Xu "BurNIng" Zhilei is a professional Dota 2 player who is currently playing for Vici Gaming. He is regarded as one of the best and most experienced carry players in the world, winning several carry awards and international championships throughout the years.
- 1 Biography
- 2 DotA
- 3 Dota 2
- 4 Trivia
- 5 Achievements
- 6 Gallery
- 7 Dota 2 cosmetics
- 8 Interviews
- 9 References
BurNIng grew up in Tongling, the Anhui Province east in China.
He was introduced to DotA by his friends at the end of 2007. He started an online team called TTI and played a lot of public games.
It wasn't until October 2008 that he started playing DotA professionally, after having been approached by CaNt's manager fashao to join the team.
BurNIng started his professional DotA career joining a Shanghai-based team called CaNt in October 2008 with teammates such as LongDD.
A team which had recent success winning CIG 2008 over EHOME just a month before BurNIng joined them.
BurNIng left the team shortly after MGC 2008.
They then went on to win 2009 Tianyi cup beating PS in the finals, netting BurNIng's first big international win.
The day after, the 20th of April 2009, the team disbanded due to disagreements between the players as well as the management.
After 7L, while former teammates, N3komatA and LongDD, found a new home at CityHunter, BurNIng spent time roaming between teams like F4, TTI, AEON, SHE, and Ks.cn. As BurNIng hopped between teams, the CityHunter team established itself as one if the biggest rivals to EHOME, which had now acquired DGC. Since both teams were seeking the strongest players to supplement their strength, the former 7L teammates tried to reach out to BurNIng, and a bidding war erupted to secure his services. While for a few moments, it looked like EHOME was on the verge of signing BurNIng, it was CityHunter that ultimately won out.
Back together with several of his former teammates in CityHunter they participated in IEM IV – Chengdu where they got 4th place and SMM Grand National 2009 where they placed 5-6th.
A disappointing period results wise for BurNIng and in January 2010 he received an offer to join EHOME.
EHOME’s performance wasn't up where they wanted, 3rd place in the SMM Grand Finals was not what they were looking for so they replaced DGC with BurNIng.
After BurNIng’s arrival EHOME went on to win the ESWC Chinese qualifiers and then winning the main event itself. 2010 was a dominating year for EHOME. After winning the ESWC they also won the IEM V – Shanghai, the SMM Grand National 2010 and the World Gamemaster Tournament 2010.
Early in 2011 BurNIng and KingJ left the successful EHOME and joined Team DK. Rumors has it that Team DK provided much better financial support for their members than what EHOME did and that was one of the reasons for the switch.
The new team wasn't an immediate success. They got second place in G-League 2011 Season 1 and a third in ECL Season 2. The team expected more and it didn't take long until changes were made, bringing back BurNIng's former teammate LongDD. The team went on to win G-League 2011 Season 2, World DotA Championship 2011 and G-League 2011 Season 3.
In March 2012 Team DK transitioned into playing Dota 2.
It took a while for BurNIng and his team to get notable results in Dota 2. However they were the first team to get an invite to The International 2012 on the 9th of May. BurNIng had the following statement regarding the invite: "When we received the invitation naturally we felt excited and exhilarated. But after settling down, we know we shouldn't be happy this early. Getting a Visa is no easy task, our performance are of no competition to the top teams in Dota 2 right now. We will increase our efforts to train and improve our skills."
Only a few days after receiving the invite they would get their first decent result placing 2nd in the JoinDOTA Masters/VII losing 1-2 to EHOME in the finals, and about a month before The International 2012 they won their first tournament when they beat TongFu 3-0 in the It’s Gosu Mini Madness cup.
At The International 2012, Team DK had a good groupstage ending up with a 11-3 map score. BurNIng was playing Morphling, Anti-Mage and Lone Druid in most of the games at The International 2012 and his Anti-Mage had a 100% win rate. In the playoffs they got knocked down to the loser's bracket in the first round after being defeated by the defending champions Natus Vincere 2-1. From the loser bracket they proceeded to win against Darer, TongFu, and Zenith before losing to Invictus Gaming which would go on to win the tournament. The end result was 4th place for Team DK.
