Team SMG, the reigning APAC champions, made a commanding debut at the 2023 Valorant Game Changers Championship in Sao Paulo, Brazil, with a remarkable victory over North American top seed Evil Geniuses. A Southeast Asian esports powerhouse, Team SMG, demonstrated their prowess with a clean sweep, conquering the Lotus map 13-3 and Haven 13-7. The star of the match was Filipino player Alexy "Alexy" Francisco, who racked up an astonishing 39 kills, 19 deaths, and 11 assists.
A Tribute to APAC Valorant
This victory is not just a win for Team SMG but an homage to the Asia-Pacific Valorant scene. The team's agent composition echoed the fast-paced, duelist-heavy comps of APAC's best Valorant teams, notably Paper Rex. This approach resonated with Team SMG's past connections to the Paper Rex star player Jinggg, who briefly played for them in 2021.
A Journey of Dominance
Coming into the tournament undefeated with a 34-0 match record over the year, Team SMG's performance was anything but surprising. The Lotus map, their first choice, has been a nearly invincible fortress for them since their formation in Game Changers, with only one loss recorded. Despite not deploying four Duelist Agents, Team SMG's aggressive stance remained intact, spearheaded by their MVP Alexy, who scored an overall ACS of 296 on Phoenix and Sova.
The Road Ahead
With this resounding victory, Team SMG progresses to the upper bracket semi-finals, where they are set to face the defending champions G2 Gozen. The semi-final match is scheduled for November 29, translating to November 30 in Manila time. This significant win has propelled Team SMG's journey in the prestigious international Valorant tournament, underlining their potential as a formidable contender for the championship title.