The Afreeca Freecs defied expectations on Thursday in defeating SK Telecom T1 with a commanding 2-0 victory. As the MVP of both games, Afreeca’s top laner Jang “MaRin” Gyeong-hwan was invited to the post match interview with OGN casters Lee “CloudTemplar” Hyun-woo and Kim Dong-jun, and he described what the problem was with Afreeca’s inconsistent performances.
“I think the large gaps in our performances is because our shot caller had too many people talking at the same time so it went nowhere,” he said. “From the mid to late game, I took charge to lead the team.”
The inconsistency of Afreeca is a commonly used criticism that’s used against the team, and MaRin admits to that fact.
“We definitely have up and down performances,” he said. “Whenever we play, we play well enough to win against most teams most of the time, but when we don’t play well, we really don’t. We’re working hard so we don’t have such performances.”
As MaRin is a former top laner of SKT, the major narrative was the clash of the old versus the new as Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon faced off against MaRin. In both games MaRin out performed Huni, and he described why he thought so.
“I think the way Huni played today is different from his usual play style, so it wasn’t difficult to deal with him,” he said. “I think he got drew too much aggro by trying to dive top too many times in bad situations, so maybe that’s why it worked out for us.”
The drafting was also centered around the top lane, and as MaRin was able to flex his skills in Game 1, Game 2’s drafting also seemed to work around just how strong of a tank MaRin was.
“I think that SKT lost the first game because they didn’t have a tank as they went for the Jayce priority pick in the top lane,” he said. “In the second one, as we took Maokai, we banned away Poppy away since Huni is very good at her, and we didn’t know who he would pick instead. We did the drafting like that because we think there isn’t a tank that’s better than Maokai at the moment. Champions like Cassiopeia, Graves and, Sivir can deal lots of damage as long there is a tank line in front of them, so we drafted around the team fight.”