zai
Ludwig Wahlberg 
Sweden
OpTic Gaming
Clean initiation paved the way for Optic
March 31, 2018
Zai was spot-on with his initiations in Optic's victory against LGD at the Dota Asia Championships 2018. The prolific roamer finished with a KDA of 2/1/13.
ANALYSIS
Zai played Sand King in the important match for Optic to secure the top spot in their group. He was an important factor in securing Pajkatt's farm against Chalice's Tiny. Once he got his Blink Dagger at 16 minutes, he was nothing but trouble for LGD.
Underwhelming series from Optic's support
March 30, 2018
zai finished with a 1/7/8 KDA in a tough loss to OG at DAC 2018.
ANALYSIS
Despite being chosen as the first overall pick, zai's Dark Willow was very disappointing in this game. He was more annoying than effective really and struggled to do much more than delay the inevitable with his fear and stun.
Sets Optic up for victory
March 7, 2018
zai's Elder Titan was fantastic despite giving up the most deaths on his team, finishing with a 2/4/16 KDA.
ANALYSIS
He was able to land some amazing Stomps to set up the rest of Optic for an easy wombo combo. Additionally, zai provided a huge amount of damage both by himself and thanks to his powerful Natural Order aura reducing compLexity's armor and magic resist.
Constantly pushed the action
March 5, 2018
Zai racked up the assists as OpTic Gaming defeated Virtus.Pro 1-0 in the group stage of The Bucharest Major. Zai finished with a 3/3/17 KDA.
ANALYSIS
The former EG member looked fantastic on Io. In a game that everybody thought would go the way of VP, Zai was the glue that kept OpTic together and in contention for stealing the win. And stealing the win is exactly what they did. We know Zai can match up against anybody, but we haven't really been able to see OpTic play up to their potential yet, so this win can serve as a nice glimpse into what can come next.
Dropped immediately to the lower bracket
February 20, 2018
zai finished a loss to Virtus.pro with a 1/5/8 KDA.
ANALYSIS
In his first game at ESL One Katowice, zai played Keeper of the Light. He died in most fights, having trouble getting good use from his spells against Virtus.pro. zai was useful in getting some good kills and moving around the map, but this game came down to fighting in the end.
Tough defeat ends Optic's run at the Summit 8
December 16, 2017
zai's performance was mixed across Optic's 1-2 loss to complexity at the Summit 8. He finished with an overall KDA of 6/19/22.
ANALYSIS
zai played a fantastic Batrider in Game 1. As a late pick in the draft, Batrider was incredibly strong this game against complexity's immobile cores. zai played this advantage up excellently, getting his team off to a quick lead with early pickoffs. He finished the game with a 5/3/14 KDA. In Game 2 zai played Queen of Pain in the offlane. While he posted decent stats considering Optic's loss, zai felt much less impactful in this game compared to his Batrider performance in Game 1. He brought some nice burst damage to the table, but it just wasn't enough. He finished with an 8/4/3 KDA. In Game 3 zai played Underlord. He had serious troubles playing against complexity's many Force Staves, and all his disables felt relatively useless. He finished with a 2/9/5 KDA.
Starts out the Summit with three wins
December 14, 2017
zai was excellent in Optic's three wins vs LGD at the Summit 8. He finished with an overall KDA of 13/7/37.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 zai played Omniknight. He gave all his teammates massive staying power in fights with healing from Purification and the turnaround potential from Guardian Angel. In particular, zai did a great job enabling Pajkatt's Huskar to dominate LGD. zai finished with a 3/0/13 KDA. zai played Puck in Game 2. He suffered a couple of bad deaths, but otherwise played a very good game. zai was an excellent initiator for Optic, and played a huge role in enabling CC&C's Medusa. zai finished with an 8/4/12 KDA. In Game 3 zai played Abbadon. The sustain provided by his heal and shields was a key piece of the Optic gameplan. With zai helping sustain, Optic were able to take fights and quickly follow them up with decisive tower pushes or Roshan. He finished with a 2/3/12 KDA.
Part of OpTic Gaming's first foray into Dota 2
September 26, 2017
In an announcement on OpTic Gaming's Twitter, Zai will be part of the organization's first foray in Dota 2.
ANALYSIS
Zai has been a long fixture of the esports scene his time as a pro in Heroes of Newerth. After an unfruitful season with Evil Geniuses as their roaming support, Zai will be making his return to offlane.
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.
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