Most followers anticipated a quiet begin to this month’s VALORANT Champions Tour Sport Changers occasion, the feminine counterpart to the VCT. Regardless of Cloud9 White being the dominant workforce in Sport Changers up up to now, a number of robust groups had been anticipated to breeze by means of qualifying rounds this week, together with Shopify Rise up, Dignitas, and CLG Crimson.
After being knocked to the decrease bracket, CLG Crimson has fallen brief and won’t be transferring on to the Sport Changers most important occasion. They misplaced 2-0 in an elimination match to Workforce Opulence Black, a comparatively new workforce within the feminine scene that simply began competing beneath the group in April of this yr. That is their first Sport Changers occasion.
Lots of the feminine groups within the VALORANT scene have been making roster adjustments main as much as this month’s version of Sport Changers, and CLG Crimson was one of many groups with essentially the most drastically totally different buildings. CLG’s roster coming into this week consisted of rise, itnothan, kellysama, and two new additions: amnesia and ciao. The workforce has parted methods with gamers bENITA, bungee, and clawdia to this point in 2022, and these transitions have meant that different gamers have shifted on to new roles. Most notably, rise has stepped as much as turn into the squad’s new in-game-leader.
CLG and Opulence each got here out of the Swiss Open Qualifier with a 3-2 file, barely sneaking into the Closed Qualifier. Within the first spherical of the Closed Qualifier, CLG Crimson had a detailed sport towards Solaire that went into time beyond regulation, however ended with CLG Crimson taking the victory 14-12. Opulence had a tough first match, taking place 13-3 to Complexity GX3 and transferring to the decrease bracket. CLG went on to face Dignitas, and had been additionally knocked all the way down to the decrease bracket.
The most effective-of-three elimination match between CLG and Opulence began on Bind, the place CLG handily took the primary pistol spherical and snowballed into the spherical after. CLG wasn’t in a position to convert their bonus spherical, and Opulence got here again to take 4 rounds in a row. Issues continued to commute, and the half ended with Opulence up 7-5.
The second half of Bind was a catastrophe for CLG. They weren’t in a position to take a single spherical, and so the primary map went the best way of Opulence with a remaining rating of 13-5. Rise was notably absent from the scoreboard on this first map, with essentially the most first deaths out of all of the gamers within the foyer.
Dealing with elimination, this time CLG transformed their bonus spherical on the following map, Ascent, and began the map up 3-0. Regardless of this, Opulence was nonetheless got here again to take a 7-5 lead on the half, and CLG was once more not in a position to capitalize on many alternatives within the second half. With a rating of 13-7 on Ascent, CLG Crimson had been formally knocked out of Sport Changers.
The entire present gamers on CLG have confirmed their experience in aggressive VALORANT and are undoubtedly very expert gamers, which leaves followers questioning if the brand new roster simply didn’t have time to click on. Amnesia and ciao solely formally joined the workforce on June 28, two days earlier than the beginning of Sport Changers.
Opulence’s star participant is undoubtedly Lex, who had a +8 and +17 ranking on Bind and Ascent respectively in right this moment’s match towards CLG, and had common fight rating throughout each maps over 300. Workforce Opulence Black exit the match holding their hopes of going to the primary occasion alive, and play Workforce Mystic Venus tomorrow, July 3 at 3pm CDT.