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Player Information
Romanized Name:
Xiang Yao
May 14, 1987 (1987-05-14) (age 32)
Alternate IDs:
AyGj, iG.XY, 半个菜鸟(Half a noob)
鸟哥 (Brother Bird)
Total Earnings:
Approx. Earnings 2019:
WCS Circuit rank:
2011-10-09 - Present

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 in order to participated in 2016 WCS Spring Circuit Championship. Although he lost to Elazer with regret in Round of 32, he still prove himself through many Siege Tanks destroying Ultralisks and the rush of marines.


It's a meme among Chinese fans that he only performs his true power after mid-night, earning him the title of 午夜人皇 ("mid-night Terran emperor").


In A2Major tournaments
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
2016-09-223rdWorld 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/Premier0 : 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 and A5Monthly tournaments
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
2016-10-042ndWESG 2016 - Asia-Pacific China Qualifier0 : 3 iAsonu$2,289
2012-09-091stCPL Championship 20123 : 0 Way$2,000
Complete Results in any Tournament

Team Achievements

In A1Premier tournaments
2017-12-30 1stNEO Star League 20173 : 1$1,475.04
2017-06-04 1stNEO Star League 20163 : 2$2,418.85
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 Team Leagues
Complete Results in any Tournament



Matches & VODs[edit]

First Person View Match VODS[edit]