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Background Information
Name: Derek Shao
Country of Birth: Canada Canada
Residency: News Label - North America.png North America
Team: Golden Guardians Academy
Role: Top
Favorite champions:    
Alternate IDs: Liquid zig, hie
Nicknames: Zignature
Peak League: ChallengerTier.png Challenger I (NA)
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Team History
??? 2011 - ??? 2011
Logo std2.png XXX
??? 2011 - ??? 2011
Unrlogo std.png unRestricted eSports
Jan 2012 - Mar 2012
Logo std2.png Just Your Average Joes
Mar 2012 - Apr 2012
Monomaniaclogo std.png Monomaniac Dominatus
Apr 2012 - Oct 2012
Teamdynamiclogo std.png Team Dynamic
Jan 2013 - Feb 2013
Pulse Esports std.png Pulse Esports
Feb 2013 - Apr 2013
Dignitaslogo std.png Team Dignitas
Nov 2013 - Dec 2013
Nexuslogo std.png Nexus Gaming
May 2014 - Jan 2015
Crslogo std.png Team Curse
Aug 2014 - Aug 2014
LoLPrologo std.png Team LoLPro
Jan 2015 - May 2015
Liquidlogo std.png Team Liquid
Jan 2015 - May 2016
Liquid Alogo std.png Team Liquid Academy
Jan 2016 - Mar 2016
Liquidlogo std.png Team Liquid
May 2016 - Nov 2017
P1logo std.png Phoenix1
Dec 2017 Mar 2018
OPTlogo std.png OpTic Gaming
Apr 2018 - Present
GGS.Alogo std.png Golden Guardians Academy

Derek "zig" Shao is the top laner for Golden Guardians Academy.


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 6th, 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]



  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2012
Date Event Result
2015-12-06 HTC Ascension Gold.png Team Liquid Academy Liquid Alogo std.png 3 : 1 TFBlogo std.png Team Frostbite
2015-06-22 League One NA Cup Week 10 Gold.png Team Liquid Academy Liquid Alogo std.png 3 : 0 C9logo std.png Cloud9 Tempest
Date Event Result
2013-03-16 2013 MLG Winter Champ. Summer Promo. Qual. SF.png Team Dignitas Dignitaslogo std.png 0 : 2 C9logo std.png Cloud9




External Links


  1. Phoenix1 replaces Team Impulse, picks up Gate, Mash, Slooshi, and more espn.go.com