KT Rolster has secured one of the top free agents on the League of Legends market, signing AD Carry Hyuk-kyu “Deft” Kim, the player tweeted Wednesday (with a new Twitter handle). Fomos reports KT Rolster announced the move in a press release.
KT Deft— 김혁규 Deft (@KTDefT1) December 1, 2016
Deft joins former ROX Tigers top laner Kyung-ho “Smeb” Song and former EDward Gaming/Samsung mid laner Won-seok “PawN” Heo as the third splash signing of the week for KT Rolster. The trio will join jungler Dong-bin “Score” Go on the roster, with a support yet to be signed.
Deft rose to fame as the talented young AD Carry for Samsung Blue from 2013-14, making the World semifinals on that squad. After the Season 4 World Championship, he left Samsung Blue for EDward Gaming in China, where he played with PawN for two years and brought a number of domestic titles to the organization — but limited international success.
KT Rolster is one of the oldest gaming organizations in South Korea, but has made only one appearance at worlds — 2015, which finished in a 3-1 quarterfinal defeat to the KOO Tigers. KT just barely missed Worlds this season despite finishing third in the Spring Playoffs and runners-up in Summer, thanks to an upset victory by eventual World finalists Samsung Galaxy in the Regional Finals.
With this series of signings, this year’s LCK season is gearing up to be a spicy one. SKT has responded by re-signing Faker to a purportedly record deal, and reports have them adding in former ROX Tigers jungler Wang-ho “Peanut” Han.