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Worlds 2021 Spotlight: Royal Never Give Up

Region: LPL 

Regular Season Placing: 4th

Playoffs Placing: 5-6th

RNG returned to the LPL as MSI champions, but they were not immune to the post-MSI slump plaguing the attending teams. Due to quarantine procedures affecting their early split practice, RNG seemed behind on the summer meta. As a result, they recorded a lackluster 1-5 in the first few weeks. However, once they had the chance to practice and analyze the meta properly, RNG bounced back, going 9-1 for the remainder of the split and securing 4th place in the regular season. Because of their red hot finish to the split, RNG was coming into playoffs ready to defend their title.

To the surprise of many, RNG was upset by LNG 3-1 in their first playoffs series. Because RNG only secured a top 4 finish during the split, there was no losers bracket yet for them to bounce back from the defeat. This immediately knocked RNG out of the summer playoffs. Many analysts viewed this upset more as an RNG underperformance than an LNG overperformance, although LNG did play exceptionally well. Thanks to their spring split championship, RNG still had enough championship points to qualify for the LPL regional gauntlet for Worlds, where they smashed Team WE in a quick 3-0 to qualify for Worlds as the LPL 3rd seed. Despite their disappointing summer results, RNG is still an extremely dangerous team, with the likes of DK and FPX as favorites to win Worlds.

 



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