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HLE’s Deft Shares A Message For Fnatic: “You Did Well Despite The Given Situation”



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Kim Hyuk-kyu, known as “Deft,” is a 24-year-old South Korean League Of Legends player who has been representing Hanwha Life Esports for over ten months. Before that, he was playing for DRX.

After finding themselves in second place over PSG Talon and Fnatic in Group C, Deft spoke in a post-match interview with Korizon Esports’ Ashley Kang and shared his opinion about Fnatic and their performances at Worlds 2021.

Despite the fact that the European community was hopeful to see Fnatic in playoffs, their main ADC player Elias “Upset” Lipp missed playing in the group stage due to a family matter, and they played with their academy player Louis “Bean” Schmitz.

Therefore, Fnatic couldn’t perform as they wanted in the group stage as they were eliminated by receiving five losses and one victory. However, their performances were impressive although they couldn’t bring any results besides their match against Royal Never Give Up.

In the conversation, Deft talked about Fnatic’s performance at the group stage and stated that they did pretty well even though they didn’t compete with the original roster, which he seemed sad about the situation.

Furthermore, the experienced player praised the talent of their bot lane by saying that Zdravets “Hylissang” Iliev Galabov might be the most aggressive support player he ever played against on the stage.

As for the rookie, Louis “Bean” Schmitz, Deft mentioned that he wasn’t playing with his full potential in the first match, but he started to play more aggressively in their second encounter after feeling confident about himself. Then, he wished Bean luck for his future.

Deft talked about Fnatic and their bot lane:

“First, I want to offer you [Fnatic] my apology for not having been able to play at Worlds with your optimal roster. Yet, you were doing so well despite the given situation. You made me think – ‘I need to work harder, too.’

I can especially speak for their bot duo, since I laned against them. Hylissang, for example. He played so aggressively, to a point I wondered if he is the most aggressive support player I’ve ever played against on stage.  That made it really fun to play against him.

Or, for example, Bean. I’m not sure how much scrim time he got before he started. But in our first match – I got the feeling he wasn’t playing to his full capacity. Then, the second time I laned against him, he was aggressive.

I could visibly see that he was feeling much more confident compared to the first time I had seen him. I hope he continues to do well.”

You can check out the full interview below.

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