Royal Never Give Up

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Royal Never Give Up
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Team Information
Location: China China
Region: News Label - China.png China
Head Coach: Lee "Heart" Gwan-hyung
Sponsor(s): HP
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Active LoL Teams Royal Club
Inactive LoL Teams Royal Club Tian Ci
Created: 2015-05-15
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Current Roster

Royal Never Give Up is the LPL counterpart team to Star Horn Royal Club. A number of their players played with either SHRC, Team King (following King's promotion and SHRC's relegation) or both, and the team also currently wears SHRC badges on its uniforms.


2016 Season

After a 1st-place finish at NESO 2015, RNG finalized a 10-player roster by adding Sask, SHRC and King alumni InSec and NaMei, and two starters from Samsung Galaxy White's Season 4 World Champions - support Mata from Vici Gaming and top-laner Looper from Masters 3. The team impressed early in LPL play, winning consecutive series against Vici and group top seed EDward Gaming. A continued strong performance, including dealing the Qiao Gu Reapers their first series loss of the split, earned an invite to the IEM Season X World Championship in Katowice, Royal's first international tournament in the RNG incarnation. They defeated Origen and Ever to win their group but lost to Fnatic largely in part due to Rekkles' MVP-level performance, primarily as Jhin.

RNG gave playing time to their other five members after IEM Katowice, including InSec picking Master Yi in a comeback win against Energy Pacemaker.All and NaMei marking his return to form by getting a pentakill playing Lucian against Vici. Finishing first in Group B, they earned a bye into the semifinals and then defeated Team WE 3-2 and EDG 3-1 to become LPL champions and earn the right to represent China on home soil at the 2016 Mid-Season Invitational in Shanghai. It marked not only RNG's first LPL championship but also the first for any Royal Club team (including the original Royal Club, Star Horn Royal, and Team King.)

RNG proceeded to impress at MSI, going undefeated over the first three days of group stage play, defeating G2 Esports, Counter Logic Gaming, Flash Wolves, SuperMassive eSports, and even defending world champions and tournament favorites SK Telecom T1. Their first defeat came at the hands of the North American CLG with a massive comeback win, but they still secured the top seed into the playoffs - and a World Championship Pool 1 seed for China. Unfortunately for RNG, SK Telecom T1 recovered from a disappointing fourth place group stage finish, and RNG lost 3-1 in the semifinals - including a perfect game 4 from the Korean team.

Following MSI, InSec, LetMe and Ley stepped down from RNG to focus on the SHRC LSPL squad, but the team acquired former EDG manager San Shao and re-acquired AD Carry Uzi, who had played on Royal's 2013 team and SHRC's 2014 team - both of which had finished second at Worlds. The team was placed in Group B for the Summer Season and ended the Regular Season in first place, with a positive record against all other teams except EDward Gaming. These results, however, do not show the drop in performance that the team suffered, with support player Mata in particular having a rough split and the new superstar botlane playing out of sync, with a conflict between Uzi's patented lane aggressiveness and Mata's roaming tendencies.

Coming into the Semifinals of the Summer Playoffs, Royal faced and bested Team WE in a close 3-2 series. They thus advanced to the Finals, where EDward Gaming waited for them after completing their perfect split run. The Spring Split Finals repeat ended with EDG trumping over Royal 0-3 and exposing the team's struggles, as they were consistently outpaced on a macro level by their rivals. With EDG autoqualifying to the 2016 Season World Championship Royal qualified as the second Chinese seed due to having the most Championship Points.

Royal was placed in Group D alongside NALCS' Team SoloMid, LCK's Samsung Galaxy and EULCS' Splyce. The team lived up to their image of a team composed of highly-talented individuals with an heavy botlane carry focus and glaring problems in the macro game after the laning phase ends; they still managed to brute force their way through the Group Stage with an overall 3-3 score, with two wins against TSM granting them the upper hand in the head-to-head matchup for the second place tiebreaker. They then met SK Telecom T1 in the Quarterfinals: even though they secured Game 1, the Chinese team was eliminated from contention as the Korean powerhouse closed out the series 1-3 and advanced to the Semifinals.

2017 Season

After Mata and Looper's departures, Royal Never Give Up picked up LetMe for the top lane and Ming as their new support. Filling in for two former world champions was tough however RNG made it work. They would finish 1st place in Group A of the 2017 LPL Spring Season with a 12-4 regular season record. In the playoffs although they made it to the finals, they lost 0-3 in dominating fashion to Team WE. The 2017 LPL Summer Season was very similar as RNG finished again in 1st place with the same 12-4 regular season record, only this time in Group B. The playoffs went similarly to the spring playoffs for the team. They made it all the way to the finals again but lost 2-3 to EDward Gaming in a reverse sweep this time.

At the 2017 Season World Championship RNG was placed into Group C along with eventual tournament winners Samsung Galaxy, as well as G2 Esports and 1907 Fenerbahçe Esports. The team performed incredibly well in their group and went 5-1. They only dropped one game to G2 Esports. In the Quarterfinals their opponent was Fnatic and they defeated them 3-1 in convincing fashion. RNG's Worlds run ended in the Semifinals after a 2-3 loss to SK Telecom T1 in a very close series.



