The Valorant Champions Tour Stage 2 Masters held at Reykjavik, Iceland witnessed the rise of Korea as a region to be feared. Korean representatives Nuturn Gaming finished the event at third place. Their run at Reykjavik featured wins over Version1 and Team Liquid. With the VCT Stage 3 Masters set to feature 16 teams in Berlin, the Korean region was handed two slots.
The VCT Challengers: Korea featured a lot of surprises as a result of the single-elimination format. In the end, Vision Strikers redeemed themselves by grabbing a spot at VCT Berlin Masters. VS beat surprise finalists F4Q 3-1 in the best-of-five to secure the first seed as well, further stamping their authority as the region’s finest.
The Vision Strikers Lineup: BuZz, Mako, k1Ng, Rb, Lakia, stax
Player to Watch: Goo “Rb” Sang-Min
Ideally, the entire team is filled with superstars. However, Rb is one talent to observe closely during the VCT Stage 3 Berlin Masters. The 19-year-old’s versatility lends a great deal to VS’s ability to run varied compositions with ease.
But, it is his transition from maining the Jett to becoming such a versatile player that has grabbed everyone’s attention. Although, his cracked aim, raw firepower and ability to act as the quintessential support when needed are all notable traits.
With Lakia’s arrival, Rb is likely to be asked to transition back into his role of being the primary duelist. It will be intriguing to see him go up against the best duelists in the Valorant world, with one eye on just how quickly he is able to retrain himself one more time.
One could call it the Korean superteam, but the story of Vision Strikers’ dominance in the Korean Valorant scene is fairly well known in the industry. However, the squad opted to bring back Kim “Lakia” Jong-min from Nuturn Gaming after their failure to qualify for the VCT Stage 2 Masters at Reykjavik, Iceland.
Their talent pool can be summarised by the fact that they used Lakia, one of the finds of the Reykjavik Masters, rather sparingly in the qualifiers en route to winning the entire VCT Korea Challengers Stage 3 event. Lakia’s addition and inclusion over time is only going to add depth to the talent pool and flexibility in terms of agent roles and compositions. This will allow them to counter strategies in a much more fluid manner.
The organization and hierarchy talked a lot about synergy within the team and how they intend to prioritize it, even if it means leaving Lakia on the bench after his return. One of the pioneers of the Sova-Skye combination, thanks to their ultra-aggressive gameplay, the Berlin Masters will be Vision Strikers’ first tryst with the best that the world has to offer in Valorant.
Breach is one of their niche go-to picks, with VS loving the agent due to its ability to enable the gung-ho Valorant style they endear. Their map pool is one thing they need to look after, having played just 1 official match on Breeze, winning it 13-4 against Gongo Prince.
The Berlin Bracket
Pitted against fellow first-timers Paper Rex, SuperMassive Blaze and Acend in Group A, VS start their campaign against their South-East Asian counterparts. The Group features three super-teams of their respective regions (VS, SMB and PR) and it would be intriguing to see who comes out on top.
VS will also have their vision locked on the third place Nuturn managed to achieve at VCT Stage 2 Masters. With a much wider competition this time around, even replication of Nuturn’s results would solidify the region’s stature. But, knowing the kind of success they have already tasted, Vision Strikers will be gunning for glory in Berlin.