The 2022 VALORANT Game Changers Championship is well underway and teams are making their way through the lower bracket today, starting with the first match between North America’s Shopify Rebellion and Thailand’s X10 Sapphire. Both teams have veteran players on their rosters, with bENITA and JinNy previously competing in CS:GO.
Today’s matchup was a back-and-forth affair, with each team clearly showing their strengths through the two maps that were played. Despite getting behind early, Shopify took the 2-0 win with the help of their star duelist player, special.
Coming into today, the Game Changers tournament has had to make adjustments to the match schedules because some players in the tournament are under the age of 18. In Berlin, local restrictions prevent children from working late into the night.
Today’s opening match was rescheduled from 8am CT to 6am CT. Despite the rescheduling, both teams came out firing and ready to go on Haven.
Haven was X10 Sapphire’s map pick, which wasn’t a surprise since coming into today’s contest, the team was undefeated on the map over the last 11 times they’ve played it.