Royal Never Give Up have qualified for Dota 2’s The International 2022, cruising through some of the strongest teams in the Chinese Qualifiers.
Notable Chinese teams like Invictus Gaming, Xtreme Gaming, EHOME, and Vici Gaming were all placed on the sideline after RNG managed to grab the remaining spot during the Chinese Regional Qualifiers for The International 11.
During the qualifiers, RNG only lost out on one map in all four series played, but closed the competition with a 3-0 win during their rematch against Xtreme Gaming and snagged the last regional TI invite.
Prior to the grand finals rematch against RNG, Xtreme Gaming played against the team during the upper bracket finals in a three-series match. Although the series started well for Xtreme Gaming with an early win, RNG eventually bounced back and emerged as the victors in the next two games. The team received a pass to the event’s grand finals, while Xtreme Gaming were moved to the lower brackets.
Xtreme Gaming had their rematch with RNG after playing and winning against Vici Gaming in the lower bracket finals. The first game between the teams saw Lu “Somnus” Yao and the rest of the squad win in 38 minutes as a result of the efforts of their Bloodseeker and Puck combo.
Xtreme Gaming had a higher chance of winning in game two due to their Wombo Combo Ultimates. However, the attack failed when faced with RNG’s use of Bristleback and QoP.
The final game was 48 minutes long and saw Xtreme Gaming struggle to defeat RNG after losing out on the two previous games. They used one of the new meta carriers, PA, and while their pick surprised RNG, it was not enough to counter the team’s use of Necro and Bristleback.
RNG have maintained a commendable performance since the team changed their roster after the TI10, where they added Somnus, Yang “Chalice” Shenyi, and Yap “xNova” Jian Wei to their lineup. The players were previously a part of PSG.LGD’s roster before signing onto RNG.
The only time they finished outside the top five teams in an event was at the Arlington Major. At the time, they had Anathan “ana” Pham play as a team stand-in.
For the entirety of the 2022 Dota Pro Circuit season, RNG have proven to be one of the strongest teams. However, they were only able to participate in the Arlington Major as a result of COVID and travel issues.
The team finished in ninth place, and their DPC points were reduced as a result of midseason roster changes and the Chinese Regional Final replacements. As such, they were unable to get a direct invite in the regular season.
Their regional qualifier win placed them beside PSG.LGD and Team Aster as the third team to represent China in the TI11, set to start in October. A fourth regional squad still have the chance to join the three teams in the Last Chance Qualifier. Xtreme Gaming and Vici Gaming will reportedly play against the two teams that were placed second and third in their regions during the event scheduled to be held in Singapore.
The Last Chance Qualifier will have two final slots available for the event, which will kick off on October 8. Dota 2 The International 11 will have the best teams from around the world competing to secure not only fame but an impressive prize pool of over $10,000,000 USD.