MaRin
Jang Gyeong-Hwan 
South Korea
Topsports Gaming
Struggles on Gnar
March 28, 2018
Marin ended TOP's 0-2 loss to iG with a 2/9/11 KDA in two games as Gnar.
ANALYSIS
Marin finished Game 1 with a 0/3/5 KDA. He was involved in five of 13 kills, finishing tied for the third-highest assist total in Game 1. In Game 2, Marin ended with a 2/6/6 KDA. He was involved in eight of 15 kills, dying a team-high six times, but also leading TOP with six assists in Game 2. Marin finished the series involved in 13 of 28 kills, earning the third-highest assist total on the team.
Free Agent
To take Spring Split off
January 2, 2018
MaRin won't be competing during the 2018 Spring Split, kenzi of Fomos.kr reports.
ANALYSIS
MaRin was the only player on Afreeca to not re-sign with the team for the 2018 season, putting his future in doubt. It was expected that he would explore free agency, but it's now been confirmed that he'll be stepping away from the game for at least a Split. No word on what his plans for the Summer Split and beyond are at the moment.
Lone player not re-signing with Afreeca
November 20, 2017
MaRin was the only player on Afreeca to not re-sign for the 2018 Season, the team announced Monday.
ANALYSIS
While the other five players on the Afreeca roster re-signed with the team on Monday, MaRin was the lone player who failed to do so. While he had a strong season, it looks like he wants to explore his options in free agency. He's now free to field offers from other teams, and you can bet that he will find a landing spot in the near future. Afreeca, meanwhile, will now be on the hunt for a new top laner for the upcoming season.
Strong performance in all three games
July 18, 2017
MaRin finished Afreeca's 2-1 win over bbq with a 7/6/18 combined KDA.
ANALYSIS
MaRin ended Game 1 with a 1/3/6 KDA as Jarvan IV. He picked up Afreeca's first kill in the 11th minute and finished the game involved in all but one Afreeca kill, leading the team in assists. Using Jarvan again in Game 2, MaRin earned a 2/2/8 KDA. He again was involved in all but one Afreeca kill, ending the game with the second highest assist total. In Game 3, MaRin used Rumble to finish with a 4/1/4 KDA. He was involved in eight of Afreeca's 13 kills, utilizing excellent placement of The Equalizer to take control of the game from an early stage.
Reminiscent of SKT form in series victory
July 15, 2017
MaRin posted a 5/1/13 KDA in Afreeca Freecs' 2-0 series victory over SKT T1 on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
MaRin played two games of Jarvan IV, and was a global threat in both games. He constantly pressured the bottom lane specifically to put the SKT duo lane behind. His awareness and roaming were fantastic. Throughout the series, he looked reminiscent of his SKT form. He wasn't as outwardly dominant, but his plays kept Afreeca ahead in the budding phases of the game. That could just be a fluke, since his entire team looked to receive the intangible team-wide buff that Afreeca gains when playing against SKT in the regular season. That being said, MaRin played two great games and that deserves to be recognized.
Strong bruiser performances
July 12, 2017
MaRin finished Wednesday's 2-1 win over ROX with a 12/6/14 combined KDA.
ANALYSIS
MaRin used Renekton in Game 1 to end with a 6/0/2 KDA. He was unkillable, finishing the game with half of his team's kills and being involved in eight of 12 Afreeca kills in Game 1. In Game 2, MaRin used Kennen to finish with a 2/3/4 KDA. He was involved in all but one kill in the game, but struggled to ever get to a point where he could effectively split-push and carry the game. In the deciding Game 3, MaRin used Jarvan IV to earn a 4/3/8 KDA. He was involved in 12 of Afreeca's 16 kills, tying for the team high in kills and finishing with the second-most assists in the game.
Unkillable in quick sweep
June 28, 2017
Marin finished Afreeca's sweep of Jin Air with a 1/0/9 combined KDA.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1, Marin used Gragas to finish with a 0/0/3 KDA. He was unkillable, involved in three of Afreeca's five kills and providing excellent crowd control in a clean Game 1 win. In Game 2, Marin earned 1/0/6 KDA as Rumble. He helped Afreeca snowball to victory, involved in 50 percent of his team's kills and dominating teamfights with excellent placement of The Equalizer.
Assist-heavy performance
June 15, 2017
MaRin ended Afreeca's 2-1 win over ROX with a 7/12/24 combined KDA.
ANALYSIS
MaRin ended Game 1 with a 3/1/10 KDA as Renekton. He was nearly unkillable and was involved in 13 of Afreeca's 16 kills as they took a fairly one-sided Game 1 win. In Game 2, MaRin used Gragas to end with a 2/7/7 KDA. Game 2 was a scrappy affair and MaRin was able to provide enough crowd control to be involved in nine of his team's 13 kills in a losing effort. Using Gragas again in Game 3, MaRin finished with a 2/4/7 KDA. A close game throughout, MaRin provided enough late-game teamfighting presence to help Afreeca take the deciding Game 3 and close out the series.
Falls off after Game 1
June 6, 2017
Marin ended Afreeca's 1-2 loss to Samsung with a 5/8/6 combined KDA.
