Zhang “xiao8” Ning is a Chinese professional Dota 2 player. He is currently a member of Newbee Boss.


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

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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. 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. 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.

Xiao8 was then rumored to be part of a “Chinese Dream Team”, and it was later confirmed that he was acquired, along with Hao, by Newbee for approximately $100,000 USD, joining KingJ, ZSMJ, and Mu. Xiao8 would start off in the support role, until ZSMJand 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.


  • Xiao8 is often referred to as “Director 8”.
  • He chose the name Xiao8 because Xiao1-7 were not available
  • Xiao8 married Chinese model Jie Zhao after meeting her on a Chinese game show, 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 divorce after being separated for an extended period.


Date Placement Tier Tournament Team Results Prize
2016-12-09 5 – 8th Premier The Boston Major 2016 1 : 2 $125,000
2016-08-09 9 – 12th Premier The International 2016 0 : 2 $311,557
2016-06-11 4th Premier The Manila Major 2016 0 : 2 $255,000
2015-08-08 3rd Premier The International 2015 0 : 2 $2,211,554
2015-05-23 1st Premier i-league Season 3 3 : 0 $213,360
2015-02-08 4th Premier Dota 2 Asia Championships 2015 1 : 2 $214,026
2014-09-28 2nd Premier i-League Season 1 0 : 3 $62,331
2014-07-21 1st Premier The International 2014 3 : 1 $5,025,029
2012-11-18 1st Premier G-1 Champions League Season 4 2 : 0 $28,843.2
2012-09-02 3rd Premier The International 2012 1 : 2 $150,000