Royal Never Give Up defeated PSG Talon in four games of their semifinal series in the 2021 Mid-Season Invitational to advance to the grand finals.
After rebuilding their roster for the past two years in which their legendary AD Carry Uzi retired and mid laner Xiaohu switched to the top lane for the 2021 LPL spring split, RNG is on the precipice of returning to the top of the world where they last resided in 2018.
They now await the winner of the second semifinal series between DWG KIA and MAD Lions on May 23rd at 8 a.m. PST/1 p.m. GMT.
Game 1 started with a relatively even affair that eventually favoured RNG in its tail end. PSG started ahead in the macro game as they were at Cloud Soul point with just 24 minutes past thanks to their trademark aggressiveness in looking for fights. However, as RNG’s draft gradually scaled, with their champion abilities hampering PSG’s capacity to properly engage in fights, they slowly changed their deficit into an insurmountable lead, which was capped off by mid-laner Yuan “Cryin” Cheng-Wei’s triple kill with Orianna on the battle for the Elder Drake.
PSG adjusted from their lack of engagement in Game 2 by selecting Nocturne and Sylas for their top laner Hanabi and mid-laner Maple. Not only that, they opted to move quickly with their macro aspect and reached soul point first yet again but after 17 minutes.
But instead of clinching Soul as both of their side lanes pushed into RNG’s second-tier turrets, PSG dove for the fight in mid lane but were thwarted by the Chinese, possibly turning the momentum into the LPL champions’ favour. Fortunately, when both teams reconvened for the Baron Nashor and RNG looked to have won another fight, PSG reengaged through Doggo and ultimately took over to then tie the series at a game apiece.
Led by GALA and his signature Kai’Sa, RNG recovered from their loss to steamroll PSG in Game 3 in a similar fashion with a sub-25 minute contest. This game started with a fight in the bottom lane with RNG notching a gank before PSG reengaged to tie the kill score. With almost every member of RNG going ahead in the CS department, the team built a sizeable gold lead heading into the neutral objectives.
But with a Lee Sin kickback to the RNG junction by Wei on Doggo, RNG snowballed immediately thereafter to then overwhelm the PCS representative and retake the series lead at 2-1. GALA continued to churn kills as he finished with an 8/1/3 KDA for Game 3, discerning himself as a dependable ADC for one of the world’s best teams.
The fourth game of the series started off as a stalemate until Cryin used his Shockwave ultimate to stun three PSG players, reach Infernal Drake point by the 18-minute mark, and gain a sizeable gold lead.
However, thanks to Hanabi with the Gangplank ultimate zoning RNG out of capturing the Infernal Soul, River dove into the pit and stole it from the Chinese team’s hands, with his smite, reinstalling the tie as the crucial match headed into the late game.
But then, with RNG leaving Doggo out in the open while they pounced on River and Maple for roaming too close to them, they were nearly ace’d by the Tristana played by PSG’s substitute, forcing them to reset and partially extend the PCS team’s lifespan in the series.
Ultimately, Doggo’s individual potency wasn’t enough to quell RNG’s advance as after an additional skirmish for the Elder Dragon, RNG ace’d PSG to end the game, end the series, end the latter’s participation in MSI, and send them to the grand finals.