Paparazi
Zhang Chengjun 
China
VICI Gaming
Great showing not good enough against Secret
June 9, 2018
Paparazzi gave it his all but it wasn't enough as Vici Gaming fall to Team Secret in the China Dota Supermajor. The 1-vs-1 star finished with a KDA of 19/7/14.
ANALYSIS
Paparazzi's Slark never really recovered from his rough early game. He even skipped the important Ring of Aquila which slowed down his farm. He eventually got a Shadow Blade but he really couldn't pick off anyone from Secret's pinpoint positioning. Paparazzi switched it up with Invoker in Game 2. With the help of Lanm, he drew First Blood against Ace's Lycan. He started to snowball from that point and was hitting Sunstrikes left and right for Vici. Despite being a super farmed Invoker, Secret were more than ready for him with their perfect itemization.
Poor pick dooms team's chances
April 6, 2018
Paparazzi had a good but ultimately fruitless game for Vici Gaming against Virtus.pro in the Dota Asia Championship 2018. The back-to-back 1-vs-1 champion finished with a KDA of 10/1/7.
ANALYSIS
Paparazzi was on the odd Weaver in the elimination match. His laning stage went well, but his decision to rush a Diffusal Blade before a Linken's Sphere or Black King Bar was eventually punished by Ramzes's Broodmother, who had a very early Orchid of Malevolence. Paparazzi did pick up 10 kills but was playing scared against the Brood, which really limited his output in the end.
No kill to his name in lopsided match
March 7, 2018
Paparazi couldn't keep up with pace of Liquid as Vici Gaming are eliminated from the Bucharest Major. The carry finished with a KDA of 0/4/3.
ANALYSIS
Paparazi played Chaos Knight in the elimination match. He played it in aggressive trilane set up with Fenrir and Lanm against Liquid. The gambit did not pay off for them, as Paparazi barely had any farm as the mid game rolled in. His 14-minute Armlet of Mordiggian was sadly very slow and he never recovered from it.
A perfect showing of controlled agression
February 22, 2018
Paparazi continues to be one of the brightest stars at ESL One Katowice 2018. The carry finished with a KDA of 23/7/46.
ANALYSIS
Paparazi took Razor to the mid lane in the series opener. His laning stage wasn't great, but it also wasn't bad. He amped it up in the mid game after rushing a 20-minute Black King Bar and got kill after kill. He was always in the thick of the action and never gave Virtus.pro much breathing room on his way to the game-high 10 kills. In Game 2, it was a similar story on his Gyrocopter. Playing a controlled aggressive game, Paparazi set the tempo in VG's sweep of Virtus.pro.
Peaks at the right moment
February 21, 2018
Paparazi came up clutch as Vici Gaming defeated OG Dota 1-0 in the first round of ESL One Katowice. Paparazi finished with a 8/4/12 KDA.
ANALYSIS
It was a nailbiter throughout as it was never clear who was going to win. Playing Razor, Paparazi had a rough start to the game as he was picked off early and often, dying three times within the first 10 minutes. Thankfully for Vici, he got his act together, never died in the final 40 minutes of the game, and pushed his team to a win.
Shut down by his opponents
January 26, 2018
Paparazi couldn't wow the crowd as Vici Gaming were eliminated from ESL One Genting. The young star finished with a KDA of 7/8/3.
ANALYSIS
Paparazi had his better performance on Weaver in Game 1 of the series. He wasn't contested heavily in the laning stage and farmed a Diffusal Blade. Paparazi found three good kills, but his momentum was eventually stopped by Newbee. In Game 2, Paparazi played Lycan. He didn't find as much farm and was mostly erratic throughout the game. He was picking up kills but was also killed in return often. His odd Pipe of Insight pickup in the latter part of the game was a key discussion point for many after the game.
Erratic performance from VG carry
January 23, 2018
Paparazzi had a rough time against VGJ.Thunder in their lost at ESL One Genting. The young carry finished with a KDA of 6/5/5.
ANALYSIS
His Luna in the only game of the series. He didn't have the space early on to freely farm his lane. His first item came at the 12 minute mark with Mask of Madness. It helped him recover a bit overall his positioning and teamfight contribution in the game was lacking as he ended up dying five times.
Puts the team on his back
January 9, 2018
Paparazi finished Vici Gaming's 2-0 victory over OG during the semi-finals of Captains Draft 4.0 with an average KDA of 16/1/16.
