Royal Never Give Up
|Royal Never Give Up|
|Coaches:||Huang "FireFox" Ting-Hsiang|
Lee "Heart" Gwan-hyung
|Managers:||Huang "San Shao" Cheng|
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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.
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.
- March 6th - 3rd-4th Place at the IEM Season X - World Championship.
- April 23rd - 1st Place in the 2016 LPL Spring Playoffs and qualification for the 2016 Mid-Season Invitational.
- May 13th - 3rd-4th Place at the 2016 Mid-Season Invitational.
- May 14th, San Shao joins as manager.
- May 15th, Uzi joins.
- May 18th, LetMe, inSec, and LeY leave.
- October 25th, Fly leaves coaching role.
- November 14th, Mata leaves.
- December 1st, Looper leaves.
- December 3rd, Sask leaves.
- December 15th, Ming joins.
- December 17th, Letme rejoins. wuxx leaves.
- December 19th, BayBay and Again join. FireFox joins as a coach. NaMei leaves.
- May 16th, Royal Never Give Up announce their roster. LetMe, Godlike, Skye, Mlxg, xiaohu, NoHeart (now wuxx) and LeY join.
- July 28th, Godlike retires.
- July 31st, VicaL joins as the coach.
- November 8th, 1st place at 2015 National Electronic Sports Open.
- December 11th, Looper and Mata join. Fly joins as coach.
- December 24th, inSec, Sask, and NaMei join. Skye leaves.
|Letme||Yan Jun-Ze (严君泽)||Top|
|BayBay||Wang You-Chun (王佑軍)||Jungle|
|Mlxg||Liu Shi-Yu (刘世宇)||Jungle|
|Again||Tao Xiang (陶享)||Mid|
|xiaohu||Li Yuan-Hao (李元浩)||Mid|
|Uzi||Jian Zi-Hao (简自豪)||AD|
|ming||Shi Sen-Ming (史森明)||Support|
|NaMei||Zhu Jia-Wen (朱佳文)||Sub/AD|
|wuxx||Wang Cheng (王城)||Sub/AD||Royal Club|
|Sask||Zhou Yi-Xiang (周翼翔)||Sub/Mid||Royal Club|
|Looper||Jang Hyeong-seok (장형석)||Top||Echo Fox|
|Mata||Cho Se-hyoung (조세형)||Support||KT Rolster|
|inSec||Choi In-seok (최인석)||Jungle||Star Horn Royal Club|
|LeY||Le Yi (乐毅)||Support||Star Horn Royal Club|
|Skye||Fan Qi-Fang (方启帆)||Top||ZTR Gaming|
|GodLike||Xiao Wang (肖旺)||Top||Retired|
|San Shao||Huang Cheng (黄承)||Manager|
|FireFox||Huang Ting-Hsiang (黃鼎翔)||Head Coach|
|Heart||Lee Gwan-hyung (이관형)||Coach|
|Dog8||Tsai Hsueh-Yu (蔡學裕)||Coach|
|Fly||Kim Sang-chul (김상철)||Coach||Phoenix1|
|VicaL||Kim Sun-mook (김선묵)||Coach||Revenger|
|In Premier Tournaments|
|2016-11-12||3 - 4th||2016 Demacia Cup||1 : 3||EDward Gaming||¥ 300,000|
|2016-10-14||5 - 8th||2016 Season World Championship||1 : 3||SK Telecom T1||$ 202,800|
|2016-08-26||2nd||2016 LPL Summer Playoffs||0 : 3||EDward Gaming||¥ 800,000|
|2016-08-07||1st||2016 LPL Summer Regular Season||13 : 3||Group Stage (W/L)|
|2016-05-13||3 - 4th||2016 Mid-Season Invitational||1 : 3||SK Telecom T1||$ 50,000|
|2016-04-23||1st||2016 LPL Spring Playoffs||3 : 1||EDward Gaming||¥ 1,500,000|
|2016-04-09||1st||2016 LPL Spring Regular Season||13 : 3||Group Stage (W/L)|
|2016-03-06||3 - 4th||IEM Season X - World Championship||1 : 2||Fnatic||$ 10,000|
|2015-12-20||1st||World Cyber Arena 2015||3 : 1||Energy Pacemaker.All||¥ 800,000|
|2015-08-12||Q||2016 LPL Spring Promotion||3 : 2||2144 Danmu Gaming|
|2015-08-09||9th||2015 LPL Summer Regular Season||3-12-7||Group Stage (W/L)||¥ 50,000|
|2015-06-22||9 - 16th||2015 Demacia Cup Summer Season||1 : 3||Invictus Gaming|
Articles & Videos
- January 29th, LPL Brief: Royal Never Give Up (12m40s) by the Chinese LoL Broadcasting Channel
- March 5th, The ex-prodigy: How RNG's mid laner facilitates their success by Kelsy Moster on theScore
- March 26th, LPL Brief: RNG and NaMei or wuxx (15m13s) by Kelsey Moser on YouTube
- April 28th, China looks to defend its MSI crown by Nelson Sng on LoL Esports
- May 1st, MSI Preview: Royal's unsteady rise by Kelsey Moser on theScore
- May 6th, Royal Never Give Up on the razor's edge by Kelsey Moser on theScore
- May 11th, RNG can overturn China’s international failures at MSI by Colin "CD-Mangaka" Nimer on Slingshot Esports
- September 13th, Road to Worlds: Royal Never Give Up by Adam Newell on GAMURS
- September 19th, Royal Never Give Up and the myth of the Uzi Worlds buff by Kelsey Moser on theScore
- September 1st, LPL press conferences: EDward Gaming, Royal Never Give Up, I May on theScore
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- San Shao's Weibo Post (Chinese) weibo.com
- Royal Club's Weibo Post weibo.com
- LPL Roster Announcement sinaimg.cn
- SangCheol Kim's Tweet twitter.com
- 김상철 코치, 소속팀 로얄 네버 기브 업 떠난다 (Korean) fomos.kr
- [https://www.facebook.com/sehyoung.cho.3/posts/1081321098648747 Mata's Facebook Post (Korean)
- Echo Fox signs League of Legends world champion Looper for 2017 LCS season esports.yahoo.com
- Sask's Weibo Post (Chinese) weibo.com
- Weibo Post (Chinese) weibo.com
- Royal Club's Weibo Post (Chinese) weibo.com
- Royal Club's Weibo Post (Chinese) weibo.com
- Royal Club's Weibo Post (Chinese) weibo.com
- 2017年LPL春季赛战队名单公布 lol.qq.com
- SHR's Weibo Post (Chinese) t.qq.com
- Godlike's Tencent Weibo Post (Chinese) qq.com
- SHR's Tencent Weibo Post (Chinese) qq.com
- 皇族电子竞技俱乐部RNG战队人员变动公告 (Chinese) weibo.com
- S6赛季皇族RNG队员名单 (Chinese) weibo.com