After a career spanning two decades, Kang "solo" Geun-chul (강근철) has announced his retirement from esports.
I am finish my professional player at NUTURN from CS, CS: GO, to Valorant about 20 years.
There were many difficult times, and I will retire with all the happy moments and good memories.
I would like thanks to the fans who have supported, believed me for a long time.
solo spent several years at the top of CS 1.6 and CS:GO in South Korea, representing names like WeMade FOX and MVP PK. He then transitioned to Valorant with NUTURN NUTURN Korea Rank #2 , the only team he ever played for in this journey.
After coming second in the VCT Korea Stage 1: Masters, losing 3-2 to Vision Strikers Vision Strikers Korea Rank #1 , solo and his men went into Stage 2 in storming fashion. The team got revenge on Vision Strikers and, later, beat DAMWON Gaming DAMWON Gaming Korea Rank #3 to reach Masters Reykjavik. There, NUTURN won against Sharks Esports Sharks Esports Brazil Rank #6 and Version1 Version1 North America Rank #11 in their first two matches, but lost to Sentinels Sentinels North America Rank #1 and Fnatic Fnatic Europe Rank #6 to finish third in Valorant's first international LAN.
NUTURN's luck quickly ran out. In VCT's Stage 3, the team lost to DAMWON in the quarterfinals of Challengers, cutting their run short. In the LCQ, solo's squad was knocked down to the lower bracket by the eventual winners FULL SENSE FULL SENSE Asia-Pacific Rank #6 , but couldn't complete a lower bracket run. NUTURN was eliminated, once more, by DAMWON, ending their 2021 VCT campaign early.
solo later hinted towards his future on Twitter, saying he's on the "path of player to coach." He has not settled on a team to coach.
solo's exit was met with reactions from many names in and out of the Valorant community, among them Fnatic players Jake "Boaster" Howlett and Nikita "Derke" Sirmitev, and well as former teammate and current Cloud9 Blue player Son "xeta" Seon-ho (손선호). CS:GO figures like Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski, Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas, and Dmitry "hooch" Bogdanov all reacted to solo's retirement.
NUTURN is undergoing significant end-of-year changes, as solo is the third player to leave the roster. Earlier this month, the organization announced the departures of Park "allow" Sang-wook (박상욱) and Seo "Suggest" Jae-young (서재영).