Spectators first learned of the possibility of Mlxg’s health problems in Week 6 of the LPL when he did not start for RNG against Team WE. Though RNG made no official statement at the time, rumors circulated that he had fallen ill. RNG fielded substitute jungler Wang “BayBay” Youchun and lost to Team WE.
In Week 7, the team brought in emergency substitute Y1HAN, claiming all of their official substitutes had also fallen ill. RNG won both series against QG Reapers and Vici Gaming.
On March 28, Royal’s official weibo revealed that Mlxg will return to LPL this week.
“In the previous two weeks, due to illness, Mlxg was absent, but he will return to LPL this week,” the post said. “We are sorry to make you worry, but we thank you for your understanding and support. Last week, Y1HAN stepped in during the team’s hour of need and gave a wonderful performance. We hope everyone can give new players encouragement and support.”
In the coming week, LPL enters a second intragroup phase. Royal Never Give Up will play against LGD Gaming and Invictus Gaming.
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