Xiao8

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 Xiao8
Player Information
Name: 张宁
Romanized Name: Zhang Ning
Birth: November 14, 1989 (1989-11-14) (age 25)
Country: China China
Common Team Role(s): Solo Mid, Solo Hardlane
Signature Hero: Beastmaster Nyx Assassin Kunkka
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History
2011-08-09 - 2014-02-19

2014-02-23 - 2014-07-29


Zhang "Xiao8" Ning is a retired professional Dota player, most recently the captain of Newbee.

Biography[edit]

Xiao8 begun his professional career in September 2010 playing in Dream alongside Yao, DD, Li and SJQ.[1]

Dota 2[edit]

In early 2011 Xiao8 joined Catastrophic Cruel Memories along with Zhou, Ferrari 430 and ddc. After some success Xiao8 and his teammates moved to Invictus Gaming in a $6 million deal.[2] However the team failed to perform in The International 2011, and following a defeat to Tyloo at the World Cyber Games 2011 Xiao8 and ddc moved to LGD Gaming.[3] In LGD Gaming Xiao8 played the offlane prior to and during The International 2012, but afterwards played the solo mid role, up until his departure from the team.[4]

Xiao8 was then rumored to be part of a "Chinese Dream Team",[5] and it was later confirmed that he was acquired, along with Hao, by Newbee for approximately $100,000 USD,[6] joining KingJ, ZSMJ, and Mu. Xiao8 would start off in the support role, until ZSMJ and KingJ were replaced by Banana and Sansheng, delegating the offlane to Xiao8. This team would go on to win The International 2014, despite almost being eliminated in the group stages. On July 29th, Xiao8 announced his retirement on his Weibo.[7]

Trivia[edit]

  • Xiao8 is often referred to as "Director 8".
  • He chose the name Xiao8 because Xiao1-7 were not available[8]
  • Xiao8 is married to Chinese model Jie Zhao.[9]

Achievements[edit]

With TongFu.OB[edit]

2014
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2014-09-28 A22nd i-league 0 : 3 Vici Gaming Vici Gaming ~$38,602

With Newbee[edit]

2014
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2014-07-21 A11st The International 2014 3 : 1 Vici Gaming Vici Gaming $5,028,121
2014-05-25 A11st MarsTV Dota 2 League 2 : 0 LGD Gaming LGD Gaming ¥100,000

With LGD.cn[edit]

2013
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2013-09-23 A11st GEST Challenge September 2 : 0 Vici Gaming Vici Gaming $1,000
2013-09-16 A33rd Sina Cup Supernova Dota 2 Open Season 1 0 : 2 TongFu TongFu ¥3,000
2013-07-14 A11st ECL 2013 Dota 2 Season 3 : 0 Orange Esports Orange Esports ¥100,000
2013-07-09 A22nd Alienware Cup 2 : 3 Natus Vincere Natus Vincere $12,000
2013-06-29 A33rd Dota 2 Super League 3 : 2 Orange Esports Orange Esports ¥ 100,000
2013-05-26 A22nd G-1 Champions League Season 5 0 : 2 Alliance Alliance ¥ 80,000
2012
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2012-12-22 A11st The Asia 2012 2 : 0 MUFC MUFC $15,000
2012-11-18 A11st G-1 Champions League Season 4 2 : 0 Team DK Team DK $28,700
2012-09-02 A33rd The International 2012 1 : 2 Invictus Gaming Invictus Gaming $150,000
2012-07-29 A22nd It's Gosu Monthly Madness Asia 0 : 3 Team Zenith Team Zenith $500
2012-06-23 A11st Gigabyte Dota 2 Masters 2 : 0 Team Zenith Team Zenith $3,000

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2014[edit]

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2012[edit]

References[edit]


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