Deft

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Deft
KZ Deft 2019 Split 2.png
Background Information
NameKim Hyuk-kyu (김혁규)
Country of BirthSouth Korea South Korea
BirthdayOctober 23, 1996 (age 22)
Residency
KR
 Korea
Competitive
TeamKingzone DragonXlogo std.pngKingzone DragonX
RoleBot Laner
Favorite ChampsJinxSquare.pngEzrealSquare.pngLucianSquare.png
Soloqueue IDsKZ Deft0, 가나라마아바, 삼성갤럭시 Deft, MVP Deft, EDG DefTnT, Zebec poop, Rekk1es, EDG丶Alpaca (CN), Chastelove (CN)
Social Media & Links
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Team History
Feb 2013 - Sep 2013
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MVPlogo std.pngMVP Blue
Sep 2013 - Oct 2014
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Samsunglogo std.pngSamsung Blue
Nov 2014 - Nov 2016
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EDward Gaminglogo std.pngEDward Gaming
Nov 2016 - Nov 2018
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KT Rolsterlogo std.pngKT Rolster
Nov 2018 - Present
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Kingzone DragonXlogo std.pngKingzone DragonX

Kim "Deft" Hyuk-kyu (Hangul: 김혁규) is the bot laner for Kingzone DragonX.

Biography

Season 3

Kim "Deft" Hyuk-kyu made his debut in the competitive scene when he joined MVP Blue as their new AD carry in February of 2013. His first professional tournament was OLYMPUS Champions Spring 2013 in which Blue failed to make it through their group. Blue was able to attend HOT6iX Champions Summer 2013 but Blue failed to make it through groups again. Blue and their sister team, Ozone, were picked up by the Samsung organization to form Samsung Galaxy Blue and Samsung Galaxy Ozone, respectively.

2014 Season

The new Samsung Blue team played in PANDORA.TV Champions Winter 2013-2014 and they finally made it to the quarterfinals but were stopped by the undefeated SK Telecom T1 K. The competitive experience Deft acquired in these seasons allowed him to develop into one of the sharpest AD carries Korea offers. His Blue teammates could not ask for a better player at the position, as they victoriously marched towards HOT6iX Champions Spring 2014 where they overcame sister team Samsung White 3-1 in the semifinals on the way to the 2014 OGN Summer Finals. Blue ended up beating NaJin White Shield 3-1 in the finals to win their first OGN title. Blue also made the finals of HOT6iX Champions Summer 2014 but they actually ended up losing 3-2 to the KT Rolster Arrows. Samsung Blue had enough circuit points to attend the 2014 Season World Championship as the top seed from Korea but they lost 3-0 in the semifinals to White. In his solo queue adventures, Deft favors Ezreal and Lucian, but he has shown to be able to play any role at the top of the Korean Challenger solo queue circuit. During his tenure on Samsung Blue, Deft favored skill shot based AD carries over auto attack based and was noted for his ability to react and dodge.[1] In particular, he had a strong reputation as a Corki and Kog'Maw player. At the 2014 World Championship, Deft was noted for doing an absurd amount of damage to champions per game.[2]

2015 Season

On October 31, 2014, Deft announced his departure from Samsung Blue.[3] Ten days later, he announced that he had joined EDward Gaming.[4] In his first games with EDG, the team won a convincing 3-0 over the team's biggest offseason rivals, Team King in the G-League 2014 finals. EDG played in the 2015 Demacia Cup Spring where they went undefeated from the round-of-sixteen until the finals which ended in a crushing 3-0 victory against Invictus Gaming.In 2015 LPL Spring, Deft played all 44 games with Edward Gaming. The team placed first in the regular season, losing only six games in total. He played 11 different champions, but primarily specialized in Corki, Sivir, and Jinx. He struggled the most on Kalista and Urgot. In the LPL Finals, Deft would notably end Game 5 against LGD Gaming with a pentakill, clinching EDG's spot to represent China at the Mid-Season Invitational.[5] At MSI, EDG pushed their way to the finals and upset the heavily favored SK Telecom T1 by baiting Faker into picking LeBlanc and picking a comp to counter it. EDG won the series 3-2 and took home the title of best team in the World. EDG participated in the 2015 Demacia Cup Summer Season where they won again by taking a 3-0 set against OMG. They ended in first place once again in the 2015 LPL Summer Regular Season but in the 2015 LPL Summer Playoffs they faltered, dropping a 3-0 set to LGD and a 3-1 set to IG to end in fourth place overall. They still qualified for the 2015 Season China Regional Finals and managed to take the second seed from China to the 2015 Season World Championship with a 3-1 victory over IG. EDG were placed in a group with SK Telecom, H2k Gaming, and the Bangkok Titans. They came out of the group in second place and were drawn to play Fnatic in the quarterfinals but lost to them 3-0.

