Yao
Yao Zhengzheng 
China
LGD Gaming
Disappointing loss for LGD's captain
August 3, 2017
Yao struggled in LGD's 0-2 loss to iG.Vitality in the group stages of The International 7. He finished with an overall KDA of 5/11/12.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 Yao played Keeper of the Light. He had a rough time this game, although he did manage to keep his death total very low. There wasn't much that Yao could do to help his team apart from sitting back and throwing his spells, but these weren't enough to turn the tide. He finished with a 1/3/8 KDA. In Game 2 Yao played Visage. He had another disappointing game, although his burst damage was actually pretty useful in this game. iG.V had a lot of good ways to deal with his Summoned Familiars, as well as ways to eat through his Gravekeeper's Cloak. He finished with a 4/8/4 KDA.
Starts hot and coasts to sweep
August 2, 2017
Yao peaked early but stayed strong as LGD Gaming took a 2-0 sweep over Team Empire in the group stages of The International 7. Yao finished the series with a 6/6/26 KDA.
ANALYSIS
LGD continued to dominate as Yao was able to escape the Game 1 victory without a single death as they led the whole time. Game 2 was a surprise though as Team Empire actually led for the majority of the game. LGD was then forced to come back as Yao had a subpar showing on his Oracle. He still played well enough for his team to complete the sweep.
Poor positioning leads to many deaths
July 7, 2017
Yao had a rough series in LGD's sweep of OG in MDL 2017. The support player finished with a KDA of 5/18/19.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1, Yao was on the risky Shadow Shaman pick. He mostly stayed with his lane partner but rotated as necessary. He was caught out of position often after the early game, getting picked off 14 times by his opponents. In Game 2, he again tried his luck with the same hero. While his early game was lacking, his Serpent Ward usage was pretty efficient, as he normally got an objective with it.
Spends too much time babysitting
December 10, 2016
Yao finished LGD.FY's 2-1 loss to Ad Finem during the quarterfinals of the Boston Major with a KDA of 6/22/25.
ANALYSIS
Yao had to spend much of his time helping out his mid player in all of LFY's games against Ad Finem. Playing Sand King in Games 1 and 3, and switching to Batrider for Game 2, Yao had fairly slow item timings, as he usually picked up his Blink Dagger after 15 minutes. Unable to execute his stuns for a multitude of reasons, Yao could not provide the control his team needed to win.
Keeps LGD locked down in 2-0 win
December 9, 2016
Yao finished LGD.Forever Young's 2-0 sweep of LGD during the first round of the Boston Major with a KDA of 10/7/39.
ANALYSIS
Yao played Sand King in Game 1. Though he did not make the best Blink Dagger timing, he was able to greatly accelerate his farm after picking it up. Keeping the supports of LGD from protecting whomever Xiao8 lassoed, Yao helped to isolate Maybe so that he could be focused down. In Game 2, Yao played the same role as before, trading in Sand King for Slardar. Again he had a less-than-optimal Blink Dagger, timing and again it did not matter even slightly. After a weak laning stage from LGD, Yao had no problem controlling the teamfights with his massive stuns. Collecting a game-high 18 assists, Yao was instrumental in securing LGD.FY's surprise win.
Initiations can't secure a win
December 3, 2016
Yao had a slow start in LGD Forever Young's 0-2 loss to Digital Chaos. While the series was a loss, Digital Chaos certainly had to work for Game 2, largely in part to Yao's initiations. He ended the series with a combined 2/12/38 KDA.
ANALYSIS
Yao had a lackluster start to LGD Forever Young's series against Digital Chaos at the Boston Major. Playing Slardar, he was only able to get a 0/3/5 KDA and no other stats to really explain the slower performance. Granted, Game 1 didn't go well for anyone on LGD, but they held their heads up high and went into Game 2 with a new purpose. Sand King was Yao's pick for Game 2. Given the priority first pick, Yao and Sand King would spend the next 71 minutes together, brawling with Digital Chaos in the contentious game. With a 2/9/33 KDA, it was apparent his initiations were enough to keep LGD in the game. In fact, LGD was down over 12,000 net worth at one point and were able to take a lead. While they fought hard and never gave up, Digital Chaos was able to take out Super!'s Razor, LGD's beacon of hope, and win the game. LGD Forever Young will face the also 0-1 Wings Gaming.
