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Deft

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Deft
KT Deft 2018 Summer.png
Background Information
NameKim Hyuk-kyu (김혁규)
Country of BirthSouth Korea
Birthday10/23/1996
Competitive
TeamKingzone DragonX
RoleAD Carry
Alternate IDs삼성갤럭시 Deft, MVP Deft, EDG DefTnT, Zebec poop, Rekk1es, EDG丶Alpaca (CN), Chastelove (CN), KT Deft, KZ Deft
Social Media
Team History
TeamStart DateEnd DateRole
MVP Bluelogo std.png MVP Blue2/20139/2013
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Samsunglogo std.png SSB9/201310/2014
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EDGlogo std.png EDG11/201411/2016
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KT Alogo std.png KT11/201611/2018
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KZlogo std.png KZ11/2018Present
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"Deft" (Real Name: Kim Hyuk-kyu (김혁규)) is a Korean League of Legends player, current ADC for Kingzone DragonX.

Career History

2013

Deft's first team was MVP Blue. He joined them in February of 2013. MVP's first success was at the OGN Club Masters. They won the tournament after taking down Xenics-OP United 3-2 in the finals. At the AMD-INVEN GamExperience, MVP Blue reached the semifinals but got eliminated by NaJin White Shield. In September of 2013, Blue and their sister team MVP Ozone were picked up by the Samsung organization and Blue rebranded to Samsung Galaxy Blue. In October they attended the WCG 2013 Korea Qualifiers and got 2nd place, only losing to CJ Entus Blaze 1-2 in the finals.

2014

In the start of 2014, Blue placed 3rd in the ZOTAC NLB Winter 2013-2014. They rebounded from that 3rd place finish big time, winning the HOT6iX Champions Spring 2014, taking down NaJin White Shield 3-1 in the finals. In the HOT6iX Champions Summer 2014, Blue reached all the way to the finals but in a huge upset, they lost 2-3 to KT Rolster Arrows and placed 2nd. Despite their 2nd place finish in the summer, Blue was able to get the #1 seed from Korea for the 2014 World Championship.

At Worlds, Blue was placed in Group C along with LMQ, Fnatic and OMG. They performed very well in groups, finishing with a 5-1 record, only dropping one game to Fnatic. In the Quarterfinals, Blue faced Cloud9 and despite C9 putting up a good fight, Blue was able to win the series 3-1. In the Semifinals, Blue would face off against their sister team Samsung Galaxy White. Even though the series was expected to be close, Blue was defeated 0-3 and placed 3rd-4th at the tournament. Deft would then leave the team shortly after Worlds and went on to join Edward Gaming in November of 2014.

2015

Edward Gaming regained their form in the LPL, coming first in the 2015 Spring Split. They defeated LGD Gaming 3-2 in the Playoff Final of the Spring Season. This allowed them to qualify for the first ever Mid-Season Invitational. EDG won this tournament, defeating Korea's SK Telecom T1 in the final, to win the tournament.

In the LPL summer split, EDG continued their surging form into the regular season, winning the majority of their matches to finish first. This didn't last long, however, as EDG finished fourth in playoffs and didn't qualify automatically. Having to play in the China Regional Finals 2015, EDG defeated Snake Esports 2-0 and then Invictus Gaming 3-1 to qualify for the 2015 World Championship.

At Worlds, EDG was put in a group with former MSI rivals SK Telecom T1 as well as H2k-Gaming and Bangkok Titans. Despite a few shaky games, EDG only lost their two games against SKT and won their other four, advancing to the knockout stage. They would face Fnatic in the Quarterfinals and despite subbing out AmazingJ in favor of Koro1, EDG was defeated 0-3 and finished 4th-8th.

