|Name||Kim Hyuk-kyu (김혁규)|
|Country of Birth||South Korea|
|Birthday||October 23, 1996 (age 22)|
|Soloqueue IDs||KZ Deft0, 가나라마아바, 삼성갤럭시 Deft, MVP Deft, EDG DefTnT, Zebec poop, Rekk1es, EDG丶Alpaca (CN), Chastelove (CN)|
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Kim "Deft" Hyuk-kyu (Hangul: 김혁규) is the bot laner for Kingzone DragonX.
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.
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. 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.
On October 31, 2014, Deft announced his departure from Samsung Blue. Ten days later, he announced that he had joined EDward Gaming. 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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
- Deft's favorite champion is 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.
- The first and only player to reach 1000 Kills in two different regions.
|LPL 2016 Spring||Jinx||Bot||W||7/0/0||Link||Link|
|Demacia Cup 2015 Summer||Vayne||Bot||W||10/3/4||Link||Link|
- Click here for a full list of pentakills by all players.
This table shows up to the 10 most recent results. For complete results, click here.
|Deft Tournament Results|
Rift Rivals 2019 LCK-LPL-LMS-VCS
3 : 1LPL
LCK 2019 Spring Playoffs
0 : 3SKT
LCK 2019 Spring
13 - 5RR
|2018-12-26||5 - 8|
KeSPA Cup 2018
0 : 2GEN
|2018-10-20||5 - 8|
Worlds 2018 Main Event
2 : 3iG
LCK 2018 Summer Playoffs
3 : 2GRF
LCK 2018 Summer
13 - 5RR
Rift Rivals 2018 LCK-LPL-LMS
2 : 3LPL
LCK 2018 Spring Playoffs
1 : 3AF
LCK 2018 Spring
13 - 5RR
- April 4, KZ Deft: "My favorite champ is Jinx." with Joonkyu "Lasso" Seok,Yudae "Akiin" Oak on Inven Global
- January 23, KZ Deft: "Although I didn’t practice Jinx a single time, I was just confident I’d win if I picked her." with Hee Eun "Youii" Yoo,Yudae "Akiin" Oak on Inven Global
- January 23, KZ Deft: “If we had lost this game, we would be in 10th place. So I played as if it’s all over if we do not win this match.” with Ashley Kang on Korizon
- January 23, Kingzone Deft: “From now, we will try to show a performance that is worthy of you supporting us.” with Ashley Kang on Korizon
- February 1, KZ Deft on their rough start to the season: "Once the playoffs begin, I promise that Kingzone will show a caliber of performance which is worthy of a champion team." with James "Bick" Hong on Inven Global
- February 3, KZ Deft: “We were able to realize just how bad our current performance is and work even harder.” with Ashley Kang on Korizon
- February 3, Interview with Deft & TusiN: "Being inconsistent means that we have the potential to be a lot better once we fix our flaws; it means it's possible for us to win even against Griffin or SANDBOX." with Woo "Ready" Hyun on Inven Global
- February 7, Kingzone Deft on synergy with TusiN: He supported me mentally when I faltered with Ashley Kang on ESPN Esports
- February 21, KZ Deft: "If I have to pick one team I want to beat no matter what in Round 2, I would say SKT because Mata is there." with David "Viion" Jang on Inven Global
- March 1, KZ Deft regarding his Jinx pick: “I was confident that I could pick any champion and win with it.” with Kevin Kim on Korizon
- March 17, KZ Deft on the team’s pocket pick Nami: “We had success with Nami in scrims; we would usually take the bottom turret and dominate the game.” with Minseong Kim on Korizon
- March 21, KZ Pawn regarding his former teammates: “If my health was better, they would have never played over me. I’ll drive the nail in that coffin this time.” with Kevin Kim on Korizon
- March 21, KZ Deft: "I thought that I could get my 1,000th kill against my former team, KT, but it’s a bummer that I didn’t get it off Smeb." with David "Viion" Jang on Inven Global
- April 4, 1-Second Interview With KZ Deft: Deft's short advice(?) to amateurs who wanted to become pros! with Joonkyu "Lasso" Seok,Yudae "Akiin" Oak on Inven Global
- April 5, KZ Deft: "Our efforts were to be regarded as the best, not better than expectations, so we’ll reach the finals and hear that we’re the best." with David "Viion" Jang on Inven Global
- January 20, KT Deft on Varus: "He's a champion that will do at least average as long as you pick him" by Kyeongbeom "Its" Kim,Woo "Ready" Hyun on Inven Global
- January 24, KT Deft: "I became emotional today because I felt that our team broke through the limits" with Jaehoon "Laffa" Jeong,Woo "Ready" Hyun on Inven Global
- January 26, KT Deft: "Our goal wasn't to defeat SKT once. We'll keep on winning and become the Spring Champions" with Kyeongbeom "Its" Kim,Woo "Ready" Hyun on Inven Global
- February 11, KT Deft: "In my opinion, Doran's and Targon's give about the same lane sustain... might as well give some gold to the support" with Jaehoon "Laffa" Jeong,Woo "Ready" Hyun on Inven Global
- February 20, Pawn on Bringing a Ruler on Stage: "When I set up my monitor, I tilt it towards the right by about 18 centimeters" with Kyeongbeom "Its" Kim,Woo "Ready" Hyun on Inven Global
- February 25, kt Deft: "I was furious because of Teddy's penta-kill." with Kyeongbeom "Its" Kim,Dasol "Viion" Jang on Inven Global
- March 8, KT Deft on Kai'Sa: "I like those weird, dirty, cunning champions so I think she’ll go well with me." with Hee Eun "Youii" Yoo,Dasol "Viion" Jang on Inven Global
