The Los Angeles Valiant announced Saturday the retirement of Dae-kuk “Kuki” Kim from professional Overwatch.
Kuki began his Overwatch career in 2016, when he joined the South Korean team MVP Space during the Apex OGN days of Overwatch competition. In the run up to the Overwatch League's debut, Kuki joined the Seoul Dynasty — a team built on Lunatic-Hai, then seen as perhaps the best team in the world.
Today we are announcing the retirement of Dae-kuk “Kuki” Kim from competitive Overwatch play.— Los Angeles Valiant (@LAValiant) July 6, 2019
Kuki was an invaluable member of our roster and we wish him all the best in his future. pic.twitter.com/2CiZbmzkaT
Kuki played for the Dynasty throughout the first season of the Overwatch League, earning an eighth place finish in the regular season and failing to qualify for playoffs. He left to join the Valiant on Sept. 13.
"Since joining the Valiant, Kuki has displayed the utmost professionalism," Michael Schwartz, the Valiant's general manager, wrote in a statement. "The beginning of this season was not easy for him and we are so grateful at the leadership he displayed by continuing to give everything he had to the team.
"No matter what path he chooses, I have no doubt KuKi will excel in the next phase of his career."
Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Valiant