zai

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zai
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Background Information
Name:Ludwig Wåhlberg
Birthdate:1997-08-05 (age 22)
Country:Sweden Sweden
Team:Team Secret Team Secret
Role:Support, Offlaner
Alternate IDs:mmbzai, ZAIZAIZAIZAIZAI, zvyagintsev
Signature heroes:Enigma icon.png Visage icon.png Clockwerk icon.png
Links
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Twitter:zai_2002
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History
Dota 2:
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
2016-02-29 — 2016-03-21
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
2018-09-11 — Present

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

Professional Career[edit]

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Stay Free[edit]

In 2013, zai switched from Heroes of Newerth to Dota 2 by joining the team Stay Free Stay Free with ppd, tralf, Corey and Ensoe.

Super Strong Dinosaurs[edit]

On October 23rd, it was revealed that zai and ppd joined Super Strong Dinosaurs Super Strong Dinosaurs along with Arise, Sneyking and ComeWithMe for SLTV StarSeries Season Eight.[1] However, even after a decent performance at Starladder, the team would disband after the tournament was over.[2]

S A D B O Y S[edit]

In January 2014, zai and ppd joined Arteezy, UNiVeRsE and Fear, to create S A D B O Y S S A D B O Y S, which had immediate success. The team won 16 out of their first 18 matches, including winning the ESP Shock Therapy Cup while going undefeated.

Evil Geniuses[edit]

In February 2014, zai and the rest of S A D B O Y S were announced to be the new Evil Geniuses Evil Geniuses squad.[3] This team would go on to be one of the best Dota teams in the world throughout the first half of 2014, finishing first at a number of large events including the Monster Energy Invitational, The Summit, MLG T.K.O. America and D2L Western Challenge. While they were expected to be the top contenders for The International 2014 along with Team DK Team DK, the team would fall to Newbee Newbee and then Vici Gaming Vici Gaming, the two teams that would go on to place first and second respectively. After The International, Evil Geniuses won many more LANs during the latter half of 2014, though started to stumble in the final month.

Team Secret[edit]

Due to the decline in Evil Geniuses's play, zai and Arteezy both left the team to join Team Secret Team Secret, where zai would be switching to the offlane role.[4] In their first tournament together (Dota 2 Asia Championship 2015), the team placed 3rd and, after a disappointing placement at SLTV Star Series Season 12, would go on to dominate every LAN they attended afterwards including Red Bull Battle Grounds, The Summit 3, MarsTV Dota 2 League and ESL One Frankfurt 2015.

Achievements[edit]

With Evil Geniuses

2017
Date Place Event Opponent Winnings
2017-05-28 A11st The Manila Masters 3 : 1  Newbee Newbee $125,000
2017-04-30 A33rd - 4th Kiev Major 2017 2 : 0  OG OG $250,000
2017-04-03 A55th - 6th DAC 2017 1 : 2  Newbee Newbee $36,719
2017-01-22 A11st Dota Pit League Season 5 3 : 2  OG OG $62,937
2016
2016-12-18 A11st China Top 2016 2 : 0  Newbee Newbee $114,952
2016-12-10 A33rd - 4th Boston Major 2016 0 : 2  OG OG $250,000
2016-11-20 A33rd The Summit 6 1 : 2  OG OG $13,000
2016-11-12 A44th Northern Arena BEAT Invitational 0 : 1  Team NP Team NP $8,000
2016-10-02 A11st MarsTV Dota 2 League Autumn 2016 3 : 1  Newbee Newbee $112,500
2016-08-13 A33rd The International 2016 1 : 2  Digital Chaos Digital Chaos $2,180,898
2016-07-23 A55th - 6th StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 2 1 : 2  F.R.I.E.N.D.S. F.R.I.E.N.D.S. $15,000
2016-06-08 B313th - 16th Manila Major 2016 0 : 1  Vici Gaming Reborn Vici Gaming Reborn $30,000
2016-05-14 A55th - 6th EPICENTER 2016 0 : 2  compLexity Gaming compLexity Gaming $20,000
2016-05-01 A33rd WePlay League Season 3 1 : 2  Vega Squadron Vega Squadron $22,906
2016-03-20 A22nd Dota Pit League Season 4 0 : 3  MVP Phoenix MVP Phoenix $46,732
2016-03-06 A33rd Shanghai Major 2016 0 : 2  Team Liquid Team Liquid $315,000
2016-01-17 A22nd SLTV Star Series Season 13 & i-League 0 : 2  Alliance Alliance $60,000
2015
2015-12-13 A11st The Summit 4 3 : 2  Virtus.pro Virtus.pro $48,079
2015-11-21 A33rd Frankfurt Major 2015 1 : 2  OG OG $315,000
2015-10-18 A22nd MLG World Finals 2015 1 : 3  Team Secret Team Secret $68,389
2015-10-03 A55th - 8th ESL One New York 2015 0 : 2  Vega Squadron Vega Squadron $14,260

