Sentinels stated on Friday that Jared “zombs” Gitlin will be stepping down from the active VALORANT roster, however, he will remain involved in the organisation in some way. Sentinels have signed Eric ‘Kanpeki’ Xu to replace Jared ‘zombs’ Gitlin in the Valorant Champions Tour Stage 2 Challengers open qualification. According to Dot Esports, he was a last-minute inclusion before the roster lock.
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However, following their weak performance in Stage 1 of the 2022 NA VCT, it appears that the organisation has finally concluded that something needs to change in order for the lineup to succeed in Stage 2. The main focus of conjecture concerning which member of the squad would be replaced has been Zombs. There were suspicions that Sentinels might replace him with Sinatraa, but those whispers were put to rest when Riot revealed that the former Sentinels player wouldn’t be able to make his VALORANT comeback until later this year.
Sentinels Valorant roster
- Shahzeb “ShahZaM” Khan
- Hunter “SicK” Mims
- Tyson “TenZ” Ngo
- Eric “Kanpeki” Xu
- Michael “dapr” Gulino
Sentinels have been one of the more consistent North American rosters on the scene, only switching out Jay “Sinatraa” Won for Tyson “TenZ” Ngo after the former was given a six-month suspension from competing in the VALORANT Champions Tour after he failed to cooperate with an investigation into allegations of sexual assault levied against him.
Sentinels signed Kanpeki, who was suggested by the team’s famous duelist Tyson “TenZ” Ngo, in their first roster transfer since 2021. Kanpeki formerly played for Akrew, a North American team that came close to making the regional league in Stage 1. The Guard, who went on to win NA Stage 1 Challengers, defeated Akrew in the lower bracket semifinals during the first open qualifier.