MaRin on facing SKT next: “We need to beat all of the other teams in order to make it to the playoffs.”

Jang “MaRin” Gyeong-hwan, the former top laner for SK Telecom T1 and the current top laner for the Afreeca Freecs, said regardless of his team’s opponent, they need to win to make it to the playoffs.

Afreeca took down the ROX Tigers 2-1 in Wednesday’s League Champions Korea match to improve its record to 5-5. As the team is gearing up for its next match against SKT, MaRin said in an interview with Daily eSports that his team will have to win all of its coming matches to have a shot at the playoffs, so the opponent doesn’t really matter.

“We need to beat all of the other teams in order to make it to the playoffs,” he said. “SKT is indeed a very good team, but I don’t think they’re a team we can’t beat. I want to win through thorough preparation.”

Although Game 1 went in Afreeca’s favor, ROX took a Game 2. MaRin said the reason behind the loss was determined by mistakes between MaRin, Ha “Kramer” Jong-hoon and Lee “Kuro” Seo-haeng.

ROX also deployed Park “Shy” Sang-myeon in Game 2, and MaRin elected to go for Kennen, a champion that he doesn’t have a good record as. Although MaRin said that he didn’t feel “that much of a difference” when Shy was his lane opponent in Game 2, he had a lot more to say about his performance as Kennen.

“I made a lot of mistakes, but I also think that the team needs to work on initiations,” he said. “I think I can succeed as Kennen if the team finds the right fights at the right times through good game management. I know my record as Kennen isn’t great, but it was a prepared pick. It was disappointing since the fights didn’t open in the ways I hoped them to.”

Almost as a direct response to the concern he had in Game 2, MaRin picked Jarvan IV against Shy’s Jax in Game 3. It wasn’t a pick “because of his laning,” but rather because he is a “forceful initiator against low mobility champions,” which gave him the upper hand.

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