Today we are announcing the retirement of Dae-kuk “Kuki” Kim from competitive Overwatch play.— Los Angeles Valiant (@LAValiant) July 6, 2019
Kuki was an invaluable member of our roster and we wish him all the best in his future. pic.twitter.com/2CiZbmzkaT
Full statement here: pic.twitter.com/ffN7iQ7mUE— Los Angeles Valiant (@LAValiant) July 6, 2019
The main tank substitute's retirement comes after the Valiant finished Stage 3 with a 5-2 win-loss record, allowing them to qualify for the stage playoffs. This was a noticeable improvement over the first two stages, where the team failed to post a positive win-loss record. In fact, they weren't able to secure a series win until Stage 2, where their first win in the 2019 season came in a five map series against the Reign.
Throughout the Valiant's struggles in Stage 1, KuKi was able to see some stage playtime, although not on the role he was known for. In the six matches he appeared in during stage one, he was filling in the main support role in place of Custa. Eventually, Custa was reintegrated into the starting lineup for Stage 2 and KuKi's stage time ceased, similarly to his time with the Seoul Dynasty Seoul Dynasty OWL Rank #13 , which he was a part of in the inaugural season.
During his tenure with the Dynasty, KuKi made appearances in 13 matches over the four stages of the inaugural season, and shared playtime with Miro. However, as Miro's performances declined, KuKi was ready to step up to the plate as the team's starting main tank. Oddly enough, his competition for the starting spot was contested by ryujehong, who started a few games at main tank in the tail end of the inaugural season.
KuKi had played Overwatch since 2016. He was part of MVP Space's original APEX roster.
The Valiant's next match will be in the Stage 3 playoffs. Their opponent has not yet been decided.
- Brady "Agilities" Girardi (DPS)
- Kyle "KSF" Frandanisa (DPS)
- Johannes "Shax" Nielsen (DPS)
- Park "KariV" Young-seo (박영서) (Flex)
- Indy "SPACE" Halpern (Off-tank)
- Caleb "McGravy" McGarvey (Off-tank)
- Russell "FCTFCTN" Campbell (Tank)
- Kim "Izayaki" Min-chul (김민철) (Flex Support)
- Scott "Custa" Kennedy (Support)
And their staff are: