Ludwig “zai” Wåhlberg is a Swedish professional Dota 2 player who is currently playing for OpTic Gaming.

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 Swent 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.

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.

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

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

Achievements

Date Placement Tier Tournament Team Results Prize
2017-05-28 1st Premier The Manila Masters 3 : 1 $125,000
2016-12-18 1st Premier China Top 2016 2 : 0 $114,952
2016-10-02 1st Premier Mars Dota 2 League 2016 Autumn 3 : 1 $112,500
2016-08-13 3rd Premier The International 2016 1 : 2 $2,180,898
2015-08-06 7 – 8th Premier The International 2015 1 : 2 $829,333
2015-06-21 1st Premier ESL One Frankfurt 2015 3 : 1 $118,481
2015-06-07 1st Premier MarsTV Dota 2 League 2015 Spring 3 : 1 $108,816.75
2015-05-17 1st Premier The Summit 3 3 : 1 $115,466
2014-10-26 1st Premier StarLadder StarSeries Season 10 3 : 2 $105,291
2014-07-20 3rd Premier The International 2014 1 : 2 $1,037,778