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Uzi
简自豪
(Jian Zihao)
Personal information
Born (1997-04-05) 5 April 1997 (age 23)
HometownYichang, Hubei
NationalityChinese
Career information
StatusRetired
LeagueLPL
Current teamRoyal Never Give Up
GamesLeague of Legends
RoleAD Carry
Career history
2012–2014Royal Club
2014Star Horn Royal Club
2014–2015OMG
2015–2016Qiao Gu
2016Newbee
2016–2020Royal Never Give Up
Career highlights and awards
Uzi
Simplified Chinese简自豪
Traditional Chinese簡自豪

Jian Zihao (Chinese: 简自豪; born 5 April 1997), better known by his in-game name Uzi, is a Chinese retired professional League of Legends player. Widely regarded as the greatest AD carry of all time, he was renowned for his mechanical prowess on champions such as Vayne, Kai'Sa, Ezreal and Kog'Maw.[1][2][3][4] He was also well known as the franchise player for Royal Never Give Up and its predecessors, although he also played briefly for OMG[5] and Newbee.[6]

Uzi has played in the World Championship grand finals twice, both times with Royal Club. He won his first international title at the 2018 Mid-Season Invitational with his team Royal Never Give Up, after defeating the LCK champions Kingzone DragonX.[7]

Uzi officially announced his retirement from professional play on 3 June 2020.[8]

Career[edit]

Uzi began his professional career on the Chinese team Royal Club. Widely considered as one of the best AD carries during seasons three and four, Uzi demonstrated his great mechanic prowess and carried his team to two consecutive second-place finishes at the League of Legends World Championship in both 2013 and 2014. Despite their success at Season 3 Worlds, the departure of Tabe prompted Uzi to switch to the mid lane at the start of Season 4 before returning to the ADC role during the summer. Renamed to Star Horn Royal Club, Uzi with Korean imports inSec and Zero rose to the challenge and finished second at worlds with a 1:3 series against one of the best teams ever, Samsung White. And he left the Royal club for the communication problem with Korean imports.

Season 5 however, proved to be a slump in Uzi's career after moving to OMG. Despite being touted as one of the biggest talent transfers of the offseason, OMG incurred difficulties in integrating Uzi to the team. Coupled with the decline of Gogoing and Lovelin, Season 5 was a disappointing one for Uzi. Uzi was picked up by Qiao Gu Reapers and was their sub for Peco. QG was invited to IEM Katowice in March 2016 where they beat Fnatic in their first best of one but were then subsequently eliminated in the group stages following a loss to SK Telecom T1 and then losing to Fnatic 1 - 2.

In May 2016, Qiao Gu Reapers was acquired by Newbee. However, five days later Uzi's contract was bought out by Royal Never Give Up.

On 3 June 2020, Uzi announced his retirement from professional gaming, citing health concerns. In a statement he said, "As a result of staying up late for years, a fatty diet and being under insurmountable stress, last year I found out that I was type-2 diabetic." He added that his mental state was "not as good as it was before". In an effort to recover, he took medication and made changes to his work schedule and exercise habits, but his situation did not change. His doctor told him there could be "serious complications" if he continued playing competitively.[8][9]

Tournament results[edit]

(Star Horn) Royal Club[edit]

Royal Never Give Up[edit]

Individual awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rand, Emily (3 June 2020). "LoL star bot laner 'Uzi' retires, citing injuries". ESPN. Retrieved 9 June 2020. He is considered the greatest bot laner of all time, not only in China's LoL Pro League but in all of League of Legends.
  2. ^ "Rekkles Ranks ADC Players Worldwide From Best To Worst". Inven Global. [Interviewer:] 'Could you rank these players from best to worst?' Rekkles: 'I haven't played against everyone here, but I have definitely seen them play. Uzi is for sure the best.'
  3. ^ "TL Doublelift: "We don't have too much to lose now, so we were able to play like ourselves"". Both Doublelift and Olleh had shown stellar performance against Uzi, a renowned ADC player that is regarded as the best by many.
  4. ^ "RNG Head Coach Kezman: "Uzi would've been the best ADC player, regardless of which region he was born in"".
  5. ^ Lingle, Samuel (11 December 2014). "Uzi joins OMG, creating Chinese super superteam". Dot Esports. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  6. ^ Isaakov, Emil (25 December 2015). "Uzi joins Qiao Gu, now owned by eSports organization Newbee". Dot Esports. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  7. ^ "Uzi finally met his destiny by claiming the MSI crown with RNG". Dot Esports.
  8. ^ a b @RNGRoyal (3 June 2020). "As of today, LPL0006 @UziRNG will officially retire. Uzi was not only the heart and soul of RNG, but also an icon in the esports world as a whole. From a teenager onwards he never gave up and worked as hard as he could to be the best he could in his role, he inspired many" (Tweet). Retrieved 3 June 2020 – via Twitter.
  9. ^ "Gaming 'hero' retires at 23 due to ill-health". BBC News. 4 June 2020. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  10. ^ "Uzi finally lifts the LPL championship trophy". Dot Esports.
  11. ^ "Uzi finally meets his destiny by claiming the MSI crown with RNG". Dot Esports.


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