MaRin leaves Topsports Gaming, enters free agency
Jang “Marin” Gyeong-hwan and LPL squad Topsports Gaming have parted ways, the organization has announced on Weibo. Freelance journalist Ran first covered the news on her Twitter channel, and Korizon followed suit.
MaRin closes another chapter in his career following his separation with Topsports Gaming. He sparingly played during the 2018 LPL season, and held an 11W-20L record overall, and 5W-3L during the summer. TOP ended in seventh place in the East Region of the 2018 LPL spring split, but they showcased promise with a three-player rotation in the top lane. The team then reached the LPL summer playoffs after a third-place finish, but was unable to qualify to the LPL regionals.
MaRin was a core member of SK Telecom T1 between 2013 and 2015. In 2013 and 2014, the organization fielded two teams, and SK Telecom T1 S had noteworthy results in South Korea. However, they were unable to outperform Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok’s SK Telecom T1 K throughout their existence.
In 2015, the two teams merged, and MaRin was a core member of SK Telcom T1’s 2015 World Championship squad. Nevertheless, following SKT T1’s victory, he moved to China and played with LGD Gaming, where he was unable to compete for the top of the LPL.
In 2017, he returned to the LCK and joined a stacked Afreeca Freecs squad, and he contended for Korea’s third seed in the LCK Regional gauntlet. Ultimately, Samsung Galaxy narrowly beat them 3-2 on the way to winning the World Championship over SKT T1, 3-0.
Whether MaRin will have an impact during free agency remains to be seen, particularly in the LCK. His next career move is unclear at the time of writing.