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Zai returns to Dota 2 as Tundra Esports’ general manager

Zai will be managing Tundra Esports’ Dota 2 roster for this season.

One of the most seasoned Dota 2 veterans, Ludwig "zai" Wåhlberg, has officially announced his return to Dota 2. However, his return will not see him assume the player role in an organization. Instead, zai will take on the responsibilities of a general manager in Tundra Esports, buffing up the squad even further.

Zai comes out of Dota 2 hiatus to join Tundra Esports

It has been almost four months since zai officially departed Team Liquid and announced an indefinite hiatus from the professional scene. The legendary offlaner has been present in the competitive scene since 2013 and took the much-needed break after more than a decade of marathon.

To much of the community's delight, zai will finally make his return this year - though not exactly as what people expected. Zai will assume the role of a general manager for Tundra Esports right before the next big tournament - DreamLeague Season 22. This bombshell saw a lot of shocked responses from the community who didn't expect zai to take on this entirely new path.

Zai's manager role in Tundra Esports

As one of the most successful Dota 2 players in the world, who was still performing well when he stepped back - not many can foresee zai's dive into the management role. The Swedish offlaner no doubt still has the prowess to thrive in the pro scene, but he has made clear that he has no motivation to resume playing. In an interview released by Tundra Esports, zai expressed his desire to still be involved in the Dota 2 scene and the manager role piqued his interest as it was a brand new challenge.

Zai will be overseeing the Dota 2 division in Tundra Esports which comprises star players like Topias "Topson" Taavitsainen and  Ivan "MinD_ContRoL" Ivanov. He will work hand in hand with the team and bring his vast Dota 2 knowledge and experience to the table.

His first campaign with Tundra Esports will be in DreamLeague Season 22, the first tournament of the ESL Pro Tour. The tournament begins on February 25th as teams flock to grab a lion's share of the $1 million prize pool and the EPT Points.

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