zai
Ludwig Wahlberg 
Sweden
Team Secret
Impressive Necrophos play from Secret offlaner
October 23, 2018
Zai's good showing against Evil Geniuses was just enough for a draw at ESL One Hamburg. The offlaner finished with a KDA of 16/11/25.
ANALYSIS
Zai played Centaur Warrunner in the opening game of the series. Despite being on a recently buffed hero, Zai just couldn't make it work early. He barely had any farm that he finished his Tranquil Boots at the 14 minute mark. In Game 2, Zai managed to bounce back with his Necrophos. From a forgettable Game 1, Zai managed to bag the game-high 14 kills after outplaying Arteezy's Terrorblade in the laning stage.
Looking comfortable in the offlane again
September 20, 2018
zai played well in both games of a 2-0 win over Team Liquid in in the Kuala Lumpur Major qualifiers. He finished with an overall KDA of 15/9/36.
ANALYSIS
zai did a good job starting fights and finding kills for Secret on Tiny in Game 1. He moved very well around the map, putting a lot of pressure on Liquid and enabling Secret to choose its fights. zai's initiation created a lot of space for Nisha to wreak havoc on Juggernaut, easily rolling over Liquid in fights. zai finished with a 7/4/18 KDA. In Game 2 zai played Storm Spirit, benefiting from Nisha's Drow Ranger Precision Aura. Although zai did have a tough time playing around gh's Nyx Assassin, his team was able to help him out in this regard and enable zai to play the aggressive game Secret wanted. He finished with an 8/5/18 KDA.
Far from expectations
August 23, 2018
Zai choked against Virtus.pro on the Main Stage of The International 2018. The Swede finished with a KDA of 6/28/38.
ANALYSIS
Zai played Elder Titan in the opening game against Virtus.pro. He couldn't pressure Ramzes with 33 in the laning stage. However, he stepped it up coming into the mid game as his Echo Stomps always caught Virtus.pro at awkward positions. In Game 2, he shifted to Vengeful Spirit. His laning stage helped Pajkatt have his space in the offlane. However, as the game dragged on, Zai wasn't really the saving grace that his team needed. Zai went with Undying in the final game. He got the First Blood after whittling down Ramzes' Strength with several Decay stacks. Zai missed some early rotations that really hurt OpTic's chances while his Tombstone placements were easily singled out.
Surprises as roaming Tiny
August 17, 2018
Zai finished OpTic's 1-1 draw with VGJ.Storm during The International 2018 with an average KDA of 6/8/14.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 Zai played Io, one of his staple heroes, with lackluster results, likely due to the changes made to the heroes over the last year. His plays were clunky and did not always achieved the desired results. In Game 2, Zai fooled the enemy team by taking an assumed middle lane Tiny and running him as a roaming support. The impact that Zai had was unfathomable, being involved in nearly every single kill that OpTic took. Expect to see more of the bait and switch from OpTic throughout The International 2018 main event.
Rebounds from poor Game 1
July 27, 2018
zai played well in a 1-1 split series vs paiN at the Summit 9. He finished with a 9/15/34 overall KDA.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 zai played Earthshaker. He made some nice plays in the early stages of the game but struggled to keep up his impact as things dragged later. By the time the late game rolled around, paiN had the tools to deal with zai in fights. He finished with a 5/10/16 KDA. In Game 2 zai played a nice Tusk. He made good use of all the aspects of his hero, saving teammates and setting up for some tricky kills with Ice Shards. He finished with a 4/5/18 KDA.
Weak series for Optic
July 26, 2018
zai finished with a 9/23/28 overall KDA in a 0-2 loss to VGJ.Storm at the Summit 9.
ANALYSIS
zai struggled on Wraith King in Game 1. He fed away a lot of deaths in the early game and was unable to transition well into the late game. It was trivial for VGJ.Storm to bring him down twice, making his Resurrection useless for Optic. He finished with a 3/11/14 KDA. Game 2 wasn't much better for zai, on Dark Willow this time. He died a lot trying to set up for fights or chase down kills, hurting his ability to contribute as the game went on. He finished with a 6/12/14 KDA.
Plenty of assists
July 25, 2018
Zai had a forgettable series for OpTic but it still turned out okay for them at the Summit 9. The Swede finished with a KDA of 8/17/32.
ANALYSIS
Zai opened up the series with a rotating Skywrath Mage. Unfortunately, his game didn't take off as his high damage output were scoffed at easily by Fnatic. His 16 assists were good but he never really became threatening enough for OpTic. Zai played his Chen in Game 2 of the series. He was key in CCnC's early game against Abed's Meepo. He helped kill Abed early on and farmed pretty well for himself as well. He bought a Guardian Greaves at the 25-minute mark and helped OpTic outsustain Fnatic in the prolonged engagements.
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.
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