Deft on joining KT: “I chose Korea, where I would have less communication issues.”

KT Rolster’s new AD Carry Kim “Deft” Hyuk-kyu said that communication had an impact on his return to his home region after two years in China during an interview with Fomos’ Park Sang-jin.

“Worlds played a large role (in my move),” he said. “(Cho “Mata” Se-hyeong) has won worlds once but my highest record was the semifinals. In the times when I made it to worlds, it was very difficult to just watch the rest of the tournament go on after I dropped. I wanted to give myself a change, so I chose Korea, where I would have less communication issues.”

Deft has seen great success after his move to China since 2014 as one of players of the 2014 ‘Korean exodus.’ The season immediately after Deft joined EDward Gaming, EDG won the 2015 spring split and the Mid-Season Invitational, shocking the world by taking down a recovering SK Telecom T1 in a nail biting 3-2 victory. A year and a half later, Deft said it the result still surprises him.

“I won the 2015 LPL spring split right after I moved to Edward Gaming, and after we won the Mid Season Invitational, I felt like I was the king of the world,” he said. “But that momentum didn’t last until the end. When I look back to MSI, it still kind of mystifies me, since I was able to beat a Korean team in a best-of series right after I moved. EDG played well, but luck definitely played a part.”

EDG made consecutive appearances at worlds but was never a threat to win a championship. Fnatic eliminated EDG in 2015 3-0 in the quarterfinals, and the ROX Tigers defeated EDG 3-1 in this year’s quarters.

“It’s certainly meaningful to make it to worlds alone, but I was disappointed that I couldn’t reach the top and had to come home halfway,” Deft said.

Cover photo courtesy of Riot Games


Slingshot staff writer and Korean League of Legends expert who also owns a Pikachu-themed iPhone case.

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