Xu Zhilei (Chinese: 徐志雷, born February 16, 1988), known by his in-game tag BurNIng (commonly written as Burning), is a Chinese professional gamer who is currently a member of Invictus Gaming. He has played both Dota and Dota 2 professionally, and he is considered one of the best carry players in the history of Dota. In 2012, IceFrog, the developer of Dota and Dota 2, honored BurNIng by naming his signature hero Anti-Mage after him in the original Dota game.
Burning started playing Dota professionally in 2008, and bounced around various teams before joining EHOME in 2010. EHOME would win 10 championships in 2010, including a dominating performance at Electronic Sports World Cup 2010 where the team didn't drop a game against some of the best Dota teams in the world.
In the beginning of 2011, Burning and teammate Zhou "KingJ" Yang left EHOME to join Team DK. 2011 proved to be another big year for Burning, winning 9 championships.
After not receiving an invite to the first edition of The International, Team DK switched over to Dota 2, and received an invite to the 2012 edition of The International. Team DK finished 4th, losing to eventual finalists Natus Vincere in the winner's bracket, then eventual champions Invictus Gaming in the loser's bracket.
Burning announced before The International 2013 that he would retire after the tournament was over. At The International 2013, they managed to avenge last year's loss to Invictus, but were sent to the loser's bracket by eventual champions Alliance, then knocked out by Malaysian squad Orange Esports, finishing tied for 5th place.
Burning did not retire after the tournament as he had planned, but the team would have to be rebuilt around him as everyone else on Team DK was removed from the team.
After signing top players, including those from other regions outside of China such as iceiceice and Mushi, Team DK had what was regarded as an all-star roster and started off 2014 by finally winning an offline tournament, winning the WPC ACE Dota 2 League 2013, with a 4-3 win over Invictus in the finals on New Year's Day. Team DK would win 2 more offline tournaments, as well as several online tournaments heading into The International 2014. At The International 2014, Team DK would finish 4th, losing to Evil Geniuses in the winner's bracket, then fellow Chinese team Vici Gaming in the loser's bracket.
After The International 2014, Burning would announce his retirement.
In December 2014, Burning would form a team named Big God, which included several well-known retired Dota players. The other members of the team were Zhang "xiao8" Ning (the captain), Bai "rOtk" Fan, Zhang "LaNm" Zhicheng. Big God would finish 4th at the Dota 2 Asia Championships in January 2015. Afterwards, the players went their separate ways.
In February 2015, Burning confirmed on his stream that he would be joining Invictus Gaming. He officially joined the team next month.
At The International 2015, Invictus Gaming finished in 9th-12th place after losing to Team Secret. The next month, Burning would join Vici Gaming, reuniting with former DK teammates Daryl "iceiceice" Koh Pei Xiang and Xie "Super" Junhao.1st — Electronic Sports World Cup 2010 (EHOME)
5th — The International 2013 (Team DK)
4th — The International 2014 (Team DK)
9th-12th — The International 2015 (Invictus Gaming)