In their third meeting in less than a month, Sentinels Sentinels North America Rank #1 TenZ Tyson Ngo Zellsis Jordan Montemurro zekken Zachary Patrone johnqt Mohamed Amine Ouarid Sacy Gustavo Rossi defeated LOUD LOUD Brazil Rank #1 Quick Gabriel Lima saadhak Matias Delipetro Less Felipe de Loyola tuyz Arthur Andrade cauanzin Cauan Pereira 2-1 in their opening playoff match of Champions Tour 2024: Masters Madrid. This win guarantees that Sentinels will be top three in their first international event of the year.

Sacy credits the coaching staff for the win, stating, “This win is all about my coaches; they executed the game plan perfectly. I feel like this match is a testament to their coaching.”

Zellsis once again credited the SEN bundle following the match: “I'm the Sen bundle guy.”

johnqt led the way for Sentinels with 57 kills while also serving as IGL, while tuyz and cauanzin led LOUD with 51 kills each.

In the map veto, spectators were once again shocked that LOUD allowed Split to be played, given the prowess of Sentinels on that map. Sentinels showcased their dominance on Split, with TenZ and zekken drawing comparisons to Shaq and Kobe.

After Sentinels took an 8-3 lead, chaos ensued in the closing round of the half. Zekken dodged an incoming Raze ultimate while entering the site, and johnqt secured a 1v2 clutch to give Sentinels a 9-3 lead.

johnqt clutches a 1v2 to win the round on the opening map.

Sentinels used a dominant defensive side to secure a 13-4 win in the opening map. Zellsis also achieved a 1.60 rating on Split, while Tenz continued his strong performance in the tournament.

After a weak performance on Split, LOUD looked more comfortable on their pick of Icebox. However, in the opening round, Tenz and Zekken once again shone for Sentinels, turning a 2v5 situation into a round win.

Despite falling behind early, LOUD regained momentum to take a 7-5 lead at halftime. They extended their lead to 10-7 late in the map. However, Sentinels rallied, cutting the lead to 11-10 with a wingman defuse by Sacy playing as Gekko.

On Icebox, Sacy sends the wingman to defuse to steal the round for Sen.

After a series of wins for Sentinels, they found themselves ahead 12-11 but ultimately sent the game to overtime, where LOUD won two straight rounds to tie the match 1-1.

On the deciding map of Sunset, Sentinels faced a 3-0 deficit initially and were down 4-3 after an improbable saadhak clutch. Sacy then found himself in a 1v4 situation but managed to clutch a remarkable round to tie the map at four.

An improbable 1v4 for Sacy wins an improbable round for Sentinels.

With the game tied at seven, Sentinels and LOUD traded rounds until the final map entered overtime. Sentinels won the opening two rounds of overtime and secured the map 14-12 and the match 2-1, thanks to clutch plays from Tenz and Johnqt.

Sentinels advances to the Upper Final to face Gen.G Gen.G Korea Rank #2 Munchkin Byeon Sang-beom (변상범) t3xture Kim Na-ra (김나라) Meteor Kim Tae-O (김태오) Lakia Kim Jong-min (김종민) Karon Kim Won-tae (김원태) tomorrow, featuring a matchup between arguably the tournament's two best controllers, Tenz and Karon . “A lot of people compared Tenz vs. Karon before the tournament, so we will see what happens,” said Tenz following the match. Zellsis, however, was not as modest: “[Tenz] is going to show Karon what it means to play smokes at a big tournament.”

LOUD falls into the lower bracket to face Paper Rex Paper Rex Asia-Pacific Rank #1 mindfreak Aaron Leonhart Jinggg Wang Jing Jie f0rsakeN Jason Susanto d4v41 Khalish Rusyaidee something Ilya Petrov tomorrow in an elimination match where a championship-caliber team will be eliminated.