Royal Never Give Up is one of the youngest League of Legends teams in China. Despite that, they managed to achieve very significant results during that time and with those results they have become one of the most successful League of Legends teams in China in the last four or five years. In only two years, Royal Never Give Up managed to outperform the majority of earlier established League of Legends teams who already have established their infrastructure for great results.
In only two years, Royal Never Give Up has proven that it is not necessary to have huge sponsors or huge starting financial means in order to bring the team to the path of success. For those two years, Royal Never Give Up has been a synonym for hard work and achieving those results through hard work.
Royal Never Give up was launched on May 15th, 2015 and it became a very respectable name in the world of League of Legends in China. However, before Royal Never Give Up existed there was Star Horn Royal Club and after the launch, Royal Never Give Up became a sister team to the already mentioned organization.
When Royal Never Give Up was first launched, the majority of their players were actually former members of Star Horn Royal Club or Team King. Because of that, their current League of Legends roster still wears the SHRC badges on their uniforms during the matches.
The launching of this team came as a result of Team King and Star Horn Royal Club being relegated from the LPL after a terrible season. Royal Never Give Up came as a result of the officials’ effort to bring their organization back to the top where they belong. The first Royal Never Give Up roster featured Yan ‘LetMe’ Jun Ze who remained in the team up to this point.
Besides him, the team also featured Xiao ‘Godlike’ Wang who played as a substitute player in the team as well as Fan ‘Skye’ Qi-fang who was also a substitute player but for the position of top lane player. Additionally, Liu ‘mlxg’ Shi Yu played as a jungler in that team while Li ‘Xiaohu’ Yuan Hao played as a mid lane player.
The last two members of the original roster were Cheng ‘Wuxx’ Wang and Le ‘Ley’ Li. In that team, Wuxx was playing as AD Carry while Ley was also a substitute player. However, this lineup did not last long because Godlike decided to retire in July of that year. Since then, Royal Never Give Up did not have a lot of changes in their roster or better to say, they had far less changes in their roster than some other teams from the region.
In 2016, Royal Never Give Up went through several changes in the roster but the most important seem to be the transfer of Wuxx, LetMe, Ley, and inSec to Star Horn Royal Club. However, LetMe will stay in SRHC for only a month before returning to Royal Never Give Up.
In their first year in the competition, Royal Never Give Up did not play in a lot of tournaments. One of their few competitions that year was 2015 LPL Summer Split and they managed to finish in the 9th place in that Split. However, things will go much better for this team in the upcoming period.
The first sign of their greatness came at the 2015 NESO when they defeated Snake Esports in the final match in order to win their first title in the League of Legends competitions. It seems that 2015 NESO was a wakeup call for Royal Never Give Up that they needed desperately because from that moment, Royal Never Give Up had much better results.
In 2016, this team played many more tournaments and at the start of the year, they finished in 3rd-4th place at the IEM X World Championship. After returning to China, they managed to win the title at the 2016 LPL Spring Split but they were not able to defend the title in the Summer Playoffs even though they finished in the first place in the group stage. In the 2016 Summer Split, they were defeated by EDward Gaming in the final match.
One year after their first title in League of Legends competitions, Royal Never Give Up returned to NEST when they attempted to defend the title they won a year before. However, their effort was not successful and they finished in the fourth place at that tournament after being defeated by Snake Esports.
Even though 2016 was very successful for this team, 2017 seem to be much more successful so far as they are having much better results. Their first tournament this season was 2017 LPL Spring Split where they finished in the first place in the group stage but they were defeated in the match for the title by Team WE. Since then, however, Royal Never Give Up is having a blast because they played two tournaments and they won two titles.
The first of those tournaments was 2017 Demacia Cup where they defeated IMay in the final match of the tournament. In their second tournament, the 2017 Rift Rivals – Red, that finished a couple of weeks ago, Royal Never Give Up also managed to take the trophy for the best team by defeating LCK in the grand final.
At this time, it looks like this season might be more than successful for this team and even if does not turn out to be like that, Royal Never Give Up has already proven that they might be one of the best League of Legends teams that competed in the Chinese League of Legends competitions.
Considering that Royal Never Give Up is a sister team for Star Horn Royal Club, it is no wonder that over these two years, these two teams have exchanged players on several occasions. However, it seems that all the players that leave Royal Never Give Up for Star Horn Royal Club, always find a way back to Royal Never Give Up. With that being said, several players from their current roster have at one point been members of the SHRC.
Currently, Royal Never Give Up features two top lane players and those players are Yan ‘LetMe’ Jun Zu who went back and forth between Royal Never Give Up and SHRC on several occasions. The second top lane player in RNGU is Tong ‘Koro1’ Yang. Besides them, the team also featured two players occupying the position of a jungler and those players are Liu ‘mlxg’ Shi Yu and Hu ‘Y1HAN’ Zhi Wei.
The mid lane position in the team is occupied by Li ‘Xiaohu’ Yuan Hao and he is the only mid lane player in the team at this moment. However, Royal Never Give Up also features three players playing in the AD Carry position and those players are Jian ‘Uzi’ Zi Hao, Wang ‘Wuxx’ Cheng, and Wang ‘y4’ Nong Mo. The only support player in the team is Shi ‘Ming’ Sen Ming.
Even though Royal Never Give Up is not featuring the biggest stars of the Chinese League of Legends world, they still managed to achieve bigger and more significant results that other teams with lineups filled with the star players.
Total Prize Money Won
So far, Royal Never Give Up has played only 14 League of Legends tournaments and in those tournaments, they managed to win $1,023,077.51 in the prize pool money. Of all the players that played for this League of Legends team, Liu ‘mlxg’ Shi Yu and Li ‘xiaohu’ Yuan Hao have won the biggest amounts of money, $171,346.45.
Just like it is the case with many other eSports teams from all parts of the world, their prize money earnings are not the only income that the team had during the past two and a half years. Just like other teams, Royal Never Give Up has made huge sponsorship deals with some of the biggest companies in China and those deals significantly increased their incomes during that period.