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Zhang "xiao8" Ning is a professional dota player, currently playing as a substitute player for LGD.cn.
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. 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. 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.
Xiao8 was then rumored to be part of a "Chinese Dream Team", and it was later confirmed that he was acquired, along with Hao, by Newbee for approximately $100,000 USD, 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 break from professional play on his Weibo.
- Xiao8 is often referred to as "Director 8".
- He chose the name Xiao8 because Xiao1-7 were not available
- Xiao8 is married to Chinese model Jie Zhao.
With LGD Gaming
With Big God
Standing in with TongFu.OB
- 2015-08-04 | TI5 LGD Team Interview by HongSheng Zhang of Valve at The International 2015 (trans. )
- 2015-05-23 | LGD i-League S3 winners’ interview excerpts by i-League at i-League Season 3 (trans. by Dotaland.net)
- 2015-05-15 | LGD Gaming's xioa8 at The Summit 3 (Day 3) - theScore eSports by Matt Demers of theScore eSports at The Summit 3 (trans. by AutumnWindz)
- 2015-05-15 | Xiao8 Interview by Hotbid (The Summit 3 by Gigabyte) by Hot_Bid of Beyond the Summit at The Summit 3 (trans. by AutumnWindz)
- 2015-02-01 | Big God xiao8 Interview @ DAC 2015 Group Stage by Sheever of GosuGamers.net at Dota 2 Asia Championships (trans. by Helen "XiiTuzi" Xu)
- 2014-08-08 | xiao8 post-TI4 short interview by Chinese Electronic Athletics Magazine (trans. by Dotaland.net)
- 2014-07-18 | "I feel like our style tends to counter EG's." Newbee's Xiao8 by Cyborgmatt at The International 2014 (trans. by AutumnWindz)
- 2014-07-15 | TI4 Interview: Xiao8 and Hot_Bid by Hot_Bid at The International 2014 (trans. by Helen "XiiTuzi" Xu)
- 2013-03-26 | LGD.xiao8 G-1 Interview: LongDD to sub in, group A tough by AutumnWindz_ of 2p.com at G-1 Champions League Season 5
- 2012-09-29 | Xiao8: 'I will play at least until TI3' by SGamer, translated by GosuGamers
- 2012-09-02 | LGD.xiao8 @ The International 2 by Flamewheel of TeamLiquid.net at The International 2012
- 2012-06-13 | LGD.xiao8: 'Every invited team has a chance (to win The International 2)' by Mali of It's Gosu
- my decision is at least for the time being to stop being a pro player.
- [http://www.itsgosu.com/game/dota2/articles/lgd-xiao8-every-invited-team-has-a-chance-to-win-the-international-2_542 LGD.xiao8: 'Every invited team has a chance to win']