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Zai and ppd headline new Dota 2 team

ppd and zai will play together on a new Dota 2 roster
ppd joined a new Dota 2 team with Zai. Photo by Steffe Wunderl/ESL.

Former Evil Geniuses players Ludwig “zai” Wåhlberg and Peter “ppd” Dager will headline a new Dota 2 team, Zai announced Tuesday via Twitter.

The team does not yet have a name.

Zai and ppd, who was Evil Geniuses’ CEO, stepped down from last week from the organization, following a disappointing 9-12th place finish at The International 7. That news coincided with a previous report that ppd wanted to return to professional play. A legendary figure in Dota 2, ppd was part of Evil Geniuses for more than three years and helped the org win The International 5.

The rest of the team includes Per Anders Olsson “Pajkatt” Lille, Quinn “CCnC” Callahan and Rasmus “MiSeRy” Filipsen. Pajkat and MiSeRy both share veteran status with Zai and ppd, as both played the original Dota. Pajkatt was previously a part of Natus Vincere but was released after the team failed to qualify for TI7, and MiSeRy was released by Planet Odd when the team disbanded last month.

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