Here are all the eight teams that will be fighting for glory at Valorant Game Changers 2023 Championship in São Paulo
Valorant Game Changers 2023 Championship is the biggest GC event this year that will crown the best team out of the top eight rosters in the world. The event will kick off on November 28 in São Paulo’s Arena CBLOL, with the Grand Final expected to be held on December 3.
This is the second-ever Game Changers Championship in Valorant’s history. Last year, the Championship event took place in Berlin, with G2 Gozen securing the trophy. We will be witnessing the same tournament format this year, with teams fighting in a double-elimination bracket. Here are all the teams and a brief description of their journey so far –
Game Changers 2023 Championship Teams
Out of the eight qualified squads, most of the slots are filled by North American and EMEA rosters. We will also be seeing teams from Brazil, Latin America, APAC and East Asia. Here are all the rosters and their members –
- Melanie “meL” Capone (IGL)
- Ava “florescent” Eugene
- Alexis “alexis” Guarrasi
- Sarah “sarah” Simpson
- Nicole “Noia” Tierce
- Loic “effys” Sauvageau (Coach)
With players like florescent and meL, Version1 has proven itself to be the best North American GC team and will be one of the favorites of the Championship. While this will be Version1’s first Championship appearance, the two former Cloud9 members (meL and alexis) will be able to bring their experience competing at the highest level.
Version1 have won S1 and S2 of the NA GC events and came second in the last one. Therefore, they were selected for Brazil through the NA Circuit Points system.
Evil Geniuses GC
- Melisa “Theia” Mundorff
- Lorrian “Lorri” Elad
- Jovanni “Jovi” Vera (Coach)
The Game Changers squad of EG secured their first-ever Championship spot by winning the Series S3 in North America. To hold the victory, they had to defeat Version1, a team considered the best in North America. Therefore, it’s clear that EG GC have the potential to bring upsets in the biggest event of their career.
Recently, EG parted ways with keenc due to inappropriate behavior, and we are still in the dark about who their fifth player will be. The squad will be expecting the least amount of shakeup due to this change while they try to cement their name in Brazil.
- Petra “Petra” Stoker (IGL)
- Michaela “mimi” Lintrup
- Anastasiya “Glance” Anisimova
- Vivian “roxi” Schilling
- Sarah “sarah” Ahmed
- Robertas “Carcass” Mikuckis (Coach)
The former Champions will be trying to hold onto their title in São Paulo with some of the best Game Changers players of the world in their roster. As expected, this team has been showing a consistent look after winning the biggest trophy last year.
G2 Gozen have trampled over everyone in the Stage 1 and 2 of Game Changers EMEA. However, they failed to keep up their record in Stage 3, securing the 4th place of the event. Therefore, this roster secured their placement through Circuit Points.
- Aleyna “Vania” Keskin (IGL)
- Nur “Eva” Çakır
- Azra “alkyia” Erin
- Zehra “Felipa” Durak
- Gülce “Wens” Sürmeli
- Zeynep “Ritha” Sualp (Substitute)
- Melih “Meseka” Kaya (Coach)
BBL Queens do not have a consistently good record except for the recent EMEA Stage 3, where they secured a Grand Final victory against Acend Rising. Coming from Turkey, this roster will undoubtedly be one of the underdogs of the Championship, considering most of their tournament placements weren’t as impressive as some of the other EMEA squads.
EMEA Stage 3 showed a new look from BBL Queens, as they enjoyed a dominating 7-0 record in the Group Stage, defeating powerful names like Guild X and previous GC Championship winners G2 Gozen.
Team Liquid Brazil
- Natália “daiki” Vilela (IGL)
- Paula “bstrdd” Naguil
- Vitoria “bizerra” Vieira
- Letícia “joojina” Paiva
- Isabeli “isaa” Esser
- André “palestra” Gomes (Coach)
Team Liquid Brazil is one of the best GC teams in the world, as they have been dominating the Brazilian scene since 2022. With a home crowd advantage this year, this roster will be trying to break its record of securing third place in the previous Championship tournament.
Brazil’s Game Changers Series has been reigned over by Liquid’s GC squad, as they won both events by defeating LOUD in the grand finals. Alongside these two teams, Brazil’s GC tournaments featured names like MIBR Female, 00 Nation Fem, and Legacy, among others.
- Keila “Kalita” Nava (IGL)
- Romina “romi” Álvarez
- Constanza “conir” Reyes
- Lorena “micaela” Ferreyra
- Luisa “shyz” Minarelli
- Rodrigo “FR1X” Vivas (Coach)
KRÜ’s Game Changers team is the best in Latin America, as they have consistently come out on top in regional events since 2022, the year where the roster was formed. Their excellent run last year allowed the squad to get to GC Championship 2022, where they experienced a disappointing 0-2 run.
Kalita and Co. will be trying to make a better impression in this Championship, and they are coming at a good pace with recent victories in LATAM events.
- Abigail “Kohaibi” Kong
- Alexandria “Alexy” Francisco
- Camille “Kamiyu” Enriquez
- Kelly “shirazi” Jaudian
- Odella “enerii” Abraham
- Ryona “Tarathiel” Tan
This Asian squad consists of players from Singapore and the Philippines, and it is one of the older organizations that got into Valorant Esports in 2020. While it first started as a male team, SMG switched to Game Changers, and this year has been a fruitful journey for them.
Team SMG won all three APAC Open events from March to July this year and then proceeded to lift the of the APAC Elite tournament through a 3-0 domination against RRQ, which allowed this group to secure their first Game Changers Championship spot.
Chao Hui EDG
- Wang “Clem” Ke-Ching
- Lee “WawaLee” Yi-chen
- Huang “XiMiLu” Hsi-chen
- Wang “Yusin” Chi-yun
- Li “Billyo” Xinyu (Coach)
EDward Gaming announced their Game Changers roster in June this year, and this team has shown its immense potential in a short time, mirroring EDG’s male squad.
After coming second in the China Qualifier in October, Chao Huit EDG secured a spot in the Game Changers East Asia event, where, after defeating top GC teams from Japan, South Korea and China, EDG reigned supreme as the winner, securing their first ever Championship spot. With such a successful run in a short period, this Chinese roster can bring potential upsets in the main event.
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