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Background Information
Name:Ludwig Wåhlberg
Birthdate:1997-08-05 (age 24)
Country:Sweden Sweden
Team:Team Secret Team Secret
Role:Offlaner, Support
Alternate IDs:mmbzai, ZAIZAIZAIZAIZAI, zvyagintsev
Signature heroes:Enigma icon.png Batrider icon.png Dark Seer icon.png
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History
Dota 2:
2013-??-?? — 2013-11-22
Stay Free
2013-11-22 — 2013-12-23
Super Strong Dinosaurs
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 who currently plays for Team Secret Team Secret.

Biography[]

Despite his very young age, zai made a name for himself in Heroes of Newerth, playing on teams such as Trademark eSports and compLexity Gaming, and winning DreamHoN 2012 at the age of 14. In 2013 he transitioned to Dota 2 alongside fellow HoN pros Ensoe, Tralfamadore and, most importantly ppd, with whom he found quick success with team Stay Free and later Super Strong Dinosaurs. In late January 2014, he transferred to the support role and joined ppd, Arteezy and EG players Fear and UNiVeRsE in team S A D B O Y S, which would mark the start of his breakthrough in the Dota 2 scene. As S A D B O Y S went 16-2 in games in their twenty days of playing together, the team caught the attention of Evil Geniuses. On the 21st of February 2014, S A D B O Y S and zai were picked up by Evil Geniuses.[1]

On 6th January 2015 it was announced that zai had left EG to join Team Secret and he'd be switching back to the offlane role.[2][3]

After Team Secret's 7th-8th finish at The International 5, zai left the team to complete his high school education.[4] When the substitute player slot was introduced by Valve along with the Major system zai became the official substitute of EG.[5] Players are permitted to be registered to more than one team (but are only allowed to accept one invite to a Major tournament)[6], and zai utilised this to join Kaipi after completing his studies, whilst still remaining the official substitute for EG.[7]

On 12th of June 2016 it was announced that zai would be rejoining EG along with UNiVeRsE.[8]

Following EG's underwhelming performance at TI7, Zai chose to leave EG to form a new team with his former captain, PPD. This team would soon be picked up by OpTic Gaming.

Trivia[]

  • Zai's career high for kills in a single game is 19. He achieved this feat while playing for Team Secret as Queen of Pain in Game 1 of their Upper Bracket series against Alliance during The Summit 3 European Qualifiers.

Achievements[]

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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

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