ANALYSIS
Marin started the series well with an unkillable, 4/0/2 performance on Renekton in Game 1. He was involved in six of Afreeca's nine kills, leading the way in the Game 1 win with his team's highest kill total. From there he fell off, starting with a 1/6/3 Kennen performance in Game 2. He was unable to snowball his laning phase against CuVee and lacked impact in teamfights with the AD Kennen build. Returning to Renekton for Game 3, Marin ended with a 0/2/1 KDA. He was unable to replicate his Game 1 success as Samsung were able to take the series-deciding final game.
Flashes of old self overshadowed by poor macro play
June 4, 2017
MaRin posted a 6/11/10 KDA in Afreeca Freecs 1-2 series loss to KT Rolster on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
The ex-world champion played a game of Jarvan IV, Kennen, and Fiora. His Jarvan game was fantastic, and it was prefaced with Afreeca throwing four, arguably five, bans in the lane alone. He laned well and baited one of the world's best top laners. And eventually asserted a dominance throughout the game, while rendering Smeb useless. Game 2 and 3 went about the same for him despite playing two different champions. He was pressured heavily in lane, and his jungler couldn't do much to help because the rest of Afreeca was falling behind. One important thing to note in Game 2 is that Marin was one Kennen Slicing Maelstrom tick away from equalizing the five-man dive in the bot lane that propelled KT Rolster ahead in Game 2. MaRin isn't back to his championship form, or even close to it, but he can get there and he did show some signs of his old self.
Sloppy, but good enough
May 31, 2017
MaRin finished AF's win over Ever8 with a 8/10/13 combined KDA.
ANALYSIS
MaRin wasn't at his best, but was good enough to help Afreeca to a 2-1 win over Ever8. He finished Game 1 with a 1/4/1 KDA as Fiora, lacking any major impact as Afreeca dropped Game 1. MaRin helped even the series with a 6/4/6 KDA on Rumble in Game 2, picking up a game-high kill total, but also the highest death total on his team in Game 2. Using Gragas in the final game, MaRin helped earn the series win with a 1/2/6 KDA. He provided plenty of crowd control, allowing AF to close out the final game of the series.
Deleted in teamfights
April 7, 2017
Marin finished Friday's sweep to MVP with a 2/9/6 KDA in two games as Nautilus.
ANALYSIS
MaRin ended Game 1 with a 0/4/4 KDA. He picked up an assist in the second and third teamfights and two assists in the fourth teamfight. It was a similar story in Game 2, as MaRin finished with a 2/5/2 KDA. He picked up a kill during an early game 3-vs-3 fight in the top lane and an assist picking off ADD in the early game. He grabbed a kill in the third teamfight and an assist in the fourth teamfight. MaRin struggled to really set up kills throughout the series and was often burned down quickly in teamfights as MVP dominated 5-vs-5 situations in both games of the series.
Dr. Mundo pick falls flat
March 31, 2017
MaRin went 3/11/13 in Afreeca's loss to KT on Thursday.
ANALYSIS
MaRin had a bit of an up-and-down series here against KT Rolster. He started off on Rumble in Game 1 and was not bad, but not great either. He was even in his lane early on and even got the first tower at about nine minutes. This gave him a big lead over Smeb's Kennen, which was huge for Afreeca. His strong frontline presence was enough to give his team the big win here. From then on in the series, though, he was less than stellar. He played Dr. Mundo in Game 2 and had a mediocre showing. He never really got ahead in his lane, which led to this niche pick falling extremely flat on its face. Game 3 was an even worse showing for him. He died he most times of anyone in this game, accounting for almost a third of his team's deaths. He did have one moment where he threw down a nice Body Slam that set up Afreeca for a teamfight win, but they weren't able to create an advantage from it, which led to the tough loss.
Effective tank and split pusher
March 28, 2017
MaRin ended Afreeca's sweep of Jin Air with a 3/1/8 combined KDA.
ANALYSIS
MaRin ended Game 1 with a 2/0/3 KDA as Kennen. He solo killed SoHwan in the mid game and SnowFlower in the late game for both kills, as he was unable to be taken on in 1-vs-1 situations. His three assists came in the final teamfight. Using Nautilus in Game 2, MaRin finished with a 1/1/5 KDA. He picked up an assist during an early gank onto ikssu and an assist in the first teamfight. His lone kill came picking off Raise in the mid game and his three assists in the final teamfight that closed out the series.
Strong tank play nets victory over Longzhu
March 27, 2017
MaRin earned a series KDA of 3/3/21 in his team's 2-0 series victory against Longzhu.
ANALYSIS
MaRin started off his team's series against Longzhu with a strong showing in Game 1 on Nautilus. Able to hold his own in lane, he scaled up early in order to help his team overcome an early deficit. Although Afreeca fell behind early due to skirmish defeats, he was able to turn things around with strong crowd control, allowing Afreeca to find their own victories. Once they had built up a lead, he was able to force final fights to close out the game. In Game 2, MaRin had another strong tank showing, this time on Gragas. In a similar storyline to the first game, he found his team falling behind early, but he never slowed down. Waiting until the opportune time, he forced fights on his own terms, allowing Afreeca to come back in the game and secure numerous objectives. With a lead, he forced a final fight, wiping out Longzhu and securing his team's 2-0 series victory.
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