zai
Ludwig Wahlberg 
Sweden
OpTic Gaming
Rough series ends Optic's Supermajor run
June 9, 2018
zai struggled in a 2-0 loss to Virtus.pro at the China Supermajor. He finished with a 4/12/22 overall KDA.
ANALYSIS
zai had a rough time on Naga Siren in Game 1. Optic's teamfight was extremely powerful when he could set up with Song of the Siren, but Virtus pro made sure that this rarely went as planned. zai finished with a 1/6/9 KDA. zai's initiations as Sand King in Game 2 didn't go much better. He had a difficult early game, which set him behind for the rest of the match as he ended up dying in most fights. He finished with a 3/6/13 KDA.
Stays alive in the lower bracket
June 6, 2018
zai looked good in a 2-0 win over Evil Geniuses at the China Supermajor. He finished with a 6/9/34 overall KDA.
ANALYSIS
zai played very well in Game 1, especially in conjunction with 33's Beastmaster. With Primal Roar to set up Mystic Flare, it was easy for zai to just follow 33 around and rack up the kills. He finished with a 6/5/15 KDA. zai played well again in Game 2, setting up for fights this time with his Naga Siren. He gave Optic a lot of vision and scouting information with his illusions, letting them pick and choose fights and eventually take the game with two won teamfights. He finished with a 0/4/19 KDA.
Supports Optic on the way to the grand finals
May 26, 2018
zai finished with an overall KDA of 9/18/27 in a 2-1 win against Fnatic at ESL Birmingham.
ANALYSIS
zai played a great Clockwerk in Game 1. He created tons of space in the early game for his cores without dying, which let zai transition well into initiating for his team. Despite dying a lot to initiate, zai got a lot done in fights with his spells and eventual Spirit Vessel. He finished with a 5/4/11 KDA. zai's Clockwerk in Game 2 was the complete opposite of Game 1. His early game got completely shut down, leaving zai at level two by eight minutes. There was no recovering from this miserable start, and zai finished with a 0/8/0 KDA. In Game 3 zai played Leshrac. His positioning in fights was solid, keeping him alive a lot longer than Fnatic intended in a lot of fights. Although he did usually go down eventually, he was able to deal a huge amount of damage before dying. He finished with a 4/6/16 KDA.
Harsh game for the Optic support
May 24, 2018
zai had a rough game on Sand King vs Virtus.pro at ESL Birmingham. He finished with a 0/7/3 KDA.
ANALYSIS
zai was never able to find any good kills in the early game, nor was he able to get a significant amount of farm to make up for it. OpTic quickly fell behind, and zai was put in the position of needed to go in to try and save fights but dying for it every time.
Backs up his team in reverse 2-1 win
May 23, 2018
zai finished with an overall KDA of 5/28/70 against Mineski in a 2-1 win at ESL Birmingham.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 zai had a rough time on Elder Titan. He provided some nice setup for Optic, but also had to endure the role of sacrifice along with ppd every time a fight started to go wrong. There was no good way for zai to position himself against Mineski's lineup, and he finished with a 0/11/16 KDA. In Game 2 zai played a nice Rubick. There weren't too many super flashy spells to steal this game, but there were a lot of raw damage abilities available to zai. He made excellent use of them, dishing out a very respectable 24,300 damage to Mineski's heroes. He finished with a 3/7/27 KDA. zai played Rubick again in Game 3, once again dying a lot but getting a lot of value from both his spells and Mineski's. Optic were able to win multiple fights in this game on the back of stolen spells like Guardian Angel or Fiend's Grip. zai finished with a 2/10/27 KDA.
Weak series from Optic's support
April 24, 2018
zai had a rough time against VGJ.Storm, finishing with a 6/16/20 overall KDA in a 2-0 loss, eliminating Optic from the Supermajor qualifiers.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 zai played Beastmaster, struggling to get much done. He lacked the experience and gold of a traditional position three Beastmaster, which really hurt his ability to get into the thick of fights. He finished the game with a 3/8/12 KDA. In Game 2 zai played Clockwerk. He made some nice plays in lane, but his fortune didn't extend much past that. He had to initiate for Optic, which meant that he ended up dying in practically every fight. He finished with a 3/8/8 KDA.
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.
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