2016 Season

EDG had a rough start to the 2016 LPL Spring Season and played several games without ClearLove. They were however able to bounce back and finished 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 the 2016 LPL Summer Season. This split would be the start to EDG's resurgence as the team finished with an undefeated 16-0 regular season. In the 2016 LPL Summer Playoffs EDG would defeat Team WE 3-2 in the semifinals which set 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 2016 Season World Championship 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 the 2nd seed after they lost 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 the 2016 Demacia Cup, which they won after a win against I May in the Finals. On November 30, KT Rolster announced that Deft would be the team's new ADC in the upcoming season.

2017 Season

In the 2017 LCK Spring Season performed well and finished at the top of the standings. However in the playoffs KT fell short and lost 0-3 to SK Telecom T1 in the finals. Although their regular season run in summer was a bit more successful, their playoff run was worse and they fell 2-3 to SKT again but in the semifinals this time. In the 2017 Season Korea Regional Finals KT was taken down 0-3 by Samsung Galaxy and failed to qualify for the 2017 Season World Championship.

2018 Season

After a disappointing year, Deft chose to remain on KT Rolster. The team kept their core players and proceeded with a shake-up in the coaching staff along side the addition of two substitute players, Rush and Ucal. While the team failed to qualify for Worlds, KT Rolster was still painted out to be Korea's potential "Super Team". As the LCK Spring Season debuted, KT Rolster ended up in 3rd place, finishing split with a score of 13-5. Heading into playoffs, the team did not find much better success as they once again were defeated by the Afreeca Freecs 1-3 and were forced to stay at home while the eventual winners of the tournament Kingzone DragonX went on to represent Korea at the Mid-Season Invitational.

While the spring split turned out to be disappointing for Deft and the KT Rolster players, it was a reinvigorated KT Rolster that headed into Rift Rivals and, while Korea did not win the tournament, KT Rolster racked up an impressing score of 3-0 against the other Asian representatives, notably beating Invictus Gaming who would go on to win the 2018 World Championship the same year.

Returning to Korea, KT Rolster quickly picked up the pace and finished 1st place in the LCK Summer Season with the same score of 3-5, earning themselves the first seed going into the playoffs. Deft and his teammate seemed like a entirely new team with the transition of Ucal into the starting mid laner position. As the finals approached, it turned out that KT Rolster would be matched against Griffin, one of Korea's youngest bloods and most impressive teams at the time. Dominated in the first game of the finals, KT quickly bounced back and won themselves the second game of the match. Later on, Griffin would win the third game, going into match points and pushing KT Rolster at wit's end. While game 4 looked grim for Deft and his team, his teammates Smeb and Mata fiercely showed their impressive team play and skill as they turned the game around and sent the match into game 5, narrowly escaping the jaws of defeat and eventually winning KT Rolster their LCK Summer Playoffs title, earning Korea's first seed going into the 2018 World Championship.

Heading into the tournament, Deft and his team were placed into Group C with EDward Gaming, Team Liquid, and MAD Team. The Korean team quickly proved their dominance as they ended the Group Stage in first place with a score of 5-1, only dropping one game to EDward Gaming. Sadly for Deft, KT Rolster were faced with a tough opponent in Invictus Gaming in the very first round of the Knockout Stage, eventually getting defeated 2-3 by the Chinese team, being eliminated in their very own country. While they fought to the bitter end, their performance was not enough as Invictus Gaming would proceed to win the entire tournament, not dropping a single other game after their match against KT Rolster.

