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Royal Club is a Chinese team. In December 2016 they rebranded from Star Horn Royal Club, which had been the successor of the original Royal Club founded in May 2012. Now they are the academy team of Royal Never Give Up.

History[]

Season 2[]

Royal Club Huang Zu started their first season as a team by participating in the G-League 2012 Season 2, where they finished at 3rd-4th place after losing 1-3 against Team WE. They then attended GIGABYTE StarsWar League Season 2 in March but got knocked out in the Group Stage. Due to finishing 2nd at TGA Winter 2012, they were directly invited to the first LPL Spring Season.

Season 3[]

In June, Royal Club Huang Zu finished 5th in 2013 LPL Spring, going 15-13 in the Group Stage and therefore not qualifying for playoffs. On the next day, they participated in the NVIDIA Game Festival 2013 and placed second after losing against Team WE in the finals. In July, Royal Club Huang Zu took part in the StarsWar 8 tournament. They got knocked out in the semifinals, losing 0-2 to iG. At the end of July, they once again lost 0-2 to iG in the semifinals of IEM Season VIII - Shanghai, finishing 3rd-4th. In September, Royal Club Huang Zu qualified for the Season 3 China Regional Finals after finishing 2nd in the 2013 LPL Summer Regular Season, going 13-8. At the Season 3 China Regional Finals, Royal Club Huang Zu made an amazing comeback, going from the Loser's bracket to defeating OMG in the grand final, claiming first place and also a spot at the Season 3 World Championship as China's first seed, starting directly in the quarterfinals instead of having to play in the group stage.

At the Season 3 World Championship, Royal Club was considered the underdog in the quarterfinals due to not being well known outside of the Asian scene and competing at their first major tournament outside of China. In their first match, they faced off against a team they were exceptionally familiar with, OMG, essentially reenacting the Chinese Regional's Grand Final. OMG had been seen as one of the strongest teams in the group stage, losing only one out of four games. However, Royal Club were able to overcome their counterpart with a 2-0 victory, advancing to face Europe's first seed, Fnatic. The series would lead to a very back and forth battle between the two region's top teams and ended with Royal Club being able to close it out 3-1. They now found themselves in the grand finals against the heavily-favored Korean team SK Telecom T1. The anticipated match led to Royal Club being overwhelmed by SKT T1, losing 0-3, but taking home a very respectable second place. After the Season 3 World Championship, Tabe and Wh1t3zZ unilaterally retired, forcing Royal to forfeit their 2013 LPL Summer Playoffs spot.

Season 4[]

In May of 2014, Royal Club sold LMQ (a merger of Royal Tian Ci and Livemore) and rebranded to Star Horn Royal Club, forming an almost entirely new roster, only retaining Uzi. LMQ ultimately chose to compete as a team in the North American region. After struggling in 2014 LPL Spring, Star Horn Royal Club ended up acquiring InSec and Zero, who were the first Korean players to be bought by a Chinese team. They went on to win the 2014 Season China Regional Finals, once again securing China's first seed at the 2014 World Championship and being placed in Group B. After going 5-1 in the group stages, only dropping one game to the North American team TSM, they eliminated the two-time LPL Champions Edward Gaming in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, they once again managed to knock out OMG in a 5 game series. In the grand finals, they were once again forced to face off against a Korean powerhouse, this time in the form of Samsung White. Star Horn Royal Club managed to win just one game, ultimately losing the series 1-3 but once again securing second place at the World Championship. At the end of 2014, Uzi surprisingly announced his departure from Star Horn Royal Club and ended up joining rival team OMG.

