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RNG wants to return to the top in 2020

The International 2019 Lineup

While the LPL is on pause due to the coronavirus outbreak, here is a look at each team participating in the tournament. Today’s team will be Royal Never Give Up, who want to return to their previously victorious form.

Top: LangX

RNG wants to return to the top in 2020
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Previously known as XiaoAL, LangX has built his entire career on being a very slow and steady top laner. That being said, he has been the focus of heavy criticism since worlds. Many fans mention how he seems to provide no pressure, even when presented with matchups and resources. LangX will want to return to his previous form if RNG are to compete with the top tier teams.

 


Jungle: XiaoLongBao

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XLB is the team’s rookie. Fresh from the LDL, XLB joined from Young Miracles. Seen by fans and analysts alike as a potential star, XLB had an incredible start with the team, winning the Demacia Cup. And while RNG were unable to take down BLG in the opening game of the split, XLB kept good track and on even footing with Meteor, who was the second-best jungler last year, shortly behind Tian.


Middle: XiaoHu

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XiaoHu, who extended his contract with the team, is back for another split. He is currently the only member of the team who has been on the starting roster ever since Royal Club rebranded to RNG in summer 2015. He had an inconsistent 2019, with his performance heavily dipping in spring, but returning to form in summer. Coming into 2020, he will need to regain his consistency, for RNG to return to title contention.


Carry: Betty

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Another new player added to the team is a familiar face. Following the disbanding of the Flash Wolves, Betty made his way over to RNG. Despite Uzi being their main carry, he always has a substitute, who usually plays at the beginning of the year, as Uzi tends to have an extended Lunar New Year’s break. Betty performed well during the Demacia Cup but will have a lot more to prove if he wants to continue playing as the main carry for RNG.


Carry: Uzi

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The star of RNG, also opted to renew his contract, shaking off any rumors of his retirement. That being said, Uzi is yet to be seen or heard of this year. While this is customary for him, as he tends to extend his break till, after Lunar New Year’s,  his replacement carry this time around is a big name and will be looking to compete with Uzi for the starting spot. While many fans expect Uzi to be the main carry once he returns, many can’t help but wonder if Betty’s destiny is to be left in the shadows.


Support: Ming

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Ming was the third player to get his contract extended at the end of 2019. With an aggressive style to match Uzi’s, Ming’s roots are from Young Miracles but has been with RNG since 2017. Playing with a plethora of carries during his carrier, Ming always seems to be at his best when matched with Uzi’s aggressiveness. That said, sometimes his aggressive plays can be straight-up reckless and cost RNG the game. This will need to be addressed for RNG to return to the top.


Team Review:

2019 was a rough year for RNG. After rampaging through 2018, last year RNG were discarded by many as the third-best Chinese team. In spring split they failed to make playoffs, and couldn’t hold back the onslaught of FPX during summer. With a victorious legacy, as well as top tier talent, RNG will be looking to return to their former glory.

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