With Team Secret

2015
Date Place Event Opponent Winnings
2015-08-06 A77th - 8th The International 2015 1 : 2  Virtus.pro Virtus.pro $829,333
2015-06-21 A11st ESL One Frankfurt 2015 3 : 1  Evil Geniuses Evil Geniuses $118,481
2015-06-07 A11st MarsTV Dota 2 League 3 : 1  Team Empire Team Empire ¥675,000
2015-05-17 A11st The Summit 3 3 : 1  Evil Geniuses Evil Geniuses $115,466
2015-05-10 A11st Red Bull Battle Grounds 3 : 2  Invictus Gaming Invictus Gaming $38,556
2015-04-25 A77th - 8th SLTV Star Series Season 12 0 : 2  Alliance Alliance $3,750
2015-02-08 A33rd Dota 2 Asia Championship 2015 0 : 2  Evil Geniuses Evil Geniuses $272,192

With Evil Geniuses

2014
Date Place Event Opponent Winnings
2014-12-18 A33rd - 4th Dota Pit League Season 2 2 : 3  Virtus.pro Virtus.pro $8,866
2014-12-07 A44th The Summit 2 0 : 3  Team Secret Team Secret $26,712
2014-11-29 A11st ASUS ROG DreamLeague Season 2 3 : 1  Cloud9 Cloud9 $40,000
2014-10-26 A11st SLTV Star Series Season 10 3 : 2  Team Secret Team Secret $105,291
2014-10-10 A22nd ESL One New York 2014 1 : 2  Vici Gaming Vici Gaming $26,000
2014-09-19 A33rd - 4th Nvidia Game24 Invitational 1 : 3  Cloud9 Cloud9 $2,000
2014-09-07 A11st World Esports Championship 4 : 1  Cloud9 Cloud9 ¥600,000
2014-07-20 A33rd The International 2014 1 : 2  Vici Gaming Vici Gaming $1,038,416
2014-06-29 A22nd ESL One Frankfurt 2014 1 : 2  Invictus Gaming Invictus Gaming $40,449
2014-06-24 A11st D2L Western Challenge 3 : 0  Natus Vincere Natus Vincere $28,666
2014-06-14 A66th ASUS ROG DreamLeague Season 1 0 : 2  mousesports mousesports $19,500
2014-06-08 A11st The Summit 3 : 2  Team DK Team DK 45,257
2014-04-20 A33rd SLTV Star Series Season 9 1 : 2  Team Empire Team Empire $26,062
2014-04-05 A11st MLG T.K.O. America 3 : 1  Team Liquid Team Liquid $14,000
2014-03-09 A11st Monster Energy Invitational 3 : 2  Cloud9 Cloud9 $10,000

With S A D B O Y S

2014
Date Place Event Opponent Winnings
2014-02-08 A11st ESP Shock Therapy Cup 3 : 0  Team Empire Team Empire $7,000

With Super Strong Dinosaurs

2013
Date Place Event Opponent Winnings
2013-09-26 A22nd Bigpoint Battle 8 0 : 2  Evil Geniuses Evil Geniuses €500

Interviews[edit]

2015[edit]

2014[edit]

References[edit]