Strong play can't keep team afloat
October 31, 2016
Strong initiations turned this game around multiple times for both teams. Yao's 2/1/10 KDA tells it all at how he was able to keep the pace fast and the pressure high.
ANALYSIS
Yao was given the first pick of the draft and decided that Sand King was the perfect weapon. With a 2/1/10 KDA, he had a phenomenal game, keeping LGD Forever Young alive at times in the volatile and explosive match. Outside of his KDA, he also had the team's second highest hero damage at 10,000. While he was able to consistently play well throughout the game, his team couldn't and they ended up losing the game after 39 minutes.
Perfect game and perfect initiations means a win
October 31, 2016
Yao had a perfect performance against CDEC Gaming. With a 3/0/11 KDA, he was able to initiate the fights LGD Forever Young needed to methodically close out the game.
ANALYSIS
Slardar was Yao's weapon of choice for LGD Forever Young's match against CDEC Gaming. Getting a priority pick and the team's first picked showed that they had high hopes for Yao and he most definitely lived up to expectation. He was able to initiate the fight the team needed to take out the previously undefeated CDEC Gaming. Overall he was involved in 14 of the team's 16 kills and fell in the middle of the team for damage done and net worth.
Strong initiation leads to a 2-0 victory
October 1, 2016
Yao was able to keep the pace going, enabling LGD to take the series 2-0. This match keeps their tournament hopes alive and sends Invictus home. Yao finished the series with a combined 12/16/39 KDA.
ANALYSIS
This series was determined by pace and strong teamfighting. Yao set that pace perfectly for LGD Forever Young and allowed them to keep their tournament hopes alive. In Game 1, he played Clockwerk and racked up a 5/8/21 KDA. The strong play didn't end with the first win and Yao kept the momentum going in Game 2. Playing Sand King, Yao once again was the man when it came to initiating. These strong initiations were the catalyst allowing Super's Timbersaw and Monet's Terrorblade to carry the game. With a 7/8/18 KDA he was able to help LGD secure a 56-minute win and the series. LGD Forever Young will go on to face Team Secret in the second loser's round.
Awful series from LGD's veteran off laner
September 28, 2016
Yao played two extremely poor games in LGD Forever Young's 0-2 loss to Team Secret at the MarsTV Autumn finals. He finished with an overall KDA of 1/12/8.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 Yao played Batrider starting in the Radiant safe lane. Yao had a terrible game, getting almost nothing from his lane phase and failing to farm in the mid game. Without the items needed to get the jump on Secret, Batrider became an almost worthless hero. Yao finished with a very bad 0/8/4 KDA. In Game 2 Yao got another chance off Batrider, taking him to the Dire off lane this time. He retreated to the jungle quickly, favoring a quick Blink Dagger over contesting MP's farm. He managed to secure a much faster Blink Dagger this time, but the cost was far too much. Yao finished Game 2 with another disappointing KDA, 1/4/5 this time.
Mostly invisible in LGD.fy defeat
September 28, 2016
Yao posted a cumulative KDA of 15/17/34 as LGD.fy was defeated 2-1 by MVP in the MDL 2016 group stages.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 Yao played Faceless Void and was practically useless against QO's Phantom Assassin, despite his inherent toughness and ability to walk off damage. Yao captured 17 heroes in seven Chronospheres, but LGD did not have the damage to capitalize on Yao's disables. By the time LGD was capable of dealing the necessary damage, it was too late. In Game 2, Yao played off-lane Sand King. Yao was mostly carried to victory in Game 2, neither hindering nor helping his teammates. Yao netted his first of two kills at 11 minutes and conceded his first of three deaths one minute afterwards. Yao only got off one of three Epicenters and only hit one hero with the successful Epicenter. Yao finished Game 2 with a KDA of 2/3/12. Game 3 was Yao's most successful game of the series; he played Slardar. Yao landed 48 stuns on 67 Slithereen Crushes and kept MVP disabled for nearly two minutes. In the end his best effort proved to be just shy of enough, as LGD fell 2-1 to MVP. Yao finished Game 3 with a KDA of 9/8/18.