Season 5[]

Being left without their superstar AD Carry Uzi, Star Horn Royal Club managed to acquire the highly praised Chinese AD Carry NaMei, formerly from Edward Gaming. However, due to the acquisition taking place after the LPL's player transfer deadline, NaMei was prohibited from competing until March. During this period, Star Horn Royal Club was forced to use HYY, who had never played on a professional team before, as their starting AD Carry. After NaMei started playing for Star Horn Royal Club, the team's unlucky streak would be continued, this time by InSec's injury at Chongqing in preparation for Demacia Cup 2015 Spring. Blank, from the LSPL team Energy Pacemaker.Carries, ended up substituting for InSec for the remainder of the Demacia Cup and LPL season.

Star Horn Royal Club finished 10th in LPL Spring Season and were forced to play in the 2015 LPL Summer Promotion tournament. Being able to field InSec, who had recovered from his injuries just in time, as their starting jungler, Star Horn Royal Club managed to sweep the LSPL team Young Glory in a clean 3-0 fashion. At this point, everyone believed that Star Horn Royal Club would easily retain their LPL spot. However, their next series against Gamtee went catastrophically, ending with Star Horn Royal Club losing 0-3 and consequently being relegated into the LSPL.

On May 14, Star Horn Royal Club, Gamtee, and Vici Gaming came to a mutual agreement which resulted in one of the most complex team acquisitions in League of Legends history: Vici Potential Gaming sold their own LPL spot to Royal, bought Gamtee's LPL spot and then renamed to Unlimited Potential. The new team under the Royal banner competed in the LPL and Star Horn Royal Club ended up competing in the LSPL with a different roster. The majority of the former Vici Potential Gaming roster did not remain on Royal, but instead transfered to Unlimited Potential.[1]

Trivia[]

Timeline[]

  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2017
  • 2018
  • 2019
  • 2020
  • 2021
  • 2022
  • 2023
  • 2024
  • January 6,
    Bunny is added to the GCD.

    Tear moves to starting roster.
    Able is removed from the GCD.[60] Tear renames to Such.
    Xiaoxu,
    small17,
    Xiaochao,
    Heaven, and
    Bunny's contracts are updated in the GCD, expiring on 22 November 2022.
    Kiy1n9, bear, and
    idt's contracts are updated in the GCD, expiring on 16 November 2021.
    Such and
    Lele's contracts are updated in the GCD, expiring on 15 November 2021.[61]
  • January 11, Poppy changes residency from
    LMS
    LMS
    to
    APAC
    Asia Pacific
    .
  • February (approx.),
    Lover11 joins.

    Sora leaves. bear renames to Cyl.
  • March 13,
    Lover11's contract is updated in the GCD, expiring on 16 November 2021.[62]
  • April 1,
    Xiaochao,
    Heaven, and
    idt leave.
  • April 3, May (Coach) joins.
    izzo joins as substitute.
    [63]
  • May 30,
    Aria and
    lovely are added to the GCD.

    Yuekai is readded to the academy roster in the GCD.

    Kiy1n9,
    small17, and
    Cyl are removed from the GCD.[64]
    Aria,
    lovely, and
    izzo's contracts are updated in the GCD, expiring on 22 November 2022.[65]
  • June 8, Laoge (Coach), Pencil (Manager), and Blue (Leader) join. Yuekai (Top to Mid) changes position. May (Coach) and Chiang Da-Cheng (Manager) leave.[66]
  • June 15,
    Chelly joins.

    Such moves to substitute. Chelly renames to SR99.
  • July 23,
    Mingjing joins.
    Mingjing renames to XMJ.
  • August 6,
    XMJ's contract is updated in the GCD, expiring on 15 November 2020.
    SR99's contract is updated in the GCD, expiring on 22 November 2022.[67]
  • December 17,
    Lele leaves for main roster.[68] Poppy (Head Coach) leaves for main roster.[69]
    S1xu rejoins from main roster.
  • December 18,
    Such moves to starting roster.
    SR99 leaves.[70]

Player Roster[]

Active[]

