MaRin retires from competitive League of Legends
Jang “MaRin” Gyeong-hwan has officially announced his retirement from competitive League of Legends as a player. The player announced his retirement on his Twitch stream, and Korizon’s Ashley Kang provided full context for the player’s declarations on his stream.
In his illustrious career, MaRin has won the 2015 World Championship as a member of SK Telecom T1. The moment was a culmination for his tenure within SKT T1, an organization he had joined in 2013. Initially a substitute, he rose through the ranks through SKT T1 K’s sister team, SKT T1 S. Initially billed a solo queue elite, he took time to translate his success into the competitive scene.
Following the dissolution of the sister team system, MaRin joined the unified SKT T1 as the starting top laner. There, he played alongside fellow SKT T1 S members Lee “Easyhoon” Ji-hoon, Bae “Bang” Jun-sik and Lee “Wolf” Jae-wan. The trio joined forces with Bae “bengi” Seong-woong and took over the South Korean circuit by storm. By the end of the season, the 2015 Mid-Season Invitational represented their sole loss of the season.
The player kept playing for three years, with stints in LGD Gaming (2016), Afreeca Freecs (2017) and Topsports Gaming (2018). His parting of ways with the latter sent him reeling into a treacherous free agency, and he remained there until his retirement.
The matter marks the retirement of yet another previous teammate of Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok. Indeed, the legendary mid laner has outlasted Bengi, Easyhoon, Im “Tom” Jae-hyeon, Kwon “Wraith” Ji-min and Lee “PoohManDu” Jeong-hyeon.
Whether he will join a coaching staff remains to be seen. Indeed, South Korea has undergone regulation changes about their military draft. As a result, individuals may delay their service until age 28 — an age MaRin has reached. However, the player noted that he would be streaming from time to time, not confirming whether he would join the military.