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As LoL Team Liquid’s new head coach for 2023, a Worlds-winning top laner will make his professional League debut. After failing to win a single title this year, Team Liquid has demolished a large portion of its League of Legends section to make way for big changes to its lineup and coaching. The team will begin free agency by hiring former Summoner’s Cup champion Jang “MaRin” Gyeong-hwan as its new head coach, Liquid revealed today.
After retiring from competitive play in 2018, the 31-year-old veteran will make his coaching debut with the organization at the LoL Team Liquid. “I want to be the hardest working coach in order to build the greatest squad,” MaRin said on social media. “I will do all I can for the team, the organization, and the fans.”
MaRin has fought for a number of organizations during his career, but he is most recognized for his stint with SK Telecom T1 in 2015, when he helped the team win back-to-back LCK titles on the route to its second World Championship.
According to Oracle’s Elixir, the brilliant top laner picked up the fourth-most kills at Worlds 2015 at the LoL Team Liquid, as well as the highest early-game metrics in his position, alongside famous teammates like Bengi, Wolf, Bang, and Faker. MaRin, on the other hand, opted to quit the LCK and join LGD Gaming in the LPL after that year.
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From 2016 through 2018, MaRin played for teams like as Afreeca Freecs and Topsports Gaming in the LCK and LPL, but he was never able to recreate his success with SKT at the LoL Team Liquid. He quit from professional play after being replaced on Topsports’ roster, and he hadn’t been seen since.
This should be welcome news for Liquid fans, particularly after the team revealed the exits of a number of players in recent months, including Bjergsen and Hans Sama. CoreJJ is expected to be on the roster next year, while the other positions are still up in the air.