Dates:Approx|Exact
PlayerNameRoleContract EndsJoined
CN

CotenShen Hao (申豪)
Top Laner
Jun 20242024-06-12
CN

XBYPan Xin (潘鑫)
Jungler
2025-11-18
Jan 20242024-01-09
CN

xiaokaLuo Ji-Yong (骆继勇)
Mid Laner
2025-11-18
Apr 20232023-04-18
CN

TheHangXu Lin-Hang (胥林杭)
Bot Laner
May 20242024-05-07
CN

DoubleLiao Yi-Cheng (廖亿承)
Support
Jun 20242024-06-11
CN

OvOZhang Jia-Hao (张嘉豪)
Sub/Sup
2025-11-18
Jan 20242024-01-09
CN

lanlanGao Zi-Xuan (高子轩)
Trn/Bot
2024-11-19
??? 2022≈2022-??-??

Former[]

Players are shown for the entire duration of their tenure on the team, with the role and substitute/trainee status they had upon their departure.

Dates:Approx|Exact
PlayerNameRoleJoinedLeftNext Team
CN

JuiceZhou Lin (周林)
Top Laner
Jan 20242024-01-17Jun 20242024-06-13Royal Never Give Uplogo stdRNG
CN

BunnyLiu Wen-Kang (刘文康)
Support
Feb 20232023-02-03Jun 20242024-06-12EDward Gaming Youth Teamlogo stdEDG.Y
CN

XzzLiu Zhu (刘柱)
Mid Laner
Mar 20242024-03-20May 20242024-05-24Royal Never Give Uplogo stdRNG
CN

zhiqiuyiChen Yu-Ji (陈玉吉)
Bot Laner
Nov 20232023-11-19May 20242024-05-23FunPlus Phoenix Blazelogo stdFPB
CN

PandaCQi Xin (齐鑫)
Top Laner
Feb 20232023-02-01Mar 20242024-03-11Weibo Gaming Youth Teamlogo stdWBG.Y
CN

XzzLiu Zhu (刘柱)
Mid Laner
Feb 20232023-02-01Mar 20242024-03-06Royal Never Give Uplogo stdRNG
CN

milkywayCai Zi-Jun (蔡子俊)
Jungler
Jun 20222022-06-24Dec 20232023-12-13FunPlus Phoenixlogo stdFPX
CN

WingsWang Shu-Kai (王书凯)
Bot Laner
Jul 20232023-07-04Sep 20232023-09-08None
CN

lhyzLi Hong-Yu (栗洪宇)
Sub/Jun
Jun 20232023-06-15Sep 20232023-09-08None
CN

jiangLuo Bai-Jiang (罗百江)
Sub/Bot
May 20232023-05-31Sep 20232023-09-08None
CN

ZiyouWei Zhen-Jie (魏振杰)
Sub/Sup
Feb 20232023-02-03Jun 20232023-06-19LNG Academylogo stdLNG.A
CN

lhyzLi Hong-Yu (栗洪宇)
Sub/Jun
Jun 20222022-06-15May 20232023-05-26Royal Never Give Uplogo stdRNG
CN

zhiqiuyiChen Yu-Ji (陈玉吉)
Bot Laner
??? 2022≈2022-??-??May 20232023-05-25Anyone's Legendlogo stdAL
CN

LongqiJiang Long-Qi (蒋珑琦)
Top Laner
Feb 20232023-02-01Apr 20232023-04-18None
CN

ZincoLin Shao-Feng (林绍锋)
Bot Laner
Jul 20222022-07-13Apr 20232023-04-16Royal Never Give Uplogo stdRNG
CN

OvertureLiu Yang-Bo (刘扬波)
Top Laner
Nov 20222022-11-05Feb 20232023-02-01LGD Gaming Young Teamlogo stdLGD.Y
CN

