Southeast Asia’s representative to VCT Stage 2 Masters: Reykjavik, X10, are making waves in the international Valorant scene.
After an unexpectedly close loss to Team Vikings, the team won 2-0 against Crazy Raccoons in the lower bracket, with effective post-plant strategies and firepower brought by their star player, Patiphan.
With his high energy and entertaining silliness onstage, it’s hard to imagine that 17 year old Patiphan Chaiyawong was in a very different place one year ago.
In an exclusive interview with ONE Esports Thailand, X10’s Patiphan shares how Valorant saved him from the lowest point in his life.
Taking a leap of faith: From Overwatch to Valorant
Patiphan’s desire to compete was evident at a young age when he represented Thailand for the Overwatch World Cup in 2018 and the Overwatch Contenders at the age of 14.
He was set to play in the Overwatch League under Paris Eternal, however as he was still underage, he was fielded onto Paris Eternal’s reserve team, Eternal Academy. Set to fly to Paris to train, the COVID-19 pandemic suddenly put a stop to Patiphan’s pro player dreams.
“I love being in competitions, so that really broke me,” Patiphan told ONE Esports. “I lost my drive in those six months of doing nothing. I was so sad. I couldn’t sleep, I became really thin. I sunk into depression. I had to find something that made me better.”
The answer to that was Valorant, although he was unsure about making the switch since he felt that his Overwatch career was on the rise.
“I have been playing Overwatch for a while, I wasn’t sure if I should quit or continue,” said Patiphan. “I didn’t know if there was a future with Valorant. I wasn’t confident in myself either. Will I be as good in a new game? With Overwatch, my career was more secure. With Valorant, it was starting from scratch.”
Patiphan’s restless energy led him to take a leap of faith and form his first Valorant team, Thailand Attitude, which later merged with Thailand esports team MiTH to form MiTH Atittude.
MiTH Atittude won several championships, including ESL Thailand Championship 2020 (First Strike: Thailand) before Patiphan set his sights even higher.
Conquering the world with X10
As he started gaining ground in the Valorant scene as a top player, esports team X10 came calling.
“At first, a lot of people were worried about me because X10 trains really hard,” said Patiphan. “But I was used to training hard. I’ve gone through this before and I think every team should have the same standard that X10 has.”
With Patiphan’s addition to the team, X10 dominated the VCT SEA Playoffs, emerging as SEA’s top Valorant team. With only two months of training together, the team found themselves among the best of the best in Valorant. For Patiphan, it’s the biggest win of his life.
“Last year, I was at the worst point in my life. I didn’t want to get stuck,” he shared. “I just wanted to play. But now, I feel good. Everything’s coming back. Everything is moving in a better direction.”
Duelist? Controller? Sentinel? Patiphan plays them all
Praised for his ability to get high-value kills, and for his flexibility in any role, Patiphan is the breakout star of Masters: Reykjavik.
From stellar plays on Jett to parkouring with Sage, Patiphan has earned legions of new fans, even with big names like TenZ singing his praises.
In X10’s lower bracket match against Crazy Raccoons, Patiphan even pulled out a surprise Viper, the first time he’s ever used the agent in an official tournament.
Additionally, he’s become an audience favorite for his onstage antics and an entrance that will go down in Valorant esports history.
With X10 exceeding expectations in Iceland, there’s no way but up for Patiphan. Esports fans around the world now know his name and can’t wait for the magic he brings to competitive Valorant.