Jian Wei ‘xNova’ Yap is a Malaysian pro gamer playing Dota 2 for his team, LGD Gaming. He plays his best performances in the supportive role, helping his allies in-game with his signature dota heroes, Night Stalker, Tusk, Visage.
Apart from playing Dota 2, in Yap’s free time he plays other computer games like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Tomb Raider. Being a professional player, xNova travels the world to attend gaming tournaments showing off his talents and celebrate with his teammates winning matches and their achievements.
Where it all began:
Jian Wei was very competitive in everything he played whether it was sports or video games, practising to be a better player. He started to play Defense of the Ancients when he joined Lowyat Esports. Aspiring that one day he will be a world champion winning esports tournaments like The International.
He made the smooth transition into Dota 2 joining Who2Bet in 2015. Then moved on to improve his gameplay with other units Mineski, WarriorsGaming.Unity, Clutch Gamers as a stand-in just before Yap was signed on with LGD Gaming.
LGD Gaming is a professional esports company that was founded in 2009, based in China. The gaming club got its name after their main sponsor, Guizhou Laogandie Food. The association supports teams that compete in League of Legends, Dota 2 and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
LGD Dota 2 squad was originally named, For the Dream, that won their first esports tournament, SMM 2009. Since then, LGD has become one of the best and strong teams in the Chinese esports scene. LGD’s current dota 2 team consists of Ame, Somnus丶M, Chalice, fy and xNova.
While with LGD, xNova participated in the premier dota tournament ESL One Katowice 2018 and major StarLadder i-League Invitational Season 4. Some of the China qualifying matches also include GESC: Indonesia Dota 2 Minor, Dota Asia Championships 2018, The Bucharest Major.
XNova has had the competitive experience battling against top esports teams like Newbee, VGJ.Thunder, Team Liquid, TNC Pro Team, Empire, HappyFeet among many others. Competing against these squads has given him more insight on what mistakes, he needs to improve on to take his gaming level to be a dota 2 champion.
The highest accomplishment so far for xNova was at The Boston Major 2016, playing for WarriorsGaming.Unity at the time. The unit went through the group Stages of 16 rounds to acquire their spot in the QuarterFinals. WG.Unity struggled to win against Team OG, that led to their elimination. Despite their loss, the dota 2 Warriors united claimed their prize of $125K to finish in sixth place.
The second great achievement was the esports event, StarLadder i-League Invitational Seasonal 4 while competing for LGD Gaming. Going through the group stage, LGD won over Complexity, in the playoffs, Newbee in the Semifinals. In the Finals, LGD played their best gameplay, however, Team Liquid came out the stronger team with a score of 1-3. LGD ranked in a close second place to proudly claim $60K.