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[e][h] XY
Player Information
Romanized Name:
Xiang Yao
June 9, 1987 (age 34)
Alternate IDs:
AyGj, iG.XY, 半个菜鸟(Half a noob), OldClem
鸟哥 (Brother Bird)
Approx. Total Winnings:
Approx. Winnings 2022:
EPT CN rank:
Years active:
2011 - Present
2011-10-09 — Present
Recent Matches
XY  China3:2China  Wanted
May 8, 2022 - 12:45 UTC
XY  China0:3China  Firefly
May 8, 2022 - 11:40 UTC
XY  China2:0China  JoliwaLoves
May 8, 2022 - 11:00 UTC

Xiang "XY" Yao (born June 9, 1987) is a Chinese Terran player who is currently playing for Invictus Gaming.


XY is a former Brood War player who played under the id "AyGj" (暗夜公爵, An Ye Gong Jue, means Dark Duke; also thought to be 奥运冠军, Ao Yun Guan Jun, which means the Olympic champion) as Zerg, [1] He joined Invictus Gaming On October 9, 2011.[2]

  • XY means his full name - Xiang Yao. He is also known as his old id on ladder "半个菜鸟" (Ban Ge Cai Niao, meaning "Half A Noob")and nicknamed as "鸟哥" (Niao Ge).
  • He usually used his Ladder ID "OldClem" in the Europe Server.

Wings of Liberty[edit]

XY took part in the ESV Korean Weekly #15, where he lost in the Round of 32 against TREME.

XY was a member of Invictus Gaming when it represented China in the Asia StarCraft II Invitational Tournament, where he went 2-3.

From July 2 to July 15, 2012, XY participated in the World Championship Series 2012 China. XY started off in the winners' bracket. XY defeated Turbo, Pigeon, and F91, in order to advance in to the fourth round to face Top. He lost to Top by a score of 0-2 and fell in to the losers' bracket. In the losers' bracket, XY took down MacSed and advanced in to the finals bracket. In the finals bracket, XY met more misfortune and lost to TooDming by a score of 1-2 and ended up in fourth place.

Heart of the Swarm[edit]

As one of his first major events in Heart of the Swarm, XY participated in the WCS AM Challenger Open Qualifiers. He managed to make his way through the single elimination bracket, including wins over Slaughter and infi to qualify for the Invite Only Qualifiers. There he lost his first match to Center, but beat desRow, TBo, and hendralisk to qualify for Challenger League.

XY was placed in bracket 8 of WCS America 2013 Season 1 Challenger League. His first opponent, who he faced on May 16, was hellokitty who had dropped down from the Premier League. XY took the series 2-1, and advanced to the next round, where he faced DeMusliM. Although he won the first map, he lost two consecutive and was knocked into the Group Stage. Since he was placed in a group with IdrA who had recently retired from professional play, a single win over Capoch was enough to qualify him for the Season 2 Premier League.

XY was placed in Group B in the Round of 32 of WCS America 2013 Season 2 Premier League, where he defeated mOOnGLaDe in the first match 2-1, then lost to TaeJa 0-2, and Polt 0-2 and was subsequently dropped to the first round of Challenger League. His Round of 40 match against Heart was disrupted due to a Starcraft II Patch, and since XY was unable to reschedule, he defaulted and dropped to the group stage. Consecutive 0-2 losses to Sage and Snute resulted in XY dropping out of WCS America.

XY was banned from participation in 2014 WCS Season 3 for trading wins on ladder with the help of iAsonu.[3]

In 2015, he entered WCS Challenger twice in Season 1 and Season 3 but was defeated both times by iAsonu, 3-2 and 3-0 respectively. At IEM Season X - Shenzhen, he reached the playoffs, yet was swept 0-3 by herO in the quarterfinals.

Legacy of the Void[edit]

As a 29-year-old player, he went abroad for the first time to participate in 2016 WCS Spring Circuit Championship. He lost 2-3 to Elazer in Round of 32, but he still proved himself to fans, and there were highlights such as his unique unsieged tanks based composition against ultralisks.


  • He is usually referred to as 鸟哥 (brother bird) by Chinese fans because of his previous id 半个菜鸟 (half a noob)
  • He is called "午夜人皇" (mid-night Terran emperor) because his exceptional performances after mid-night. The title was first earned in 2016_WCS_Spring_Regional_Challengers/China. The qualifier was double-elimination format and lasted until 2AM. XY lost in the first round, but managed to win all subsequent matches in the losers' bracket, when his opponents got tired and played worse after mid-night but XY only seemed to get better, until he finally got the champion. Since then it became a meme among Chinese fans that he only "opens his eyes" and shows his true power after mid-night.
  • He is often made fun of for whatever reason when he commentates together with other progamers such as Cloudy. Such behavior is called 辱鸟(humiliating bird), usually written in its homophone 乳鸟(Suckling bird) and is widely loved among Chinese fans.
  • There is an "<XYFans>" clan on KR server started by TIME, which includes some progamers.
  • When commentating, XY likes analyzing players' performance using his own "mindset-theory", where a player with a "mindset of the strong" would prefer defensing to avoid risk, and a player with a "mindset of the weak" would prefer aggression. There's also wildcards such as a strong player could also choose a "mindset of the king" to play aggressive and gain advantage.


