Vitality will keep their star for four more years as Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut has been signed until 2024. The French organization revealed the signing via holograms across the city of Paris where they’re based. ZywOo signed with Vitality in October 2018 after drawing attention to himself when representing WySix and aAa.
“We are delighted that ZywOo has chosen to commit to being a member of Team Vitality for the next five years. A player like ZywOo comes along once in a generation and we couldn’t be happier to have him competing with us. Together with our performance team, we are committed to ensuring that ZywOo has the tools and infrastructure to continue reaching his full potential” said Fabien “Neo” Devide, President & Co-Founder, Team Vitality.
“Being a member of Team Vitality has always been such a natural fit for me. 2020 was a crazy year and I know that having Team Vitality and my teammates support me was one of the main reasons I excelled,” ZywOo said. “I am really excited to make this commitment and wear the Team Vitality shirt for another five years.”
It’s not a surprising decision at all given ZywOo’s ridiculous success in relatively his short time in the professional scene. As one of the only players considered to be in the same tier as Natus Vincere’s Aleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev, ZywOo has earned everything he’s got including best player of the year title.
Most recently the 20-year-old helped guide Vitality to a first place finish at both IEM Beijing-Haidian 2020 and BLAST Premier Fall 2020 Finals where they took down mousesports, Natus Vincere, BIG, and Astralis to claim the title. They bowed out of the IEM Global Challenge in 5th-6th as Astralis and BIG both handed them 2-1 losses to close out their year.
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