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Zai Ludwig Wahlberg

Zai Ludwig Wahlberg

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

Biography

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.

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.

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

On 12th of June 2016 it was announced that zai would be rejoining EG along with UNiVeRsE, mere weeks before The International 2016. Despite having to go through the Open and Closed Qualifiers, the team managed to qualify for TI and reach 3rd place.

Zai remained at EG for another year as part of a new lineup with his friend Arteezy, led by Danish captain Cr1t-. Despite a strong start to the season, the team was unable to keep up the strong performances culminating in a disappointingly early finish at The International 2017. Following 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.

At OpTic, zai would switch back to the offlane. However, the team was unable to achieve any meaningful success. In December 2017, zai switched back to being roaming support, with 33 replacing him in the offlane, and performances markedly improved. Despite a decent season and a top eight finish at The International 2018, zai decided to depart OpTic and return to Team Secret, where he would once again play in the offlane.

Following another third place finish at The International 2021, after over three years at Secret, zai departed from Team Secret to join Team Liquid.

Statistics

His career's highest kills in a single premium/professional game is 19. He achieved this feat while playing for Team Secret as Queen of Pain in Game 1 of their Upper Bracket series against Alliance during The Summit 3 European Qualifiers.

Stats from datdota as of 26-Sep-2021.

Timeline

October 17, 2021
Achievements : The International 2021 3rd
September 6, 2020
Achievements : OMEGA League: Europe Immortal Division Team Secret 1st
January 26, 2020
Achievements : DreamLeague Season 13 1st
August 24, 2019
Achievements : The International 2019 4th
May 12, 2019
Achievements : MDL Disneyland® Paris Major 1st
January 27, 2019
Achievements : The Chongqing Major 1st
May 28, 2017
Achievements : The Manila Masters 1st
August 13, 2016
Achievements : The International 2016 3rd
June 21, 2015
Achievements : ESL One Frankfurt 2015 1st
July 20, 2014
Achievements : The International 2014 3rd

Patents

Further Resources

Title
Author
Link
Type
Date

Interview with Zai | WePlay! OMEGA League

Web

August 16, 2020

Secret YapzOr and Zai interview after win TNC

Web

June 1, 2019

Secret.Zai & Tundra.33 talks about being an OFFLANER

Web

April 27, 2021

The Bucharest Major - Interview with Zai

Web

March 7, 2018

Zai "DUYÊN PHẬN CỦA TÔI VÀ MATUM CHƯA ĐỨT" | Phỏng vấn Zai sau chiến thắng mở màn của Liquid

Web

December 2, 2021

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