G2 Slammed Sentinels and Shook the Standings at Valorant Masters Berlin
Sentinels have been the kings of LAN in Valorant. They’ve dropped a few maps here and there, but they’ve never dropped a set. This track record earned Sentinels a target on their head, and teams like G2 have been training hard to take down Sentinels at Valorant Masters Berlin. Now, G2 managed to best Sentinels and serve them their very first loss at Valorant Masters Berlin and LAN competition as a whole. Despite Sentinels’ dominant performance thus far and a loss to the NA powerhouse a few days ago, G2 came into today’s set with a plan and a vendetta against the seemingly unstoppable roster. To top it all off, G2 didn’t even drop a map. What was the key to G2’s dominant victory?
Put ‘em on Ice
In their previous clash during the Group Stage, Sentinels dropped Icebox against G2. It was clear G2 had an advantage when it came to this map, and they had Sentinels number start to finish during Valorant Masters Berlin. Unfortunately, on that same day, they couldn’t close out the other two maps and lost 1-2. This time, G2 came out swinging on Icebox. It was less of a win and more of a stomp.
A 13-3 win wasn’t the expected result from the first map of this series, not even close. Despite Sentinels previously losing on Icebox and being given the opportunity to improve on this map, G2 had an even stronger performance than last time. G2’s keloqz managed a 5.4 KDA against the previous champs, and his Jett performance was a highlight of G2’s win.
Divide and Conquer
Split is a map Sentinels have much more experience on than Icebox, and they’ve never lost on this map at LAN. The results were much closer at 11-13, but G2 still managed to pull out a win. keloqz had another strong game despite playing Sage rather than a carry Agent like Jett, but the star of the show here was AvovA. He may not have been the top fragger for G2, but his Astra play gave G2 the ability to control bomb sites despite Sentinels’ best efforts.
That isn’t to say Sentinels didn’t have some clutch moments here. Split was a much closer map than Icebox was, but what matters is that G2 bested the competition on both maps. All that said, this was a seeding match. It doesn’t affect too much in the grand scheme of things, and both teams will move on to the Playoffs. However, that doesn’t mean G2’s victory should be written off. G2 is the first team to take down this monstrous Sentinels roster at Valorant Masters Berlin, and no one can take that away from them.