League of Legends: Mata Joins RNG as Head Coach after Retiring from Pro Play

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League of Legends: Mata Joins RNG as Head Coach after Retiring from Pro Play

Days after announcing his retirement from professional play, Cho “Mata” Se-hyeong has announced that he’ll be joining LPL side Royal Never Give Up as the team’s League of Legends Head Coach.

Royal Never Give Up made a number of other roster and coaching announcements. Former Young Miracles jungler Li “xiaolongbao” Xiao-Long will join as the team’s starting jungler, the team also picked up former Flash Wolves AD carry Lu “Betty” Yu-Hung after the team disbanded. RNG also brought up Academy mid laner Zhang “yuekai” Yue-Kai and jungler Wang “S1xu” Kang-Can to the main roster.

As for coaching staff, RNG has added Wong “Tabe” Pak Ka will join Mata as the team’s Analyst and Sereno joins as Assistant Coach alongside Mata.

RNG also announced that it would retain 2019 players Shi “Ming” Sen-Ming, Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao and Li “Xiaohu” Yuan-Hao.

As things stand, RNG has a huge roster which consists of the following players:

Top – Langx

Jungler – S1xu/xiaolongbao

Mid – Xiaohu/yuekai

ADC – Uzi/Betty

Support – Ming/Wink(also an ADC)

Time to put Worlds behind them

RNG made it to the 2019 LPL finals before losing 3-1 to FunPlus Pheonix. The team went into Worlds with high hopes, sadly, the team failed to get out of groups after being placed in the “group of death” alongside European and Korean power-house sides SK Telecom T1 and Fnatic. The group also contained North American side Clutch Gaming (now Dignitas).

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The team held their own at Worlds, however, the side failed to pick up a victory in either match against SKT1 which ended up being the side’s downfall after Fnatic was able to grab a 1-1 record against the Korean side.

League of Legends: Mata Joins RNG as Head Coach after Retiring from Pro Play
David Hollingsworth
David has written for games media outlets for the last ten years. With his first major esports role being with Esports News UK covering mostly UK League of Legends. David is also a member of the British Esports Association and is an advisor to them on World of Warcraft Esports. More recently David has worked for Esports Insider and Red Bull as an esports journalist. David later became Editor at ESTNN and now leads the current team.