  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015

Player Roster


R C ID Name Role Joined
News Label - China.png China Letme Yan Jun-Ze (严君泽) 01 Top 2016-05-17
News Label - China.png China Zz1tai Liu Zhi-Hao (刘志豪) 01 Top 2018-01-14
News Label - Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao.png Taiwan Karsa Hung Hau-Hsuan (洪浩軒) 02 Jungle 2017-12-19
News Label - China.png China Mlxg Liu Shi-Yu (刘世宇) 02 Jungle 2015-05-16
News Label - China.png China xiaohu Li Yuan-Hao (李元浩) 03 Mid 2015-05-16
News Label - China.png China Able Dai Zhi-Chun (戴志春) 04 AD 2017-12-21
News Label - China.png China Uzi Jian Zi-Hao (简自豪) 04 AD 2016-05-15
News Label - China.png China y4 Wang Nong-Mo (王弄墨) 04 AD 2017-05-20
News Label - China.png China ming Shi Sen-Ming (史森明) 05 Support 2016-12-15
News Label - China.png China PiPiXuAn Pi Xiao-Xuan (皮孝轩) 09 Sub/AD 2017-12-21


R C ID Name Role Next Team Joined Left
News Label - China.png China tianCi Ying Tian-Ci (应天赐) 01 Top Star Horn Royal Clublogo std.png Royal Club 2017-12-21 2018-03-02
News Label - China.png China wuxx Wang Cheng (王城) 09 Sub/AD Victorious Gaminglogo std.png Victorious Gaming 2017-05-20 2017-12-21
News Label - China.png China Y1HAN Hu Zhi-Wei (胡志伟) 02 Jungle FunPlus Phoenixlogo std.png FunPlus Phoenix 2017-03-23 2017-12-20
News Label - China.png China Koro1 Tong Yang (童扬) 01 Top Victorious Gaminglogo std.png Victorious Gaming 2017-05-20 2017-12-19
News Label - China.png Taiwan BayBay Wang You-Chun (王佑軍) 02 Jungle Star Horn Royal Clublogo std.png Royal Club 2016-12-19 2017-05-20
News Label - China.png China Again Tao Xiang (陶享) 09 Sub/AD Snake Esportslogo std.png Snake Two 2016-12-19 2017-05-20
News Label - China.png China NaMei Zhu Jia-Wen (朱佳文) 09 Sub/AD
2015-12-24 2016-12-19
News Label - China.png China Wuxx Wang Cheng (王城) 09 Sub/AD Star Horn Royal Clublogo std.png Royal Club 2015-05-16 2016-12-17
News Label - China.png China Sask Zhou Yi-Xiang (周翼翔) 08 Sub/Mid Star Horn Royal Clublogo std.png Royal Club 2015-12-24 2016-12-03
News Label - Korea.png South Korea Looper Jang Hyeong-seok (장형석) 01 Top Echo Foxlogo std.png Echo Fox 2015-12-11 2016-12-01
News Label - Korea.png South Korea Mata Cho Se-hyoung (조세형) 05 Support KTRolsterLogo std.png KT Rolster 2015-12-11 2016-11-14
News Label - Korea.png South Korea inSec Choi In-seok (최인석) 02 Jungle Star Horn Royal Clublogo std.png Star Horn Royal Club 2015-12-24 2016-05-18
News Label - China.png China LeY Le Yi (乐毅) 05 Support Star Horn Royal Clublogo std.png Star Horn Royal Club 2015-05-16 2016-05-18
News Label - China.png China Skye Fan Qi-Fang (方启帆) 01 Top ZTR Gaminglogo std.png ZTR Gaming 2015-05-16 2015-12-24
News Label - China.png China GodLike Xiao Wang (肖旺) 01 Top Retiredlogo std.png Retired 2015-05-16 2015-07-27



C ID Name Position
China San Shao Huang Cheng (黄承) Manager
South Korea Heart Lee Gwan-hyung (이관형) 11 Head Coach
Taiwan Dog8 Tsai Hsueh-Yu (蔡學裕) Coach


C ID Name Position Next Team Joined Left
Taiwan FireFox Huang Ting-Hsiang (黃鼎翔) 11 Head Coach
2016-12-19 2017-10-28
South Korea Fly Kim Sang-chul (김상철) 11 Coach Phoenix1logo std.png Phoenix1 2015-12-11 2016-10-15
South Korea VicaL Kim Sun-mook (김선묵) Coach Revengerlogo std.png Revenger 2015-07-31 ????-??-??