- March 17, KT Deft on Kai'Sa: "With the range patch, I think she’ll become a very good champion." with Youngbo "Roxyy" Sim, Hee Eun "Youii" Yoo,,Dasol "Viion" Jang on Inven Global
- May 28, KT Deft: "The criticism that, 'I had hit my limit and that I cannot win,' hurt me the most" with Woo "Ready" Hyun,Changsik "Alle" Son on Inven Global
- June 21, KT Deft: "In solo queue, there are 2 types of ADC players. One that never gives up the role, and another that can play other roles." with Hee Eun "Youii" Yoo, Woo "Ready" Hyun,,Changsik "Alle" Son on Inven Global
- June 28, KT Deft: "Recently, there was not a day that went by in which we went to bed before the sun rose... Nowadays, every LCK team practices deep into the night" with Byungho "Haao" Kim, Hee Eun "Youii" Yoo,,Woo "Ready" Hyun on Inven Global
- July 5, KT Deft: "We thought that it would be more convenient to win if we had two champions at mid lane." with Dasol "Viion" Jang on Inven Global
- July 21, KT Deft: "For the first time in my career, I was demoted to the Master tier... My coach still had faith in me, and we were able to win today. I want to thank him." with Joonkyu "Lasso" Seok,Woo "Ready" Hyun on Inven Global
- July 24, KT Score: "Some of the players on Gen.G are good friends of mine, so they made sure to provoke me before the match. That got me to focus, and I ended up carrying." with Byungho "Haao" Kim,Woo "Ready" Hyun on Inven Global
- July 29, KT Deft: "The team became more solid after the Rift Rivals. We became confident after experiencing an international tournament together." with Hee Eun "Youii" Yoo, Takyun "Laff" Pack,,Yudae "Akiin" Oak on Inven Global
- September 8, KT Score: "Many years have passed, and I finally got my hands on an LCK title. I marched on without giving up, and I feel that I'm finally given my reward." with Byungho "Haao" Kim, Woo "Ready" Hyun on Inven Global
- October 10, Deft explains how Golden Guardian's Deftly inspired him to work harder with Travis Gafford on YouTube
- December 4, Deft and Kingzone DragonX: A New Beginning with Ji-Eun “Meii” Paek, James "Bick" Hong, Changsik "Alle" Son on Inven Global
- January 17, Deft on LCK opener: “I want to win the next match in perfect fashion.” Translation on Slingshot
- January 17, KT Deft: "I will not miss this opportunity to prove myself in the LCK" with on Inven Global
- January 25, Deft on facing PraY and GorillA: “The bottom duo’s we’ve faced so far been comparatively easy opponents, but PraY and GorillA have a reputation from last split” with on Slingshot
- March 9, kt Deft: "I will prove my worth with action." with on Inven Global
- April 11, KT Rolster Deft: “It feels great as we seem to have overcome our past weakness.” with on Inven Global
- April 14, KT Rolster Deft on current meta, being named the most handsome player, and alpacas with on Inven Global
- June 24, KT Deft: "We Will Have Our Revenge Against SKT" with on Inven Global
- June 26, Deft: “We will prepare well to have our revenge (on SKT).” with on Andrew Kim for Slingshot Esports
- July 9, KT Deft on Defeating OMG: "Ashe isn't necessarily countered by Xayah." with on Inven Global
- July 25, Deft on Smeb’s Jarvan play: “He likes to just dive into the enemy team.” with on Andrew Kim for Slingshot Esports
- July 25, KT Deft-Smeb thanked PawN for playing exceptionally despite feeling sick with on Inven Global
- July 31, Deft on Longzhu’s bottom lane: “I think they also make very good situational calls so I think we need to be careful of that.” with on Andrew Kim for Slingshot Esports
- December 26, Smeb to Faker: "What do you think of me?" with Yeonjae "Arra" Shin,Dasol "Viion" Jang on Inven Global
- October 6, Deft on EDG’s stunning loss, moving from Korea to China and making worlds for a third time with on Slingshot Esports
- December 27, Deft on joining KT: “I chose Korea, where I would have less communication issues.” translated on Slingshot
- May 8, Deft: Easyhoon is more of a threat than Faker with on LoL Esports
- May 9, Deft on EDG's performance so far and having Faker as a schoolmate with on GameSpot
- May 9, Deft: "There is something Korean AD Carries can learn from [Chinese]" with theScore
- October 1, EDG vs BKT - Deft Interview with on Twitch
- October 3, Deft: "I Think There's a 50/50 Chance That a Western Team Might Be Able to Take Worlds" with on Gamespot
- October 9, Deft: ‘...I think our individual plays are much better than European or other team players' with on theScore
- November 20, Deft AMA translated by Reddit User
- September 22, 'Reflections' with Deft (video) with on onGamers
- September 28, LoL 2014 World Championship Interview - Rekkles & Deft (Video) with on OGN Global
- December 7, Interview with EDG Korean imports Deft and PawN with on Goldper10
Articles and Videos
- March 21, Deft Reaches 1,000 Kills in the LCK - 9th Player to Reach the Milestone by David "Viion" Jang on Inven Gobal
- March 21, Deft gets his 1,000th LCK kill in week 9 of the 2019 Spring Split by Tyler Esguerra on Dot Esports
- January 4, Samsung's prodigal sons: Reviewing pawN, Deft, Mata, and Spirit's time abroad by Kelsey Moser on Yahoo!
- June 22, Traps in the Bang vs. Deft debate by Kelsey Moser on theScore
- August 11, The world's top 10 players in League of Legends by Tyler Erzberger on ESPN
- May 10, MSI Spotlight: Deft by on LoL Esports
SSB Deft at 2014 Season World Championship
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