The VCT Masters recently ended last weekend, and the Sentinels are back in the news. They chose to keep the successful bunch together by acquiring TenZ as a full-time team member, rather than on loan from C9 after they went faultless on the main event and won it all.
The loan of Tenz from C9 was made possible because of the investigation and eventual suspension of Jay “sinatraa” Won, a former Overwatch League MVP turned Sentinel Valorant pro, following charges of misbehavior made by Won’s former girlfriend. Won was suspended by Riot Games for six months after failing to cooperate with the investigation.
According to The Esports Observer, the arrangement between C9 and Sentinels was over seven figures, which isn’t surprising given the high-quality TenZ provided in the months leading up to VCT Masters and throughout the tournament itself. Jack Etienne, the owner of C9, tweeted a GIF with the message “money in the bank,” indicating his delight at TenZ’s increased value.
— Jack Etienne (@JackEtienne) May 30, 2021
The 20-year-old TenZ had previously competed with C9 but deliberately moved away from the sport to concentrate on content production. Sentinels have won NA Stage 1 – Masters, NA Stage 2 – Challengers 2, NA Stage 2 – Challengers Finals, and eventually the Reykjavik Stage 2 Masters with the acquisition of TenZ.
He's here to stay.
— Sentinels (@Sentinels) June 1, 2021
Sentinels also have accumulated a total of 500 North America circuit points through VCT 2021 Stage 2 Masters. Thus, this win has awarded them enough points to qualify into Valorant Champions 2021 which is scheduled to take place from 29th Nov 2021.