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Royal Never Give Up
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Team Information
Org LocationChina China
Region
CN
 China
Head CoachLee "Heart" Gwan-hyung
Sponsor(s)HP
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DouyuTV
KFC
Yili Guliduo flavored milk
LYNX (a.k.a. Axe)
History
Created2015-05-15
Social Media & Links
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Current Roster
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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.

History

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's 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 to Team WE in dominating fashion. 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. RNG were also part of the LPL delegation that was victorious against the LCK and LMS at the inaugural Rift Rivals in Kaohsiung, going 3-1 over the course of the event, including a win against MVP that clinched their victory against the LCK. The playoffs went similarly to the spring playoffs for the team. RNG made it all the way to the finals again only to lose 3-2 to Edward Gaming, this time in a reverse sweep.

At the 2017 Season World Championship on home soil, RNG was placed into Group C along with eventual tournament winners Samsung Galaxy as well as Europe's G2 Esports and Turkey's 1907 Fenerbahçe Esports. The team performed incredibly well in the group stage and went 5-1, only losing a single game to G2. In the quarterfinals in Guangzhou, they convincingly bested Fnatic 3-1 before a narrow 3-2 loss to SKT in the semifinals in Shanghai. In the wake of Worlds, Uzi and Mlxg were voted to the LPL All-Star team at their positions and helped them take first place at All-Star Los Angeles 2017.

2018 Season

Ahead of the 2018 Spring Split, RNG promoted Heart to head coach. They also acquired former Invictus Gaming and Snake Esports top laner Zz1tai, as well as jungler Karsa from the LMS champion Flash Wolves. Following a slow start while Uzi was taking a break, RNG picked up momentum and finished third in the new West Region with a 12-7 record to secure a playoff berth. In the playoffs, they beat Team WE 2-0, Snake 3-1 and overall top seed Invictus 3-2 to advance to a rematch with Edward Gaming in the finals in Chengdu. RNG won 3-1, including a Baron steal from Mlxg against Clearlove in the decisive Game 4, winning their second LPL title and finally breaking Uzi's curse of never having won a split.

In the 2018 Mid-Season Invitational group stage in Berlin, RNG went 7-3, including a win against LCK champions Kingzone DragonX, and won a tiebreaker against the Flash Wolves to finish first and earn the right to choose their semifinal opponent as the tournament shifted to Paris for the knockout stage. They chose to play Fnatic in their semifinal and swept them before beating Kingzone 3-1 in the finals, including a comeback in the decisive Game 4 after being almost 8,000 Gold down. Not only was it RNG's first international title, but it also marked the first time since the final of MSI 2015 that a non-Korean team had beaten a Korean team in a best-of-5 series.

RNG then proceeded to carry their momentum through the 2018 Summer Split, repeating as champions after a hard-fought 5-game series against IG. Along the way, the team also helped the LPL triumph against the LCK and LMS at Rift Rivals for the second year in a row on home soil in Dalian, with RNG going 3-1 after beating Kingzone again followed by SKT and Afreeca Freecs in Game 5 of the finals. Also, the team provided the majority of the Chinese national team that won gold at the 2018 Asian Games demonstration event tournament, with Uzi, Mlxg, Letme and Ming all being selected.

Trivia

Timeline

  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • January 8, Kezman joins as general manager.[1]
  • January 14, Zz1tai joins.[2]
  • February 25th, Uzi is no longer inactive. Able and y4 move to sub.
  • March 2, tianCi leaves.
  • May 22, PiPiXuAn leaves.[3]
  • May 30, Able moves to starting bot laner.
  • June 11, y4 leaves.[4]
  • July 11, Uzi becomes inactive.[5]
  • August 4, Uzi is no longer inactive.

Player Roster

Active

R C ID Name Role Joined
CN
China Letme Yan Jun-Ze (严君泽) 1Top Laner 2016-05-17
CN
China Zz1tai Liu Zhi-Hao (刘志豪) 1Top Laner 2018-01-14
LMS
Taiwan Karsa Hung Hau-Hsuan (洪浩軒) 2Jungler 2017-12-19
CN
China Mlxg Liu Shi-Yu (刘世宇) 2Jungler 2015-05-16
CN
China Xiaohu Li Yuan-Hao (李元浩) 3Mid Laner 2015-05-16
CN
China Uzi Jian Zi-Hao (简自豪) 4Bot Laner 2016-05-15
CN
China Able Dai Zhi-Chun (戴志春) 4Bot Laner 2017-12-21
CN
China Ming Shi Sen-Ming (史森明) 5Support 2016-12-15

