RNG vs Kingzone for the League of Legends MSI Grand Final

Zac Cameron,

May 19, 2018 8:25 PM

There's only hours until the final showdown of the League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational Grand Finals, where the LCK Champions Kingzone DragonX will take on the LPL Champions Royal Never Give Up.

The last fight between these two titans of League of Legends, as the top team from Korea takes on the top team from China in a showdown that’s more than just individual glory, but also regional pride. China claimed the very first MSI back in 2015, when EDward Gaming took down SK Telecom T1. Since then, Korea has claimed victory, with SKT winning in 2016 and 2017. However, SK Telecom T1 isn’t at this event, and if fans of the LCK want to keep boasting of their regions success, they’ll need to throw their support behind Kingzone DragonX.

Kingzone DragonX taking a bow after their semi-final victory (LoL Esports Photos, Flickr)
Kingzone DragonX taking a bow after their semi-final victory (LoL Esports Photos, Flickr)

On the flip side, the representatives from China have not seen much success since their first victory, failing to make the Grand Final ever since. But Royal Never Give Up has been on a tear this tournament, seemingly out for blood while proving that they have what it takes to be the best in the world.

Both teams have tasted victory and defeat when playing against each other in this tournament, so it’s fair to say they have a good understanding of what works and what doesn’t work. With excellent performances from both teams, it’s hard to say how this will play out.

Royal Never Give Up taking a bow after their semi-final victory (LoL Esports Photos, Flickr)
Royal Never Give Up taking a bow after their semi-final victory (LoL Esports Photos, Flickr)

RNG’s bot lane has certainly been demonstrating a strong argument for the best bot lane in the world, with AD Carry Jian "Uzi" Zi-Hao and support Shi "Ming" Sen-Ming taking the fight to everyone. That said, KZ’s bot lane duo of AD Carry Kim "PraY" Jong-in and support Kang "GorillA" Beom-hyeon have not been slouches by any means, also looking to defend their de facto title of “best in the world”. The true threat for KZ lies in the top lane however, with Kim "Khan" Dong-ha proving a terror to play against on a very wide variety of champions. RNG will need to shut down both the top lane and the bot lane if they want a chance to claim the title of Mid-Season Invitational Champions.

For more on how the teams got to this point, check out the Semi-Final match recaps, for Kingzone DragonX and Royal Never Give Up, and for more information on when the games take place, check out the Official Schedule page, here.



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