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Deft Leaving DRX: Next Season With DWG KIA

News 23-11-2022 12:50
Deft Semifinals Worlds 2022
He is not finished yet: Deft is looking to prove himself once more in 2023. | © Riot Games

Merely over two weeks ago DRX crowned themselves League of Legends World Champions of 2022. Now the harsh reality of free agency has set in for the team. The DRX dream team we were so lucky to witness during Worlds is no more. Bot laner Kim "Deft" Hyuk-kyu will leave the team after a year of playing with them. As it seems, this is not the end of his career!

Deft was at the center of the attention in the days leading up to the Finals. A long and storied career for the 26-year-old, only missing the Summoner's Cup. In the end, he and his team managed to beat T1 and Faker, his old rival from high school days. The new-found success has not kept him with the World Champions of DRX. Deft is looking for a new challenge in 2023.

League of Legends: Deft Announced As Bot Laner For DWG KIA

From one World Championship Team to the other: Just very recently DWG KIA of the LCK broke some massive news on Twitter: Deft will be joining DAMWON Gaming for the 2023 season. This would've been a great announcement either way, but since Deft is now also a reigning World Champion, there is a lot of extra spice in DAMWON's newest acquisition.

DWG KIA have been at the top of League of Legends Esports already. As many of you might remember, they managed to win the 2020 Worlds with a 3-1 performance against Suning, now known as Weibo Gaming. They have failed to defend their title in 2021, falling short against EDward Gaming.

They've also managed to qualify for the 2022 World Championship and many saw them as a dark horse to take home the Summoner's Cup once more. It wasn't to be, though. They matched up against Gen.G in the Quarterfinals, but narrowly lost out 2-3.

DWG KIA Going All Out For 2023

As it sits, DAMWON seems to be hellbent on winning it all in 2023. Aside from Deft, they've also signed new coaches in GorillA and Acorn, and since the depature of top laner Nuguri, they've come to terms with a capable replacement. Kim "Canna" Chang-dong, who has been playing for Nongshim RedForce and also T1, signed with DWG KIA only a few days ago.

No doubt about it, the 2023 LCK Spring Split will be action-packed once more! What do you think? Are the most recent acquisitions of DWG enough to once more challenge for a title at Worlds 2023? We'll be thrilled to find out and keep you up to date!

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