Former

R C ID Name Role Next Team Joined Left
CN
China y4 Wang Nong-Mo (王弄墨) 4Sub/Bot Lgdlogo std.png LGD Gaming 2017-05-202017-05-20 2018-06-112018-06-11
CN
China PiPiXuAn Pi Xiao-Xuan (皮孝轩) 4Sub/Bot Oh My Godlogo std.png Oh My God 2017-12-212017-12-21 2018-05-222018-05-22
CN
China tianCi Ying Tian-Ci (应天赐) 1Sub/Top Star Horn Royal Clublogo std.png Royal Club 2017-12-212017-12-21 2018-03-022018-03-02
CN
China wuxx Wang Cheng (王城) 4Sub/Bot Victorious Gaminglogo std.png Victorious Gaming 2017-05-202017-05-20 2017-12-212017-12-21
CN
China Y1HAN Hu Zhi-Wei (胡志威) 2Jungler FunPlus Phoenixlogo std.png FunPlus Phoenix 2017-03-232017-03-23 2017-12-202017-12-20
CN
China Koro1 Tong Yang (童扬) 1Top Laner Victorious Gaminglogo std.png Victorious Gaming 2017-05-202017-05-20 2017-12-192017-12-19
LMS
Taiwan BayBay Wang You-Chun (王佑軍) 2Jungler Star Horn Royal Clublogo std.png Royal Club 2016-12-192016-12-19 2017-05-202017-05-20
CN
China Again Tao Xiang (陶享) 4Sub/Bot Snake Esportslogo std.png Snake Two 2016-12-192016-12-19 2017-05-202017-05-20
CN
China NaMei Zhu Jia-Wen (朱佳文) 4Sub/Bot
None
2015-12-242015-12-24 2016-12-192016-12-19
CN
China Wuxx Wang Cheng (王城) 4Sub/Bot Star Horn Royal Clublogo std.png Royal Club 2015-05-162015-05-16 2016-12-172016-12-17
CN
China Sask Zhou Yi-Xiang (周翼翔) 3Sub/Mid Star Horn Royal Clublogo std.png Royal Club 2015-12-242015-12-24 2016-12-032016-12-03
KR
South Korea Looper Jang Hyeong-seok (장형석) 1Top Laner Echo Foxlogo std.png Echo Fox 2015-12-112015-12-11 2016-12-012016-12-01
KR
South Korea Mata Cho Se-hyoung (조세형) 5Support KTRolsterLogo std.png KT Rolster 2015-12-112015-12-11 2016-11-142016-11-14
KR
South Korea inSec Choi In-seok (최인석) 2Jungler Star Horn Royal Clublogo std.png Star Horn Royal Club 2015-12-242015-12-24 2016-05-182016-05-18
CN
China LeY Le Yi (乐毅) 5Support Star Horn Royal Clublogo std.png Star Horn Royal Club 2015-05-162015-05-16 2016-05-182016-05-18
CN
China Skye Fang Qi-Fan (方启帆) 1Top Laner ZTR Gaminglogo std.png ZTR Gaming 2015-05-162015-05-16 2015-12-242015-12-24
CN
China GodLike Xiao Wang (肖旺) 1Top Laner Retiredlogo std.png Retired 2015-05-162015-05-16 2015-07-272015-07-27

Organization

Current

C ID Name Position
South Korea Kezman Son Dae-young (손대영) 70General Manager
China San Shao Huang Cheng (黄承) Manager
South Korea Heart Lee Gwan-hyung (이관형) 70Head Coach
South Korea Bibra Kim Hyun-sik (김현식) Coach

Former

C ID Name Position Next Team Joined Left
Taiwan doG8 Tsai Hsueh-Yu (蔡學裕) Coach & Analyst J Teamlogo std.png J Team 2016-12-21 2018-??-??
Taiwan FireFox Huang Ting-Hsiang (黃鼎翔) 70Head Coach J Teamlogo std.png J Team 2016-12-192016-12-19 2017-10-282017-10-28
South Korea Fly Kim Sang-chul (김상철) 70Coach Phoenix1logo std.png Phoenix1 2015-12-112015-12-11 2016-10-152016-10-15
South Korea VicaL Kim Sun-mook (김선묵) 70Coach Revengerlogo std.png Revenger 2015-07-312015-07-31 1111-11-11????-??-??
South Korea Sin Yeon Hyeong-mo (연형모) 70Coach Game Talentslogo std.png Game Talents 1111-11-11????-??-?? 1111-11-11????-??-??

Tournament Results

This table shows up to the 10 most recent results. For complete results, click here.
Tournament Results - Show Prize as (Local • USDEurosLocal • USD • EurosLocalUSD • Euros)
DatePlacePrizeEventLast ResultRoster
2018-10-20A55 - 8$ 90,000$ 90,000€ 78,029.37WCS logo small.png Worlds 2018 Main Event2 : 3G2 Esportslogo std.png G2
 Letme,
 Karsa,
 Mlxg,
 Xiaohu,
 Uzi,
 Ming,
 Heart
2018-09-14A11¥ 1,500,000$ 218,421.12€ 187,347.37LPL 2017 logo.png LPL 2018 Summer Playoffs3 : 2Invictus Gaminglogo std.png iG
 Zz1tai,
 Letme,
 Mlxg,
 Karsa,
 Xiaohu,
 Able,
 Uzi,
 Ming,
 Heart
2018-09-02A22LPL 2017 logo.png LPL 2018 Summer - East14 - 5Blanklogo std.png RR

