Will ZIGMA follow in the footsteps of ex-Beyond and become a part of the VALORANT hype soon?
ZIGMA has announced the search for a new possible deal, stating that they are open to options on both VALORANT and CS:GO. However, given the Asian CS:GO scene circumstances right now, the latter option seems to have a slighter chance.
The news comes days after ZIGMA ended 9-12th in Hyperion x OEL CS:GO Launch after forfeiting to Australian side VERTEX Esports due to ping troubles by the server. Meanwhile, the squad are currently participating in the 5E Arena Open Season 2 Southeast Asia Playoffs and ESEA Season 37 Open APAC Group Stage.
4 Years Journey of ZIGMA
Tuchpong “JUSTCAUSE” Pongthanadechakit is the longest standing member of the lineup, having played since the team first formed under the Maple Club banner in 2017, and analogous with Håvard “rain” Nygaard six-year career with the Kinguin, G2, and FaZe Clan. Maple Club remained in the top tiers of Thai CS:GO for a long time, despite being unable to escape Signature Gaming’s shadow at the time.
Beyond Esports acquired Maple Club in late 2017, ushering in a period in which the team started to dominate the local scene, despite tough competition from NSPR Gaming and Signature Gaming. During the tenure, Beyond.Maple finished 5th-8th at eXTREMESLAND Asia CS:GO 2017, as well as a number of domestic trophies and runner-up medals.
After a three-month stint with Beyond.Maple, the squad opted to join Lucid Dream, an esports organization founded in late 2017 by a Thai construction project company. However, the outcomes of Lucid Dream were not as predicted and accomplished nothing. With the exception of wannafly, Lucid Dream released the squad after a year.
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Later on, the squad rejoined Maple one month after its release. Along the process, the group was renamed Maple Club, Team Maple, and, finally, ZIGMA. On an international scale, the core has won the SEA Fire Championships 2019, the NEX Invitational 2019, and the Asian Legend Challenge League, while also finishing runners-up in GeForce Cup Pacific 2019, WX Winter Invitational 2020, and the NEX Play From Home.
The following players are open to offers:
- 🇹🇭 Patiphan “CigaretteS” Posri
- 🇹🇭 Tuchpong “JUSTCAUSE” Pongthanadechakit
- 🇹🇭 Manutsawat “Reality” Sangphadung
- 🇹🇭 Kritthee “Geniuss” Sawatmuang
- 🇹🇭 Warittorn “RoLEX” Kalanukarn
Cover photo courtesy of FPSThailand