RNG's Lu "Somnus" Yao at TI8

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Somnus and RNG Secure TI11 Direct Invite With a Commanding Stomp

Ammar Aryani
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Highlights
Royal Never Give Up (RNG) and Xtreme Gaming faced each other in the Grand Finals of The International 2022 (TI11) China Qualifiers.
RNG proceeded to dominate Xtreme Gaming, securing a 3-0 victory.
Following the win, RNG has secured a direct invitation to TI11’s Group Stage, while Xtreme Gaming will join Vici Gaming in the Last Chance Qualifiers.

With a direct invitation to TI11’s Group Stage on the line, Royal Never Give Up (RNG) and Xtreme Gaming faced each other in the Grand Finals of The International 2022 (TI11) China Qualifiers. While Xtreme Gaming showed glimpses of hope during the series, RNG were undoubtedly the better team as they stomped the former in a 3-0 victory in the Grand Finals.

Following the victory, RNG joined BetBoom Team and Hokori in securing a direct invitation to TI11’s Group Stage from its respective regional qualifiers.

RNG vs Xtreme Gaming: Match recap

Going into the match, there wasn’t a clear favorite between either team, as both teams were performing relatively well during the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) 2021/22 season.

Game One

Game one saw RNG drafting a core lineup of Bloodseeker, Puck and Brewmaster while Xtreme Gaming went for Lone Druid, Lina and Pangolier supported by Marci and Earth Spirit.

While the early game went well for Xtreme Gaming, the late game was heavily favoring RNG as Lu "Somnus" Yao’s Puck was on a roll, securing a 20/2/16 KDA while the rest of RNG dominated Xtreme Gaming’s draft. The game ended at 38 minutes as RNG secured the first game of the series.

Game Two

Game Two was more of a bloodbath, with both teams drafting very aggressive lineups for this game. RNG went for a carry Bristleback, Queen of Pain and Beastmaster as the core lineup while Xtreme Gaming went for a more aggressive yet stable lineup, drafting Ursa, Shadow Fiend and Enigma for teamfight potential.

The first 30 minutes of the game were even, as both teams constantly picked each other off during either the laning phase or team fights near objectives. However, RNG were once again outplaying Xtreme Gaming, as Daniel "Ghost" Chan Kok Hong’s Bristleback and Somnus’s QOP were dealing a lot of damage to Xtreme Gaming. The game ended at 58 minutes as RNG once again dominated its opponents.

Game Three

Game Three saw both teams retaining some parts of their drafts, as RNG kept the Bristleback-QOP duo while Xtreme Gaming retained the Enigma-Earth Spirit combo, and picked up Phantom Assassin to provide additional damage.

While the early game went well for Xtreme Gaming once again, RNG were the better team as Yap "xNova" Jian Wei’s Warlock was constantly preventing Ren "old eLeVeN" Yangwei’s Enigma from using his Black Hole ultimate ability during teamfights. The game ends at 48 minutes, with RNG securing a 3-0 win and a direct invitation to TI11’s Group Stage.

The player of the match was none other than Lu "Somnus" Yao as he earned a combined KDA of 54/5/41 throughout the whole series.

Following the Grand Finals match, RNG joined BetBoom Team and Hokori in securing a direct invitation to TI11’s Group Stage from their respective regional qualifiers. Xtreme Gaming on the other hand, will have to earn its slot in the TI11 Group Stage by playing the Last Chance Qualifiers alongside Vici Gaming.


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Ammar is the newest addition to AFK Gaming. When he's not covering Dota 2 tournaments, he enjoys streaming or watching other esports titles like Valorant or LoL.


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