zai
Ludwig Wahlberg 
Sweden
Free Agent
Free Agent
Announces his new squad
September 5, 2017
On Tuesday, Zai announced via his personal Twitter the roster of his new squad that he has formed with Peter 'PPD' Dager.
ANALYSIS
After spending the last season trying to adjust to an awkward four role position with Cr1t at the helm of Evil Geniuses, zai will now be back in the offlane, where he feels he belongs. Zai has all the tools he needs to succeed and this team will look to compete with the best of the best.
Parts ways with Evil Geniuses
August 30, 2017
In a post on the team's official Facebook page, Evil Geniuses announced that zai would no longer be a part of the Dota 2 roster.
ANALYSIS
Apart from a brief stint in Team Secret during 2015, zai has spent almost his entire career playing with the same Evil Geniuses roster. This move for zai comes after a disappointing International 7, where Evil Geniuses were one of the directly invited teams but were eliminated in 9th-12th place. He has been excellent in both the support and off-lane positions in the past, making him a very valuable free agent.
Played another incredible series in a sweep
August 6, 2017
zai has truly played his best as Evil Geniuses swept Fnatic 2-0 in the group stages of The International 7. zai finished the series with a 3/4/36 KDA.
ANALYSIS
Not as well know as his teammates, zai has had his coming out party in TI7. This series was no exception as he racked up 36 assists on Naga Siren and Io in a very one-sided victory. EG was always expected to make a run, but they are now heading into their upper bracket matchup with Newbee with a lot of momentum.
Could not have played better
August 5, 2017
zai put on a show as Evil Geniuses swept Infamous 2-0 in the group stages of The International 7. zai finished the series with a 1/1/35 KDA.
ANALYSIS
Playing both Earthshaker and Naga Siren, zai racked up 35 assists while only dying a single time. EG showed no mercy in this series and zai was right there pushing the lanes the entire time. zai looked to be perfectly in sync with all his teammates and that is a scary thing.
Supports his squad to perfection
August 3, 2017
Zai did everything he needed to as Evil Geniuses complete the 2-0 sweep over Team Empire in group stages of The International 7. Zai finished the series with a 6/4/32 KDA.
ANALYSIS
Zai stayed extremely busy this series, but not in a very stressful manner. He was constantly working with Arteezy and SumaiL to put a lot of aggression on Empire, but everything seemed to go the way of EG. Finishing with a team-high 32 assists in the series, Zai must be relieved to finally capture a sweep for his squad.
Impresses as Elder Titan
August 3, 2017
zai finished Team Liquid's 1-1 draw with Evil Geniuses during the group stage of The International 7 with a final KDA of 13/7/31.
ANALYSIS
zai played Elder Titan in both Games 1 and 2, often roaming from lane to lane. zai helped Evil Geniuses stay afloat as long as they did in Game 1 and helped widen the lead in Game 2. zai was highly effective with his spells and ruthlessly efficient in his ganks, often punching above his weight class to secure valuable kills for EG.
Unable to get going as Naga in Game 1
August 3, 2017
zai finished Evil Geniuses' 1-1 draw with Invictus Gaming Vitality during the group stages of The International 7 with a final KDA of 2/13/14.
ANALYSIS
Zai never got the opportunity to see if he could cut it as Naga Siren in Game 1 as SumaiL and Universe put the game away too quickly. In Game 2, zai was ill equipped as Earthshaker to support SumaiL in the middle lane against a Queen of Pain. He was torn asunder as quickly and as often as SumaiL resulting in a series draw.
Can't make use of extra space
July 6, 2017
zai finished Evil Geniuses' 1-0 loss to Newbee during the group stages of MDL 2017 with a final KDA of 6/9/21
ANALYSIS
zai played Venomancer as a support to Arteezy's Chaos Knight in the safe lane. Burdened by Newbee's aggressive tri lane, it was a miracle that zai found any farm. Though he made a late attempt to build himself into a fourth core hero, zai was unable to make the transition fast enough, and EG's highly experimental lineup earned the team a rough loss.
Tries to find an answer to Chaos Knight
July 6, 2017
zai finished Evil Geniuses' 1-0 victory over Vici Gaming during the group stages of MDL 2017 with a final KDA of 6/6/14.
ANALYSIS
Zai played a support Pugna in the safe lane with Arteezy's Venomancer. Unable to completely provide for Arteezy, zai did what he could to make the best of a bad situation. Although zai never finished his Aghanim's Scepter, he did a fair job of keeping his teammates from the clutches of Chaos Knight. Through use of Decrepify and Nether Blast, zai made some inroads to besting MDL's spotlight hero.
Drowns OG in Torrents
July 5, 2017
zai finished Evil Geniuses 1-0 win over OG during the group stages of MDL 2017 with a final KDA of 2/4/23.
