Chinese gamers criticize “arrogant” RNG after shock defeat
Fans outraged by RNG's perceived arrogance: "They didn't even see their opponents as humans"
They're not laughing anymore, after suffering a stunning defeat -- a defeat their fans blame on their arrogance.
That moment was captured on camera and shared by the team on Chinese video-sharing platform Bilibili. It has since been taken down.
And that celebration proved premature as G2 Esports scored a dramatic upset over the weekend in Busan, South Korea, beating the Chinese team 3-2 in their best-of-five match.
Initially, RNG managed to lead 2-1. But the fourth game was a turning point during which G2 Esports racked up 15 kills while RNG only had one. A competitve Game 5 eventually allowed G2 Esports to knock RNG, and superstar Uzi, out of the World Championship.
For the new and uninitiated, RNG’s popularity in China is nothing short of sensational. It’s especially so this year since they were considered the best team in the world, having come out on top at MSI, League of Legends’ second most important tournament.
“RNG is extremely arrogant. They didn’t even see their opponents as humans,” a Weibo user wrote.
“The joke is on them now. Unless they redeem themselves, people will not let them live that moment down,” another user wrote.
Of the three Chinese teams that made it to the quarterfinals, only Chinese entrepreneur Wang Sicong’s Invictus Gaming came through with a victory to keep China’s hopes up of bringing home the Summoner’s Cup.