Sen have just always been shit at getting first bloods. They've always been good at winning once they get a FB (mostly due to how every iteration was based on mechanical ability), but they've never been great at converting first engements into first kills. Now that they have 1) no role issues 2) an even higher mechanical peak and 3) the best framework in the orgs history, they should be set up better than ever to be a good team.
Daily reminder that Prime Tenz is just Tenz when he converts his first engagements into first kills. He's basically always in the top 3 of most first deaths but when he was referred to as prime TenZ he just went positive in FB-FD. Like, Sen vs Fnatic finals in 2021, Tenz went 19-2 in FB-FD. He's never been put into a good framework to truly succeed.
Last note, THANK GOD PANCADA IS ON SMOKES AGAIN. 2 points here, kinda related. 2023 was the most valuable Sentinels have ever been, and Sen had a bad sentinel, it just wasn't a fit for pancada. Second point, Pancada was one of, if not the single most, useless players. He didn't die much, he didn't kill much, he didn't clutch much, he didn't do much at all. I'd just pack this in as a symptom of the role change. Just getting him more engaged, PLUS the fact that JohnQT is a better player than deph or (hate me, i don't care) marved were in 2023, will allow the whole team to feel way more comfortable and play better overall.