Updated Oct. 23
Since 2021, the VCT Game Changers circuit has offered teams consisting of women and other marginalized genders the opportunity to compete at a high level in VALORANT. The competition has been limited to regional tournaments, but in November, the best teams from around the world will compete in the first-ever Game Changers Championship. There will be two teams from North America, two from Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), one from Brazil, one from Latin America (LATAM), one from Asia Pacific (APAC) and one from East Asia. This tournament will take place in Berlin from Nov. 15 to 20. To get you ready for the most high-stakes Game Changers tournament yet, here’s a primer on all the teams that will be competing.
C9 White have been nearly unbeatable in Game Changers competition. Across six Game Changers series since last year, C9 White have won all six and lost only one series -- to Shopify Rebellion. The core four of Melanie "meL" Capone, Katja "katsumi" Pfahnl, Jasmine "Jazzyk1ns" Manankil and Alexis "alexis" Guarrasi joined Cloud9 in October 2020. They have been playing together since June 2020 when they were known as MAJKL. This team also has beaten all-male rosters and has reached the top 32 in the 128-team North American VALORANT Champions Tour open qualifiers. The fifth member of C9 White is Bob "Bob" Tran, who joined the team in June.
Shopify Rebellion GC
They are the only team that has managed to win a series against Cloud9 White in NA Game Changers tournaments. They have been the clear-cut second-best North American Game Changers team over the past year as they have been runners-up to C9 in the last four NA Game Changers tournaments. The trio of Kayla "flowerful" Horton, Diana "sonder" Zhang and Lorrian "Lorri" Elad have been playing together since March 2021 as Moon Raccoons Black and later Built Butter before getting picked up by Shopify Rebellion in June 2021 along with Erika "KP" Lytle. Legendary former CLG Red CS:GO and VALORANT player Benita "bENITA" Novshadian joined the team in June.
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This has been the dominant Game Changers team in Europe over the past year. Since G2 signed the core of Julia "juliano" Kiran, Petra "Petra" Stoker and Michaela "mimi" Lintrup in October 2021, G2 Gozen have won four of the six EMEA Game Changers tournaments that have taken place and placed top three in the other two. The trio has a long track record of success in the women’s CS:GO scene. G2 Gozen’s roster originally included Zainab "zAAz" Turkie and Anja "aNNja" Vasalic, but even after replacing those two players with Anastasiya "Glance" Anisimova and Maryam "Mary" Maher, the team hasn’t lost a beat.
Guild X have been right behind G2 Gozen when it comes to best Game Changers teams in Europe. They finished second to G2 in three Game Changers series and finally beat them in the third and final EMEA Game Changers series of 2022. Their core three of Klaudia "klaudia" Beczkiewicz, Yağmur "Smurfette" Gündüz and Vivian "roxi" Schilling have been with Guild X since September 2021. Anastasiya "Glance" Anisimova was originally with Guild X but joined G2 Gozen earlier this year. In April, former G2 Gozen player Anja "aNNja" Vasalic joined Guild X. The fifth member of Guild X’s roster is Neslişah "Ness" Demir, a Turkish player who joined the team in August after stints with Oxxgen Esports and Futbolist Female.
X10 Sapphire rose to the occasion in qualifying for the Game Changers World Championship. They qualified by winning the Game Changers APAC Elite tournament, which they reached via APAC’s Last Chance Qualifier because they were only fourth in circuit points for APAC. The Thai roster consists of five players who all joined the team in February: Pornlapat "babytz" Wittayanan, Patcharapron "poly" Sanitchai, Annitta "Alyssa" Peerwantanagul, Sarindhorn "JinNy" Wanothayarnchai and Chalita"Muffyn" Buathong.
This Japanese team qualified for the Game Changers championship by beating Korean team SPEAR GAMING Female, a team they had lost to earlier in the East Asia qualifier. Fennel handed SPEAR their first loss in six series this year. The Japanese team is composed of Curumi, Len, KOHAL and Festival who have all been playing together since June. Suzu, on loan from ZETA DIVISION GC, is the fifth member of the team.
Team Liquid Brazil
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While Team Liquid’s main VALORANT roster has been one of the best teams in Europe, Team Liquid’s Game Changers team has been dominating in Brazil. Team Liquid Brazil won both Game Changers tournaments in Brazil this year and finished with nearly twice as many circuit points as the next closest team to qualify for the Game Changers Championship. Ana Beatriz "naxy" Araujo, Paola "drn" Caroline, Natália "nat1" Meneses, Natália "daiki" Vilela and Paula "bstrdd" Naguil have been playing together since January 2021 on Gamelanders Purple and with Team Liquid since January 2022.
This team has lost only one series since being signed by KRÜ in January. The Chilean roster of Constanza "Conir" Reyes, Romina "romi" Álvarez, Consuelo "consu" Rivas and Catalina "baesht" Arancibia along with Argentine player Keila "Kalita" Nava have been playing together since January. KRÜ Fem punched their ticket to Berlin when they beat FiRePOWER in the Game Changers LATAM: Regional Finals.