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Kim “Lakia” Jong-min is returning to Vision Strikers after a year away, the 20-year-old Korean star player has announced.

Lakia was a founding member of Vision Strikers in June 2020, but left just days after. A few months later, he joined the PROPARTY roster that was later picked up by NUTURN, and gained good results with them. They qualified for VALORANT Champions Tour Masters 2: Reykjavík over favorites Vision Strikers, and finished in third place. After announcing his departure from NUTURN on July 1 when his contract expired, no one knew what he was planning. His return to Vision Strikers was announced the next day.

Vision Strikers aim for another win streak with Lakia

Vision Strikers went on an unprecedented run after forming, going on a 100-plus win streak. They ultimately sat on a record of 104 wins and four ties by the time they were first beaten. They were the favorites to claim the Korean VCT Masters 2: Reykjavík spot, but NUTURN – with Lakia – ended that dream with a 2-0 victory against them, eliminating them from contention.

It was a large upset and Vision Strikers’ reign seemed to have been nipped in the bud. NUTURN went on to impressive performances with Lakia as their Sova player. In the qualification tournament for Masters 2: Reykjavík, Lakia finished in the top ten for ACS at 257, with an average 0.93 kills per round.

With Lakia, Vision Strikers have a top player on their roster again, after IGL Kim “glow” Min-soo retired, before returning as a coach. They have since signed a number of players, such as Yu “BuZz” Byung-chul and Kim “MaKo” Myeong-kwa, but with Lakia, they have added a powerhouse name to the team again, quite possibly able to bring Vision Strikers back to former glories.

Vision Strikers now consists of seven players and a trainee. The roster is as follows:

Kim “stax” Gu-taek
Goo “Rb” Sang-min
Lee “k1Ng” Seung-won
Kim “Zest” Gi-seok
Yu “BuZz” Byung-chul
Kim “MaKo” Myeong-kwan
Kim “Lakia” Jong-min
Kang “BeYN” Ha-bin (Trainee).


Michael Kloos is a Dutch esports journalist and enthusiast with a particular like of Rocket League and VALORANT. He is also an avid fantasy/sci-fi reader and writer. He spends most of his time trying not to be in the real world.


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