Heo "Lindarang" Man-heung joined the Afreeca Freecs as a mid laner on January 6th, 2016. The Afreeca Freecs started the 2016 LCK Spring Split as a bottom three team, losing many of their sets during the first round robin. This changed after their 2-1 upset over SK Telecom T1 in Week 6, which marked the start of a streak of wins that resulted in an exceptional second round robin where they went 7-2 in sets and cliched the final, fifth playoff spot in what many labeled as a "Cinderella Story." Unfortunately, during the first round of the 2016 LCK Spring Playoffs, they lost 2-0 to the Jin Air Green Wings, giving them fifth place overall for the spring split. Lindarang did not play during the spring split, as Afreeca preferred to run Mickey as their starting midlaner. During the midseason, Lindarang moved from mid lane to top lane.
During the 2016 LCK Summer Split, the Afreeca Freecs went 8-10 in series. Lindarang shared starting time with fellow top laner ikssu. They earned fifth place in the regular season and a spot in the first round of the 2016 LCK Summer Playoffs. In the first round, the Freecs met Samsung Galaxy, who beat them 2-0, earning the Freecs fifth place overall for the split. Their accumulated points earned them a spot in the first round of the 2016 Season Korea Regional Finals, where they beat the Jin Air Green Wings 3-2 before losing to Samsung Galaxy 3-1 in a rematch.