In A1Premier Tournaments
2022-01-23AwardWorld Team League 2021 Winter: Best Post-match Celebration No.6Invictus GamingInvictus Gaming– : –$158.24
2017-12-30AA1stNEO Star League 2017Invictus GamingInvictus Gaming3 : 1RYE E-SPORTSRYE E-SPORTS$1,475.04
2017-06-04AA1stNEO Star League 2016Invictus GamingInvictus Gaming3 : 2X-TeamX-Team$2,418.86
In A2Major Tournaments
2021-10-09DA4thDH SC2 Masters 2021 Winter: ChinaInvictus GamingInvictus Gaming2 : 3$1,400
2020-11-01BA2ndDH SC2 Masters 2020 Winter: ChinaInvictus GamingInvictus Gaming0 : 4$2,500
2019-04-19CA3rd2019 WCS Spring: China QualifierInvictus GamingInvictus GamingW : FF$1,492
2018-05-12BA2ndGPL 2018 Season 2Invictus GamingInvictus Gaming0 : 4$2,371
2017-11-25BA2nd2018 WCS Leipzig: China QualifierInvictus GamingInvictus Gaming1 : 4$2,275
2017-08-16DA4thGPL 2017 Season 3Invictus GamingInvictus Gaming0 : 3$1,420
2017-01-07CA3 - 4thGPL 2016 - Grand FinalsInvictus GamingInvictus Gaming1 : 2$2,164
2017-01-01CA3rdNational Electronic Sports Open 2016Invictus GamingInvictus Gaming2 : 0$1,439
2016-11-11CA3rdWESG 2016 - Asia-Pacific QualifierInvictus GamingInvictus Gaming3 : 0$3,014
2016-10-04BA2ndWESG 2016 - Asia-Pacific China QualifierInvictus GamingInvictus Gaming0 : 3$2,289
2016-09-22CA3rdWorld Cyber Arena 2016: China Season 3Invictus GamingInvictus Gaming3 : 1$3,070
2016-09-04BA2ndWorld Cyber Arena 2016: China Summer QualifierInvictus GamingInvictus Gaming0 : 3$4,600
2016-07-03BA2ndGPL 2016 Season 2Invictus GamingInvictus Gaming3 : 4$2,278
2016-04-06AA1st2016 WCS Spring Regional Challengers: ChinaInvictus GamingInvictus Gaming2 : 0$1,600
2015-12-27BA2ndStarcraft League 2015Invictus GamingInvictus Gaming2 : 3X-TeamX-Team$457.14
2015-07-11BA2nd2015 G-LeagueInvictus GamingInvictus Gaming1 : 3$3,228
2015-01-16CA3 - 4thGPL 2014 Season 2 Premier LeagueInvictus GamingInvictus Gaming0 : 3$805
2014-11-02AA1stNational Electronic Sports Tournament 2014Invictus GamingInvictus Gaming2 : 0$8,191.75
2014-10-26BA2ndBoGou Cup: Grand FinalsInvictus GamingInvictus Gaming3 : 4$1,636.81
2014-10-06CA3 - 4th2014 G-LeagueInvictus GamingInvictus Gaming1 : 3$1,625
2012-07-21CA3rdAsia StarCraft II Invitational TournamentInvictus GamingInvictus Gaming5 : 5Xeria GamingXeria Gaming$666.67
In A3Minor Tournaments
2020-09-20AA1stGPC 2020 Tier 2 #11Invictus GamingInvictus Gaming4 : 3$443.20
2019-11-29AA1stAlpha X Dragon's Arena #1Invictus GamingInvictus Gaming3 : 1$100
2019-03-05AA1stON ElectronicSport Series #1Invictus GamingInvictus Gaming3 : 0$447
2017-07-30AA1stWESG 2017 - Asia-Pacific China Kunming QualifierInvictus GamingInvictus Gaming2 : 0$445
2014-11-13AA1stLeifeng Cup 45Invictus GamingInvictus Gaming3 : 1$50
2014-10-28AA1stLeifeng Cup 34Invictus GamingInvictus Gaming3 : 1$50
2014-09-20AA1stLeifeng Cup 1Invictus GamingInvictus Gaming3 : 0$50
2014-09-07AA1stBoGou Cup: September, Week 3Invictus GamingInvictus Gaming2 : 1$129.66
2014-08-24AA1stBoGou Cup: September, Week 1Invictus GamingInvictus Gaming2 : 1$130.05
2014-08-03AA1stBoGou Cup: August, Week 2Invictus GamingInvictus Gaming2 : 1$129.46
2014-07-20AA1stBoGou Cup: July, Week 4Invictus GamingInvictus Gaming2 : 1$128.94
2014-06-22AA1stIfeng Electronic Sports Cup 21Invictus GamingInvictus Gaming2 : 0$165
2014-06-15AA1stEsports Champion League 2014: SpringInvictus GamingInvictus Gaming3 : 2yoe Flash Wolvesyoe Flash Wolves$690.19
2014-06-08AA1stBoGou Cup: June, Week 2Invictus GamingInvictus Gaming2 : 1$128.13
2014-05-04AA1stBoGou Cup: May, Week 1Invictus GamingInvictus Gaming2 : 0$127.84
2014-03-16AA1stBoGou Cup: March, Week 2Invictus GamingInvictus Gaming2 : 0$130.28
2012-09-09AA1stCPL Championship 2012Invictus GamingInvictus Gaming3 : 0$2,000
In Premier/Major Team Leagues
Complete list of results in any tournament



Matches & VODs[edit]

First Person View Match VODS[edit]



Matchup Statistics

 vs vs vs vs Total
as 486 - 40354.7 %274 - 20657.1 %478 - 43652.3 %40 - 295.2 %1278 - 104755 %
as 0 - 0-1 - 0100 %0 - 0-0 - 0-1 - 0100 %
as 0 - 0-0 - 0-0 - 0-9 - 1145 %9 - 1145 %

Earnings Statistics

1v1 Medal Statistics