Ning 'xiao8' Zhang

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Zhang ‘xiao8’ Ning is a talented Dota 2 cyber athlete playing for Newbee Boss. Ning is the captain of the squad with the intention of competing for fun. Zhang’s nickname originated from playing another online game called ‘Xiao Xiao’. In the registration process he found out that xiao 1 till 7 were all taken and he settled for the alias xiao8.


Xiao8 has the flexibility to play two roles, the offlaner and support for his team Newbee Boss, thanks to his past experience with LGD Gaming. Playing support can sometimes be challenging so xiao8 makes sure that he picks a support hero to get his unit out of trouble. 

Where it all began:

Ning began his gaming profession in 2010 with the squad called Dream with former players Yao, DD, LI and SJQ. Before Dota, Xiao8 used to play ‘Romance of Three Kingdoms’, the majority of pro players were all friends. Xiao met another player ZSMJ, who had given him the motivation and influence to switch to Dota 2.  

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The Team:

Newbee is a reputable esports company that was founded in 2014 based in China. The organisation has various squads that specialise in different video games like Dota 2, League of Legends, and Hearthstone. Xiao8 founded Newbee dota for the simple reason that he wanted to compete at the premier TI4.

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As from January 2017, Xiao8 forms part of the Newbee boss roster. Apart from Ning, the lineup includes Ferrari_430, Axx, a top female dota 2 player, Chuan and Zei9, the owner of the Newbee organisation.

Competition Participation:

As a pro Dota 2 player, xiao8 has participated in quite a number of major and premier tournaments. At the i-League Season 3, Ning competed for LGD Gaming that beat Vici Gaming winning $213K and at The Summit 3 they finished in fourth place losing to EG walking away with $27K. AT TI5, LGD lost to Evil Genuises, where they took home a reward of a sensational $2.2 million.


At The Boston Major 2016 - Chinese qualifier, xiao8 was with the squad, LFY who beat Invictus Gaming, knocking them out of the qualifying stage. 


The greatest achievement for Xiao8 was with Newbee who beat Vici Gaming at The International 2014 for a jaw-dropping prize pool of $5 million. A motivating boost for Newbee was when they were awarded the Guinness World Record of winning the highest prize at The International 2014.  

Tournament Placing

8 Oct 2016Shanghai Dota 2 Open #24th$5,993.20Dota 2
2 Oct 2016MarsTV Dota 2 League 2016 Autumn5th-6th$12,500.00Dota 2
13 Aug 2016The International 20169th-12th$311,557.00Dota 2
10 Jul 2016Dota2 Professional League Season 11st$14,000.00Dota 2
10 Jul 2016Nanyang Dota 2 Championships Season 23rd$25,152.00Dota 2
12 Jun 2016The Manila Major 20164th$255,000.00Dota 2
17 Apr 2016StarLadder i-League Invitational (Dota 2)3rd$12,000.00Dota 2
8 Aug 2015The International 20153rd$2,211,553.56Dota 2
5 Jul 2015WCA 2015 Chinese Qualifiers (Dota 2)1st$48,336.00Dota 2
1 Jul 2015G-League 2015 (Dota 2)1st$32,246.00Dota 2
14 Jun 2015ECL 2015 Spring (Dota 2)3rd$3,220.38Dota 2
7 Jun 2015MarsTV Dota 2 League 2015 Spring5th-8th$12,100.50Dota 2
23 May 2015i-league Season 3 (Dota 2)1st$210,125.60Dota 2
21 May 2015MarsTV Dota 2 League 2015 - Chinese League1st$32,290.17Dota 2
17 May 2015The Summit 34th$27,169.00Dota 2
19 Apr 2015VPGame Pro League2nd$6,455.60Dota 2
9 Feb 2015DAC 20154th$214,026.00Dota 2
6 Jan 2015i-League Season 25th-6th$4,524.13Dota 2
28 Sep 2014i-League Season 12nd$60,200.00Dota 2
21 Jul 2014The International 20141st$5,028,308.00Dota 2
25 Jun 2014V Games Tournament Season 22nd$3,208.40Dota 2
24 Jun 2014WVW2nd$1,285.21Dota 2
24 Jun 2014WVW NESC2nd$1,283.79Dota 2
23 Jun 2014GEST The Challenge June3rd$1,000.00Dota 2
22 Jun 2014CDEC 20142nd$4,820.17Dota 2
15 Jun 2014ECL 2014 (Dota 2)2nd$3,220.74Dota 2
2 Jun 2014WPC 20143rd$16,049.00Dota 2
25 May 2014MarsTV Dota 2 League1st$16,034.89Dota 2
19 Jan 2014G-League 2013 Season 1 (Dota 2)3rd-4th$1,653.52Dota 2
10 Jan 2014HyperX D2L Season 41st$25,000.00Dota 2
4 Dec 2013Sina Cup Supernova Season 22nd$1,641.64Dota 2
10 Nov 2013NEST 2013 (Dota 2)1st$16,424.54Dota 2
16 Sep 2013Sina Cup Supernova3rd$490.20Dota 2
14 Jul 2013Redbull ECL1st$16,289.03Dota 2
9 Jul 2013Alienware Cup 2013 Season 12nd$12,000.00Dota 2
6 Jul 2013Dota 2 Super League3rd$19,566.60Dota 2
26 May 2013G-1 Champions League Season 52nd$13,046.88Dota 2
9 Mar 2013G-League 2012 Season 2 (Dota 2)3rd-4th$1,609.14Dota 2
23 Dec 2012The Asia 20121st$15,000.00Dota 2
18 Nov 2012G-1 Champions League Season 41st$28,845.69Dota 2
14 Sep 2012ACE Dota Pro-league 2012 Season 12nd$7,914.77
2 Sep 2012The International 20123rd$150,000.00Dota 2
11 Aug 2012G-League 2012 Season 1 (DotA)3rd-4th$1,572.23
13 Jan 2012WGT 2012 Global Final (DotA)3rd$1,585.62
8 Jan 2012G-League 2011 Season 3 (DotA)2nd$7,925.81
31 Dec 2011ECL 2011 Finals (DotA)3rd$1,588.74
15 Oct 2011G-League 2011 Season 2 (DotA)2nd$1,567.64
21 Aug 2011The International 20115th-6th$35,000.00Dota 2
9 Aug 2011CPL Invitational 2011 (DotA)1st$7,773.75
3 Jul 2011ECL 2011 Season 2 (DotA)1st$2,320.01
27 Mar 2011i-City's Pro DotA Championship 20111st$4,954.58
31 Dec 2016Dota2 Professional League Season 2 - Top5th$49,000.00Dota 2
10 Dec 2016The Boston Major 20165th-8th$125,000.00Dota 2
12 Nov 2016WCA 2016 Chinese Qualifier #3 (Dota 2)7th-8th$1,458.94Dota 2