Royal Never Give Up steamrolled through the playoffs to win the 2019 Demacia Cup. RNG dropped only a single game on their way to the trophy, showing off the huge potential of their updated roster.
RNG made only a few roster changes this roster season, most notably acquiring a new jungler in Li “XLB” Xiao-Long to replace the departed Hung “Karsa” Hao-Hsuan. RNG also signed former Flash Wolves jungler Lu “Betty” Yu-Hung and role-swapped him to a bot laner.
RNG debuted both their players and submitted a line-up without star player Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao. While a strange decision at first, it made sense for the kind of tournament Demacia Cup is, namely: the first opportunity for teams to test their new line-ups. This is why teams like Invictus Gaming and world champions FunPlus Phoenix played with their academy roster and not their usual starters.
RNG finished second in their Demacia Cup group, behind a flawless JD Gaming, but once in the playoffs, they didn’t skip a beat. When RNG and JDG met again in the semifinals, it was an unopposed 3-0 for RNG, which qualified them for the finals, where EDward Gaming were already waiting.
Like RNG, EDG played a lot of their starters, but also used Demacia Cup to test their new jungler Chang “Xinyi” Ping and top laner Zhao “Aodi” Ao-Di. Unlike RNG, however, they had to fight tooth and nail for every playoffs win, going full five games against both Team WE and Vici Gaming. While they took game 1 even after they allowed RNG to lock Pantheon for Li “Xiaohu” Yuan-Hao, EDG lost the following three games. Xiaohu was the big carry for RNG and already showed deadly synergy with XLB from the jungle, giving RNG fans a new hope for championship runs in 2020.
The LPL teams now ready for the 2020 season, whose start date is yet to be announced.