MysunLi Hao (李浩)
Support
Jan 20212021-01-12Feb 20232023-02-01LNG Academylogo stdLNG.A
CN

lovelyMo Xiong-Zi (莫雄姿)
Sub/Jun
Dec 20212021-12-16Feb 20232023-02-01None
CN

ZapZhao Min-Wang (赵民望)
Sub/Bot
Jun 20212021-06-25Feb 20232023-02-01LGD Gaming Young Teamlogo stdLGD.Y
CN

ZJJZhang Jun-Jie (张骏杰)
Sub/Bot
Dec 20212021-12-16Feb 20232023-02-01Weibo Gaming Youth Teamlogo stdWBG.Y
CN

TangyuanLin Yu-Hong (林宇鸿)
Mid Laner
Feb 20222022-02-11Jan 20232023-01-11Royal Never Give Uplogo stdRNG
CN

BunnyLiu Wen-Kang (刘文康)
Support
Dec 20222022-12-09Jan 20232023-01-11Royal Never Give Uplogo stdRNG
CN

ziyouWei Zhen-Jie (魏振杰)
Sub/Sup
Dec 20222022-12-22Jan 20232023-01-11Royal Never Give Uplogo stdRNG
CN

XiaoxuXu Xing-Zu (徐兴祖)
Top Laner
Dec 20212021-12-16Dec 20222022-12-15LGD Gaminglogo stdLGD
CN

TangwaGao Ya-Ze (高亚泽)
Support
Jul 20222022-07-08Aug 20222022-08-07None
CN

AdeerWang Zi-Hang (王自航)
Jungler
Dec 20212021-12-27Jun 20222022-06-17None
CN

AsuraLu Qi (卢麒)
Bot Laner
Jan 20222022-01-18Jun 20222022-06-15Qing Jiu E-sport Clublogo stdQ9
CN

RehealPeng Jun-Jie (彭俊杰)
Support
Feb 20222022-02-17May 20222022-05-30Team WElogo stdWE
CN

Lover11Hu Xiao-Dong (胡孝东)
Mid Laner
≈Feb 2020≈2020-02-??Dec 20212021-12-16Team Pinnaclelogo stdTP
CN

S1xuWang Kang-Can (王康灿)
Sub/Jun
Dec 20202020-12-17Dec 20212021-12-16LGD Gaming Young Teamlogo stdLGD.Y
CN

freeyJiao Zi-Liang (焦子亮)
Sub/Mid
Jul 20212021-07-23Dec 20212021-12-16Weibo Gaming Youth Teamlogo stdWBG.Y
CN

BunnyLiu Wen-Kang (刘文康)
Sub/Sup
Jan 20202020-01-06Dec 20212021-12-16Royal Never Give Uplogo stdRNG
CN

XLBLi Xiao-Long (李小龙)
Jungler
Jun 20212021-06-01Dec 20212021-12-15Victory Fivelogo stdV5
CN

LeleDang Bo-Lin (党博霖)
Support
Jun 20212021-06-01Dec 20212021-12-15FunPlus Phoenixlogo stdFPX
CN

XiaobaiYang Zhong-He (杨忠贺)
Top Laner
Jun 20212021-06-01Dec 20212021-12-13Royal Never Give Uplogo stdRNG
CN

SuchLi Wu (李武)
Bot Laner
Jan 20202020-01-06Sep 20212021-09-23Joy Dreamlogo stdJDM
CN

YuekaiZhang Yue-Kai (张月开)
Mid Laner
May 20202020-05-30Jul 20212021-07-07Royal Never Give Uplogo stdRNG
CN

AsuraLu Qi (卢麒)
Bot Laner
Jan 20212021-01-19Jun 20212021-06-10Kaisa Gaminglogo stdKSG
CN

XiaoxuXu Xing-Zu (徐兴祖)
Top Laner
≈Dec 2019≈2019-12-??Jun 20212021-06-01Royal Never Give Uplogo stdRNG
CN

lovelyMo Xiong-Zi (莫雄姿)
Jungler
May 20202020-05-30Jun 20212021-06-01Royal Never Give Uplogo stdRNG
CN

