During the past 3 days of the Midseason Invitational, Royal Never Give Up score a clean 4-0 in the groups. The expectations of many MSI fans are coming true. That being said, it’s fair to say RNG is looking to stomp groups, and come out with an 8-0 score.
Before the MSI season, some esports personalities expected RNG to underperform thanks to the patch MSI would be played on. Notably, former LPL and LEC caster Froskurinn noted that the LPL champions would be heavily affected by the patch.
However, LPL caster Munchables saw potential in the LPL representatives, claiming they were a team that could adapt to the meta. During an MSI Preview Interview, Munchables said that if Xiaohu found good counter-picks, RNG could be in good standing. He also saw Wei and Gala as potential carriers for the LPL representatives.
First round robin performance
During the first round-robin of MSI 2021, many LPL fans’ expectations came true, as RNG went 4-0. The team has a 2-0 score against both of their opponents in UOL and Pentanet.GG. With the momentum building, the team is looking to stomp groups, and come out with a perfect 8-0 record.
Most of this is thanks to Xiaohu and Wei’s performances, who seem to have perfect synergy. Xiaohu has even brought Lee Sin to the top lane, thanks to the changing meta of the MSI patch. Meanwhile, Wei has found success with Rumble in the jungle, even finding a quadra kill in Day 1.
RNG’s legacy so far
RNG last saw international success in MSI 2018, back when star AD Carry Uzi was part of the team. Since then, RNG has only won LPL once before Uzi retired, and the roster rebuilt. However, with a 4-0 start in MSI, RNG is looking to be the favorite, and stomp their opponents in groups.