After The International 2012 BurNIng's teammates LongDD and Zippo were replaced with Dai and QQQ from EHOME. The year ended with two 2nd place finishes in G-1 Champions League Season 4 and World Cyber Games 2012. In 2013, Team DK had a 4th place finish in G-1 Champions League Season 5 followed by a 2nd place in the big Dota 2 Super League and another 4th place in Alienware Cup.
At The International 2013 Team DK had once again a good group stage ending up with a 10-4 score. And in the playoffs this time they won their first upper bracket game, defeating last year’s champion Invictus Gaming 2-1. They then went on to play the so far undefeated Alliance and became the first team to take a game of team Alliance. However in the lower bracket they lost 2-1 against the surprise team Orange Esports and were knocked out, finishing 5-6th. BurNIng said during an interview at the International that the regiment previously announced wasn't on his mind and he had not made a final decision for it yet. BurNIng was playing Weaver and Lifestealer the most this International. He had two Anti-Mage games and still a 100% winrate with that hero at The International 2013.
After The International 2013 was done BurNIng decided not to retire, however changes were needed in Team DK resulting in the removal of rOtk, Super, QQQ and Dai from the team, leaving only BurNIng left on Team DK
The new Team DK's first real test came at the MLG Championship Columbus. They looked solid and performed very well all the way to the Grand Finals. In the Grand Finals they lost in the end to Speed Gaming 1-2. BurNIng posted on Weibo after the result that Champion was not in his fate.
About a month later BurNIng finally got his Dota 2 championship when Team DK won the WPC ACE Dota 2 League 2013, winning the biggest prize money outside The International. They did this with an amazing comeback after losing the first 3 matches against Invictus Gaming. They went on to win the remaining 4 matches making it 4-3 in favor of Team DK in the end. Around a half month later they went on to win the G-League 2013. This time they stomped Invictus Gaming 3-0 in the Finals.
After qualifying for SLTV Starseries Season IX, BurNIng and his team was looking to win their first international tournament in Dota 2. And after their recent results in China they were one of the biggest favorites. They did not disappoint and won it convincingly not losing a single match. BurNIng played a different carry every game, showing off his extensive hero pool.
After the success in Star Ladder they got to the finals in the WPC ACE Dota 2 League 2014. Being defending champions, many had high hopes for Team DK in the finals against Invictus Gaming, however this time Invictus Gaming managed to win pretty convincingly 4-1 over Team DK.
About a week later BurNIng and his team participated in The Summit where they had been invited to play alongside 5 other international teams. Doing well in the groupstages as well as in the playoffs up until the finals they were once again the favorites to win. Evil Geniuses did however prove to be too strong for BurNIng and his teammates, beating Team DK 3-2 in the end.
After The Summit, Team DK participated in ECL 2014 Spring, the CDEC New Star Challenge and the V Games Tournament, winning 1st place in all 3 tournaments, and defeating Newbee in the grand finals in all of them.
Team DK were invited to The International 2014. They finished the group stages (phase 2) with a record of 10-5 (3rd place), therefore qualifying them for the Round 3 match of Stage 3. After defeating Cloud9 2-0 in this match, including winning game two in 11 minutes, Team DK qualified for the upper bracket of TI4.
In the upper bracket of TI4, Team DK played against Evil Geniuses where they lost 2-0 and were relegated to the lower bracket to play against LGD Gaming. In the 1st game of LGD Gaming vs Team DK, LGD made a shocking comeback and managed to win in 66 minutes despite the massive gold and experience leads Team DK accumulated. However, the next day, DK won 2 games in a row handily and moved to the next round to play against Vici Gaming. In the next round against Vici Gaming, Team DK were knocked out 2-0 and finished 4th place in The International 2014 and after TI4 ended, BurNIng retired from professional Dota on August 17th, 2014.
After The International 2014, many players, including BurNIng joined teams consisting entirely or mostly of players who retired. BurNIng formed Big God along with xiao8, rOtk, LaNm and originally mikasa, who was replaced by pubstar iceice. Eventually, the team began preparation for the Dota 2 Asia Championships. This tournament became dubbed as "The International of China" or a "Mini-TI" because it had a $3,000,000+ prize pool and was hosted by Perfect World, the publisher of Dota 2 in China. BurNIng and Big God finished 3rd place in the DAC Asian Qualifier, qualifying them for the group stages.
