Royal Never Give Up has for the moment followed the same path that it traveled in 2021. The current champion of the League of Legends Pro League (LPL) will not be able to defend their title after falling to EDward Gaming 3-1 in the playoffs of the Chinese competition. The also winner of the last two Mid-Season Invitationals (MSI) must return to the Regional Tournament in order to ensure their participation in the next World’swhich will be played in North America.
For EDward Gaming, the match had a special importance since, in the case of losing, he would have been left without World’s to defend his status as current world champion. Given the importance of the matchup, EDG started much stronger than Royal Never Give Up from the start and it was reflected in the result. In the first map the world champions prevailed in 25 world championships, but later they had to fight more to be able to reach victory. As usual throughout the summer season, Viper was the main win condition.
—LPL (@lpenglish) August 20, 2022
Royal Never Give Up could only win the third map, where he decided to play around Chen Chen «breathe» in the upper lane. Nevertheless, EDward Gaming was able to pick themselves up quickly on the fourth map by switching from the red side to the blue. As much as Chen Wei”GALA» managed to play Zeri, EDG was much more solid in all phases of the game. Thanks to this victory, the club has at least ensured its presence in the Regional Tournament to maintain its hopes for the World’s.
Curiously, the development of 2022 is being similar to that of 2021: with Royal Never Give Up as champion of the LPL in the spring-split and winner of the MSI but falling in the third round. Last year he traveled to Iceland after beating Team WE 3-0 in the regional tournament. Instead, EDward Gaming showed a modest level during the spring by falling in the second round of the playoffs. Now he is making up for it with an improvement in the playoffs and in the regular phase. EDG’s next rival will be Top Esports, leader of the group and current runner-up.