Most in the community expected a stable start to this month’s VALORANT Champions Tour Game Changers event. Despite Cloud9 White being the usual dominant team in Game Changers up to this point, several strong teams were expected to easily walk through qualifying rounds this week, including Dignitas and CLG Red.
After unexpectedly being knocked to the lower bracket, CLG Red has unfortunately fallen short and will not be moving on to the Game Changers main event. They lost with a 2-0 scoreline in an elimination match against Team Opulence Black, a relatively new team in the female VALORANT scene that recently started competing under the organization around April of this year. As surprising as it may be, this is their first Game Changers event appearance.
If you have been placing VALORANT bets on the Game Changers tournaments, then you know many of the female teams in the VALORANT scene have been making recent roster changes leading up to this month’s edition, and CLG Red was one of the teams with the most dramatically different changes. CLG’s roster coming into this week consisted of rise, itnothan, kellysama, with the two new additions of: amnesia and ciao.
The team has parted ways with veteran players such as bENITA, bungee, and clawdia so far in the first half of 2022, and these transitions have meant that other players decided to shift on to brand new roles. The harshest being rise stepping up to become the squad’s new in-game leader.
Both CLG and Team Opulence came out of the Swiss Open Qualifier with the same 3-2 record, barely getting out into the Closed Qualifier. In the first round of the Closed Qualifier, CLG Red had a close game against Team Solaire which ultimately went into overtime, but ended with CLG Red taking the victory 14-12.
Opulence had a rough first game, losing 13-3 to Complexity GX3 and moving to the lower side of the bracket. CLG went on to face Dignitas and sadly were also knocked down to the lower bracket.
The best of three elimination match between CLG and Team Opulence started on Bind, where CLG easily took the first pistol round and snowballed the advantage into a couple more rounds. However CLG wasn’t able to convert their bonus round, and Opulence came back to take four rounds in a row. The game continued to go back and forth, which ended with Opulence up 7-5 at the halfway mark.
The second half of Bind was an absolute disaster for CLG. They weren’t able to take a single round to their name, with the first map going the way of Opulence with a final score of 13-5. Rise was notably absent in this first map, with the most first deaths out of all the players on the server.
Facing straight elimination, this time CLG converted their bonus round on the next map, Ascent, and started the map well with a 3-0 run. Nevertheless, Opulence still came back to take a 7-5 lead at halftime. With a score of 13-7 on Ascent, CLG Red unfortunately were officially knocked out of Game Changers.
All of the current players on CLG have definitely proven their expertise in competitive VALORANT and are undoubtedly very talented players, which leaves fans in a tough spot wondering if the new roster just didn’t have time to improve in the synergy department. Amnesia and ciao officially joined the team on June 28, just a mere two days before the start of Game Changers.
Opulence’s star player for the day was undoubtedly Lex, who had a +8 and +17 rating on Bind and Ascent respectively, and had a whopping average combat score of 300+. Against the VALORANT odds, Team Opulence Black managed to take down one of the most well-known teams in the scene, and that’s a story that we all love to witness.