DAMWON Gaming DAMWON Gaming Korea Rank #3 have announced the addition of FPS veteran Kang "solo" Geun-chul (강근철) as head coach after news of his retirement from active play last month.
solo's career in Valorant started with PROPARTY PROPARTY Inactive back in October 2020 after making the transition from CS:GO. The team later became NUTURN NUTURN Inactive and took Challengers Korea by storm, despite a loss at Masters 1 to DRX Vision Strikers DRX Vision Strikers Korea Rank #1 . In Stage 2, solo led NUTURN to a Masters berth and qualified for Reykjavik. There, the team found relative success, but lost to the likes of Sentinels Sentinels North America Rank #1 and Fnatic Fnatic Europe Rank #6 , finishing third.
DAMWON were one map away from qualifying for Masters Berlin in Stage 3, but fell to F4Q F4Q Inactive in the semifinals, consequently placing them in the APAC LCQ. There, DAMWON lost to Global Esports Global Esports Asia-Pacific Rank #9 in their first match before mounting a comeback in the lower bracket where they were stopped by FULL SENSE FULL SENSE Asia-Pacific Rank #6 , the eventual APAC LCQ winner, in the lower-bracket finals.
solo soon after announced his retirement as a player on Twitter, before hinting a switch into a coaching role, which he is now fulfilling.