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Esports: Royal Never Give Up set new Mid-Season Invitational record

League of Legends outfit Royal Never Give Up have become the first ever team to win the Mid-Season Invitational on three occasions, beating T1 3-2 in the tournament's final.

In the LOL LVP Superliga Summer, meanwhile, Giants can be backed at 4/9 to beat Movistar Riders, who are 13/8 to come out on top.

Top two dominate the field

Royal Never Give Up from China and South Korean side T1 had been the standout sides in this year's Mid-Season Invitational with both having topped their respective groups with 6-0 win-loss records.

And that domination continued into the Rumble Stage, which Royal Never Give Up topped with eight wins from their ten matches and they were followed by T1 in second spot.

In the semi-finals, meanwhile, Royal Never Give Up thrashed Evil Geniuses 3-0 and T1 also recorded a clean sweep against G2 Esports.

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That set up a mouthwatering final in Busan, South Korea with both teams looking to become the first to three MSI titles.

It was T1 who arguably started the final the brightest before controlling map objectives gave Royal Never Give Up the edge and the encounter went all the way to game five.

Royal Never Give Up relied on consistency, drafting the same team compositions in game one and game five and it was they who came out on top after finishing be destroying the Nexus.

Xiaohu "really happy" with victory

The champions scooped $75,000 in prize money and made history after having also won the Mid-Season Invitational in 2018 and 2021.

Speaking after the match, Royal Never Give Up mid laner Li "Xiaohu" Yuanhao said: "I think it's fair to say this is a historic moment for us being able to beat T1 in a best-of-five, and I'm really happy.

"I have given my all for this victory."

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