Li Xiaofeng

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Sky
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Status Active
Date of birth (1985-03-27) March 27, 1985 (age 29)
Hometown Ruzhou, Henan
Nationality China
Current team World Elite
Games Warcraft III series

Li "Sky" Xiaofeng (born March 27, 1985, 李晓峰, pinyin: Li Xiaofeng), who also goes by the pseudonym "Sky" or "WE.Sky" is a Chinese professional gamer of the popular Blizzard Entertainment real-time strategy game Warcraft III, the Frozen Throne. He is currently playing for the Chinese based World Elite team. Currently he is considered the best Human player by World Cyber Games[1][2] record.

Li Xiaofeng is a protagonist in the documentary film Beyond the Game.[3]

Game style[edit]

He is widely known for his aggressive playing style with the Human race, which many considered to be a “slow” defensive race. He is known for using a fast tech build with a lumber mill, which leads to a push using the Archmage, Beastmaster, militia, towers and numerous summoned creatures to overwhelm the opponent. In numerous Warcraft III forums this strategy has been coined “Sky Rush." He was also known for a "two farm tech" without a lumber mill which leads to the "Sky Push," involving riflemen, a few casters, a breaker, and Archmage/Naga against Night Elf, but as Night Elves learned to defeat this push, it lost popularity in favor of more tower-reliant strategies.

The landmark defeat came in 2007 World Cyber Games Grand Final Fourth day: War Craft match: SkY vs 4K-Creoloph_03. SKY was just about to win with his traditional rush and get his third WCG gold in a row (first time in history), but was unexpectedly defeated.[4]

E-sport biography[edit]

Li Xiaofeng started gaining recognition in international competitive gaming after taking third place at the first edition of the World e-Sports Games during a three month stay in Seoul, South-Korea in March, 2005. He would remain one of the most notable players throughout the remainder of the year, dominating his competitive home country and showing strong international results by winning ACON 5 and taking fourth place at the Electronic Sports World Cup.

He surprised the world by taking first place at the World Cyber Games by the end of the season, the tournament was considered the toughest to win of all tournaments and had a player field that included names as Manuel Schenkhuizen and Dae Hui Cho.

Going into 2006 as one of the most successful players of the previous season, he stood out by showing consistent performance with excellent micromanagement and maturity in strategy and thinking. He finished within the top 3 of many of the major tournaments of the year, but was widely expected to make his strongest appearance at the World Cyber Games again.

During the 2006 World Cyber Games he went undefeated through what was considered the toughest road to the grand finals for all attendees including an encounter with Manuel Schenkhuizen. Beating Yoan Merlo in the grand finals, Li Xiaofeng became the first back to back Warcraft III World Cyber Games champion. Earning him a spot in the World Cyber Games "Hall of Fame".[5][dead link]

In 2007 he lost in the finals of the World Cyber Games, and had to settle for silver.

He was recognized as the greatest WarCraft III player of 2006 by competitive gaming media around the world.[6]

Notable accomplishments[edit]

Individual[edit]

  • 2nd Place WCG China (2004)
  • 1st Place ESWC Chinese Qualifiers (2005)
  • 1st Place World Cyber Games (2005)
  • 1st Place ACON 5 (2005)
  • 3rd Place World E-Sports Games I (2005)
  • 1st Place World Cyber Games (2006)
  • 2nd Place International Electronic Sports Tournament (2006)
  • 2nd Place Starswar 2 (2006)
  • 1st Place Starswar 3 (2006)
  • 2nd Place Lenovo IEST (2006)
  • 1st Place ProGamer League Season 1 (2006)
  • 3rd Place Electronic Sports World Cup (2006)
  • 3rd Place World e-Sports Games Masters (2006)
  • 1st Place International E-Sports Festival (2006)
  • 2nd Place World Cyber Games (2007)
  • 3rd Place CEG Changchun Tour (2007)
  • 2nd Place ProGamer League Season 2 (2007)
  • 3rd Place Starswar 4 (2007)
  • 2nd Place Race War Season III (2007)
  • 1st Place Dream Cup #10'' (2007)
  • 1st Place Neo Star League Season 2 Finals (2008)
  • 3rd Place PGL Season 3 (2008)
  • 2nd Place ESWC Masters of Paris (2008)
  • 1st Place Dream Cup Season III finals (2008)
  • 2nd Place Electronic Sports World Cup (2008)
  • 3rd Place ESL Continental Final Asia
  • 1st Place CEG Beijing Tour (2008)
  • 2nd Place IEF (2008)
  • 2nd Place World GameMaster Tournament (2008)
  • 1st Place CEG Chengdu Tour
  • 2nd Place PGL Season 4 (2009)
  • 1st Place Extreme Masters 3 Continental Finals Asia (2009)
  • 1st Place International Electronic Sports Tournament (2009)
  • 1st Place Zotac Cup #189 (2011)
  • 2nd Place World Cyber Games (2011)
  • 3rd Place World Cyber Games (2012)

Awards[edit]

  • 2008 ESports Award China Player of the Year
  • 2006 GGL Player of the year
  • Member of World Cyber Games Hall of Fame

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