Chao Hui EDward Gaming Chao Hui EDward Gaming China Rank #14 blitzed through Game Changers: East Asia, taking the final GC Championship slot over ZETA DIVISION GC ZETA DIVISION GC Japan Rank #8 in a 3-1 win.
The core of Chao Hui EDG previously played under Oxyg3niOus Oxyg3niOus Inactive , but transitioned to the EDG brand earlier this month, when they participated in the GC China Qualifier. EDGS effortlessly claimed a three-match win streak (6-0 in maps) that put them in the grand final, where Chosen Clique Gaming GC Chosen Clique Gaming GC Game Changers Rank #83 bested them 2-1.
EDGS only needed to reach the grand final to qualify for GC East Asia, the event that ultimately qualified a roster to the GC Championship. They had to wait for revenge though, having to take down Nuclear GC Nuclear GC Korea Unranked and ZETA DIVISION GC 2-0 in their opening bouts. Chao Hui EDG then took a 2-1 revenge over CCQ in the upper final, putting them one win away from the Championship.
ZETA ended CCQ's run in a 2-0 lower final, setting up a grand finals rematch against EDGS. The revenge match kicked off in dominant fashion for the Chinese side, which took Sunset (13-9) and Split (13-4) with just 13 rounds lost. The final two maps of the fight were much tighter: ZETA managed to win their Ascent pick 13-11, but were ultimately brought down with the same result on Lotus, where EDGS claimed the East Asia GCC slot.
Chao Hui EDG succeed FENNEL GC FENNEL GC Japan Unranked — who beat the Oxyg3niOus core in last year's qualifier — as East Asia's representatives and join seven other Game Changers teams that will fight for the world championship in São Paulo come late November.
Among those seven teams are G2 Gozen G2 Gozen Europe Rank #3 , who claimed last year's title with clear-cut wins over titans Cloud9 White Cloud9 White Inactive , Team Liquid Brazil Team Liquid Brazil Brazil Rank #13 (who are also returning) and Shopify Rebellion GC Shopify Rebellion GC Inactive .
The 2023 Game Changers Championship runs from Nov. 28 to Dec. 4. The eight teams will be seeded into a double-elimination bracket to fight for the title of World Champions, with key details like matchups, schedule, and prize pool yet to be revealed.
The eight teams at the Game Changers Championship are:
- Evil Geniuses GC Evil Geniuses GC North America Rank #6 (NA Series III)
- Version1 Version1 Inactive (NA Circuit Points)
- BBL Queens BBL Queens Europe Rank #1 (EMEA Series III)
- G2 Gozen G2 Gozen Europe Rank #3 (EMEA Circuit Points)
- Team Liquid Brazil Team Liquid Brazil Brazil Rank #13 (Brazil Circuit Points)
- KRÜ BLAZE KRÜ BLAZE Latin America South Rank #5 (LATAM Regional Finals)
- Team SMG GC Team SMG GC Asia-Pacific Rank #2 (APAC Elite)
- Chao Hui EDward Gaming Chao Hui EDward Gaming China Rank #14 (East Asia)