LPL team Vici Gaming has parted ways with head coach Kim “kkOma” Jeong-gyun, the organization announced Thursday on Weibo.
According to Chinese media, kkOma’s wife is currently pregnant and therefore kkOma had to return home for family reasons, Vici Gaming added. VG further elaborated that while the two parties were actively discussing potentially re-signing for the 2021 season, they were unable to come to an agreement for said family reasons.
Per Vici Gaming:
“While it’s regrettable that kkOma will not be with us for the 2021 season, we know the value of family and the responsibilities behind leading one. We’ve parted ways on amicable terms, so we’d like to thank him for his time with VG, and wish him the best for his family and his future.”
KkOma's most notable for leading his former team, SK Telecom T1 (now known as T1), to three Worlds titles over his seven-year tenure with the team. KkOma then went on to join VG in December 2019, and although VG failed to make the playoffs in both Spring and Summer of 2020, the team definitely showed much improvement from their regular split runs in the previous year. Under kkOma, Vici went from being one of the worst teams in LPL in 2019 (16th in Spring, 15th in Summer) to a middle-of-the-pack competitor, even coming within hand's reach of qualifying for the 2020 LPL Spring Playoffs.
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