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DivisionsDota 2
Starcraft 2
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Founded2014; 5 years ago (2014)
PartnersWang "Niuwa" Yue

Newbee (Chinese: 新兵电子竞技俱乐部) is a Chinese eSports organization, which has a Dota 2 division and had League of Legends and Hearthstone divisions in the past. Newbee won The International 2014, taking $5 million in prize money, setting a Guinness World Records title for greatest prize money in a video game competition at the time.[1][2][3]


Dota 2[edit]

Newbee after winning The International 2014

Newbee was founded by Zhang "Xiao8" Ning and is sponsored by billionaire Wang "Niuwa" Yue. It emerged in early 2014 during the Chinese reshuffle. Originally dubbed "Dream Team 2", the rumors started after captain Zhang "xiao8" Ning made a post on his QQ micro-blogging page, saying "New start in 2014 after 3 years in LGD", forever Dream 5."[4] The rumors later placed Zhang "Mu" Pan, Zeng "Faith" Hongda, Chen "Hao" Zhihao and Wong "ChuaN" Hock Chuan in the team together with xiao8.[5] However, at last, on February 23, 2014, ACE Dota organization announced dubbed team "Newbee" consisted of xiao8, Mu, Hao, Zhou "KingJ" Yang and Gong "ZSMJ" Jian.[6] Then Wang "Banana" Jiao transferred to the team, replacing ZSMJ and Wang "SanSheng" Zhaohui joins the team, replacing KingJ. Tong "mikasa" Junjie became the coach of this team and former Noah's Ark player Li "Li" Peng was the team's leader.

After that, the Newbee's Dota 2 team won the MarsTV Dota 2 League without losing one game in May 2014[7] and placed in third in WPC League 2014 in June 2014.[8] After these, Newbee won a direct invite to The International 2014.

The International 2014[edit]

In July, Newbee became the champion of The International 2014. After finishing 7-8 in the group stages, the team had to play a 3-way tiebreaker with Mousesports and LGD Gaming where the 3rd place team would be eliminated. Newbee finished 2-0 in the tiebreaker, and Mousesports went home. Qualifying for the 3rd phase, the team won a spot in the winner's bracket of the main event after defeating Titan 2-1, former TI champions Natus Vincere 2-0, then former TI champs Invictus Gaming 2-1. In the main event, Newbee defeated Vici Gaming 2-1 and Evil Geniuses 2-0 and earned a spot in the grand finals. Vici Gaming ended up winning the loser's bracket, setting up a rematch in the finals. In the grand finals, Vici won Game 1, but then Newbee won the next three, therefore winning the tournament and the $5,000,000+ prize money.

After The International[edit]

After winning the tournament, captain Xiao8 announced his retirement. Newbee acquires Wang "Rabbit" Zhang from LGD to take xiao8's place. After this change, Newbee won National Electronic Sports Open 2014, World Cyber Arena 2014,[9] ECL 2014 Autumn and E-Sports World Championship 2014.[10][11]"In March 2015, Hao left Newbee to join Vici Gaming. He was replaced by Lin "June" Shiyang.


In August 2014, Newbee founded the Hearthstone squads consisted of four players.[12] In December 2014, the Hearthstone squad of Newbee became the third place in Netease E-sports League Autumn 2014 Premier League.[13]

League of Legends[edit]

On May 15, 2015, Newbee acquired the roster of League of Legends team Positive Energy.[14] After qualifying for the League of Legends Secondary Pro League Summer Playoffs,[15] they finished 4th in the playoffs,[16] earning a spot in the Promotion playoffs. In the first round of the Promotion playoffs, however, Newbee lost to Team WE 3-0, failing to achieve promotion to the LPL.

Tournament results[edit]

Place Tournament Location Date Prize money
1 The International 2014 KeyArena March 31, 2014 $5,028,308
1 6th e-Sports World Championship Azərbaycan Respublikası November 16,2014 $25,000
1 World Cyber Arena(WCA) Yin Chuan,China October 5,2014 ¥2,000,000
1 NESO 2014 Qing Dao,China December 7,2014 ¥150,000
1 NanYang DOTA2 Championships(NYC) Shang Hai,China July 10,2016 $100,000
3 Dota 2 Asia Championships 2017(DAC) Shang Hai,China April 4,2017 $73,439
2 The Manila Masters Manila May 26,2017 $50,000
2 The International 2017 KeyArena August 13,2017 $3,950,067

