Afreeca head coach on playing Mowgli: “We wanted to utilize the positives that come with playing with the team’s youngest.”

MaRin injured his hand while riding a bicycle and said he's "taking solo queue slowly" while recovering.
The Afreeca Freecs top laner MaRin (Jang Gyeong-hwan) injured his hand while riding a bicycle and said he's "taking solo queue slowly" while recovering.

After defeating Kongdoo Monster 2-0 in the first League Champions Korea match since the IEM Katowice break, Afreeca Freecs head coach Choi “iloveoov” Yeon-seong talked to OSEN’s Ko Yon-jun about his choice to give Lee “Mowgli” Jae-ha a chance to play instead of Lee “Spirit” Da-yoon.

“I wanted to utilize the positives that come with playing with the team’s youngest,” he said. “Since he is the youngest, the teams feels comfortable in saying what they have in mind. Although (Mowgli) does fall behind Spirit when it comes to performance, I thought communication was more important. I intend to use this case as a success and use it to cement the way the team communicates.”

Afreeca was determined to take a win off of Kongdoo, especially considering Afreeca mid laner Lee “KurO” Seo-haeng confessed in the post-match live interview that the “week of time off” was closer to “a week of hellish practice.” The head coach corroborated that statement.

“We really practiced while sleeping less,” he said. “The players had a tough time, but we were able to create a victory, so I think we can maintain our practice regimen like this.”

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