zai

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Player Information
Name:
Ludwig Wåhlberg
Birth:
August 5, 1997 (1997-08-05) (age 21)
Country:
Status:
Active
Team:
Alternate IDs:
mmbzai, ZAIZAIZAIZAIZAI
Role(s):
Signature Hero:
Centaur Warrunner Enigma Necrophos
Approx. Total Earnings:
$1,883,009
Links
History
2013-??-?? — 2013-11-22
2013-11-22 — 2013-12-23
2014-01-31 — 2014-02-21
2014-02-21 — 2015-01-06
2015-01-06 — 2015-08-30
2015-08-30 — 2016-05-23
2016-05-23 — 2016-06-13
2016-06-13 — 2016-08-27
2016-09-15 — 2017-08-30
2017-09-05 — 2017-09-26
2017-09-26 — 2018-09-05
2018-09-05 — Present

Ludwig "zai" Wåhlberg is a Swedish professional Dota 2 player who currently plays for Team Secret.

Biography[edit]

Despite his very young age, zai made a name for himself in Heroes of Newerth, playing on teams such as Trademark eSports and compLexity Gaming, and winning DreamHoN 2012 at the age of 14. In 2013 he transitioned to Dota 2 alongside fellow HoN pros Ensoe, Tralfamadore and, most importantly ppd, with whom he found quick success with team Stay Free and later Super Strong Dinosaurs. In late January 2014, he transferred to the support role and joined ppd, Arteezy and EG players Fear and UNiVeRsE in team S A D B O Y S, which would mark the start of his breakthrough in the Dota 2 scene. As S A D B O Y S went 16-2 in games in their twenty days of playing together, the team caught the attention of Evil Geniuses. On the 21st of February 2014, S A D B O Y S and zai were picked up by Evil Geniuses.[1]

On 6th January 2015 it was announced that zai had left EG to join Team Secret and he'd be switching back to the offlane role.[2][3]

After Team Secret's 7th-8th finish at The International 5, zai left the team to complete his high school education.[4] When the substitute player slot was introduced by Valve along with the Major system zai became the official substitute of EG.[5] Players are permitted to be registered to more than one team (but are only allowed to accept one invite to a Major tournament)[6], and zai utilised this to join Kaipi after completing his studies, whilst still remaining the official substitute for EG.[7]

On 12th of June 2016 it was announced that zai would be rejoining EG along with UNiVeRsE.[8]

Following EG's underwhelming performance at TI7, Zai chose to leave EG to form a new team with his former captain, PPD. This team would soon be picked up by OpTic Gaming.

Achievements[edit]

DatePlaceTierTournamentTeamResultPrize
2019-05-12AA1stA0PremierMDL Disneyland® Paris MajorMDL Disneyland® Paris MajorTeam Secret3 : 1$350,000
2019-01-27AA1stA0PremierThe Chongqing MajorThe Chongqing MajorTeam Secret3 : 1$350,000
2017-05-28AA1stA0PremierThe Manila MastersThe Manila MastersEvil Geniuses3 : 1$125,000
2016-10-02AA1stA0PremierMars Dota 2 League 2016 AutumnMars Dota 2 League 2016 AutumnEvil Geniuses3 : 1$112,500
2016-08-13CA3rdA0PremierThe International 2016The International 2016Evil Geniuses1 : 2$2,180,900
2015-08-06GA7 - 8thA0PremierThe International 2015The International 2015Team Secret1 : 2$829,333
2015-06-21AA1stA0PremierESL One Frankfurt 2015ESL One Frankfurt 2015Team Secret3 : 1$118,481
2015-06-07AA1stA0PremierMarsTV Dota 2 League 2015 SpringMarsTV Dota 2 League 2015 SpringTeam Secret3 : 1$108,817
2015-05-17AA1stA0PremierThe Summit 3The Summit 3Team Secret3 : 1$115,466
2014-07-20CA3rdA0PremierThe International 2014The InternationalThe International 2014Evil Geniuses1 : 2$1,037,780
Complete list of results in any tournament

Gallery[edit]

Interviews[edit]

2018[edit]

2017[edit]

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2014[edit]

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