Current Dota 2 squad[edit]

Player position ID Real name Date joined
Carry Moogy Mao Zedong 2016-09-17
Midlane Sccc Jiang Zeming 2016-09-17
Offlane kpii Zhou Enlai 2016-03-25
Support Kaka Hu Jingtao 2016-03-25
Support Faith Xi JinPing 2016-09-17

Former Dota 2 players[edit]

Newbee at The International 2014, with Xiao8 in the foreground.
Pseudonym Real name Place of birth Date of birth Join Date Leave date
Xiao8 Zhang Ning Shaoyang, Hunan 1989-12-14 2014-02-23 2014-07-29
Hao Chen Zhihao Longmen, Guangdong 1991-07-28 2014-02-23 2015-03-10
Mu Zhang Pan 1989-12-24 2014-02-23 2016-09-14
Banana Wang Jiao 2014-03-09 2016-03-18
ZSMJ Gong Jian Yiyang, Hunan 1990-01-11 2014-02-23 2014-03-09
KingJ Zhou Yang Shanghai 1988-11-13 2014-02-23 2014-04-25
Chuan Wong Hock Malaysia 1992-03-24 2014-02-23 2015-05-25

Current SC2 players[edit]

Pseudonym Real name Join Date
Scarlett Sasha Hostyn 2018-11-11
Time Li Peinan 2018-08-03
Dear Baek Dong Jun 2019-02-13

Current Hearthstone squad[edit]

Pseudonym Real name
wayne Wu Wei
God Slayer Shen Yang

Former League of Legends squad[edit]

Player position Pseudonym Real name Place of birth Date of birth Date joined
AD Carry Candy Tang Xin 2015-05-20
Midlane Luo Yin Peng
Top destroyer Ding Li 2015-05-15
Jungle Arms Li Yi-jie 2015-05-15
Support Gan1e Yang Wei-hao 2015-05-15
AD Carry LL Wang Zi-Jun 2015-05-15
Midlane SoftRR Zhong Geng-Xuan 2015-05-15
Top Khan Kim Dong-ha 2015-05-15
Top Limit Ju Min-Gyu 2015-05-15
Top xr Sun Yan
Jungle Captain57 Sun Yu-Ze
Jungle Moon Kim Min-Su 2015-05-15
Support YuZhe Zhang Zhe 2015-05-15

Current Warcraft III squad[edit]

Player race Pseudonym Real name Place of birth Date of birth Date joined
Night Elf LawLiet Jo Ju Yeon South Korea 1991-04-15 2018-11-27
Undead 120 Guo Zixiang China 1996-07-05 2018-10-16
Orc Lyn Park Joon South Korea 1986-12-21 2018-12-04


  1. ^ Lee, Josh. "Chinese newspaper Xinmin Evening News reports on Newbee's TI4 win". Retrieved May 23, 2015.
  2. ^ "NewBee夺冠打破吉尼斯世界纪录" (in Chinese). Retrieved May 23, 2015.
  3. ^ Lynch, Kevin. "Chinese team Newbee sets videogame prize money record with $5million Dota 2 championship win". Retrieved May 23, 2015.
  4. ^ "Xiao8 leaving LGD to join dream team?". Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Chuan, Hao, xiao8, Faith and Mu to likely form dream team". Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  6. ^ "绝对NB!Xiao8新战队正式命名Newbee" (in Chinese).
  7. ^ "MarsTV Dota 2 League - Tournament Results & Prize Money :: e-Sports Earnings". e-Sports Earnings. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  8. ^ "WPC League 2014 - Tournament Results & Prize Money :: e-Sports Earnings". e-Sports Earnings. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  9. ^ World Cyber Arena 2014 (Dota 2), Retrieved May 23, 2015.
  10. ^ "6th E-Sports World Championship player". Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  11. ^ 6th E-Sports World Championship result, Retrieved May 23, 2015.
  12. ^ "Newbee战队进军炉石 收购HOC成立分部" (in Chinese).
  13. ^ Netease E-sports League Autumn 2014 Premier League, Retrieved May 23, 2015.
  14. ^ Weibo post announcing the acquisition, Retrieved August 7, 2015
  15. ^ 2015 LSPL Summer Season results, Retrieved August 7, 2015
  16. ^ 2015 LSPL Summer Playoffs results, Retrieved August 7, 2015

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
The International winner
Succeeded by
Evil Geniuses