KT Rolster AD Carry Kim “Deft” Hyuk-kyu said his nerves got to him during the opening match of League Champions Korea in an interview with Fomos’ Park Sang-jin.
“This was my first match in Korea in two years with a new team,” he said. “We talked about that we should go for a perfect game, but I made a lot of mistakes because I was nervous. I want to win the next match in perfect fashion.”
Hailed as one of the best AD Carries in the world, Deft scored a triple kill as Ezreal in Tuesday’s 2-0 win against the ROX Tigers. But Deft said that moving to the new team in Korea has caused a shift in play style for the returning Korean player that changes the focus away from himself.
“When I play the game, I try not to focus on making plays but following shot calls,” he said. “I do think my individual plays were decent today.”
Deft spent the past two years in China as a member of EDward Gaming, and he talked about the largest difference between Korea and China as well as what the team is aiming to do.
“The game is played differently between Korea and China,” he said. “The match today was longer than those in China, but it looked the same from the outside. In China, everyone is confident in skirmishes so they fight even if they don’t have an advantage. On the other hand, in Korea, teams only fight when they have a numbers advantage. In the earlier practice games we had, we had a lot of skirmishes, but we’re trying to do more team plays now.”
The new season also marks the first time when the 10-ban system was put into place, and Deft said that the strategy of the draft phase changed drastically.
“The drafting became more important (with 10 bans),” he said. “If drafting was standardized previously, now the shape of the game and the way the game is played changed.”