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[e][h]LGD Gaming/LGD.Taobao.cn Xiao8
Player Information
Romanized Name:
Zhang Ning
November 14, 1989 (1989-11-14) (age 26)
Common Team Role(s):
Support, Middle, Offlane
Signature Hero:
Doom Nature's Prophet Lina
Solo MMR:
8039 (last update: 2016-05-06)
2011-08-09 — 2014-02-19
2014-02-23 — 2014-07-29
2014-12-31 — 2015-03-08
2015-03-08 — Present

Zhang "xiao8" Ning is a professional Dota 2 player, currently playing for LGD.cn.


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

Dota 2

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 break from professional play on his Weibo.[7]


  • Xiao8 is often referred to as "Director 8".
  • He chose the name Xiao8 because Xiao1-7 were not available[8]
  • Xiao8 married Chinese model Jie Zhao after meeting her on a Chinese game show[9], after initially failing to woo any of the women on the show he re-appeared in a later episode and secured a date. The two officially announced their divorced after being separated for an extended period.[10]


Date Placement Tier Tournament Team Result Prize
2015-08-08 A33rd A1Premier The International 2015 LGD Gaming/LGD.Taobao.cn 0 : 2 Evil Geniuses $2,211,554
2015-07-05 A11st A2Major World Cyber Arena 2015 - Chinese Pro Qualifiers LGD Gaming/LGD.Taobao.cn 2 : 0 CDEC Gaming/CDEC Gaming $48,358.24
2015-05-23 A11st A1Premier i-league Season 3 LGD Gaming/LGD.Taobao.cn 3 : 0 Vici Gaming/Vici Gaming $213,360
2015-02-08 A44th A1Premier Dota 2 Asia Championships Big God 1 : 2 Team Secret $214,026
2014-09-28 A22nd A1Premier i-League Old Boys 0 : 3 Vici Gaming/Vici Gaming $46,660
2014-07-21 A11st A1Premier The International 2014 Newbee/Newbee 3 : 1 Vici Gaming/Vici Gaming $5,028,121
2014-01-08 A11st A1Premier Dota 2 League Season 4 LGD Gaming/LGD.Taobao.cn 3 : 1 Fnatic/Fnatic.EU $25,000
2013-11-10 A11st A1Premier National Electronic Sports Tournament 2013 LGD Gaming/LGD.Taobao.cn 2 : 0 Invictus Gaming/Invictus Gaming $16,418
2012-11-18 A11st A1Premier G-1 Champions League Season 4 LGD Gaming/LGD.Taobao.cn 2 : 0 Team DK $28,843.20
2012-09-02 A33rd A1Premier The International 2012 LGD Gaming/LGD.Taobao.cn 1 : 2 Invictus Gaming/Invictus Gaming $150,000
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