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[e][h] XY
Player Information
Romanized Name:
Xiang Yao
(1987-06-09) June 9, 1987 (age 34)
Alternate IDs:
AyGj, iG.XY, 半个菜鸟(Half a noob)
鸟哥 (Brother Bird)
Total Earnings:
Approx. Earnings 2021:
EPT CN rank:
Years Active:
2011 -
× 1
2011-10-09 — Present
Upcoming Matches
XY  China
China  Jieshi
August 4, 2021 - 14:00 UTC
Recent Matches
XY  China0:2China  LoveCD
August 1, 2021 - 11:56 UTC
XY  China1:2China  Comm
August 1, 2021 - 11:56 UTC
XY  China0:2China  Cloudy
August 1, 2021 - 11:51 UTC
XY  China2:0China  Cloudy
August 1, 2021 - 11:04 UTC
XY  China2:0China  Shana
August 1, 2021 - 11:04 UTC

Xiang "XY" Yao is a Chinese StarCraft II Terran player who plays 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).

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 A2Major tournaments
2020-11-012ndDH SC2 Masters 2020 Winter: China0 : 4 TIME$2,500
2019-04-193rd2019 WCS Spring: China QualifierW : - TIME$1,492
2018-12-224thGPL 2018 - Grand Finals0-3Grp S.$0
2018-10-034thWESG 2018 - China Qualifier2 : 3 iAsonu$0
2018-05-122ndGPL 2018 Season 20 : 4 iAsonu$2,371
2017-12-164thNational Electronic Sports Open 20171 : 3 XiGua$0
2017-11-252nd2018 WCS Leipzig: China Qualifier1 : 4 TIME$2,275
2017-08-164thGPL 2017 Season 30 : 3 Cyan$1,420
2017-01-073 - 4thGPL 2016 - Grand Finals1 : 2 TooDming$2,164
2017-01-013rdNational Electronic Sports Open 20162 : 0 TIME$1,439
2016-11-113rdWESG 2016 - Asia-Pacific Qualifier3 : 0 Rex$3,014
2016-10-042ndWESG 2016 - Asia-Pacific China Qualifier0 : 3 iAsonu$2,289
2016-09-223rdWorld Cyber Arena 2016: China Season 33 : 1 Rushcrazy$3,070
2016-09-042ndWorld Cyber Arena 2016: China Summer Qualifier0 : 3 iAsonu$4,600
2016-07-032ndGPL 2016 Season 23 : 4 TooDming$2,278
2016-04-061st2016 WCS Spring Regional Challengers: China2 : 0 TooDming$1,600
2015-07-112nd2015 G-League1 : 3 iAsonu$3,228
2015-01-163 - 4thGPL 2014 Season 2 Premier League0 : 3 TooDming$805
2014-11-021stNational Electronic Sports Tournament 20142 : 0 iAsonu$8,179.50
2014-10-262ndBoGou Cup: Grand Finals3 : 4 Top$1,633
2014-10-063 - 4th2014 G-League1 : 3 Jim$1,625
In A3Minor tournaments
2020-09-201stGPC 2020 Tier 2 #114 : 3 Silky$443
2019-11-291stAlpha X Dragon's Arena #13 : 1 BreakingGG$100
2019-05-242ndGPC 2019 May #32 : 4 Coffee$147
2019-03-292ndGPC 2019 March #20 : 4 iAsonu$148
2019-03-051stON ElectronicSport Series #13 : 0 Rushcrazy$447
2017-07-301stWESG 2017 - Asia-Pacific China Kunming Qualifier2 : 0 lookmesoso$445
2014-11-131stLeifeng Cup 453 : 1 MacSed$50
2014-10-281stLeifeng Cup 343 : 1 Jim$50
2014-09-201stLeifeng Cup 13 : 0 Ein$50
2014-09-071stBoGou Cup: September, Week 32 : 1 iAsonu$129.66
2014-08-241stBoGou Cup: September, Week 12 : 1 XiGua$130.05
2014-08-031stBoGou Cup: August, Week 22 : 1 iAsonu$129.46
2014-07-201stBoGou Cup: July, Week 42 : 1 Mystery$128.94
2014-06-292ndBoGou Cup: July, Week 10 : 2 iAsonu$80.40
2014-06-221stIfeng Electronic Sports Cup 212 : 0 Courage$165
2014-06-081stBoGou Cup: June, Week 22 : 1 Rushcrazy$128.13
2014-05-041stBoGou Cup: May, Week 12 : 0 Shana$127.84
2014-05-032ndSOC 2013-2014: Spring, Week 20 : 3 Ein$81
2014-04-062ndBoGou Cup: March0 : 2 Top$160.92
2014-03-302ndBoGou Cup: March, Week 41 : 2 XiGua$80.56
2014-03-161stBoGou Cup: March, Week 22 : 0 XiGua$130.28
2014-01-192ndSOC 2013-2014: Winter, Week 60 : 3 Top$82
2013-11-102ndSOC 2013-2014: Winter, Week 11 : 3 Mystery$82
2012-09-091stCPL Championship 20123 : 0 Way$2,000
Complete Results in any Tournament

Team Achievements

In A1Premier tournaments
2017-12-301stNEO Star League 20173 : 1$1,475.04
2017-06-041stNEO Star League 20163 : 2$2,418.86
In A2Major tournaments
2015-12-272ndStarcraft League 20152 : 3$457.14
2012-07-213rdAsia StarCraft II Invitational Tournament5 : 5$666.67
In A3Minor tournaments
2014-06-151stEsports Champion League 2014: Spring3 : 2$690.19
In Premier/Major Team Leagues
Complete Results in any Tournament



Matches & VODs[edit]

First Person View Match VODS[edit]



Matchup Statistics

 vs vs vs vs Total
as 479 - 39654.7 %258 - 19257.3 %471 - 43052.3 %47 - 394 %1255 - 102155.1 %
as 0 - 0-1 - 0100 %0 - 0-0 - 0-1 - 0100 %
as 0 - 0-0 - 0-0 - 0-1 - 233.3 %1 - 233.3 %

Earnings Statistics