CLG Red made it through the lower bracket of the Valorant Game Changers Series One to face Cloud9 White in the Grand Finals tomorrow, March 28. The team made it through Dignitas Female and Moon Raccoons Black 2-0 in the lower bracket to qualify for the final matchup. CLG Red was knocked into the lower bracket by Moon Raccoons the day before, and had to defeat TSM Female to stay in the tournament.
The team was again carried by its signed players. Benita “bENITA” Novshadian and Naomi “Naomi” Sauvola topped the leaderboard in the Dignitas Female and Moon Raccoons series respectively.
CLG Red 2-0 Dignitas Female
Dignitas Female came into the Game Changers tournament as one of the favorites outside of Cloud9 White. The entire team has won multiple all-women tournaments in Counter Strike and have been together since 2014. In contrast, CLG Red has only been a team for a few months. The squad also only has three signed starters and two trial players.
CLG Red took the first map against Dignitas Female in convincing fashion. On Bind, the team went into the halftime switch up 8-4 and closed out the map 12-7. The next map, Split, was slightly closer. Dignitas Female had a 9-3 lead at the halftime switch, but failed to win another round after. CLG Red took the map 13-9.
They were carried by bENITA on Reyna. She finished with the most kills on both maps and had multiple impact kills on the Operator.
CLG Red get revenge on Moon Raccoons Black
Moon Raccoons Black sent CLG Red into the lower bracket in convincing fashion. CLG Red lost both maps 10-13 and 6-13. But, in the lower bracket matchup the series was much more in CLG Red’s favor. The team took the first map, Icebox, 13-3. Naomi led the team, and the server, with 23 kills on Killjoy.
The next map was more competitive as Moon Raccoons Black kept both half’s close. The relatively young squad took many rounds off of CLG Red. Multiple rounds ended going CLG Red’s way on attack as the team played post plants well even as Moon Raccoons Black wiped the team. The squad took the final map, Haven, 13-11.
CLG Red will face Cloud9 White in the Grand Finals for the lion’s share of the $50,000 prize pool on March 28.