AriaAn Yu-Run (安雨润)
Jungler
May 20202020-05-30Jan 20212021-01-08Retiredlogo stdRetired
CN

XMJXie Ming-Jing (谢明晶)
Jungler
Jul 20202020-07-23Jan 20212021-01-08Retiredlogo stdRetired
CN

izzoNi Hao (倪浩)
Sub/Mid
Apr 20202020-04-03Jan 20212021-01-08Retiredlogo stdRetired
CN

SR99Li Yu-Zhou (李雨洲)
Bot Laner
Jun 20202020-06-15Dec 20202020-12-18Legend Esport Gaminglogo stdLEG
CN

LeleDang Bo-Lin (党博霖)
Support
Jun 20192019-06-08Dec 20202020-12-17Royal Never Give Uplogo stdRNG
CN

Kiy1n9Dai Yi-Peng (戴伊鹏)
Jungler
≈Dec 2019≈2019-12-??May 20202020-05-30Alpha Esportslogo stdALF
CN

small17Dai Ying-Jie (代英杰)
Jungler
≈Dec 2019≈2019-12-??May 20202020-05-30Joy Dreamlogo stdJDM
CN

CylCai Ye-Lin (蔡烨霖)
Mid Laner
≈Dec 2019≈2019-12-??May 20202020-05-30Retiredlogo stdRetired
CN

XiaochaoYu Chao (俞超)
Mid Laner
≈Dec 2019≈2019-12-??Apr 20202020-04-01Legend Esport Gaminglogo stdLEG
CN

HeavenCheng Hao (程豪)
Bot Laner
≈Dec 2019≈2019-12-??Apr 20202020-04-01Retiredlogo stdRetired
CN

idtDing Tian (丁添)
Support
≈Dec 2019≈2019-12-??Apr 20202020-04-01Victorious Gaminglogo stdVTG
CN

SoraLiu Zhi-Long (刘志龙)
Support
Mar 20192019-03-17≈Feb 2020≈2020-02-??Oh My Godlogo stdOMG
CN

AbleDai Zhi-Chun (戴志春)
Bot Laner
Dec 20182018-12-30Jan 20202020-01-06Legend Esport Gaminglogo stdLEG
CN

TearLi Wu (李武)
Sub/Bot
Aug 20192019-08-17Jan 20202020-01-06Royal Clublogo stdRYL
CN

XiaobaiYang Zhong-He (杨忠贺)
Top Laner
Jun 20172017-06-29≈Dec 2019≈2019-12-??EStar (Chinese Team)logo stdES
CN

CryinYuan Cheng-Wei (袁成伟)
Mid Laner
Jun 20192019-06-08≈Dec 2019≈2019-12-??EStar (Chinese Team)logo stdES
CN

7WOZhu Wen-Xiang (朱文翔)
Sub/Jun
Jun 20192019-06-08≈Dec 2019≈2019-12-??Suning-Slogo stdSNS
CN

JumpZhao Wen-Hao (赵文浩)
Sub/Bot
Jun 20192019-06-08≈Dec 2019≈2019-12-??V5 87logo std87
CN

MoonZhang Yue-Kai (张月开)
Top Laner
Feb 20192019-02-24Dec 20192019-12-16Royal Never Give Uplogo stdRNG
CN

S1xuWang Kang-Can (王康灿)
Jungler
Jun 20192019-06-08Dec 20192019-12-16Royal Never Give Uplogo stdRNG
CN

CakeWang Yu-Long (王宇龙)
Jungler
Feb 20192019-02-24Jun 20192019-06-08Dominus Esports Younglogo stdDMOY
CN

NailaoWang Ji-Peng (汪继鹏)
Jungler
Apr 20192019-04-10Jun 20192019-06-08Shu Dai Xiong Gaminglogo stdSDX
CN

