In a big coup for the newly born Valorant esport scene, 2019 Overwatch League MVP Jay “Sinatraa” Won left the Overwatch competition on Tuesday to join the Valorant Sentinels team.
Sinatraa led the San Francisco Shock to the 2019 Overwatch League championships last September, and she was part of the United States team that won the Overwatch World Cup in November, also won the MVP award there.
Sinatraa, 20 years old from Shoreline, Wash., Later confirmed on Twitter that she moved to Valorant, writing in a post on TwitLonger that she “simply lost her passion for (Overwatch).”
“I did not make this decision in one day, it took a whole month to think continuously every day and night without sleep from stress,” he added. “… finally I want to do what’s right for me. …
“I just want to apologize to all the fans, OWL fans, and everyone who was shocked. in the past month I haven’t given all my OW / OWL and it shows up on scrims and even on OWL so I’m sorry. ”
The Shock tweeted, “He came, he saw and he conquered. Thank you and good luck in your efforts in the future @Sinatraa ”
Sentinels later announced their complete Valorant list, stating that they “will soon be active in the tournament.”
Joining Sinatraa is Jared “Zombs” Gitlin, previously with the Sentex Apex Legends team; Shahzeb “ShahZaM” Khan, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player who has competed for OpTic Gaming, Echo Fox, Team SoloMid and Complexity Gaming, among other teams; and Hunter “SicK” Mims, former CS: GO pro who has played for SoloMid, Rogue, Complexity and Chaos Esports Club.
Sinatraa said in a statement on the Sentinels website, “Moving to Valorant is undoubtedly a big step in my career, and I could not be more excited about this opportunity.
“When I saw the team that Sentinels had gathered, with so much experience from various esports, I knew that this was the right place to go and I was happy to be in front of it. To all of my fans who have supported me for years, the future feels very bright now and I can’t wait to show everyone what we can do. ”
Sentinel esports director Charlie Lipsie said in a statement, “I have been anxiously awaiting the launch of Valorant and I am pleased with the early popularity of the game. This is a perfect opportunity for us to broaden our horizons as an organization, and give our fans a new way to entertain for Sentinels. ”
Sentinel founder Rob Moore added in a statement, “Our goal as an organization is to connect our fans with the biggest and most exciting esports games, and recruit championship-caliber teams like we have in other games like Fortnite and Halo. Signed a contract with Sinatraa, ShaZaM, and SicK to join our organization further. Cement Sentinels are home to world-class players and teams. ”
Los Angeles-based Sentinels also fielded teams at Fortnite, Apex Legends, and Halo. They previously ran the League of Legends Championship Series known as Phoenix1, and they were partners in the Los Angeles Gladiator since the start of the Overwatch League in 2018 until they parted ways with Kroenke Sports & Entertainment last October.
Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf, the sole champion of the 2019 Fortnite World Cup, also played under the banner of the Sentinels.
Last year, Sinatraa helped Shock win the Stage 2 playoffs and also the season-ending playoffs. San Francisco is also runner-up in the regular season standings as well as in the Stage 1 and Stage 3 playoffs.
In the inaugural OWL season 2018, Sinatraa and Shock came in ninth in the regular season and missed the playoffs.
He is also part of the U.S. team which is tied for fifth at the 2017 and 2018 Overwatch World Cups.
The Shock is currently in fifth place in the Overwatch League with a 5-2 record. They defeated Los Angeles Valiant 3-0 on Saturday – but Sinatraa did not compete, the fourth consecutive San Francisco match she had participated in.
—The Media Level Level