It was the transfer deal everyone had been waiting for, and it’s finally here. Sentinels acquired Tyson “TenZ” Ngo from Cloud9 with his full rights. The move was first announced via the Esports Observer and verified by Cloud9’s CEO Jack Etienne on Reddit.
The report from the Esports Observer confirmed the transaction was a seven-figure deal, the first seven-figure transfer move in Valorant.
“The deal was done before Iceland,” Jack Etienne said on Reddit. “It was a dangerous deal for us as we knew we would soon face Sentinels in the Iceland Qualifiers, however it was important to Tyson to play and I wanted to make it happen for him. Best of luck to Tyson on Sentinels.”
TenZ started his Valorant career on Cloud9, becoming one of the earliest players to join the scene in April 2020. Tyson proved himself a top player during his time on C9, with people considering him “the best” in North America, maybe in the world. However, Tyson decided to step back from professional play in January after consecutive failures while playing for the team.
However, his hiatus didn’t last long. In March 2021, Sentinels’ sinatraa was suspended by Riot Games due to the allegations against him, and Cloud9 loaned them TenZ throughout Masters 1.
Despite competing with a loan, Sentinels beat everyone one by one in the tournament and won VCT 2021 Stage 1: Masters 1, with TenZ’s performance playing a huge role. Sentinels extended his loan duration, and then won Stage 2 Challengers 2, Challengers Finals and the first LAN tournament of Valorant, Masters Reykjavik.
At the end of Masters Reykjavik, TenZ’s future in Sentinels was unknown… until today. Sentinels tweeted from its official account that stated “He’s here to stay.”
Welcome to Sentinels, TenZ.