Team Achievements

In Premier Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2017-10-28 WCS logo small.png A33 - 4th 2017 Season World Championship 2 : 3 SKT1Logo std.png SK Telecom T1 $ 346,288
2017-09-01 LPL 2017 logo.png A22nd 2017 LPL Summer Playoffs 2 : 3 EDward Gaminglogo std.png EDward Gaming ¥ 800,000
2017-08-20 LPL 2017 logo.png A11st-2nd 2017 LPL Summer Regular Season 12 : 4 Blanklogo std.png Group Stage
2017-06-04 DC logo small.png A11st 2017 Demacia Cup 3 : 1 I Maylogo std.png I May ¥ 500,000
2017-04-29 LPL 2017 logo.png A22nd 2017 LPL Spring Playoffs 0 : 3 Welogo std.png Team WE ¥ 800,000
2017-04-16 LPL 2017 logo.png A11st-2nd 2017 LPL Spring Regular Season 12 : 4 Blanklogo std.png Group Stage
2016-11-12 DC logo small.png A33 - 4th 2016 Demacia Cup 1 : 3 EDward Gaminglogo std.png EDward Gaming ¥ 300,000
2016-10-14 WCS logo small.png A55 - 8th 2016 Season World Championship 1 : 3 SKT1Logo std.png SK Telecom T1 $ 202,800
2016-08-26 LPL 2017 logo.png A22nd 2016 LPL Summer Playoffs 0 : 3 EDward Gaminglogo std.png EDward Gaming ¥ 800,000
2016-08-07 LPL 2017 logo.png A11st-2nd 2016 LPL Summer Regular Season 13 : 3 Blanklogo std.png Group Stage
2016-05-13 MSI logo.png A33 - 4th 2016 Mid-Season Invitational 1 : 3 SKT1Logo std.png SK Telecom T1 $ 50,000
2016-04-23 LPL 2017 logo.png A11st 2016 LPL Spring Playoffs 3 : 1 EDward Gaminglogo std.png EDward Gaming ¥ 1,500,000
2016-04-09 LPL 2017 logo.png A11st-2nd 2016 LPL Spring Regular Season 13 : 3 Blanklogo std.png Group Stage
2016-03-06 Esltumbnail.png A33 - 4th IEM Season X - World Championship 1 : 2 Fnaticlogo std.png Fnatic $ 10,000
2015-12-20 WCA logo small.png A11st World Cyber Arena 2015 3 : 1 Energy Pacemaker.Alllogo std.png Energy Pacemaker.All ¥ 800,000
2015-08-12 LPL 2017 logo.png I1Q 2016 LPL Spring Promotion 3 : 2 2144 Danmu Gaminglogo std.png 2144 Danmu Gaming
2015-08-09 LPL 2017 logo.png A99th 2015 LPL Summer Regular Season 3-12-7 Blanklogo std.png Group Stage ¥ 50,000
2015-06-22 DC logo small.png A99 - 16th 2015 Demacia Cup Summer Season 1 : 3 Invictus Gaminglogo std.png Invictus Gaming
In Major Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2016-11-19 A44th National Electronic Sports Tournament 2016 1 : 2 Snake Esportslogo std.png Snake Esports ¥ 40,000
2015-11-08 A11st 2015 National Electronic Sports Open 2 : 1 Snake Esportslogo std.png Snake Esports ¥ 80,000


Articles & Videos

  • 2017
  • 2016


See Also



  1. Royal Club's Weibo Post (Chinese)
  2. Royal Club's Weibo Post (Chinese)
  3. Y1HAN joins Royal Never Give Up as an emergency sub while Mlxg receive medical treatment
  4. Royal Club's Weibo Post (Chinese)
  5. Koro1 transfers to Royal Never Give Up from EDward Gaming
  6. Royal Never Give Up announce 2017 Summer LoL roster: wuxx returns as substitute
  7. Royal Club's Weibo Post (Chinese)
  8. FireFox's Facebook Post
  9. RNG's Weibo Post (Chinese)
  10. 打野选手Karsa正式加盟RNG (Chinese)
  11. 衷心祝愿你前程似锦 (Chinese)
  12. Royal Club's Weibo Post (Chinese)
  13. Royal Club's Weibo Post (Chinese)
  14. San Shao's Weibo Post (Chinese)
  15. Royal Club's Weibo Post
  16. LPL Roster Announcement
  17. SangCheol Kim's Tweet
  18. 김상철 코치, 소속팀 로얄 네버 기브 업 떠난다 (Korean)
  19. Mata's Facebook Post (Korean)
  20. Echo Fox signs League of Legends world champion Looper for 2017 LCS season
  21. Sask's Weibo Post (Chinese)
  22. Weibo Post (Chinese)
  23. Royal Club's Weibo Post (Chinese)
  24. Royal Club's Weibo Post (Chinese)
  25. Royal Club's Weibo Post (Chinese)
  26. 2017年LPL春季赛战队名单公布
  27. SHR's Weibo Post (Chinese)
  28. Godlike's Tencent Weibo Post (Chinese)
  29. SHR's Tencent Weibo Post (Chinese)
  30. 皇族电子竞技俱乐部RNG战队人员变动公告 (Chinese)
  31. S6赛季皇族RNG队员名单 (Chinese)

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