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zig
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Background Information
Name: Derek Shao
Country of Birth: Canada Canada
Residency:
NA
 North America
Competitive
Team: Golden Guardians Academy
Role: Top Laner
Previous Role: Bot
Favorite champions: JayceSquare.png RumbleSquare.png IreliaSquare.png 
Soloqueue IDs: Liquid zig, hie
Social Media and Links
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Team History
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??? 2011 - ??? 2011
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??? 2011 - ??? 2011
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Jan 2012 - Mar 2012
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Mar 2012 - Apr 2012
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Apr 2012 - Oct 2012
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Jan 2013 - Feb 2013
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Feb 2013 - Apr 2013
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Nov 2013 - Dec 2013
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May 2014 - Jan 2015
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Aug 2014 - Aug 2014
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Jan 2015 - May 2015
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Jan 2015 - May 2016
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Jan 2016 - Mar 2016
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May 2016 - Nov 2017
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Dec 2017 - Mar 2018
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Apr 2018 - Present
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Derek "zig" Shao is the top laner for Golden Guardians Academy.

Biography

Derek "zig" Shao was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, moved to Waterloo which is also in Ontario, Canada and then to Chicago, Illinois so he can attend school in the U.S. He now lives in Santa Monica, California so he can pursue his professional League of Legends career there. zig started playing League of Legends in the summer of 2010 and started publicly playing professionally in 2012 (season 2).

Season 1

zig started his professional League of Legends career by joining XXX/unRestricted eSports but he left them before they received a sponsorship from Curse and became known as Curse Gaming.

Season 2

In January 2012, zig joined Just Your Average Joes but did not play with the team for long and left them in March 2012. In the same month, zig officially entered the competitive League of Legends scene by substituting for Monomaniac eSports with ZionSpartan in IPL 4 due to original members NOthing12eal and WildTurtle not being able to attend. With the new lineup, Monomaniac placed 4th, defeating against All authority 2-0 and Curse Gaming 2-1 in best of threes.

After their successes at IPL 4, the Monomaniac roster of NintendudeX, zig, ParadoXical, Pixel, and ZionSpartan left to join Team Dynamic. zig played as the AD Carry for Team Dynamic and had a long successful run in season 2 with the team in many tournaments which made them a well-known professional North American League of Legends team at the time. However, after a poor showing at the LoL Season 2 North American Regionals and conflicts occurring in zig's personal life, tension started to build between him and his teammates. This, along with zig's inactivity because of school, led him to depart the team in October 2012.

Season 3

In January 2013, zig joined Pulse Esports, the roster of which was later picked up by Team Dignitas as their challenger circuit team in February of 2013. However, the team had a very short run together and they disbanded on April 6, 2013.

In November 2013, zig joined Nexus Gaming, another unknown team that he had a short run with. He left the team in December 2013.

Season 4

In May 2014, zig joined Team Curse as a substitute and spent a really long time with the team.

In August 2014, during zig's time as a sub for Team Curse, he played for Team LoLPro as their AD Carry under the name Zignature in the 2014 NA Challenger Series Summer Playoffs. The team beat Denial eSports in the quarterfinals but then lost to Curse Academy in the semifinals and placed fourth overall after losing 3-1 to Team Coast in the third-place match. As a result, they did not qualify for the 2015 NA LCS Spring Promotion Tournament.

2015 Preseason

In November 2014, it was rumored that Zignature would be joining LMQ; however, instead he joined Team Liquid (formerly known as Team Curse) as a sub and then Liquid Academy as their starting top laner in January 2015. He also re-shortened his name to zig.

2015 Season

zig played with Liquid Academy in the 2015 NA Challenger Series Summer Qualifier. They were eliminated in the second round by tournament-favorites Misfits (now known as Renegades).

2016 Season

TLA played in the 2016 NA CS Spring Qualifier where they 3-0'd Team Frostbite to qualify for the 2016 NACS Spring Season. Following an announcement that all members of the Academy team would also be active substitutes of the main Team Liquid roster, the organization swapped Dardoch and Matt off the Academy team for the NACS season. They finished in fourth place, narrowly making the playoffs after winning an automatic tiebreaker against Dream Team but then lost to Apex Gaming 3-1. After the split ended, Team Liquid Academy rebuilt their roster and zig left, joining Phoenix1, the organization that purchased Team Impulse's NA LCS Summer Season seed, in May.[1]

Faced with visa problems for intended starting jungler Inori, the team was forced to add a substitute jungler Zentinel to their roster, who competed for them for the first three weeks. In that time, Phoenix1 lost all of their series and won only two games total, cementing themselves in last place, behind Echo Fox. Their winless streak continued after Inori's return and through their first series of the fifth week, at which point they had a 3-18 game record and 0-9 series record. In the second series of that week, however, they picked up their first series win against Apex Gaming, with a comeback 2-1 victory after dropping the first game. After this first win, their record improved significantly, and in the second half of the season they went a combined 5-4 - not enough to keep them out of relegations, but enough to surpass both Echo Fox and NRG in the standings for a top seed in the promotion tournament, where they requalified for the LCS with an easy 3-0 win over Echo Fox. Though zig shared the starting top lane spot with Brandini, he started in all but 7 of the regular season's games, and in all of the promotion games.

