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Vitality benching RpK, bring on Kyojin to replace


13 Apr 2021

Nathan Bonello

French Team Vitality have announced that they are benching long-time player RpK from the team. Here is their announcement:

Vitality benching RpK – Why?

In the statement above, Vitality do not reveal the true reason behind the benching of RpK. However, the recent disappointing results the team has been achieving might have been the reason. In their past 3 events, the team placed 13-16th in ESL Pro League Season 13, 9th-12th in IEM XV, and 10th-12th at BLAST Premier Spring Groups. Certainly not promising results for the all-french team.

Who is replacing him?

Coming in as a replacement is up and coming player 22-year-old Jayson “Kyojin” Nguyen Van. He hasn’t had much experience as a professional, only playing for a handful of teams in the past 2 years. Now he’s gotten an excellent opportunity to play with some of the best in the country.

Here are some words from Vitality coach Rémy “XTQZZZ” Quoniam:

“Kyojin is a unique player with great untapped talent and tremendous potential, who will help us build the future of Team Vitality around a younger roster. We have great expectations for him and we’ll make sure, together with the group, to help him grow in the steps of his predecessor.”

With these recent changes, this is how Vitality’s lineup will look:


  • Dan “apEX” Madesclaire
  • Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut
  • Richard “shox” Papillon
  • Kévin “misutaaa” Rabier
  • Jayson “Kyojin” Nguyen Van


  • Rémy “XTQZZZ” Quoniam


  • Nabil “Nivera” Benrlitom
  • Cédric “RpK” Guipouy

The team is currently taking part in the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown. Whether they qualify or get eliminated, RpK will be transferring to the bench and Kyojin will be coming into the main lineup.

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