In fact, the team constantly threw rounds by losing in 1v4 and 2v4 gun-fights.

ShahZaM opened up on the disappointing performance recently.

Even though ShahZaM claimed Sentinels was having a bad day, he admitted BBG did its homework and executed the strategies perfectly.

“We literally lost every duel we took. They did their homework, we played thirty streamed matches, in the last two months, and they had zero. Obviously they did their homework, and we had a terrible day,” said ShahZaM.

He further added, “Its impressive we made it this far without losing a game like that in the open qualifiers.” 

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All in all, the professional player certainly recognizes that such peaks and valleys are an inevitable part of every sport. Instead of repenting the loss, he’s now looking forward to giving his best in the open qualifiers for Challengers 2.

The loss of top teams like TSM, NRG, and Sentinels in open qualifiers has also sparked a debate in the community. While many seem happy that the underdogs can finally showcase their potential, others believe it is unfair for the top teams to prove their worth repeatedly.

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Aakrit Sharma is an eSports author at EssentiallySports, and has written over 600 articles for their eSports division. He is an undergradate student at Delhi University. From getting chased by The Dahaka while playing Prince of Persia Warrior Within, to sweating his way up in ranked Apex Legends matches, he developed his consuming passion for the massive world of gaming and now writes about it with the same enthusiasm.

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