Sentinels shakes up roster despite Kickoff success

Sentinels shakes up roster despite Kickoff success
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Sascha Heinisch

Published 

8th Mar 2024 16:20

The 2024 Americas Kickoff champion Sentinels has decided to shake up its VALORANT roster, bringing in Rahul "curry" Nemani as a substitute and allowing Bryan "pANcada" Luna to explore his options without a buyout while Jordan "Zellsis" Montemurro will move into the permanent starting line-up position.

Changes after the Kickoff victory

Despite or potentially because of its victory at VCT Kickoff Americas, pANcada has been given permission to discuss a move to other teams following his benching for Zellsis. The Brazilian had lost his active roster slot in the middle of November last year, making room for all-rounder Zellsis.

The switch paid off, as Sentinels kept improving with that line-up choice, culminating in the victory at the most recent domestic event. This victory also qualified the team for VCT Masters Madrid in mid-March.

With the newly established success and confidence in the current roster, Sentinels has allowed pANcada to explore his options while still under contract, waiving his buyout fee for interested organisations to sign the former Champions winner.

According to insider George Geddes, one team has already shown interest in pANcada. It has been given the green light by Sentinels to talk to their player, making the distinction that at this point, the Brazilian has not been let go by the organisation.

New substitute player curry joins

Now without a player to stand in for unforeseen circumstances during the season, Sentinels has decided to bring on Rahul "curry" Nemani, who had previously played for T1 and Cloud9 in 2021 and 2022. Since then, the 21-year-old has played in various mixes and also performed as a stand-in for C9 again in November last year at Red Bull Homeground.

Given the recent success of the core roster, it is unlikely that curry will see active play time. It has been almost three years since Sentinels have been able to turn heads at an international, even with only Tyson "TenZ" Ngo remaining from the roster that won VCT 2021 Masters Reyjkavík.

Starting on March 15, Sentinels will be representing the Americas at VCT Masters Madrid, playing against the European Kickoff runner-ups, Team Heretics, in their opening match at 7 pm CET / 1 pm EST. 

Sascha "Yiska" Heinisch is a Senior Esports Journalist at GGRecon. He's been creating content in esports for over 10 years, starting with Warcraft 3.

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