Deft renews oldest win record with first Worlds win
Veteran long-distance dealer “Deft” Kim Hyuk-kyu, who was at the center of DRX’s “Miracle Run,” broke the record for the oldest World Championship (LOL World Cup).
In the 2022 LOL World Cup final held at the Chase Center in San Francisco on the 6th (Korea time), DRX beat T1 3-2 to achieve its first Worlds championship. Kim Hyuk-kyu, a 10-year veteran, also recorded his first Worlds victory in his career. At the same time, he set a new record for the oldest championship.
The previous record for the oldest LOL World Cup title was held by “Ambition” Kang Chan-yong, who won the title with Samsung Galaxy in 2017. At that time, he was active at the age of 25, defeating T1, where “Faker” Lee Sang-hyuk was holding out, 3-0 and winning the championship.
The LOL World Cup final drew attention to the showdown between superstar Kim Hyuk-kyu and Lee Sang-hyuk of the same age. And the winner of the two was able to break Kang’s 25-year-old winning record and become the hero of the new record by winning the LOL Cup at the age of 26. And with the victory of DRX, the new hero of the oldest championship record became Kim Hyuk-kyu.
During the tournament, Kim Hyuk-kyu played a strong line match with “Beryl” Cho Kun-hee and showed off his still skills by strongly pressing the opponent’s bottom duo. Even if he stopped him in the line match, he did not lose his concentration. In the final, he also had a hard time in the line match against the T1 bottom duo, but he continued to play calmly in the mid-to-late hit and was in charge of the team’s firepower. Based on this skillful play, Kim Hyuk-kyu proved himself to be a player who can set a record for the oldest winner.
Meanwhile, Kim Hyuk-kyu also succeeded in breaking the LOL Cup Nyjinx, in which players under the age of 21 win the LOL World Cup along with the record of the oldest LOL World Cup title.