The Valorant PAX Arena Invitational, the second North American Ignition Series event, featured many top North American teams who battled it out for a $25,000 prize pool. The Sentinels were crowned as the new kings of North America, taking down Cloud9 in the final.

The Valorant PAX Arena Invitational Final Recap

Many expected SKT TI and TSM to face off in the grand finals. However, both teams met their demise earlier in the tournament. T1 was upset by Homeless in the quarterfinals and lost to them 2-0 while TSM was defeated by the Sentinels in the semifinals. Cloud9 made it through over Homeless in the semifinals to book their spot in their first final appearance.

In the PAX Arena Invitational final, Sentinels beat Cloud9 3-1 in a best of five series. They took the early win in their first game against Cloud9 on Ascent. Cloud9 was able to come back and managed to tie up the series after winning the second game on Haven, thanks to Cloud9’s star player TenZ who got an ace, killing all the enemies by himself.

The third one was a very tight game where both teams were tied 11-11. However, all of the Sentinels players came up clutch, performing superbly in the next two games. They eventually managed to win the map 13-11.

In the fourth and last game of the final, Cloud9 looked to surprise Sentinels with new characters that have not been used by the team before. TenZ played as Viper but could not meet his expectations. Cloud9 looked lost on the attack, losing their first eight rounds in a row.

Sentinels won the last game 13-7 with their player SicK performing a 1v3 clutch play in the last round. Sentinels asserted their dominance and won their first-ever Valorant championship.

Sentinels

  • Jared “Zombs Gitlin
  • Jay “Sinatraa” Won
  • Shahzeb “Shazam” Khan
  • Hunter “SicK” Mims
  • Michael “Dapr” Gulind

Not many people expected the Sentinels to win the PAX Arena Invitation or even reach the final. They competed in the first-ever, and previous Ignition Series Valorant tournament hosted by T1 called the T1 x Nerd Street Gamers Showdown. Despite a strong performance by Sinatraa, they finished 5th-6th.

This time, all the players stepped up their game, and the team came together as a roster on a higher level than before. They went undefeated in group-stages and eliminated TSM, champions of T1 x Nerd Street Gamers Invitational, in the semifinals before winning against Cloud9 in the final.

Cloud9

  • Tyson “TenZ” Ngo
  • Skyler “Relyks” Weaver
  • Mitch “mitch” Semago
  • Josh “shinobi” Abastado
  • Daniel “vice” Kim

Could9 finished second in their group, behind the Sentinels, and won its playoff matches against Immortals and Homeless to reach the final. The team still does not have a full roster signed and is still looking for possible members to play with their ace, TenZ.

During their run at the first Ignition Series tournament, Cloud9 failed miserably as they were the only pro team to not make it out of the group stages. They were known as “TenZ and FriendZ” as the team relied on TenZ to put up a large number of kills and save them. However, they were able to make progress by making coordinated plays and not letting teams lay comfortably against them.