 Zz1tai,
 Letme,
 Mlxg,
 Karsa,
 Xiaohu,
 Uzi,
 Able,
 Ming,
 Heart
2018-07-08A11RR R logo small.png Rift Rivals 2018 LCK-LPL-LMS3 : 2LCK Allstarslogo std.png LCK
 Zz1tai,
 Karsa,
 Mlxg,
 Xiaohu,
 Uzi,
 Ming
2018-06-03A11¥ 500,000$ 78,000€ 66,500DC logo small.png Demacia Cup 20183 : 1Bilibili Gaminglogo std.png BLG
 Zz1tai,
 Karsa,
 xiaohu,
 Able,
 Ming,
 Heart
2018-05-20A11$ 527,650$ 527,650€ 448,502.5MSI logo.png 2018 Mid-Season Invitational3 : 1Kingzone DragonXlogo std.png KZ
 Letme,
 Mlxg,
 Karsa,
 Xiaohu,
 Uzi,
 Ming,
 Heart
2018-04-28A11¥ 1,500,000$ 236,884.41€ 195,278.17LPL 2017 logo.png LPL 2018 Spring Playoffs3 : 1EDward Gaminglogo std.png EDG
 Zz1tai,
 Letme,
 Mlxg,
 Karsa,
 Xiaohu,
 Uzi,
 Ming
2018-04-08A33LPL 2017 logo.png LPL 2018 Spring - East12 - 7Blanklogo std.png RR
 Letme,
 Zz1tai,
 Karsa,
 Mlxg,
 Xiaohu,
 Able,
 y4,
 Uzi,
 Ming
2018-01-07A99 - 15DC logo small.png Demacia Championship 20171 : 2Bilibili Gaminglogo std.png BLG
 letme,
 Karsa,
 Mlxg,
 Xiaohu,
 y4,
 ming
2017-11-04A33 - 4$ 346,288$ 346,288€ 297,807.68WCS logo small.png Worlds 20172 : 3SKT1Logo std.png SKT
 Letme,
 Mlxg,
 Xiaohu,
 Uzi,
 Ming,
 FireFox
Total Prize: USD 963,938 • CNY 3,500,000

Gallery

Articles & Videos

  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016

Interviews

Links

References

  1. 孙大永担任皇族电子竞技俱乐部总教练 (Chinese) weibo.com
  2. Royal Club's Weibo Post (Chinese) weibo.cn
  3. OMG电子竞技俱乐部夏季赛转会期人员变动公告 (Chinese) weibo.com
  4. (Chinese) weibo.com
  5. Royal Club's Weibo Post (Chinese)weibo.com
  6. Royal Club's Weibo Post (Chinese) weibo.cn
  7. Y1HAN joins Royal Never Give Up as an emergency sub while Mlxg receive medical treatment esports.yahoo.com
  8. Royal Club's Weibo Post (Chinese) weibo.cn
  9. Koro1 transfers to Royal Never Give Up from EDward Gaming esports.yahoo.com
  10. Royal Never Give Up announce 2017 Summer LoL roster: wuxx returns as substitute esports.yahoo.com
  11. Royal Club's Weibo Post (Chinese) weibo.com
  12. FireFox's Facebook Post facebook.com
  13. 打野选手Karsa正式加盟RNG (Chinese) weibo.com
  14. RNG's Weibo Post (Chinese) weibo.com
  15. 衷心祝愿你前程似锦 (Chinese) weibo.com
  16. Royal Club's Weibo Post (Chinese) weibo.com
  17. Royal Club's Weibo Post (Chinese) weibo.com
  18. San Shao's Weibo Post (Chinese) weibo.com
  19. Royal Club's Weibo Post weibo.com
  20. LPL Roster Announcement sinaimg.cn
  21. SangCheol Kim's Tweet twitter.com
  22. 김상철 코치, 소속팀 로얄 네버 기브 업 떠난다 (Korean) fomos.kr
  23. Mata's Facebook Post (Korean) facebook.com
  24. Echo Fox signs League of Legends world champion Looper for 2017 LCS season esports.yahoo.com
  25. Sask's Weibo Post (Chinese) weibo.com
  26. Weibo Post (Chinese) weibo.com
  27. Royal Club's Weibo Post (Chinese) weibo.com
  28. Royal Club's Weibo Post (Chinese) weibo.com
  29. Royal Club's Weibo Post (Chinese) weibo.com
  30. 2017年LPL春季赛战队名单公布 lol.qq.com
  31. SHR's Weibo Post (Chinese) t.qq.com
  32. Godlike's Tencent Weibo Post (Chinese) qq.com
  33. SHR's Tencent Weibo Post (Chinese) qq.com
  34. 皇族电子竞技俱乐部RNG战队人员变动公告 (Chinese) weibo.com
  35. S6赛季皇族RNG队员名单 (Chinese) weibo.com