Royal Never Give Up sign Steak & XiaoAl (Langx), part ways with Kezman
Royal Never Give Up have announced on social media that they have signed Chou “Steak” Lu-Hsi and Xie “Langx” Zhen-Ying to their roster. The roster moves come ahead of their 2019 LPL summer campaign. In addition, they have officially parted ways with their head coach, Son “Kezman” Dae-young.
RNG’s roster looks as follows:
Steak joins from Rogue Warriors (4:11, 15th place) following a large-scale roster makeover. Indeed, his support, Liu “Killua” Dan-Yang, was the sole remnant of the previous Rogue Warriors squads. In the past, he nearly qualified to the 2018 World Championship with a squad that included Kim “Doinb” Tae-sang and Sung “Flawless” Yeon-jun, but did so numerous times as the Flash Wolves’ top laner, then as their coach.
Rogue Warriors noted that they negotiated with Royal Never Give Up ‘in a friendly way’ on Weibo. In doing so, RNG united Steak with Choi “DanDy” In-kyu and former LMS opponent Tsai “GreenTea” Shang-Ching on their 2019 LPL summer coaching staff.
Steak is one of two new arrivals on RNG following Yan “Letme” Jun-Ze’s retirement, which became official on May 22. The other arrival, Langx, was formerly known as XiaoAL and played on Suning in the 2019 spring split. The team struggled despite starting the season on a strong note, but remained in contention for a playoff spot until week 9. During that stretch, Langx displayed his versatility and willingness to follow meta trends. In 33 games (14W-19L), he frequently used Urgot (6W-5L) and Yorick (2W-4L), and occasionally resorted to Renekton (3W-1L).
In the midst acquiring the two players, RNG officialized Letme’s retirement as the player went inactive during the offseason. They also revealed that they parted ways with Kezman, who helped Jian “Uzi” Zi-hao win his first LPL and international trophies in 2018.
Image source: Royal Never Give Up (Weibo, composite)