Royal Never Give Up’s top laner Liu “Zz1tai” Zhi-hao will be retiring from playing League of Legends professionally, the player announced himself during an RNG streaming session. This puts an end to a seven-year-long career filled with accolades for Zz1tai.
While he spent his RNG days on the top lane, Zz1tai actually started as a mid laner for Invictus Gaming back in 2012. He switched roles in 2015 when iG acquired Song “Rookie” Eu-jin and stayed up top until his departure from iG in late 2016.
Despite spending the majority of his career with Invictus Gaming, Zz1tai only started winning trophies at the tail end of his career, once he joined Royal Never Give Up in 2017. His results on iG and Snake Esports were immediately dwarfed by what Zz1tai achieved with the best League of Legends team for the majority of last year. It began by winning the LPL Spring Playoffs, and then Demacia Cup, Rift Rivals and LPL Summer championships followed.
When it came to big international events, however, Zz1tai was left on the bench in favor of Yan “Letme” Jun-ze, who held the top lane for RNG in both MSI and Worlds this year, of which the former was another gold medal for RNG.
With Zz1tai retiring and Letme also taking a break from competitive LoL for health reasons, RNG now have to solely rely on new signee Shek “AmazingJ” Wai Ho, who came to the club on Christmas Eve.