ANALYSIS
Paparazi started off with a bang as Anti-Mage in Game 1. He was left untouched the majority of the game, thanks to his teammates crowd control abilities that allowed him to escape death numerous times. He finished Game 1 with a 13/0/11 KDA. Game 2 wasn't much different for Paparazi, who played Weaver. Able to keep himself from arm, bursting forth from shadows to pick off the OG heroes, Paparazi carried his team to a 2-0 win. He finished Game 2 with a 19/1/20 KDA.
Tries his best, but not enough
January 4, 2018
Paparazzi finished with a 10/6/5 KDA in a rough loss to Mineski at Captain's Draft 4.
ANALYSIS
Paparazzi played well on Razor, but it wasn't enough to defeat Mineski. He was very imposing in fights, but the fact that his damage was limited to only one target at a time left Vici lacking in large, chaotic fights. Paparazzi would typically get at least one kill in these fights, but it often came at too great a cost.
Brought his A-game
November 25, 2017
Paparazi had an impressive series against LFY in the Perfect World Masters. The young star finished with a KDA of 20/2/13.
ANALYSIS
Paparazi kicked off the series with the meta-favorite Morphling in the safelane. He had a free lane up top and farmed an impressive 14-minute Linken's Sphere. He followed it up with a 20 minute Ethereal Blade and his dominance was ready to begin. He racked up the game-high 11 kills and just couldn't be contained by LFY. In Game 2, Paparazi's Chaos Knight didn't have an easy time in the early game. It didn't matter as he still found a lot of kills and farm. His Armlet and Echo Sabre at the 16-minute mark was too much for his opponents to handle.
Could not be stopped in a series sweep
November 19, 2017
Paparazi destroyed everything in his path as Vici Gaming defeated Vega Squadron 2-0 in the Group Stages of Perfect World Masters. Paparazi finished the series with a 20/4/19 KDA.
ANALYSIS
Paparazi set the tone for the series early as he was an absolute force. He grabbed a game-high 16 kills on the Game 1 win and truly carried his whole team to a win. With a more balanced team effort in Game 2, he still found 13 kills as Vici was in control the entire time. Vici's hopes run through Paparazi, and this series was an example of how well that can work.
Never gets going
October 12, 2017
Paparazi never really got going for Vici Gaming as they fell to SG in Starladder. The high-profile carry finished with a KDA of 8/5/7.
ANALYSIS
Paparazi went with the carry Faceless Void in the opening match. He farmed well early as he managed to pick up a 10-minute Mask of Madness despite the contested lane against Puck. His Chronospheres, however, lacked explosiveness as SG easily played around him. In Game 2, he went with Monkey King in the safe lane. His farm was much better and he even picked up six kills, but he would often get caught out of position with his aggressive Tree Dances and payed the price.
Buckled under the pressure
August 8, 2017
Paparazzi picked the worst time to not show up for Invictus Gaming Vitality as they are eliminated from The International 2017. The young star finished with a KDA of 1/7/1.
ANALYSIS
Paparazzi was on Sven in the elimination match. He struggled in the early game against Digital Chaos' Naga Siren and Mirana dual lane. He decided to abandon the lane early in favor of the jungle but DC were still hot on his tail. His 14-minute Mask of Madness was incredible slow and there were times when he didn't rotate when his team needed him.
Comes back after rough start to tie vs TNC
August 4, 2017
Paparazzi finished with an overall KDA of 20/4/16 in iG.Vitality's 1-1 tie series vs TNC in the group stages of The International 7.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 Paparazzi played Troll Warlord. He played a decent game, but ultimately wasn't able to deal enough damage to win fights for iG.V. He had a lot of trouble in fights because of SamH's Clockwerk, who could disable him even through Black King Bar. Paparazzi finished with a 3/4/3 KDA. In Game 2 Paparazzi played Weaver. He absolutely destroyed this game. There was no good way for TNC to truly disable him besides a Batrider lasso, and Paparazzi was able to avoid them relatively easy. With nothing to stop him moving around in fights, it was easy for Paparazzi to clean up TNC. He finished with a beyond godlike 17/0/13 KDA.
Solid series for iG.V's carry
August 3, 2017
Paparazzi finished with an overall KDA of 11/8/34 in iG.Vitality's 2-0 win vs LGD in the group stages of The International 7.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 Paparazzi played Sven. He had a pretty rough early game, but managed to come back into it with a vengeance. His cleave damage was especially effective this game against LGD's elusive Slark, giving him nowhere to run in fights. Paparazzi finished with a 3/5/15 KDA. Paparazzi played Weaver in Game 2. He played another impressive game, expertly maneuvering around in fights and dishing out massive damage to the LGD supports and backline. He finished the game with an 8/3/19 KDA.
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