2017 Season

P1 finished 3rd in the regular season of Spring with an 11-7 record. In the playoffs P1 was knocked out in the Semifinals but managed to win the third place match 3-2 against FlyQuest. Their Summer Season was much worse as they finished 10th place with a 4-14 record. Although they retained their LCS spot in the Promotion Tournament with a 3-0 victory over eUnited, P1 was not accepted in the newly franchised NA LCS for 2018. Zig left the team in November of 2017 and joined the newly formed OpTic Gaming in December.

Trivia

Pentakills

Date Region Tournament Team Vs Champion Pos W/L KDA SB VOD
2018-06-29
NA
 North America
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Click here for a full list of pentakills.

Tournament Results

This table shows up to the 10 most recent results. For complete results, click here.
Tournament Results
DatePlaceEventLast ResultTeamRoster
2018-08-10A99NA Academy logo.png NA Academy 2018 Summer4 - 14Blanklogo std.png RRGolden Guardianslogo std.png GG.A
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 zig,
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 Potluck,
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 bobqin,
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 Benji,
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 Sheep,
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 Zeu,
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 Mango
2018-03-18A99NA LCS logo small.png NA LCS 2018 Spring5 - 13Blanklogo std.png RROpTic Gaminglogo std.png OPT
Toprole icon.png
 zig,
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 Dhokla,
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 Akaadian,
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 PowerOfEvil,
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 Arrow,
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 LemonNation,
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 Zaboutine
2017-08-13I1QNA LCS logo small.png NA LCS 2018 Spring Promotion3 : 0EUnitedlogo std.png eUnitedPhoenix1logo std.png P1
Toprole icon.png
 zig,
Junglerole icon.png
 MikeYeung,
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 Ryu,
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 Arrow,
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 Xpecial,
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 Fly
2017-08-06B010NA LCS logo small.png NA LCS 2017 Summer4 - 14Blanklogo std.png RRPhoenix1logo std.png P1
Toprole icon.png
 zig,
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 Allorim,
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 Inori,
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 Meteos,
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 MikeYeung,
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 Ryu,
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 Pirean,
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 Arrow,
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 Shady,
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 Xpecial,
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 Fly
2017-07-07A11RR B logo small.png Rift Rivals 2017 NA-EU4 - 2Blanklogo std.png RRPhoenix1logo std.png P1
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 zig,
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 MikeYeung,
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 Ryu,
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 Arrow,
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 Xpecial,
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 Fly
2017-03-26A33NA LCS logo small.png NA LCS 2017 Spring11 - 7Blanklogo std.png RRPhoenix1logo std.png P1
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 zig,
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 Inori,
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 Meteos,
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 Ryu,
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 Arrow,
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 Adrian,
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 Stunt,
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 Shady,
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 Fly
2016-07-31A88NA LCS logo small.png NA LCS 2016 Summer5 - 13Blanklogo std.png RRPhoenix1logo std.png P1
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 zig,
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 Brandini,
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 Zentinel,
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 Inori,
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 Pirean,
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 Slooshi,
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 Mash,
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 Gate,
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 Charlie,
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 BonQuish
2016-03-16A33 - 4CS NA logo.png NACS 2016 Spring Playoffs1 : 3Apexlogo std 2.png ApexTeam Liquid Academylogo std.png TL.A
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 zig,
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 Akaadian,
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 Youngbin,
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 fabbbyyy,
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 Smoothie
2016-02-24A44CS NA logo.png NACS 2016 Spring1-2-2Blanklogo std.png RRTeam Liquid Academylogo std.png TL.A
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 Zig,
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 IWDominate,
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 Zary,
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 Akaadian,
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 Youngbin,
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 Fabbbyyy,
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 Smoothie
2016-01-17A55 - 8Carbon Winter Invitational 2016.png Carbon Winter Invitational 20162 - 1Blanklogo std.png RRTeam Liquid Academylogo std.png TL.A
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 zig,
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 Dardoch,
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 Youngbin,
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 Fabbbyyy,
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 Matt

Interviews

  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2012

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