ANALYSIS
Playing Kunkka to help SumaiL win the middle lane, zai was ruthlessly efficient. zai landed every single Ghostship he cast and averaged three heroes per Torrent on the way to a quick and merciless victory.
Apalling performance from EG's flamboyant support
June 11, 2017
Zai had a horrible series for Evil Geniuses as they were mostly powerless against Team Liquid in the Epicenter grand finals. The spitfire support player finished with a KDA of 4/25/30.
ANALYSIS
Zai's Kunkka was forgettable in Game 1. His rotations weren't amounting to anything and he died six times and ended with the lowest net worth by the end of the game. He switched over to Treant Protector in Game 2 and barely died. For a hero always deep within enemy lines, that is a formidable feat as he provided crucial crowd control and vision for his team. In Game 3 however, Zai churned out a completely different performance while still on the Treant Protector. Liquid learned their lesson and was ready for him as he died nine times. In the final game, Zai's deny pick Io worked terribly for his team. He wasn't on the offensive early and that really goes against the philosophy in picking the hero. His 197 gold per minute emphasized how little he was doing in the must-win match for EG.
Great performances in 2-0 sweep
June 9, 2017
zai played very well in Evil Geniuses' 2-0 victory against Clutch Gamers in Epicenter. He finished with a final KDA of 7/7/28.
ANALYSIS
zai played as a safe-lane Sand King in Game 1. This was a smart move, as he was up against an off-lane Broodmother from Clutch Gamers. Using his Caustic Finale, zai was able to capitalize on all the spiders in his lane, effectively stopping any sort of farm from the Broodmother. Since the rest of his team was easily handling Clutch Gamers, zai was able to farm silently throughout the game, eventually picking up a Radiance for a little more late-game security. In Game 2 zai went as Ancient Apparition. Working very well with his Earthshaker and Treant Protector, he had no issues landing perfect Ice Blasts that devastated Clutch Gamers, who had only one hero with a BKB all game. He ended this game with a KDA of 4/5/21, and dealt just under 10,000 damage.
Amazing series from Evil Geniuses support
June 7, 2017
zai was very impressive in Evil Geniuses' 2-0 win over Virtus.pro on the final day of Epicenter group stages. He finished with an 11/5/15 overall KDA.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 zai played Sand King support. He had an amazing start, picking up a Blink Dagger at 12 minutes. After this insanely quick Blink Dagger pickup, the rest of the game was no problem for zai. He finished with a 4/2/8 KDA. In Game 2 zai played Sand King again. This was another very impressive game for Evil Geniuses support. His Blink Dagger only came a minute later than in Game 1, and he was once again extremely good at using his spells in fights. zai finished with a 7/3/7 KDA.
Sets up the plays for EG
May 29, 2017
zai finished Evil Geniuses' 3-1 victory over Newbee during the Grand Finals of the Manila Masters with a final KDA of 10/22/63
ANALYSIS
In Game 1, zai played Clockwerk in the middle lane with SumaiL's Outworld Devourer. Being a constant nuisance to the enemy Sniper, zai used his cogs to trap enemies just long enough to net SumaiL the kill. In Game 2, zai played a roaming Windranger as Evil Geniuses attempted to force their way through Newbee before Naga Siren could come online. Evil Geniuses threw bodies against the towers of their enemy to no avail. In Game 3, zai played Enchantress. Launching missiles from afar, zai dealt 5.5k damage to the enemy structures. In Game 4, zai was a good laning presence and an even better team fighter. His Captain's Rum helped Arteezy's Bristleback stay alive even longer during the fights, helping to put Newbee away.
Delivers when it counts in a close win over Team NP
May 28, 2017
zai looked poor in Game 1, but came back in style to secure a win in Evil Geniuses 2-1 win over Team NP in the Manila Masters lower bracket final. He finished with an 11/21/49 overall KDA.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 zai played Sand King support, and had a poor showing on the champion. He finished his Blink Dagger at 17 minutes, butthis wasn't enough to salvage Evil Geniuses' game. He finished with a 2/7/6 KDA. zai played Night Stalker support in Game 2. He was much more effective in this game, finishing up an Aghanim's Scepter by 25 minutes without a Hand of Midas. The vision advantage granted by zai was crucial to Evil Geniuses' ability to fight. His Crippling Fear silence was also extremely valuable for finding kills on Fata's Ember Spirit. zai finished with a 3/10/33 KDA. In Game 3, zai played Undying. Undying is historically one of his best heroes, but it's been over six months since he's played it. If this game is any indication, playing Undying for zai is like riding a bike. He didn't seem to miss a beat, always getting off his spells in a useful and effective way in fights. When he did die, it forced massive commitment from NP and usually lead to an overall gain for Evil Geniuses. zai finished with a 6/4/10 KDA.