Deft and Pawn Leave EDG, LCK Bound?

Nov 1, 2016

EDG mid laner Pawn took to Facebook today to announce he would be leaving his team of two years. Pawn made a name for himself playing for Samsung Blue and Samsung White, who he won the Summoner’s Cup with in 2014.

Pawn’s post on Facebook read like this:

During my two years in EDG there were a lot of tough moments but I won a lot of tournaments and even learned a little Chinese, so I think it was time well spent,” he wrote. “If I had any regrets, it would be that we lost against the ROX Tigers without being able to play a single game. I want to thank EDG for taking care of me for two years and I hope they have more success next year.”

“I don’t know what team I’ll be a part of next year, but I will work hard to show an even better performance for worlds. As for my back, I’ve been taking good care of it so I don’t expect it to be a problem during practice or competition.”

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Fellow EDG teammate and AD carry Deft has also announced he will be leaving the team after the Demancia Cup in November. A translation to Deft’s Facebook post was provided by user KoreanExplanation on Reddit:

“Hello I am Deft and I have been playing the ADC role for EDG. I have decided after the Demacia Cup taking place in November to leave EDG. I had some tough times during my 2 years, but I feel extremely fortunate to be able to be part of EDG while I played in China.

I am extremely happy I was able to win many LPL titles and one international title with my hard working teammates. I also like to thank our coach Aaron who helped me out like a friend when I was homesick for Korea and also his promise that he will put me in a team with the best players in the world.

Coach I just want to say I was really happy to be able to play with such great teammates. Also I fought with him the most and sometimes he gave me suggestions like a older brother and sometimes gave me criticism as a teammate, Clearlove thank you for teaching me a lot.

Also Meiko lol you were really bad at first but you are extremely competitive and hard-working which reminded me of myself when I was young, so I tried to help you out as much as possible and hopefully next ADC you get can withstand your snoring. I believe you will still play well without me and will get better.

Also even though I am Korean I like to thank the Chinese fans for cheering me on. I felt like I received overwhelming amount of love, this post became longer than I expected but Thank you for reading it until the end.”

If this is the beginning of a reverse Korean exodus, the LCK just got a whole lot scarier.

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Jamie Jacobs
Jamie Jacobs is a bot lane main who once won 17 consecutive Janna games. His favorite champions are Thresh, Kalista, and Bard. Jamie writes about competitive League of Legends and the professional gaming scene every week at Esports Edition.
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