“Not just popping off and shooting back,” meL on SR’s dominant start at GC Champs 2023 cover image

“Not just popping off and shooting back,” meL on SR’s dominant start at GC Champs 2023

Shopify Rebellion’s in-game leader says teamwork, while not trying to just pop off and shoot back, is to credit for team’s early success.

Shopify Rebellion has been decimating the competition at VCT Game Changers Championship 2023. With Melanie "meL" Capone as the IGL, SR has been off to the hottest start we've seen in international VALORANT. Breaking records and breaking hearts. So, we got her take on what's working thus far.

SR meL credits teamwork and practice for solid start in Brazil

(Photo by Adela Sznajder/Riot Games)
(Photo by Adela Sznajder/Riot Games)

Across two series, Shopify Rebellion has only dropped 10 rounds. Two of the world's top Game Changers teams could not secure enough rounds combined to equal a single map victory. That's quite the accomplishment from meL and company.

After their Upper Semifinals trouncing of BBL Queens, the team took part in a post-match press conference. We were curious as to what's been clicking to deliver such results. We asked meL to let us know what she attributes to the team's incredible opening to the tournament.

"I think for us, the big focus in practice has been comms and adapting on the fly. Just having good teamwork and team play, not just popping off and shooting back. A couple teams in this tournament only tend to do the latter. We've done so much practice and put in a lot of hard work for that first part. That's how it manifests in games, and in matches, our comms have been really good so far. We hope to continue that."

A solid mix of team appreciation and criticism of the opposition in her response. We'll see if things continue to just go right for meL and Shopify Rebellion. Up next for them is defending champions G2 Gozen in the Upper Final. That one is the match we've all been waiting for.

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