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[e][h]TongFu Zhou
Player Information
Romanized Name:
Chen Yao
June 14, 1990 (1990-06-14) (age 24)
Common Team Role(s):
Signature Hero:
Morphling Necrolyte Lone Druid
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2011-08-02 — 2013-09-02
2013-09-04 — 2014-02-10
2014-08-23 — Present

Chen "Zhou" Yao is a semi-retired professional Dota 2 player from China who most recently played for TongFu.


Dota 2[edit]

A former member of team Catastrophic Cruel Memory, Zhou was picked up by Invictus Gaming in August 2011 as the latter organisation purchased CCM.[1] He attended The International 2011 along with SanSheng, xiao8, DDC and Ferrari 430, where he placed fifth/sixth and shared a $35,000 prize with his teammates. A year later, Invictus Gaming was invited in The International 2012 as well, with Zhou leading a roster comprised of Ferrari_430, ChuaN, Faith and YYF. They achieved a nearly flawless 13-1 record in the group stage and defeated Evil Geniuses in the playoffs first round, only to be sent into the loser's bracket by the reigning champion Natus Vincere. They nonetheless made it to the grand finals at the expense of EHOME, Team DK and LGD Gaming, and ultimately defeated Natus Vincere in order to secure the $1,000,000 champion's prize.

After a not as impressive performance at the next International, The International 2013, Zhou was removed from iG's roster.[2] A few days later he was announced as new carry player for TongFu.[3]

On February 10th, 2014 Zhou announced his retirement. [4]


With TongFu.OB[edit]

Date Place Event Result Winnings
2014-09-28 A22nd i-league 0 : 3 Vici Gaming Vici Gaming ~$38,602
2013 with Invictus Gaming
2013-07-09 A33rd Alienware Cup 1 : 3 Natus Vincere Natus Vincere $7,000
2013-03-09 A11st G-League 2012 Season 2 3 : 1 LGD Gaming LGD International $32,000
2012 with Invictus Gaming
2012-12-02 A11st World Cyber Games 2012 [Note 1] 2 : 0 Team DK Team DK $20,000
2012-11-18 A44th G-1 Champions League Season 4 1 : 2 Orange Esports Orange Esports $6,400
2012-09-02 A11st The International 2012 3 : 1 Natus Vincere Natus Vincere $1,000,000




  1. "Catastrophic Cruel Memories is now Invictus Gaming". GosuGamers.net. August 2011.
  2. iG to remove Zhou
  3. "Tezzeret" (2013-09-04). "iG swaps Zhou for TongFu's Hao.". joinDOTA.com. Retrieved 2013-09-04.
  4. Chen "Zhou" Yao (2014-02-10). "Zhou retires".
  1. ChuaN wasn't able to attend the event due to being from Malaysia (since WCG's rules require that all members of a roster share the same nationality, i.e. Chinese in iG's case). He was subsequently replaced by ChisBug for the duration of the event.


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