It was shortly after their loss at the World Championship that Deft would leave KT Rolster and join Kingzone DragonX.

The team then competed in the 2018 LoL KeSPA Cup during which they were defeated in their very first round 0-2 by Gen.G.

Trivia

  • Deft's favorite champion is JinxSquare.png Jinx.
  • 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.
  • Reached 1000 Kills in the LPL in August, 2016.
  • Reached 1000 Kills in the LCK on March 21, 2019.[6]
  • The first and only player to reach 1000 Kills in two different regions.

Pentakills

DateRegionTournamentTeamVsChampionPosW/LKDASBVOD
2016-02-18
CN
 China
LPL 2016 SpringEDward Gaminglogo std.pngLgdlogo std.pngJinxSquare.png JinxBotW7/0/0LinkLink
2015-07-12
CN
 China
Demacia Cup 2015 SummerEDward Gaminglogo std.pngOh My Godlogo std.pngVayneSquare.png VayneBotW10/3/4LinkLink
Click here for a full list of pentakills by all players.

Tournament Results

This table shows up to the 10 most recent results. For complete results, click here.

Deft Tournament Results
DatePlEventLast ResultTeamRoster
2019-07-070010001
Rift Rivals 2019 LCK-LPL-LMS-VCS
3 : 1LoL Pro Leaguelogo std.pngLPL
Kingzone DragonXlogo std.pngKZ
 Rascal,
 Cuzz,
 Naehyun,
 Deft,
 TusiN,
 Acorn
2019-04-070030003
LCK 2019 Spring Playoffs
0 : 3SK Telecom T1logo std.pngSKT
Kingzone DragonXlogo std.pngKZ
 Rascal,
 Cuzz,
 PawN,
 Deft,
 TusiN,
 Hirai,
 supreme,
 Mental,
 Acorn
2019-03-310030003
LCK 2019 Spring
13 - 5Blanklogo std.pngRR
Kingzone DragonXlogo std.pngKZ
 Rascal,
 Cuzz,
 PawN,
 Naehyun,
 Deft,
 TusiN,
 Hirai,
 supreme,
 Mental,
 Acorn
2018-12-260050085 - 8
KeSPA Cup 2018
0 : 2Gen.Glogo std.pngGEN
Kingzone DragonXlogo std.pngKZ
 Rascal,
 Cuzz,
 PawN,
 Deft,
 TusiN,
 Hirai,
 Supreme,
 Acorn
2018-10-200050085 - 8
Worlds 2018 Main Event
2 : 3Invictus Gaminglogo std.pngiG
KT Rolsterlogo std.pngKT
 Smeb,
 Score,
 Ucal,
 Deft,
 Mata,
 Noexcuse
2018-09-080010001
LCK 2018 Summer Playoffs
3 : 2Griffinlogo std.pngGRF
KT Rolsterlogo std.pngKT
 Smeb,
 Score,
 Ucal,
 Deft,
 Mata,
 ZanDarc,
 AnimalDAX
2018-08-090010001
LCK 2018 Summer
13 - 5Blanklogo std.pngRR
KT Rolsterlogo std.pngKT
 Smeb,
 Kingen,
 Rush,
 Score,
 Ucal,
 PawN,
 Deft,
 Mata
2018-07-080020002
Rift Rivals 2018 LCK-LPL-LMS
2 : 3LoL Pro Leaguelogo std.pngLPL
KT Rolsterlogo std.pngKT
 Smeb,
 Score,
 Ucal,
 Deft,
 Mata
2018-04-080030003
LCK 2018 Spring Playoffs
1 : 3Afreeca Freecslogo std.pngAF
KT Rolsterlogo std.pngKT
 Smeb,
 Rush,
 Score,
 Ucal,
 Deft,
 Mata
2018-03-250030003
LCK 2018 Spring
13 - 5Blanklogo std.pngRR
KT Rolsterlogo std.pngKT
 Smeb,
 Score,
 Rush,
 PawN,
 Ucal,
 Deft,
 Mata

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