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G2 Gozen vs Shopify Rebellion VCT Game Changers Championship 2023: SR heads to the Grand Final

The highly anticipated Upper Final of G2 Gozen vs Shopify Rebellion at the VCT Game Changers Championship 2023 is upon us.

The Upper Final of VCT Game Changers Championship 2023 is here. It delivers the match we've all waited for, G2 Gozen vs Shopify Rebellion. We've got a hungry and dominating challenger ready to take on the defending champions in what should be a series for the ages.

G2 Gozen vs Shopify Rebellion
Breeze 13:6
Ascent 3:13
Sunset 8:13

G2 Gozen vs Shopify Rebellion: To determine the first Grand Finalist

G2 Gozen has had a couple of tough battles in the tournament thus far. Both series have had an overtime map and Team SMG managed to take one off of them. They bounced back and kept up their winning ways, though. That's why they're the reigning champs.

Looking at Shopify Rebellion, they've had a much easier journey to the Upper Final. Two teams have only put up a total of 10 rounds against them. Were they lacking a challenge or are they simply that dominant?

We'll find out when we get G2 Gozen vs Shopify Rebellion. The two best teams are without a doubt ready to punch their ticket to the Grand Final. Only one can guarantee that spot right now, but don't be surprised if the championship match sees these two at it again.

G2 Gozen VALORANT roster

(Photo by Adela Sznajder/Riot Games)
(Photo by Adela Sznajder/Riot Games)
  • Michaela "mimi" Lintrup
  • Petra "Petra" Stoker
  • Anastasiya "Glance" Rival'evna Anisimova
  • Vivian "roxi" Schilling
  • Sarah "sarah" Ahmed

Shopify Rebellion VALORANT roster

(Photo by Adela Sznajder/Riot Games)
(Photo by Adela Sznajder/Riot Games)
  • Melanie "meL" Capone
  • Ava "florescent" Eugene
  • Sarah "sarah" Simpson
  • Nicole "Noia" Tierce
  • Alexis "alexis" Guarrasi

How to watch G2 Gozen vs Shopify Rebellion

The official VALORANT Twitch and YouTube channels will stream the series. There are also quite a few co-streams if you fancy watching alongside your favorite content creator. Otherwise, just watch along with us as we recap the action!

G2 Gozen vs Shopify Rebellion recap and highlights

Map 1: Breeze

Map one of this banger match up gave us our first look at Breeze in the tournament. And G2 showed us why they picked it. Despite giving up a few early rounds to Shopify, G2 set a winning precedent. The whole team was fired up, including Petra on the Operator. It wasn't long until they guaranteed themselves a lead at halftime. Their defensive side ended with an 8:4 score in their favor.

G2 Gozen kept it up as they swapped to attack. Another pistol round was theirs. And while SR fought for their rounds like they did at the start, it wasn't enough to put a dent in the deficit. The defending champs made a statement on their map pick. They put up more rounds than all of SR's other opponents combined to get ahead in the series and subsequently giving Shopify their first map loss of the event.

Map 2: Ascent

SR started strong on their map. The took some very quick rounds from G2 and looked unbeatable on their attack to begin Ascent. Gozen called a timeout in hopes of changing the tide. It allowed them to grab their first round of the map. And then another after that. That would be all their defense could muster up, with SR taking a mighty lead prior to switching sides.

With halftime as an opportunity for G2 Gozen to compose, SR took it as an opportunity to keep their momentum swinging. Another two fast rounds went their way, and it was map point. With better weapons in the bonus, G2 hung on for just a bit longer, but that's where they'd stop. Shopify Rebellion made a statement of their own to tie the series.

Map 3: Sunset

Map three, only the second time we've seen one at VCT Game Changers Championship 2023, was a much more balanced start. No one immediately got out to a large lead. Things stayed fairly close throughout the first half. Shopify managed to jump ahead by just a couple, though, thanks some killer rounds by florescent and Noia.

The SR IGL meL then had a moment of her own, clutching out the pistol round to extend her team's advantage. A 3k by SR's sarah pushed that lead further, sending Sunset to its second bonus round of the map. Two rounds away from victory, SR gave up one to G2 before florescent shut them down with a huge 4k. At map point, that's all she wrote. G2 Gozen falls to the Lower Bracket and Shopify Rebellion gets a day off as they reach the Grand Final.

Stay tuned to esports.gg for more esports news and be sure to check out the full results of the VCT Game Changers Championship 2023.