TSXie Yun-Peng (谢运蓬)
Sub/Top
Feb 20192019-02-24Jun 20192019-06-08V5 87logo std87
LMS

s1aytrueLin Sheng-Po (林聖博)
Support
Feb 20192019-02-24May 20192019-05-29J Team 2logo stdJII
CN

KailaiZhou Kai-Lai (周开来)
Mid Laner
Jun 20182018-06-29Feb 20192019-02-24Retiredlogo stdRetired
CN

SpaceManLe Hao (乐豪)
Support
Mar 20182018-03-22Feb 20192019-02-24Royal Clublogo stdRYL
CN

TianciYing Tian-Ci (应天赐)
Top Laner
Mar 20182018-03-02Jan 20192019-01-18Royal Never Give Uplogo stdRNG
CN

MaiXTian Mai (田迈)
Mid Laner
Dec 20172017-12-27Dec 20182018-12-17Rogue Warriorslogo stdRW
CN

S1xuWang Kang-Can (王康灿)
Jungler
Dec 20172017-12-27Dec 20182018-12-14Royal Never Give Uplogo stdRNG
CN

SmileZhang Rui (张锐)
Bot Laner
Dec 20172017-12-27Dec 20182018-12-14Royal Never Give Uplogo stdRNG
CN

G1ftGuo Hao (郭昊)
Support
Dec 20172017-12-27Jun 20182018-06-29Retiredlogo stdRetired
CN

TraoverChen Yu (陈煜)
Sub/Bot
Mar 20182018-03-02Jun 20182018-06-29Moss Seven Clublogo stdMSC
CN

AKZhou Kun (周坤)
Top Laner
May 20172017-05-20Mar 20182018-03-02King of Futurelogo stdKOF
CN

KailaiZhou Kai-Lai (周开来)
Mid Laner
May 20172017-05-20Mar 20182018-03-02Royal Clublogo stdRYL
CN

JiajunLiu Jia-Jun (刘家俊)
Bot Laner
May 20172017-05-20Mar 20182018-03-02Qing Niao Yu Xing Game Teamlogo stdQNG
KR

PlutoLee Ui-hyeon (이의현)
Support
May 20172017-05-20Mar 20182018-03-02Logo stdAVEN
LMS

baybayWang You-Chun (王佑軍)
Jungler
May 20172017-05-20≈Jan 2018≈2018-01-??G-Rexlogo stdGRX
CN

hu1Lei Hui-Guo (雷辉国)
Jungler
≈Jul 2017≈2017-07-??≈Jan 2018≈2018-01-??VC Gaminglogo stdVC
KR

RainAn Hyeon-guk (안현국)
Bot Laner
May 20172017-05-20Dec 20172017-12-28Team AURORAlogo stdAUR
CN

saskZhou Yi-Xiang (周翼翔)
Mid Laner
Dec 20162016-12-19Dec 20172017-12-27Victorious Gaminglogo stdVTG
CN

tianCiYing Tian-Ci (应天赐)
Top Laner
≈Jul 2017≈2017-07-??Dec 20172017-12-21Royal Never Give Uplogo stdRNG
CN

XuanXuanPiPi Xiao-Xuan (皮孝轩)
Bot Laner
May 20172017-05-19Dec 20172017-12-21Royal Never Give Uplogo stdRNG
CN

Despa1rZhou Li-Peng (周李鹏)
Support
May 20172017-05-20Dec 20172017-12-21FunPlus Phoenixlogo stdFPX
KR

ririsBaek Seung-min (백승민)
Top Laner
Jan 20172017-01-11May 20172017-05-20Hong Kong Attitudelogo stdHKA
KR

SkyHa Neul (하늘)
Top Laner
Dec 20162016-12-19May 20172017-05-20Retiredlogo stdRetired
CN

UnicornLi Sheng-Wei (李盛维)
Jungler
Dec 20162016-12-19May 20172017-05-20DS Gaminglogo stdDS
CN