Patiphan “Patiphan” Chaiwong’s time in Riot first-person shooter has come to an end as he will embark on a new journey in the Overwatch League (OWL) with the Los Angeles Gladiators.
Patiphan “Patiphan” Chaiwong, one of Asia’s hottest prospects in VALORANT, has announced a return to his roots in Overwatch by joining the Los Angeles Gladiators, at the same time marking his first step into the Overwatch League for the first time.
Prior to transitioning to VALORANT earlier this year, the Thailand youngster made a name for himself in Overwatch with huge names, including Talon Esports and World Game Star Phoenix, as well as representing Thailand in the 2018 Overwatch World Cup at the age of 15. During that time, the DPS player had emerged as one of the scene’s most highly anticipated prospects.
However, Patiphan, who was too young to compete in the Overwatch League due to age restrictions (18 years old) at the time, chose to scratch his competitive itch in Valorant and try his hand at Riot Games’ FPS shooter.
He was then signed to Thailand’s famed X10 CRIT roster (formerly X10 Esports). With the team, he attended two out of three official international competitions held by Riot Games this year: Masters 2 Reykjavik and most recently VALORANT Champions. X10 CRIT garnered international prominence and ranked among one of the best Asian teams this year alongside Team Secret, Vision Strikers, FULL SENSE, Paper Rex, and others.
Individually, the 18-year-old player was a crucial key of X10 CRIT’s dark horse run on their international campaigns, placing both Masters 2 Reykjavik and VALORANT Champions at the 5th-8th place.
“In Overwatch, there are more opportunities for me outside of Southeast Asia,” Patiphan told Dexerto. “Getting to live and play in America is something I cannot find anywhere else.”
“I’m grateful for what I accomplished in Valorant but this is not my stop,” he added. “I will always remember and be thankful for the people and friends who have supported me.”
X10 CRIT are now:
- 🇹🇭 Itthirit “foxz” Ngamsaard
- 🇹🇭 Panyawat “sushiboys” Subsiriroj
- 🇹🇭 Nutchapon “sScary” Matarat
- 🇹🇭 Thanamethk “Crws” Mahatthananuyut
Cover photo courtesy of Michal Konkol/Riot Games