In an unfortunate turn of events, Shanghai Dragons head coach RUI has had to step down due to worsening health issues. In the interim, assistant coach Kong will lead the team until the vacancy has been filled.

Following the announcement, a post on RUI's weibo page gave some further insight into the situation. The translation was provided by sandshrewz.

I am sorry, I can't endure it anymore. I have a serious case of cervical spondylosis (neck arthritis), making it hard to focus every day. There is no choice but for me to return to my homeland for treatment. I hope the Dragons' lovely members will continue to work hard. Our time together was short, but I was very happy to be together with everyone. Victory is just ahead; please never buckle and keep pressing on.

RUI joined the Dragons after their first match in Stage 1 as a highly valued asset from the Miraculous Youngster roster that had many impressive tournament finishes in the Asia-Pacific scene. He is the second head coach of the Dragons to leave the role, with the first vacancy created by U4 back in March.

This is not Kong's first time filling in as the team's head coach. Prior to RUI's arrival, Kong served as the team's head coach following U4's firing.

The Shanghai Dragons play their first match of Stage 5 Wednesday, May 16 against the Dallas Fuel.