China’s EDward Gaming created good bye videos for Kim “Deft” Hyuk-kyu and Heo “PawN” Won-seok and uploaded them on their official channel on QQLive, a video streaming service by Tencent. Both videos had the players share their experiences and memories in front of a camera with a Chinese translation on the bottom of the screen as subtitles.
Deft spoke in detail about his relationship with his teammates, especially Ming “ClearLove” Kai and Tian “Meiko” Ye, the two players who had the closest friendship with.
“I’m particularly thankful for ClearLove, who I fought with the most, but always approached me first to work things out and to teach me a lot of things,” he said. “Meiko shared the same lane with me, so I talked to him the most, and I know how hard he works in order to become a better player.”
He also seemed to share a deep bond with one of EDG’s coaching staff Ji “Aaron” Xing, who approached Deft during his free agency after he departure from the Samsung squad and convinced him to join EDG.
“After leaving Samsung, I wanted to join a team that was capable of beating them,” he said. “That’s when coach Aaron contacted me, and after talking with him and ClearLove, I thought I could win on the world’s largest stage with EDG. I’m also thankful to him because he kept his promise to deliver me to an international tournament with the victory we had during the Mid Season Invitational.”
Pawn also pointed out the MSI victory as his happiest memory while on EDG’s squad, not only because it was a victory, but also because he was able to prove something to himself.
“I think my happiest moment is when we beat SK Telecom T1 in a 3-2 during MSI,” he said. “Especially because I was able to prove that I can win not only on the Samsung team, but on another team as well.”
Pawn also spoke more about the future rather than the past, and that he wants to accomplish the goals he wasn’t able to while he was part of EDG.
“My goal is to find a team in Korea and win the season seven world championships,” he said. “To me, I feel like I will win season seven, and that I want to win season seven. To EDG, I hope I get to face them as opponents.”
Deft also mentioned the possibility of facing EDG in future on an international stage, although he did say with a laugh that it would be “frustrating” if he loses to the Chinese team after he elected to leave in order to chase the world championship.
However both players had one thing in common, and that was the fan support that they have received during their two years in EDG.
“I thank the fans for cheering for me during my time in EDG, and during the Demacia Cup even though they knew I was leaving,” Pawn said. “If I have a chance to talk to the Chinese media in future, I’d like to keep in touch with the fans that way.”
“When I first joined, I didn’t even think I’d have many fans, but as I worked hard and performed well, the fans started to cheer harder, and I felt like that the harder I worked, the more they cheered,” Deft said. “I want to thank the fans for cheering and supporting me as if I was one of their own despite I was a Korean, and for cheering for me whenever I was having a rough time.”
Both Pawn and Deft have enjoyed incredible fan support from the fans of the League of Legends Pro League in China, with Deft getting a nod from the LPL Annual Awards as the most popular player in his position.
The final destinations of both players is still unclear, although they both have shared their intentions of playing for a Korean squad with the world championship as the ultimate goal. Whatever team they choose to play for, Chinese interest for both of them will surely not die down for a long time.