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NUTURN announced the departure of their newest signing Choi “10X” Jin-woo. The player was only with the organization for about a month — the entirety of the team’s VALORANT Champions Tour Stage 3 run — after replacing Vision Striker’s Kim “Lakia” Jong-min.
It's time to say Goodbye to our NUTURN Gaming "10X".
We hope to see you again on the Valorant!
Thank you for being with NUTURN!
Continue to spread your fire. pic.twitter.com/4RwoBawvwh
— NUTURN Gaming (@NuturnG) August 20, 2021
10X had big shoes to fill, as Lakia was one of the breakout stars at VCT Masters 2: Reykjavík and one of their top fraggers in Stage 2. NUTURN primarily used 10X as a Sage, Sova and Skye player, in a more supportive role than Lakia had. The former South Korean representatives ended their VCT Stage 3 run with a loss to DWG KIA in the playoff stage of their Challengers event. Korea’s Challengers format differs from the rest of the world. The region has two group stages; one to determine seeding and another to qualify for the playoffs.
NUTURN and 10X breezed through both group stages, only dropping one map to DFR. But, in the playoffs, they played a grueling series against DWG KIA. Each map went to the full 24 rounds possible and the final map went into overtime. In that series, 10X went 48/51/18 and averaged 120 damage per round. His best map that series was Split, in which he dropped 22 kills and a 49% headshot rate.
10X has not announced his departure on his own social media nor has he implied his next move.
10X before NUTURN
NUTURN’s newly departed player is a prolific figure in South Korean VALORANT. 10x played on multiple rosters in the First Strike era and the VCT era. He started on T1 Korea before the organization parted ways with the region. Then, he went to compete with the now-defunct BearClaw Gaming. Next, he played for the now-dissolved Rio Company roster, which also lost out on an international appearance earlier this year thanks to a loss to DWG KIA in the Challengers Playoffs.
NUTURN’s roster is now:
- Park “allow” Sang-wook
- Seo “Suggest” Jae-young
- Jung “peri” Bum-ki
- Kang “solo” Geun-chul
Declan is an esports journalist and part-time editor for Upcomer. He is an avid gamer and League of Legends player. You can find him at the bottom of the leaderboard in most games or on Twitter.