Evil Geniuses GC Evil Geniuses GC Inactive are the first team eliminated from the 2023 Game Changers Championship after suffering a 2-0 loss at the hands of Team Liquid Brazil Team Liquid Brazil Brazil Rank #23 .
Team Liquid came into the series off the back of a one-sided loss to G2 Gozen G2 Gozen Europe Rank #41 in the upper bracket. Despite coming into the event as North America's first seed, EG have similarly struggled thus far in Brazil and hoped to redeem themselves after a devastating 2-0 loss to Team SMG GC Team SMG GC Inactive .
“Whatever happens happens, but we're here to play,” said EG coach Jovi .
Ultimately daiki proved to be exactly what Liquid needed in the series, dropping a 1.05 KPR and 1.56 rating to top the scoreboard for her team — A notable +0.54 rating boost from her prior series vs G2 Gozen.daiki performed excellently across both maps.
daiki wasn't alone however in providing heroic moments for Liquid on Split as Joojina supplied two separate 4Ks and accrued 146 ADR, just narrowly behind daiki's 157. Liquid's entry capabilities were on full display as daiki and bstrdd combined for 12 of their team's 17 first kills compared to a paltry six from the entirety of EG.
EG started both halves on the right foot as the North Americans took both pistols. However, they were unable to maintain this momentum as a thrifty win with five Classics in round two caught the better of them.
EG seemed out of gas on their map pick. Ascent was a one-sided affair through and through as Liquid, despite losing the pistol, handily converted an 8-4 lead into a 13-6 map victory to take the series 2-0.
Joojina continued to provide crucial multikill rounds, including a 4K 1v2 in the final round to secure the series. Liquid were unmatched between Joojina's standout moments and daiki's 22 kills and 202 ADR.
Liquid's ability to come back from player deficits was crucial in taking the map win. In a reversal of what occurred on Split, EG took 12 first kills to Liquid's seven. The North Americans ended the map with a 5v4 conversion rate of just 33%.
Team Liquid Brazil carry on in the lower bracket. (Photo by Adela Sznajder/Riot Games)
Evil Geniuses GC have been eliminated in 7th-8th place at Game Changers 2023: Sao Paulo.