dephh explains Sentinels departure amid VCT Americas struggles
Rory ‘dephh’ Jackson has confirmed. that he has parted ways with Sentinels by mutual decision due to the team’s struggles in. the VCT Americas league.
In a Twitter Post, the British in-game leader explained that he decided i”t was best for me to no longer continue playing the split” and noted that there is no bad blood between the two parties.
With only two matches left to play in the regular season, Sentinels brought Tyson ‘TenZ’ Ngo back into the starting lineup after he missed three weeks of action due to illness and a finger injury. In a brief update on Twitter, the North American organization made no mention of dephh as it listed its other five active players.
dephh has been with Sentinels since October 2022, when he was announced as the “final piece of the puzzle” for the 2023 VCT season. He signed a contract until the end of 2024, reuniting with his XSET teammate Zachary ‘zekken’ Patrone and head coach Donald ‘SyykoNT’ Muir.
dephh enjoyed a successful 2022 season with XSET, who attended VCT Stage 2 Masters Copenhagen and Valorant Champions 2022. But he struggled to replicate that with Sentinels, went out of VCT LOCK//IN in 17th-32nd place and are almost out of the running for a playoff spot in VCT Americas.
“The team didn’t gel how we envisioned it to, and I will bear some of the responsibility for that,” wrote dephh, who added that he will take a short break before deciding what to do next.
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No backup for VCT Americas league
With dephh out of the roster, Sentinels are now down to five active players. Hunter ‘SicK’ Mims is still listed as a player, but questions remain about his status on the team. On March 6, Dot Esports reported that Sentinels had decided to suspend the player pending the completion of training following his arrest for criminal trespassing two days earlier.
Sentinels CEO Rob Moore later said that the organization hoped to “support [SicK] during this difficult moment” as it began the process of finding a new sixth player. Shortly afterward, Sentinels signed Jimmy ‘Marved’ Nguyen, a former member of the OpTic Gaming squad that finished second at Valorant Champions 2022.
Earlier this week, SicK was arrested for the same offense and released a day later. Several community figures, including former teammate Shahzeb ‘ShahZaM’ Khan, have expressed concern for SicK’s mental well-being due to his erratic behavior on social media and on Twitch in recent days.
Sentinels will face KRÜ Esports and FURIA in their final two matches in the VCT Americas league, with the team having only a 7% chance of reaching the playoffs, according to a prediction model created by Sam Rosenberg.