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zig
GGSA zig 2019 Split 1.png
Background Information
NameDerek Shao
Country of BirthCanada Canada
Residency
NA
 North America
Competitive
RoleTop Laner
Previous Role(s)Bot Laner
Jungler
Favorite ChampsJayceSquare.pngRumbleSquare.pngIreliaSquare.png
Soloqueue IDsLiquid zig, hie
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Team History
??? 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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Monomaniaclogo std.pngMonomaniac Dominatus
Apr 2012 - Oct 2012
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Teamdynamiclogo std.pngTeam Dynamic
Jan 2013 - Feb 2013
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Feb 2013 - Apr 2013
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Dignitaslogo std.pngTeam Dignitas
Nov 2013 - Dec 2013
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Nexus Gaminglogo std.pngNexus Gaming
May 2014 - Jan 2015
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Team Curselogo std.pngTeam Curse
Aug 2014 - Aug 2014
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Oct 2014 - May 2015
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Robert Morris University Illinoislogo std.pngRobert Morris University
Jan 2015 - May 2015
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Team Liquidlogo std.pngTeam Liquid
Jan 2015 - May 2016
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Jan 2016 - Mar 2016
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Team Liquidlogo std.pngTeam Liquid
May 2016 - Nov 2017
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Phoenix1logo std.pngPhoenix1
Dec 2017 - Mar 2018
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OpTic Gaminglogo std.pngOpTic Gaming
Apr 2018 - May 2019
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Golden Guardianslogo std.pngGGS Academy

Derek "zig" Shao was previously 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

DateRegionTournamentTeamVsChampionPosW/LKDASBVOD
2018-06-29
NA
 North America
NA Academy 2018 Summer - Week 3Golden Guardianslogo std.pngCounter Logic Gaminglogo std.pngDariusSquare.png DariusTopL9/5/2Link
Click here for a full list of pentakills by all players.

Tournament Results

This table shows up to the 10 most recent results. For complete results, click here.

Zig Tournament Results
DatePlEventLast ResultTeamRoster
2019-03-150080008
NA Academy 2019 Spring
7 - 11Blanklogo std.pngRR
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 zig,
 Hard,
 Palafox,
 Benji,
 Sheep,
 Mango
2018-08-100090009
NA Academy 2018 Summer
4 - 14Blanklogo std.pngRR
Golden Guardianslogo std.pngGG.A
 zig,
 Potluck,
 bobqin,
 Benji,
 Sheep,
 Zeu,
 Mango
2018-03-180090009
NA LCS 2018 Spring
5 - 13Blanklogo std.pngRR
OpTic Gaminglogo std.pngOPT
 zig,
 Dhokla,
 Akaadian,
 PowerOfEvil,
 Arrow,
 LemonNation,
 Zaboutine
2017-08-13aaaaaaQ
NA LCS 2018 Spring Promotion
3 : 0EUnitedlogo std.pngeUnited
Phoenix1logo std.pngP1
 zig,
 MikeYeung,
 Ryu,
 Arrow,
 Xpecial,
 Fly
2017-08-0601000010
NA LCS 2017 Summer
4 - 14Blanklogo std.pngRR
Phoenix1logo std.pngP1
 zig,
 Allorim,
 Inori,
 Meteos,
 MikeYeung,
 Ryu,
 Pirean,
 Arrow,
 Shady,
 Xpecial,
 Fly
2017-07-070010001
Rift Rivals 2017 NA-EU
4 - 2Blanklogo std.pngRR
Phoenix1logo std.pngP1
 zig,
 MikeYeung,
 Ryu,
 Arrow,
 Xpecial,
 Fly
2017-04-230030003
NA LCS 2017 Spring Playoffs
3 : 2FlyQuestlogo std.pngFLY
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 zig,
 Inori,
 Meteos,
 Ryu,
 Arrow,
 Stunt,
 Shady,
 Fly
2017-03-260030003
NA LCS 2017 Spring
11 - 7Blanklogo std.pngRR
Phoenix1logo std.pngP1
 zig,
 Inori,
 Meteos,
 Ryu,
 Arrow,
 Adrian,
 Stunt,
 Shady,
 Fly
2016-08-07aaaaaaQ
NA LCS 2017 Spring Promotion
3 : 0Echo Foxlogo std.pngFOX
Phoenix1logo std.pngP1
 zig,
 Inori,
 Pirean,
 Mash,
 Gate,
 Charlie
2016-07-310080008
NA LCS 2016 Summer
5 - 13Blanklogo std.pngRR
Phoenix1logo std.pngP1
 zig,
 Brandini,
 Zentinel,
 Inori,
 Pirean,

 Slooshi,
 Mash,
 Gate,
 Charlie,
 BonQuish

Interviews

  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2012

Gallery

External Links

Redirects

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References