Wang ‘Banana’ Jiao is a professional cyber athlete coaching in Dota 2 for LGD Gaming and is also steps in as a substitute for the unit. At The International 2016, Banana had to play in instead of the player, September who had issues with his visa.
Where it all began:
In 2009, Wang began competing in Dota for the squads, xFy, Nirvana.cn and Radiance. In 2012, there were a lot of esport players like Wang that made the switch to Dota 2 and joined the squad Online Kingdom.
From then on he played with other Dota 2 teams like Tongfu, Invictus Gaming and Newbee before joining his current team LGD. When Wang used to compete, he would take on the support role for his team using a few of his signature Dota 2 champions like Enchantress, Rubick and Chen.
LGD Gaming is an esports company founded in China that sponsored a Dota squad, For the Dream and also has a League of Legends unit.
The LGD Dota 2 consists of five pro players who have made quite a reputation in the Chinese and Asian gaming world. The successes they have had so far at the competitions show the potential of this unit.
As a pro player, Banana has participated in many big events, like Dota 2 Super League with the squad, Tongfu that won against Team DK, at 2013 WPC ACE with Invictus Gaming they finishing in second place. Banana also played for Newbee at the World Cyber Arena 2014 where they won over Cloud9 for the sensational prize of $322K.
The competition that will bring glorious memories would have to be at The International 2014 while Banana was with Newbee winning over Vici Gaming and taking home the spectacular prize of $5million.