Royal Never Give Up has won the 2018 Mid-Season Invitational after defeating KING-ZONE DragonX 3-1 in the tournament’s finals.
The finals MVP was Royal Never Give Up ADC Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao. One of the most famous players, both in China and the rest of the world, Jian was absolutely dominant against his Korean competition, finally earning an international championship in his fifth tournament. This split also marked Jian’s first domestic finals win since the Chinese regional qualifiers back in 2013.
This is RNG’s first ever win at an international tournament and its first finals appearance since the 2014 World Championship, where the team — then called Star Horn Royal Club — lost to Samsung Galaxy White in 3-1 series. This is also the first win for China as a region at an international championship since the 2015 Mid-Season Invitational, bringing Korea’s three year long streak of international wins to a close.