European Valorant team, G2 Esports, stunned Sentinels on Wednesday, September 15, handed the North American squad their first international loss. With that, G2 emerged as the top-seeded team of their group as they advanced into the playoffs.
G2 Esports Write History
G2 Esports made history on Wednesday when they defeated Sentinels during the VCT Masters Berlin group stage. G2 broke Sentinels’ 10-game win streak and handed them their first international loss on a VCT stage.
G2’s success marks one of the biggest upsets in the Valorant esports scene, not necessarily because G2 Esports are considered weak, but mainly because Sentinels have established themselves as the undisputed best team in the world. What’s more, Sentinels won against G2 Esports on Sunday, when they met in the first round of the group stage.
For Sentinels, the loss marks only their second defeat since April, when they lost against XSET. Meanwhile, it was G2 Esports’ third victory over their last five outings and their first head-to-head victory against Sentinels.
At VCT Masters Berlin, G2 Esports have previously faced F4Q, who they beat (2-1, 2-0). With their win against Sentinels, G2 will end the group stage with a 3-1 record, which guarantees them the top seed for the playoffs.
A Revenge Win
G2 Esports entered their bout with Sentinels with a lot to prove, having lost their first meeting on Sunday. The first match was relatively close; however, Sentinels came out on top with two convincing maps.
Sentinels took the series lead in their first meeting with G2 with 13-6 on Split. Needing only one more map to seal the deal, Sentinels stumbled on Icebox, which G2 won 13-8 and forced map three.
The series concluded on Haven, where Sentinels got off to an awe-inspiring start. As defenders, Sentinels won 11 rounds, securing a commanding 11-1 lead before the switch.
The European side showed some fight and won seven maps as defenders, but it was too late, too little. Sentinels squeezed in the remaining two maps and secured a close yet well-deserved 2-1 victory.
The rematch, however, was much different.
Unlike how it was in Sentinels’ first meeting with G2 Esports, it was the European side who took over the series from the get-go. They outclassed Sentinels on Icebox, with nine rounds as attackers (9-3), and closed out the deal with 4-0 as defenders.
Following a commanding 13-3 victory in the opening map of the series, G2 entered Split with momentum on their side. And it showed.
G2 won eight maps as defenders, leading by four rounds (8-4) before the switch. Sentinels looked more comfortable on the defending side; however, they couldn’t close out the gap.
Even though G2 struggled a bit more as attackers, they executed their strategy well. Žygimantas “nukkye” Chmieliauskas and co. needed just 12 rounds to collect the remaining seven and win the final map with 13-11.
Playoffs Around The Corner
With their win against Sentinels, G2 Esports secured a favorable seed for the playoffs. There, they’ll meet with Group B’s second-seed, KRÜ Esports, who will be their VCT Masters Berlin quarter-finals opponents.
G2 Esports have yet to meet with KRU before, which should present us with an exciting fixture. The teams are slated to clash on Friday, September 17, at 21:00 CEST.
Even though KRU will present G2 Esports with a new challenge, the esports bookmakers seem to have a good idea of how the game will go. G2 Esports are heavily favored to win, priced at -476, while KRU Esports are billed as +301 underdogs.
Odds for G2 Esports vs KRÜ Esports
Odds courtesy of BetOnline Sportsbook:
- G2 Esports -476
- KRU +301
- G2 Esports -1.5 Maps -139
- KRU +1.5 Maps +102
- Over 2.5 Maps +155
- Under 2.5 Maps -217
Meanwhile, Sentinels will face Team Envy, who topped Group B with two clean-sweep wins against Keyd Stars and KRU. Much of Envy’s success in Berlin was thanks to the performances of Jaccob “yay” Whiteaker, who Envy signed last month.
Sentinels last met with Envy during CST Stage 3 Challengers Playoffs in August, when they won with 2-0. The esports bookmakers seem to expect another straightforward win for Sentinels, who are priced as -333 favorites to defeat Envy on Friday.
Odds for Sentinels vs Team Envy
Odds courtesy of BetOnline Sportsbook:
- Sentinels -333
- Envy +230
- Sentinels -1.5 Maps -111
- Envy +1.5 Maps -120
- Over 2.5 Maps +141
- Under 2.5 Maps -196