MSI 2022 Preview Series: Royal Never Give Up

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Royal Never Give Up should be mentioned before all the other teams when it comes to Mid-Season Invitational. Arguably the best team in League of Legends history to not win a World Championship, RNG have always left their mark on the past with their legendary roster, including Uzi. Last year, RNG defeated the Korean juggernaut Damwon KIA in the grand finals and collected their second MSI trophy with their most underrated player in the world, Xiaohu. Veteran shot caller defines RNG’s game identity, and he will lead his team in the macro game to strengthen their principal strategy.

RNG’s starting lineup includes Xiaohu, Bin, Wei, Ming, and GALA. The Chinese organization parted ways with their mid laner, Cryin, after he underperformed at World 2021. It was clear that Cryin had set the team’s ceiling and RNG wanted to set a higher standard before the 2022 LPL Spring began. Xiaohu returned to mid lane after being rated as the best player in the world in the top lane. To fill the vacancy left by the legendary player, RNG gained Bin from Suning Gaming in the offseason. The remaining three players were in charge, and their starting roster was finally complete.

RNG defeated Top Esports in the grand finals

The 2022 LPL Spring Split saw RNG finishing the regular season in first place behind Victory Five. Although they were far from their best form throughout the season, the other Chinese teams were not better enough to take RNG down. RNG started their playoff run with an arduous win over JD Gaming. They met Top Esports, who dominated all elite teams in the last quarter of the regular split, in the semifinals. RNG had a better result than the previous round and advanced to the grand finals with only two series wins. Top Esports demolished Victory Five in the lower bracket finals contrary to expectations and got a last chance to take their revenge on RNG. However, RNG has proven again what an experienced team they are and ended TES’ hopes of representing China at MSI 2022.

Royal Never Give Up will meet Istanbul Wildcats, PSG Talon, and the Brazilian representative, RED Canids Kalunga, in group B. They were not able to travel to Busan due to COVID precautions. Riot announced that the team will play their matches from gaming house. RNG are expected to advance to the grand finals, which would not come as a surprise to us.

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