Apparently, Zai's next adventures will be at Team Liquid. However, the announcement caused some confusion among the community. The roster change was not revealed with a typical graphic, but by Zai himself on Twitter. A few minutes later, Liquid also posted that Zai will be joining, using a selfie with Blitz to announce the new addition.
Surprise! Please welcome @zai_2002 to the TL Family #LetsGoLiquid pic.twitter.com/bOx4ZMZEq0— Team Liquid (@TeamLiquid) November 3, 2021
Many fans were also asking what will be happening with Samuel 'Boxi' Svahn. Support player Aydin 'INSaNIA' Sarkohi commented the tweet with "Ah, so you're my replacement", which he then flagged as a joke
Liquid CEO Victor Goossens also welcomed Zai, so the roster shuffle seems to be true indeed.
(j0ke gUyS, Welcome on board Zai!)— Aydin Sarkohi (@iNsan1a) November 3, 2021
24-year-old offlaner Ludwig 'zai' Wåhlberg will no longer play for Team Secret, as the organisation announced this Wednesday. The Swede has been a part of Secret for the past three years, claiming several major victories and high placements at The International.
Thank you, Zai 🖤— Team Secret (@teamsecret) November 3, 2021
🔗 https://t.co/FFn2BbiaVa#SecretDota pic.twitter.com/paXtkzT4ds
There is no official information on why Zai chose to leave the team or which squad he is going to join next. It is also not yet known which player will fill in his role at Secret. There seems to be no bad blood between the members, as Zai stated that the past three years were some of the best years he had playing Dota.
A few words from Zai on his departure from the Team Secret squad.#SecretDota pic.twitter.com/nODk8D2x56— Team Secret (@teamsecret) November 3, 2021
Zai has already played for Secret in 2015, but eventually left the organisation and competed for teams such as Evil Geniuses and OpTic Gaming. Often referred to as one of the best offlaners in the world, Zai re-joined Secret in September 2018 and achieved a lot of success with the team. They have won The Chongqing Major, the MDL Disneyland Paris Major and DreamLeague Season 13: The Leipzig Major. Additionally, they dominated the DPC season and various other tournaments. The team could also get high placements at TIs, as they finished fourth and third in the past two iterations.
Team Secret's current line-up:
- Lasse 'Matumbaman' Urpalainen
- Michał 'Nisha' Jankowski
- Yazied 'YapzOr' Jaradat
- Clement 'Puppey' Ivanov
What do you think, which team will Zai join next?
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