BurNIng's team, Big God ended the group stages of the Dota 2 Asia Championships with a record of 11-4, earning them 2nd place and qualifying them for the upper bracket of the main event. Their first game in the upper bracket was against Cloud9, where they defeated them 2-0. In the next round of the upper bracket, Big God played against Evil Geniuses but were defeated 2-1 and were relegated to the 3rd round of the lower bracket. In the lower bracket, Big God played against Rave, who were coming off a surprise upset after defeating Invictus Gaming. After losing the 1st game to Rave, Big God won game 2 in 15 minutes and then won game 3 in 72 minutes off of BurNIng's impressive Juggernaut play. After defeating Rave, BurNIng's team moved on to play against Team Secret, who were originally undefeated in the tournament until Vici Gaming knocked them down to the lower bracket. BurNIng and Big God were knocked out by Team Secret 2-1 despite BurNIng's impressive Juggernaut performance in game 2, and finished 4th place in the tournament, winning $214,026 in prize money. After the Dota 2 Asia Championships came a great Chinese reshuffle, and there were many rumors that BurNIng would join Invictus Gaming during the reshuffle.
On March 5th, 2015, BurNIng's professional career resumed as he joined Invictus Gaming. Shortly after, BurNIng and Invictus Gaming won the Major All Stars Dota 2 Tournament, defeating Team Empire 2-0 in the grand finals. However, Invictus Gaming did not win much silverware for the rest of the year. They were knocked out of The Summit 3 by LGD Gaming, knocked out of I-league Season 3 by Newbee, and also knocked out of the MarsTV Dota 2 League by Cloud9. Eventually, Invictus Gaming won ECL Spring 2015 by defeating CDEC Gaming 2-0 in the grand finals, winning their first tournament since the Major All Stars Dota 2 Tournament. BurNIng and Invictus Gaming were also qualified to ESL One Frankfurt 2015 and were seeded 3rd after defeating Evil Geniuses in a best of 1. They selected to play against Cloud9 in the quarterfinals, and managed to defeat them 2-1 after an intense game 3. However, Invictus Gaming was knocked out by Team Secret, the eventual winners of the tournament in the semifinals, and finished 3rd-4th place in ESL One Frankfurt. Shortly after, BurNIng and Invictus Gaming were invited to The International 2015.
BurNIng and Invictus Gaming were also in the WCA 2015 Chinese Qualifiers. After finishing top in their group, they played against EHOME in the qualification quarterfinals, where they won 2-1. However in the semifinals, they were knocked out by LGD Gaming 2-0, and therefore were not able to qualify for WCA 2015. They finished the qualification tournament 3rd after defeating HyperGloryTeam 2-0 in the 3rd place match.
- The ID BurNIng originates from a song introduced by his first girlfriend, the song is Maria Arredondo's Burning.
- In his first DotA game he played Beastmaster and got called out by his friends for kill stealing.
- The catchphrase "Burning your soul" comes from a video called Play with God VCR - BurNIng. made by dota2.17173.com back in 2012 before the playoffs in the G-1 Champions League Season 4.
