TL MARIN : Team Liquid has completely dismantled their League of Legends section after failing to win a single title this season. The organization plans to replace its entire team and coaching staff. Liquid announced today that they had hired former player and Summoner’s Cup champion Jang “MaRin” Gyeong-hwan as the team’s new head coach, marking the beginning of their free agency period.
After retiring from playing in 2018, the 31-year-old veteran will make his coaching debut with the team. ‘I want to become the hardest working coach to produce the greatest squad,’ MaRin said on social media. I’m going to do all I can for the team, the business, and the supporters.
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MaRin played for a number of teams throughout the course of his career, but he is most remembered for his 2015 season with SK Telecom T1, during which the team won back-to-back LCK titles and advanced to the World Championships for the second time.
Teaming up with legends like Bengi, Wolf, Bang, and Faker, Oracle’s Elixir claims that their top laner amassed the fourth-most kills at Worlds 2015 and the best early-game metrics among top laners. However, MaRin opted to move on from the LCK the next year, joining LGD Gaming in the LPL.
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From 2016-2018, MaRin bounced across LCK and LPL teams like Afreeca Freecs and Topsports Gaming, but he was never able to achieve the same level of success he had with SKT. Following his replacement on Topsports’ squad, he resigned from professional play and did not reappear till now.
If you’re a fan of Liquid and were sad to hear about the exits of talents like Bjergsen and Hans Sama during the last few months, this is likely welcome news. CoreJJ is expected to return to the team next season, but the roster spots for the remainder of the year are uncertain at this time.