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Vision Strikers to be the first South Korean VALORANT team

by NANA 2020-06-10

South Korea was one of the regions that had a chance to participate in the closed beta phase, and is without a doubt one of the most interesting regions to observe when it comes to VALORANT esports. Koreans weren’t getting much spotlight in FPS titles other than Overwatch and PUBG. In CS:GO there were a few exceptions with MVP PK team being the most noticeable one.

At the beginning of May, the Korean news portal Fomos reported that the squad was leaving the organization and retiring from competitive CS:GO in order to focus on VALORANT. MVP PK was doing really well in the Asian region, their biggest achievements were a victory during eXTREMESLAND 2018 Asia and attendance at some international events such as ESL One Cologne 2019 and ESL Pro League Season 7, where they reached the playoffs stage.

On June 8th, 2020, it was announced that MVP PK’s previous CS:GO roster’s switch into VALORANT was successful as the squad, with a few new faces, has found a new home and now will now play under a new organization, named Vision Strikers (acronym VS), and become the first professional South Korean team on the scene. The name has a meaning behind it and it describes strikers that have insight into the future and insight into the unseen.

Vision Strikers’ Gaming House / INVEN
Vision Strikers’ Gaming House / INVEN

South Korea is a region that is known worldwide for its achievements in League of Legends, which is another title from Riot Games. Vision Strikers seems to be very serious about the competition as they have not only brought on board two coaches but also seven players. Seonho “termi” Pyeon will be leading the team as the Head Coach with the help of another Coach, Soonwoo “Argency” Kwon. As mentioned above, the team consists of the former CS:GO players: team captain Minsoo “glow” Kim, Gutaek “stax” Kim, Seungwon “k1Ng” Lee, Kiseok “Zest” Kim, Sangmin “Rb” Goo, Nakyeon “Efina” Kim, and Jongmin “Lakia” Kim, rounding up the seven-man roster.

“The immediate priority is shaping the team to become the best in Korea, and to be the VALORANT team in this country. Looking further ahead, we want to become the best in the world, and as a team with a clear vision, we want to be respected and envied as a team by esports fans around the world," commented Seonho “termi” Pyeon in the official announcement.

Vision Strikers has opened its very own gaming house and the players are practicing every day to become the most successful team not only in the region, but also in the world. The squad has been playing together from the beginning of the closed beta, and are participating regularly in local online tournaments.

Vision Strikers roster consists of:

Minsoo “glow” Kim Gutaek “stax” Kim Seungwon “k1Ng” Lee Kiseok “Zest” Kim Sangmin “Rb” Goo Nakyeon “Efina” Kim Jongmin “Lakia” Kim

Seonho “termi” Pyeon (Head Coach) Soonwoo “Argency” Kwon (Coach)


7 players? why? lol
2020-06-10 10:25
guess they are trying out different combinations and then will settle for a core 5
2020-06-10 10:27
9 man roster rofl
2020-06-10 13:48
huge rosters are a common thing on the LOL scene, it seems like it's slowly happening in CS:GO as well. i guess that's why KR decided to go this way
2020-06-10 15:21
considering the amount of agents, and believing Riot will add more in the future, 7 players roster could be a good option. this way each player would be responsible for 2 or something... idk.

2020-06-10 15:35
yes and it doesn't work, just look at astralis and how they made a fool of themselfs
2020-06-10 17:36
Astralis is not a good example, as they struggle with a lot of other things right now. Jeffrey picked up a fair point here - this game is based on the abilities, some players will feel more comfortable playing certain characters. I think something similar was happening on the OW scene as well (I might be wrong tho, as I never followed this scene closely).
2020-06-10 17:48
Historically OW teams have only been six members, but as the Overwatch League came in and we got completely new metas, most teams chose to run with extra players. I don't think there's a team in the league now with 6 players, some even have 12. And yeah, can vouch for LoL as well - Korean and Chinese teams especially constantly swap players in and out depending on form. I'm sceptical of whether or not this will work in VAL, but it's certainly worth a try.
2020-06-10 19:51
RIP literally every other region
2020-06-10 16:40

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