With Vici Gaming
|2015-11-20||5 - 6th||Frankfurt Major 2015||0 : 2||EHOME.cn||$202,500|
|2015-11-01||2nd||Nanyang Dota 2 Championships||2 : 3||Team Secret||$50,000|
With Invictus Gaming
|2015-08-05||9 - 12th||The International 2015||1 : 2||Team Secret||$221,155.356|
|2015-07-05||3rd||World Cyber Arena 2015 Chinese Qualifiers||2 : 0||HyperGloryTeam||¥100,000|
|2015-06-21||3 - 4th||ESL One Frankfurt 2015||0 : 2||Team Secret||$29,326+|
|2015-06-14||1st||ECL Spring 2015||2 : 1||CDEC Gaming||¥130,000|
|2015-06-05||5 - 8th||MarsTV Dota 2 League 2015 Spring||1 : 2||Cloud9||¥75,000+|
|2015-05-22||5 - 6th||i-league Season 3||0 : 2||Newbee||¥91,170|
|2015-05-15||5 - 6th||The Summit 3||0 : 2||LGD Gaming||$9,509+|
|2015-05-10||2nd||2015 Red Bull Battle Grounds: Dota 2||2 : 3||Team Secret||$25,234|
|2015-04-26||2nd||Star Ladder Star Series Season 12||1 : 3||Vici Gaming||$30,000|
|2015-03-22||1st||Major All Stars Dota 2 Tournament||2 : 0||Team Empire||$46,962.45+|
With Big God
|2015-02-08||4th||Dota 2 Asia Championships||1 : 2||Team Secret||$211,705+|
With Team DK
- GosuAwards 2010: Best carrier
- GosuAwards 2012: Best carrier
- GosuAwards 2012: Community's choice: Best carrier
- GosuAwards 2013: Community's choice: Best carrier
- joinDOTA Awards 2013: Best carrier
Dota 2 cosmetics
|Spoils from the Shifting Sorcerer
|Shatter their sorcery.|
These items were created in partnership with Burning, who receives a portion of every purchase.
|Bracers of the Shifting Sorcerer|
Wrap of the Shifting Sorcerer
Hatchet of the Shifting Sorcerer
Hatchet of the Shifting Sorcerer - Offhand
Pauldrons of the Shifting Sorcerer
Crest of the Shifting Sorcerer
- 2015-08-04 | TI5 iG Team Interview by HongSheng Zhang of Valve at The International 2015 (trans. )
- 2015-05-15 | Invictus Gaming's BurNIng at The Summit 3 (Day 3) - theScore eSports by Matt Demers of theScore eSports at The Summit 3 (trans. by AutumnWindz)
- 2015-02-02 | BG Burning Interview @ DAC 2015 by Sheever of GosuGamers.net at Dota 2 Asia Championships (trans. by Helen "XiiTuzi" Xu)
- 2014-07-12 | BurNIng at TI4: miss my girlfriend a lot by prodota.ru at The International 2014 (trans. by AutumnWindz)
- 2014-05-20 | China Electronic Athletics Magazine interview with DK.BurNIng by Nibo of Electronic Sports Magazine
- 2014-04-20 | DK Burning Interview w/ Iceiceice @ Starladder IX LAN by iceiceice of Beyond the Summit (trans. by iceiceice)
- 2014-01-22 | G-League 2013-14 Finals iG.Hao and DK.BurNIng interview by G-League at G-League 2013 (trans. by Dotaland.net)
- 2013-11-29 | DK.BurNIng post-MLG interview by RN of replays.net
- 2013-10-23 | DK's Mushi, BurNing, and Farseer talk about their new roster and MLG by Slasher of Gamespot
- 2013-10-22 | UUU9′s Players Pantheon interview series: DK.BurNIng by uuu9
- 2013-08-12 | Interview with BurNing in TI3: I Won't Leave the DOTA Scene! by Camille of 2p.com
- 2013-07-13 | BurNing Redbull ECL 2013 interview
- 2012-11-14 | Burning: 'Always be humble in victory, never bitter in defeat' by kurtcos of GosuGamers
- 2012-09-01 | The International 2012: DK BurNIng interview by ESFI
- 2012-05-14 | DK.BurNIng: Chinese are more successful because of professionalism by Mali of It's Gosu
- Burning: Always be humble in victory, never bitter in defeat. Gosugamers.net
- Interview with CaNt Manager CaNt.fashao. uuu9.com
- Burning: Always be humble in victory, never bitter in defeat. Gosugamers.net
- [http://forum.indogamers.com/showthread.php?t=126994 Makes Game Colorful 2008 China DotA Overview]. Indogamers.com
- DotA clan Introduction of new 7L. uuu9.com
- Replays.net G-League coverage. war3.replays.net
- 7L team disbanded . uuu9.com
- The International invites DK. joindota.com
- Burning: Always be humble in victory, never bitter in defeat. Gosugamers.net
- BurNIng all alone in DK as Dai and QQQ get the boot. Gosugamers.net
- DK new lineup confirmed: Burning, Mushi, iceiceice, LaNm. Liquiddota.com