glow retires from professional play and leaves the Korean Valorant giants Vision Strikers
Vision Strikers’ Kim “glow” Min-soo has announced his retirement from professional play. The Korean 33-year-old has been one of the founding members of the roster formed on June 7, 2020. Despite Vision Strikers’ failure to qualify for the upcoming Valorant Champions Tour Masters Reykjavik event, glow and co. have been a major force to deal with in the South Korea region.
The veteran’s esports career did not start in Valorant. The 33-year-old had a deep run on the Counter-Strike scene before finally transitioning to Valorant alongside many others.
In Counter-Strike, glow started out in WeMade FOX in 2009. The team won three events from 2009-2010, including two S-Tier events — WEM 2010 and WEG e-Stars 2009 – Continental Cup. Then, in 2015, glow was part of Project kr, a team that competed in the Counter Strike Online World Championship. Project kr emerged triumphant at the event.
Moving on to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, glow competed under the Korean medley of MVP PK. His tenure there was rather long, from 2016 to mid-2020 with the team becoming MVP PK instead of the formerly named MVP Project team. glow left MVP PK in March of 2019 but returned in September of the same year to compete once again.
While in Valorant, Vision Strikers were simply and unbeaten team up until very recently. Literally. The Korean superteam had 100-0 straight series victories. Nobody in the region overcame VS until April 15, 2021. At the VCT Challengers Stage 2 Main Event, F4Q finally broke the unimaginable streak. It wasn’t without a fight, however, as the best-of-three saw all three maps played and a triple overtime ensued on the last map. This led to F4Q being the team to defeat the giants..
Nevertheless, Vision Strikers’ list of achievements still remains unmatched. With nine straight 1st or 1st-2nd place finishes, Vision Strikers’ incredible run will go down in Valorant history as one of the greatest feats. It is unfortunate that we will not see glow and Vision Strikers compete at the upcoming Masters Reykjavik event as Nuturn bested them to qualify instead.
We wish glow all the best in his future endeavours and have a rest well deserved following such a fruitful career in esports.
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