Only hours after the loss against Leviatán in week 3 of the VCT 2023 Americas League, Sentinels CEO, BOB Moore, announced that the head coach of the team, Don “SyykoNT” Muir, has been released
Sentinels, the most popular Valorant org, have massive fan expectations. The recent results from the NA superteam team, however, have been disappointing, to say the least. After winning against 100T in the opening week, they have suffered consecutive losses against NRG Esports and Leviatán.
Amidst all these, the org has decided to part ways with the head coach and replace him with the previous strategic coach, Adam “kaplan” Kaplan. Sentinels’ CEO took to Twitter a few hours after the match and announced the decision to axe the head coach mid-tournament. “We have come to the difficult decision to part ways with Don “SyykoNT” Muir. Adam “kaplan” Kaplan will be stepping in as head coach effective immediately,” tweeted Mr. Moore.
— Rob Moore (@robmooreEsports) April 17, 2023
The decision must have come out of the blue as Syyko himself seemed to have no prior idea of the sacking. In a tweet from the former coach after the loss, he wrote, “1-2 vs LEV. GGs to them. Proud of the progress this week, but still lots of work to be done.”
The Sentinels' decision to part ways with head coach Syyko mid-tournament drew mixed reactions from the community. While some heavily criticized the timing of the move, others expressed confidence in the team's future under the leadership of newly-appointed head coach kaplan.
right person for the job, well deserved @itskaplan
— G2 Dani 🇵🇸 (@DaniVAL__) April 17, 2023
Dropping Sykko marks the first significant change in the roster since the signing of Jimmy “Marved” Nguyen to replace Hunter “SicK” Mims as the sixth man. It will be interesting to see how the men-in-red adapt to the changes.