Deft Domestic Career
Deft began his LoL career on MVP Blue. Together with his teammates, he took part in 2013 OLYMPUS Champions Spring. MVP Blue had a strong start, but they quickly ran out of steam and finished dead-last in groups. They came back in 2013 HOT6iX Champions Summer. But despite Deft’s best efforts, MVP couldn’t gain any ground and fell short in the group stage.
In the off-season, he left the organization for Samsung Blue (SSB). They had a strong showing at the 2013 World Cyber Games Qualifiers and even managed to knock SKT T1 out of the tournament. But in the finals, they suffered a narrow loss at the hand of CJ Blaze.
SSB came back for 2013-2014 PANDORA.TV Champions Winter. They made it out of the group stage with a 0-3-0 record (wins-ties-losses), but the playoffs had them crumbling in the first series against SKT T1 K.
Shortly thereafter, Samsung Blue made a trade with their sister team, Samsung Ozone, exchanging PawN for Dade. But prior to playing with his new team, Deft showed up at the 2014 LoL Masters event as a part of the Samsung lineup. With his help, Samsung advanced to the playoffs and defeated CJ Entus and SKT T1 to claim the trophy.
SSB entered 2014 HOT6iX Champions Spring with renewed vigor. Deft, in particular, proved himself as one of the most dominant AD carries in South Korea. He was key in securing their 3-0-0 group stage run, and he seemingly kept getting better as the tournament went on. With his help, Samsung Blue took down SKT T1 K and their sister team, Samsung Ozone, to reach the finals. There, they scored a confident 3-1 victory over Najin White Shield.
A similar story unfolded in summer. Samsung Blue dominated the group stage with a 2-1-0 record. The playoffs had them dismantling Jin Air Stealths and Samsung White to reach yet another final. But inexplicably, SSB ran out of steam and lost 2-3 to KT Arrows. Still, this showing was more than enough to qualify for the 2014 World Championship.
In the off-season, Deft parted ways with Samsung to play for EDward Gaming (EDG) in the LPL. EDG put on a clinic in the 2015 Spring Split. With a 17-4-1 record, they finished the regular season in first place and earned a bye to the Semifinals. There, they crushed Invictus Gaming and won a close series against LGD to claim the trophy.
At the same time, they also attended the 2015 Demacia Cup Spring. EDG asserted their dominance and secured a first-place finish without dropping a single game. Meanwhile, their performance in the LPL, EDG earned an invitation to the 2015 MSI.
EDG continued their winning streak in the 2015 LPL Summer Split. With a massive 14-6-2 record in the regular season, they seemed poised to take over the competition. But inexplicably, they faltered in the Semifinals against LGD, losing the series with a 0-3 score. In the third-place match, EDG suffered another defeat at the hand of Invictus Gaming.
With that, they had to go through the Regional Finals. Fortunately, EDG stepped up their game and qualified for Worlds with a revenge win over Invictus Gaming. During the same timeframe, EDG participated in the 2015 Demacia Cup Summer. Once again, they had a strong showing at the event and 3-0’d OMG in the finals to claim another trophy.
However, EDG faltered in the 2016 LPL Spring Split. Even though they still produced a great 12-4 record, they finished their group in second place, one win behind RNG. A similar story took place in the playoffs. And while EDG made it to the finals, it was only to suffer a 1-3 defeat at the hand of RNG.
In summer, EDG returned to their old form. They showed up at the 2016 Demacia Cup, defeating the likes of RNG and IMAY to seize the first-place finish. As for the 2016 Summer Split, EDG produced a stellar 16-0 groups record and seamlessly qualified for the playoffs. In the Semifinals, they defeated Team WE with a 3-2 score and qualified for Worlds with a one-sided finals victory over RNG.
The off-season had Deft leaving EDG to play for KT Rolster in South Korea. Despite their stacked lineup, KT had a haphazard showing in the 2017 LCK Spring Split. Even so, they managed to secure a 12-6 record as well as a third-place finish in the regular season. In the playoffs, KT dismantled MVP and Samsung Galaxy to advance to the finals. There, they suffered a devastating 0-3 loss at the hand of SKT T1.
They came back even stronger in summer. With a 14-4 regular season record, KT got a bye to the Semifinals. But suddenly, they faltered and lost the following series against SKT T1 with a 2-3 score. Of course, they could still make it to Worlds through the Gauntlet. But even though they were seeded directly to the finals, KT fell to the resurging Samsung Galaxy lineup.
In the off-season, KT took part in the 2017 LoL KeSPA Cup. They dominated the playoffs with back-to-back wins against Ever8 Winners and Samsung Galaxy. In the finals, they clashed with Longzhu Gaming. The series came down to the wire, but in the end, KT clinched a narrow 3-2 victory.
Deft International Tournaments
On Samsung Blue, Deft went to his first international tournament, the 2014 World Championship. SSB enjoyed great success in groups, qualifying for the knockout stage with a 5-1 record. Their playoffs run started with a promising win over Cloud9, but the following series against Samsung White ended in a disastrous 0-3 loss.
On EDG, Deft went to the 2015 Mid-Season Invitational. They finished the group stage in second place, a single win behind the tournament favorites, SKT T1. In the Semifinals, EDG picked up the slack and 3-0’d AHQ. They reached their peak in the finals and took down SKT T1 in a close 3-2 series.
He also participated in the 2015 World Championship. With Deft’s help, EDG secured the second seed in the group stage, but the Quarterfinals had them clashing with the dominant Fnatic lineup. After falling 0-3 to the EU LCS champions, EDG were eliminated from the competition.
Deft then attended the 2016 World Championship. In spite of his health issues, he played in four group stage games and helped EDG qualify for the playoffs. Still, he couldn’t be there in the Quarterfinals when EDG lost 1-3 to ROX Tigers.