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Top Asian pro team MVP PK moving to ‘Valorant’, leaving ‘CS:GO’

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Another noted eSports professional name takes an exit as MVP PK leaves the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive league for Riot Games’ Valorant.

Many of the biggest names in the eSports professional scene have been lured to Valorant as the game continues to catch massive attention. The South Korean pro team MVP PK follows the rising trend and moves forward with Riot Game’s 5v5 tactical FPS game.

Over the past months, since the launch of the closed beta version, the eSports community has seen noted professional players leaving their respecting gaming scenes for Valorant.

The switch to Valorant

According to the Korean eSports website FOMOS, the MVP PK members will leave the organization and the CS: GO pro league after their contract with the team.

The team jumping-ship to Valorant is led by Team captain Kim “glow” Min-soo and head coach Pyeon “termi” Seon-ho, a legendary Korean CS: GO player. Their members include:

  • Kim “tax” Gu-taek
  • Lee “k1ng” Seung-won
  • Kim “SeokE” Ki-seok
  • Sang-min “Rb” Ku
  • Kim “Efina” Nak-yeon

It has been noted that the South Korean team may not have that big of an impact in the global aspect of the Counter-Strike professional scene, but they are known to be one of the strongest teams in Asia.

In fact, ESPN highlights that MVP PK is an “undisputed top team” in South Korea.

When asked about the team’s adjustment to Valorant, head coach Pyeon is confident that the team can easily adapt to the 5v5 tactical FPS gameplay.

FOMOS quotes coach Pyeon saying:

There were many similar parts to CS: GO, so I expected to adapt easily. I am practicing by applying the know-how and system I have accumulated over the years. I haven’t lost any scrim yet, and I am confident to be the best team in the world. And Valorant are looking for a game group to be with.

Furthermore, MVP PK’s rival during the eXTREMESLAND CS:GO Asia tournament last year, Absolute—Japan’s top team, has already made a crossover to Valorant.

Pro players who also made the switch

South Korea’s MVP PK is just one more name added to a list—that just keeps getting longer by the day—of prominent names moving to Valorant.

As Micky News previously reported, Fortnite pro player Morgausse has followed the footstep of his fellow Fortnite eSports athletes such as Jake “Poach” Brumleve, Keenan “Rhux” Santos, Harrison “psalm” Chang, and Vinny “Vinny1x” Gilgan, as they all leave Epic Games’ Battle Royale scene for Valorant.

Just recently, Jay “Sinatraa” Won, a well-known Overwatch league MVP, also made an exit and signed a deal with Sentinels for a promising Valorant professional career.

In addition, Tyson “TenZ” Ngo, another big name in CS:GO, has also made the switch, citing a very bright future with Riot’s up and rising game.

With Riot Games currently working on opening the Rank Mode in Valorant while still on its beta phase, it would seem like the list of the names switch to this tactical FPS gameplay would only continue to grow.

Image courtesy of Valorant / Twitter

Justine Uy

Justine Uy is a graphic artist turned content writer. New discoveries in technology and research fascinate her, while the gaming world is her addiction.

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