2016

EDG had a rough start to the 2016 LPL Spring Split, playing several games without ClearLove. They were however able to bounce back, finishing 2nd in Group B, slightly behind Royal Never Give Up. In the playoffs, EDG was able to sweep Snake Esports 3-0 and then won automatically against Qiao Gu Reapers due to QG forfeiting the match. In the finals, EDG faced off against Royal Never Give Up and despite EDG being the favorites going into the match, they lost 1-3 and finished in 2nd place, failing to qualify for the 2016 Mid-Season Invitational. Once summer came, EDG was placed in Group A of LPL 2016 Summer. This split would be the start to EDG's resurgence as the team finished with an undefeated 16-0 regular season. In the Summer Playoffs EDG would defeat Team WE 3-2 in the semifinals, setting them up for a rematch against Royal Never Give Up. In clean fashion, EDG was able to defeat RNG in a 3-0 sweep and reclaim the LPL championship while also qualifying for the World Championship 2016 as China's #1 seed.

At Worlds, Deft and EDG were grouped against H2k-Gaming, ahq e-Sports Club and INTZ e-Sports and finished as #2 seed after losing the tiebreaker match against H2k. They were then seeded against ROX Tigers in the bracket stage and lost the series 1-3. After Worlds, EDG made an announcement that Deft will be leaving the team after Demacia Cup 2016, which they won after beating I May in the Finals. On November 30th, KT Rolster announced that Deft will be joining the team as the starting AD Carry for 2017 Spring together with Smeb, Score, PawN and Mata.

Trivia

  • Deft's favorite champion is Ezreal
  • Deft is referred to as an Alpaca in western, Korean, and Chinese fandoms because of his appearance
  • Deft is known for making friendships with foreign pros like Rekkles, Cloud, and Clearlove
  • His first duo stream with Clearlove achieved 1.5 million views on Douyu
  • Received the highest number of MVP points for his debut split of LPL
  • Attended the same high school as Faker

Achievements

2015
Date Event Result
2016-04-23 2016 LPL Spring Playoffs Silver.png EDG 1 : 3 RNGlogo std.png Royal Never Give Up
2015
Date Event Result
2015-11-22 2015 Demacia Cup Grand Finals Gold.png EDG 3 : 1 IGlogo std.png Invictus Gaming
2015-09-04 2015 Season China Regional Finals Gold.png EDG 3 : 1 IGlogo std.png Invictus Gaming
2015-08-17 2015 LPL Summer Playoffs Copper.png EDG 1 : 3 IGlogo std.png Invictus Gaming
2015-07-12 2015 Demacia Cup Summer Season Gold.png EDG 3 : 0 OMGlogo std.png Oh My God
2015-05-10 2015 Mid-Season Invitational Gold.png EDG 3 : 2 SKT T1logo std.png SK Telecom T1
2015-04-26 2015 LPL Spring Playoffs Gold.png EDG 3 : 2 LGDlogo std.png LGD Gaming
2015-03-29 2015 Demacia Cup Spring Season Gold.png EDG 3 : 0 IGlogo std.png Invictus Gaming
2014
Date Event Result
2014-12-28 G-League 2014 Gold.png EDG 3 : 0 Kinglogo std.png Team King
2014-10-11 2014 Season World Championship SF.png SS Blue 0 : 3 Samsunglogo std.png Samsung White
2014-08-16 HOT6iX Champions Summer 2014 Silver.png Samsung Galaxy Blue 2 : 3 KT Arrowslogo std.png KT Rolster Arrows
2014-06-08 SK Telecom LTE-A LoL Masters 2014 Gold.png Samsung Galaxy 3 : 0 SKT T1logo std.png SK Telecom T1
2014-05-24 HOT6iX Champions Spring 2014 Gold.png SS Blue 3 : 1 NJWSlogo std.png NaJin White Shield
2013
Date Event Result
2013-10-16 2013 WCG Korea Qualifiers Silver.png Samsung Blue Samsunglogo std.png 1 : 2 CJ Blazelogo std.png CJ Entus Blaze
2013-06-29 AMD-INVEN GamExperience SF.png MVP Blue MVP Bluelogo std.png 1 : 2 NJWSlogo std.png NaJin White Shield

Media

Interviews

2014

2015

2016

2017

Articles & Videos

2015

2016

2017

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