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Kaka Returns to Competitive Dota 2 With RNG

Vignesh Raghuram
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Chinese superstar Hu "kaka" Liangzhi has joined Royal Never Give Up following the conclusion of Tour 2 of the China DPC 2021/22
The player was on a six month break from competitive Dota 2 after his previous stint at Invictus Gaming
According to the announcement, the player will be captaining RNG moving forward

Chinese team Royal Never Give Up (RNG) has announced that it has added Hu "kaka" Liangzhi to its roster as its new position 4 player. According to the announcement, Kaka will lead the new-look RNG roster with “his rich experience and unique understanding” of the game. RNG is yet to make a statement on the future of Chong “FelixCiaoBa” Wei Lun who was playing in the position 4 prior to Kaka’s addition.

Kaka returns to competitive Dota 2 after a 6-month break

Kaka was on a break from competitive Dota 2 for about 6 months prior to this development. He left Invictus Gaming in November, following a fourth place finish at The International 10 and has been a free agent ever since.

RNG expressed its excitement of signing Kaka by listing his many strengths in its announcement, including his keen sense of vision, innovative style of play, ability to direct the situation, strong understanding of the game, and many outstanding results. “We welcome Kaka to the team and look forward to seeing him lead the team with his rich experience and unique understanding, working together and progressing with the team to meet the challenges together,” it added.

Earlier in April, RNG’s carry player Zhong "圣子华炼 (God King)" Liushuai announced that he was removed from the roster. However, the organization has not made any announcements regarding the same.

Hence RNG’s official roster at the time of writing is:

  • Zhong "圣子华炼" (God King) Liushuai

  • Lu "Somnus M" Yao

  • Yang "Chalice" Shenyi

  • Hu "kaka" Liangzhi

  • Chong “FelixCiaoBa” Wei Lun

  • Yap "xNova" Jian Wei

Xie "Super" Junhao is currently coaching the lineup.

RNG finished in fourth place in the China Dota 2 Pro Circuit (DPC) 2021/22 Upper Division Tour 2 with four wins and three losses. As a result, the team has secured a spot in the upcoming ESL One Stockholm 2022 Major. However, there are doubts of the team’s ability to compete at the Major thanks to the severe lockdown restrictions currently being imposed in Shanghai (where most DPC teams bootcamp.)

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Vignesh has been covering the esports industry for nearly 5 years starting with the early days of the DPC. His industry expertise includes experience in Dota 2, CS:GO and Mobile Esports coverage.