Lindarang Domestic Career
Heo “Lindarang” Man-heung began his career as a substitute mid laner for Afreeca Freecs. He joined the team in the beginning of 2016, although he didn’t get to start in any games in spring. Shortly thereafter, he switched to top lane and shared playtime with ikksu in the 2016 LCK Summer Split. Afreeca Freecs had a middling showing and produced an 8-10 record to qualify for the playoffs. That being said, Lindarang was lacking as a top laner, and his team preferred to field ikksu over him.
Afreeca entered the playoffs with high hopes, but a 0-2 loss to Samsung Galaxy knocked them out of the competition. They tried to bounce back in the Regional Finals, and their 3-2 victory over Jin Air showed a glimmer of hope. However, the following loss to Samsung Galaxy put an end to their run. Afreeca went on to play in the 2016 LoL KeSPA Cup, but their stay was brief, as they fell in their first series against MVP.
In the off-season, Lindarang parted ways with the organization and joined ROX Tigers. Due to a complete roster overhaul, ROX Tigers struggled to find their identity in the 2017 LCK Spring Split. With an 8-10 record, they finished the regular season in the bottom half of the LCK table and missed out on the playoffs. A similar narrative unfolded in summer, and ROX once again failed to make a splash in the league.
Afterward, the entire team went to the 2017 LoL KeSPA Cup. They won their first match against Gyeonggi, however, their next series against Ever8 Winners ended in defeat.
Lindarang International Tournaments
On ROX Tigers, Lindarang attended his first international tournament, the IEM Season 11 World Championship. ROX had a decent showing in groups, defeating M19 and H2K to qualify for the knockout stage. Their run was cut short when they lost 1-2 in the Quarterfinals against G2 Esports.