Deft to return to Korea

by theScore Staff Nov 4 2016
Thumbnail image courtesy of 刘一村 / LPL / 刘一村's album

Kim "Deft" Hyuk-Gyu is headed back to Korea after almost two years in China playing AD Carry for EDward Gaming, according to FOMOS' Son Chang-Sik.

EDward Gaming made it to Worlds as the top seed from China after winning the LPL summer split playoffs. They came second in Group C, finishing tied with H2k-Gaming but losing to them in the tiebreaker. EDG faced tournament favorites ROX Tigers in the quarterfinals, but lost to the Korean squad 3-1.

During Deft's time with the team, EDG have been a dominant force in Chinese League of Legends. They took first place in the 2015 LPL spring split, going on to win MSI 2015 as well. They finished fourth in the summer split, but were the only Chinese team to make it out of groups at the 2015 World Championship, and finished 5th-8th after losing to Fnatic in the quarterfinals.

Those Worlds finishes are one of the major reasons Deft decided to return to his home region. "I think I had good performances in China, but I’ve always been disappointed at Worlds," he told FOMOS.

"I don’t think I have a lot of time in which I can continue to perform well. I wish to return to Korea where I have a higher chance of winning Worlds."

A chance to win Worlds trumps income at this point for Deft, who emphasized that he expects his return to Korea to mean he would be making less money than he did in China.

Though Deft had a very successful year the last time in played in Korea — in 2014 on Samsung Blue — that roster eventually fell to their sister team and eventual World Champions Samsung White at Worlds 2014, leaving the ADC hungry to finally hoist the Summoner's Cup.

Annabelle "Abelle" Fischer is a writer for theScore esports with a love for Dota 2, birds and cheese. You can follow her on Twitter.